The Dissociated diet is one of the most popular weight loss regimes, which helps activate the digestion and slows down metabolism. When combined in the right way, on the one hand foods help purify your body and, on the other
hand, help regain and maintain physical fitness.
What is the dissociated diet?
The Dissociated diet was invented by the American doctor William Howard Hay, in 1911. This diet is based on the idea that inside the human body can occur imbalances caused by the accumulation of metabolic and digestive wastes.
Hay's theory starts from the premise that some nutrients, when combined in an "unfortunate" way, slow digestion, a process by which food is converted into easily assimilated substances. Since the body can no longer eliminate residues, in the end, these are going to cause various health problems.
Main rules of the dissociated regime
The classical Dissociated diet and its variations is based on several strict rules, according to which is basically forbidden to mix foods at one meal or even in the same day:
Rule no. 1:
Each meal shall include a single staple food. And if there are present two or more foods, these should be from only one food group.
Rule no. 2:
You should never eat protein and high carbohydrates foods, especially sugars, at the same meal.
Rule no. 3:
Within the dissociated diet you must also avoid mixing proteins of different origin (meat and fish, dairy products and vegetables etc.).
Rule no. 4:
Always eat complex carbohydrates separate from simple carbohydrates foods.
Rule no. 5:
Under no circumstances, should you conclude your main meals with the ”traditional” fruit or dessert. These may be consumed instead in between meals.
Rule no. 6:
According to the dissociated diet, in order to restore equilibrium and detoxify the body, you must eat vegetable foodstuffs (fruits and vegetables).
Rule no. 7:
But the same diet imposes certain limits on what foods of animal origin
you can include in your daily menu, since they sensitize the body and lead to greater susceptibility to diseases.
Rule no. 8:
You should eat carbohydrates preferably in the first part of the day, and then exclude them from your last meal of the day.
Rule no. 9:
Lunch shall be the richest in calories meal of the day but, in no way combine protein and carbohydrates.
Rule no. 10:
Dinner, as much as possible, shall be "governed" by proteins, which can be replaced by complex carbohydrates of plant origin (vegetables, whole grains), too.
How does the dissociated diet work?
None of the rules proposed in the dissociated diet has been randomly chosen, as the digestive process is conditioned by a series of mechanical changes and chemical/enzymatic reactions, all these being closely connected.
While digestion and absorption of simple carbohydrates (sugars) is made rapidly, starchy foods (starch, the most common complex carbohydrate, is found in pasta, soya, rice, potatoe etc.), involve a more complex digestive process which ends in the small intestine.
On the other hand, protein digestion takes place in a particular acidic environment, with a pH less than 7, unlike carbohydrates which break down in an alkaline environment (an alkaline pH is greater than 7). Similar conditions inhibit the activity of the enzymes responsible for the breakdown of carbohydrates.
Specifically, according to the principle on which the dissociated diet operates, by combining different food groups (carbohydrates and proteins, different sources of carbohydrates, various sources of protein, etc.) at the same meal, both the digestion of carbohydrates and the absorption of proteins take place in a less favorable environment.
Which are the consequences of wrong food combinations?
This concept was adopted and processed by other "authors", thus giving rise to other versions of dissociated diets. Nonetheless, whatever the particularities of the basic food strategy may be, each version is "inspired" (at least partly) by the right food combinations.
Failure to comply with the basic rules may compromise the assimilation of nutrients creating thus imbalances. Therefore, if you include two different food groups in one meal which require different digestive processes (alkaline or acidic medium for digestion), you'll inevitably be faced with a so-called slow digestion.
Needless to say that a poor nutrient absorption can lead to a number of ailments, which concern especially the gastrointestinal tract:
prolonged / partial digestion; fermentation of the food consumed; feeling of heaviness in the abdomen; gas, bloating, constipation etc. Which are the right food combination?
Generally, the "fans" of the dissociated diets consider that, in order to facilitate digestive processes, the best solution may be eating a single staple food. However, just as there are foods which can be combined without any problems, there are also categories which are incompatible with one another.
It's easy to make mistakes, but not if you avoid mixing:
various types of carbohydrates (simple carbohydrates with complex carbohydrates: eggs and bread, fruits and bread, etc.); various types of proteins (meat and fish, meat and eggs, fish and eggs, cheese and eggs, etc.); foods requiring medium for digestion with those requiring an acidic medium. As a main rule, the category of foods requiring an alkaline (basic) medium for digestion include sources of carbohydrates: pasta, rice, vegetables, some fruits (chestnuts, bananas, walnuts etc.), sweets, honey etc.
Included in the category of foods requiring an acidic medium for digestion are the sources of protein: white and red meat, dairy products, processed meat, milk derivatives, some types of fruits (peaches, plums, citrus fruits, apples, pears, strawberries etc.).
There are positive aspects to every food model, as well as negative aspects, which you ought to know in detail before you decide whether to change, at least partly, your daily routine. So, whatever your choice, don't forget that the dissociated diet (and any other diet) is not a miracle, but merely an option to regain your physical fitness.
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