Michael Montignac is an author of a few books about diets that do not result in gaining any body mass. Montignac diet is based on appropriate selection of food products, which do not cause weight gain. He thought that you can lose weight according to the glycaemic index.
Based on that, you can choose products that contain carbohydrates. He divided them into those that cause weight gain, and those that only slightly increase the blood glucose levels or don’t do it at all.
The first group includes carbohydrates, which cause deposition of fat in the body, so those are dried fruits, cakes, sweets, white bread, beer, flour, corn, carbonated beverages, potatoes and bananas. It’s also not allowed to eat honey or use sugar and sweeteners.
In the non-fattening group, he included skim milk, lean meat, fish, wholemeal bread and pasta, vegetables without starch, lentils, peas, grapefruit, tomatoes, peaches, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. When we know the good carbohydrates, it’s worth replacing the bad ones with them and we can already get some weight loss effects without using any drastic diets. In the Montignac diet, we don’t limit the calories and we don’t count how many we consume.
As the author of the diet says, it doesn’t matter, and if we limit the calorie intake, our body will quickly get used to it and start storing away the excess, causing the yoyo effect after getting back to our regular eating habits. Montignac diet is divided into two phases. The first is restoring the correct body weight, and second is maintaining that weight. The first phase usually lasts between a few weeks and a few months, depending on the person’s metabolism. That period focuses on releasing toxins from the body.
During that time, it’s not allowed to mix products that contain protein with ones that contain carbohydrates, and eating legumes is completely forbidden. The second phase starts as soon as we reach our desired weight, and lasts pretty much for the rest of our lives. Going back to our old eating habits will get rid of all of our efforts up until then. Getting back to the food that we ate before starting the diet, will cause our body to get back to our previous body weight, and with time we might even gain more weight than we previously did. This is why it’s important to eliminate or drastically limit products that exceed fifty units in the glycaemic index. Good eating habits will allow us to eat tasty meals without gaining weight. It’s recommended to eat some sort of a fruit after waking up, before breakfast. It can be a grapefruit or a peach. During meals, we can eat non-fermenting fruit, for example strawberries, blackberries, raspberries or kiwi. It’s also good to give up coffee that contains caffeine. It can be replaced with decaf if we really like its taste.
Fundamentally, we can mix carbohydrates that have a low glycaemic index with fats, and those with a higher index can be mixed with proteins and vegetables. Only vegetables can be mixed with any kind of carbohydrates. It’s a diet perfect for people who don’t like starving themselves and giving up too much food, and those who like eating.