The Hay Diet – the 1920s flapper plan
First created in the 1920s by William Howard Hay, the Hay Diet was created to achieve the slim, hip-less, flat-chested look of the flapper dancers. Its principles have stood the test of time and it has gained praise by nutrition experts for its health benefits as well as its ability to lose excess weight. Modern celebrity fans include Elizabeth Hurley, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, plus many TV stars from the UK including Jane Torvill, June Brown and Karen Barber.
Unlike crash diets or detox cleanses, the Hay Diet promotes the idea that it’s not so much what you eat, but what you choose to eat with it. It’s based on the principle of segregating certain food types to maintain a healthy weight, and the key to the diet is understanding that some food groups shouldn’t be consumed with others.
One banned mix is carbohydrates and proteins. While following the Hay Diet, no one meal should contain both protein and carbohydrates at one sitting. This is because the body’s natural ability to digest food and burn fat is compromised and slowed down by tackling both protein and carbohydrate foods at the same time.
Food is also grouped into two further categories – alkaline and acidic. This is to make sure that the diet is not too acidic, as this can cause health complications such as acid indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome.
High acidic foods to avoid are cranberries, white flour, and cheese, which should be replaced by low acidic food such as spinach, plums, and eggs. Foods high in alkaline are lemons, asparagus and mangoes, with bananas, tomatoes and peas being better options.
And it’s not all about weight loss! The diet is also known to benefit those suffering with health conditions such as allergies, arthritis, and diabetes.
Philip Edwards, creator of website HayDiet.co.uk, says: “Several celebrities and health experts have been very vocal about their positive experiences with the Hay Diet. It’s the perfect method for those who are looking to implement clean, healthy habits to boost their fat-burning abilities and boost their energy levels rather than a get-thin-quick scheme which often fails and leaves dieters with low energy and no significant difference in their weight.”
While the diet may take some getting used to and require a lot of meal planning, it could provide a great way of improving your weight.