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VERIFIED CONTENTAuthor: Klaudia Kierzkowska, graduate of chemistry at the University of Warsaw

The Copenhagen Diet is a very restrictive, demanding and low-calorie diet. This is a way to quickly lose excess weight. However, to be able to enjoy the stunning results, you must strictly follow the menu. What exactly is the Copenhagen Diet, what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The Copenhagen dietis one of the diets that help you get rid of unnecessary kilograms in such a quick way. It is a very strict diet with a high caloric restriction. Although on the one hand, the results may encourage its use, it should be borne in mind that it has many disadvantages.

What characterizes the Copenhagen diet?

The Copenhagen diet is based on strict adherence to the thirteen-day menu. It consists in eating protein products, the main source of which is dairy products, eggs, meat and fish, and a limited supply of fat and carbohydrates.

Only a small amount of carbohydrates and a few tablespoons of olive oil are included in the entire thirteen-day cycle. The menu includes mainly coffee, tea, eggs and cooked meat. In addition, you should drink at least 1.5 liters of water every day.

The diet menu is set top-down and cannot be modified in any way. Even small deviations can contribute to the emergence of side effects, e.g. the yo-yo effect. The daily dose of calories in the Copenhagen diet is from 500 to 800 kcal - for comparison, adult he althy and moderately active women should consume on average from 1600 to 2500 kcal per day.

The diet consists of three meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner, which contradicts the assumptions of the Food and Nutrition Institute, which assumes that the optimal number of meals is five a day.

Sample menu

The Copenhagen diet menu is very monotonous and uses similar ingredients. Here are some sample meals.

  • Breakfast:

A cup of coffee with a teaspoon of sugar.

  • Lunch:

Hard-boiled egg, large grated carrot, a pack of cottage cheese.

  • Dinner:

Fruit compote (no sugar), 2/3 cups of natural yoghurt.

Advantages of the Copenhagen diet

  • The diet lasts thirteen days, neither shorter nor longer.
  • The Copenhagen diet can be used every two years.
  • Thanks to the Copenhagen diet, you can lose weight quickly, which is important to many people who follow it.
  • Eating a diet and preparing meals does not require much effort, only willpower.
  • During the diet, excessive physical activity is not recommended, which for many is an incentive to use it.
  • The Copenhagen diet is relatively cheap due to the scarcity of food.

Disadvantages of the Copenhagen diet

  • The Copenhagen diet lacks many nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Too small number of meals is not able to supplement the body's daily requirement of vitamins and minerals.
  • The Copenhagen Diet, although it only lasts thirteen days, can do a lot of damage to your body. Some people are unable to make it to its end. Weakness of the body, deteriorated well-being, headache and even fainting prompts to survive such a strict diet. During and after the diet, hair may fall out, nails may break and split. It is not uncommon for skin problems to arise.
  • Too little calories mean that people who follow the Copenhagen diet feel almost constantly hungry, which has a negative impact on psychological comfort. There is not only a weakening of the body, but also a decrease in energy and irritability. Diet can cause problems with concentration and memory problems.
  • Rigorous diets often result in a yo-yo effect, and so is the case here.
  • The Copenhagen diet is very monotonous. The daily menu is based on the same products, which additionally discourages its use.
  • The diet is based on low-carbohydrate products, which makes the diet unbalanced. It does not provide the body with the right amount of micro and macro elements that are necessary for the proper functioning of the body.
  • The Copenhagen diet is devoid of wholesome breakfasts, which are the most important meal of the day. In the morning we only drink coffee with a sugar cube, which can lead to stomach ulcers.
  • This diet is not a long-term nutritional plan. This is a very restrictive diet that has nothing to do with the principles of he althy eating. The fixed menu does not help to develop good eating habits.

What are the effects of the Copenhagen diet?

Strict adherence to the thirteen-day Copenhagen diet allows you to lose up to 10 kg. Unfortunately, often at a costhe alth and poor well-being. This is a very restrictive, self-denial diet, which, although it may bring satisfactory results, is not recommended by nutritionists.

After the diet is over, new products should be introduced gradually, so that the body will have time to adjust to normal diet.

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