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The Optimal Diet is a Polish diet formulated by a Dr. Jan Kwasniewski. It’s sometimes called “Polish Atkins”. Kwasniewski uses the diet therapeutically in his clinic to treat several diseases (including diabetes, circulation disorders, epilepsy and heart disease) and to aide weight loss.

Here’s an introductory article.

And here’s the Optimal Diet website.

The idea of the Optimal Diet is to get most of your energy from fat, and only eat the required amounts of protein and carbohydrate. Between 75-83% of your energy intake comes from fat. You eat only your RDA of protein, which comes to about 10-12% of energy intake.

To figure out your RDA of protein, first take your weight in kilograms. If you are happy with your weight, to do this you would divide your weight in pounds by 2.2. e.g.

150 pounds / 2.2 = 68 kilograms

The amount of protein you should eat is 68 grams per day.

If you want/need to lose weight, you would take your ideal weight in kilograms. To find out your ideal weight, you would find out your height in centimetres and minus one hundred.

168 cm – 100 = 68 kilograms

From this you can calculate the amount of fat and carbohydrate you should eat. Kwasniewski’s ratios are:

protein : fat : carbohydrate

1 : 2.5 – 3.5 : 0.5 – 0.8

So to figure out your range of fat you would take your protein grams and times by 2.5 and by 3.5.

68 * 2.5 = 170 grams
68 * 3.5 = 238 grams

So you would eat between 170 and 238 grams of fat.

To figure out your range of carbohydrate you would take your protein grams and times by 0.5 and by 0.8.

68 * 0.5 = 34 grams
68 * 0.8 = 54 grams

So you would eat between 34 and 54 grams of carbohydrate.

Your plan would look like this:

protein : fat : carbohydrate

68g protein : 170-238g fat : 34-54g carbohydrate

Kwasniewski believes the key to healing and recovering from chronic illness on the Optimal Diet is to eat excess calories. Kwasniewski feeds his patients a diet of at least 3,000 calories per day during the first two weeks of their stay at his clinic.

WEIGHT LOSS:

If you want to speed up weight loss with this diet, you would reduce your fat grams to between 1.5 and 2.5 the amount of protein. Blood sugar disorders are treated by keeping carbohydrate at or below the 0.5 mark.

68 * 1.5 = 102 grams
68 * 2.5 = 170 grams

Your plan would look like this:

protein : fat : carbohydrate

68g protein : 102-170g fat : 34g carbohydrate

The key to successful weight loss on the Optimal Diet is to reduce both carbohydrates and calories.

As you can see, the diet is rather different to Atkins, where protein:fat rarely exceeds a 1:1 ratio. Popular staple foods on the Optimal Diet include pork belly, egg yolks, and double cream. Kwasniewski does not encourage the eating of fibre or vegetables (he regards them as animal fodder), instead he would rather people get their carbohydrates from starches like potatoes or flour.

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Written by alienrobotgirl

8 April, 2006 at 1:03 pm

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