The Fricker diet, or TGV method, allows you to lose weight by following simple rules of good nutrition. It is progressive and not very restrictive.
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What is the Fricker diet?
The Fricker diet was developed by Dr. Fricker, a weight loss specialist. This low-calorie diet consists of three phases:
- phase 1: restrictive diet or “TGV” for 6 to 8 weeks;
- phase 2: stabilizing diet by allowing a wider variety of foods ;
- phase 3: healthy diet by maintaining a healthy and balanced diet.
In practice, the Fricker regime consists mainly of :
- meat and fish ;
- small amount of fat;
- 1 fruit maximum per day.
Bread, starches and all sweet products are forbidden.
Example of a meal in a Fricker diet
Example of a meal :
- Breakfast: no bread, no cereal, but rather a lean dairy and a piece of fruit.
- Lunch and dinner: vegetables, meat or fish or eggs, dairy and fruit.
The benefits of this plan
The Fricker plan has many advantages:
- rapid weight loss: between 1 to 2.5 kg per week ;
- diet taking into account weight regain by introducing a stabilization phase after the TGV phase;
- allows for long-term weight loss if good nutrition is maintained;
- learning about good food practices.
Disadvantages of a Fricker diet
The Fricker regime also has its drawbacks:
- The first phase is difficult to follow, as it is very restrictive and lasts 6 to 8 weeks;
- the first and second phases are not adapted to the nutritional needs of each individual;
- the first phase can cause dietary deficiencies that may discourage some people;
- Weight regain after the TGV phase can be badly experienced and demotivate for the rest of the diet.
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