Diet Plans And Menus - The Peltriaux Diet

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The Peltriaux Diet was created by Doctor Philippe Peltriaux. This is a two phase diet, which is low in calories and high in proteins. During the starter phase you may eat only green vegetables and powdered protein packets. This initial phase lasts 12 to 20 days and you might lose about 11 pounds (5 kilograms). Don't start this phase without consulting your doctor and don't step on the scale. The second phase called realimentation is divided into three steps. This phase lasts between 15 days and several months. You might shed 15 pounds (about 7 kilograms) during the first month of this phase. Here are some of the diet principles.

Vegetables are the only permitted food in Phase 1. Eat as much as you wish of the following vegetables: fennel, celery, bell peppers, spinach, zucchini, radishes, cucumbers, endives, mushrooms, and green salad. Limit your consumption of the following vegetables to two servings a day: onions, leeks, asparagus, turnips, soy beans, pickles, Swiss chard, cabbage, artichokes, tomatoes, broccoli, and eggplant. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day. It may be carbonated. You may also drink tea, coffee, and sugarless colas. Consult your doctor for the daily consumption of protein supplements diluted in water. Take vitamins. During Phase 2.1 you add one of the following to your daily diet: lean beef, veal, rabbit, poultry, and eggs, with a limit of four eggs a week. Eat about 150 grams (5 ounces) of fruits including kiwis, apples, grapefruit, oranges, raspberries, or watermelon. At breakfast you'll eat cereal, whole-grain bread, butter, milk, and light dairy products. During Phase 2.2 no food is forbidden. But you continue with the protein powder. Phase 2.3 is the stabilization phase. Your biggest meal is breakfast, and your supper is very light.

Outside the high quantity of protein and fiber this diet has no advantage. It is quite strict changing substantially from one phase to another.

Here are two sample menus:

Menu 1 (Phase 1)
Breakfast: Chocolate milkshake (protein powder). Tea.
Lunch: Tomato, cucumber, radish, and lettuce salad. Cream of asparagus (protein powder).
Supper: Green salad with bell peppers. Artichokes. Chocolate mousse (protein powder).

Menu 2 (Phase 2.1)
Breakfast: Oatmeal. A glass of milk. Tea.
Lunch: Cream of vegetables (protein powder). As much veal schnitzel as you wish. Zucchini. An apple.
Supper: Radishes. Eggplant. Caramel dessert (protein powder).

Some information in this article comes from a fascinating new book, La Bible des Regimes, written by Jenny de Jonquieres and published by Amerik Media. Her book describes more than 80 diets and weight reduction programs. Each diet is presented with 5 menu plans, a detailed discussion of its advantages and disadvantages, and a whole lot more. La Bible des Regimes is presently available only in French.


Levi Reiss wrote or co-authored ten computer and
Internet books, but would rather drink fine wine,
accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario
French-language community college. Visit his new wine, diet, health, and
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