VB6 Diet Review

by The Diet Critic on November 11, 2014

VB6 Diet Review
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VB6 Diet, or Vegan Before 6, is a part-time vegan diet program that was created by Mark Bittman, a well known New York Times food columnist and author of the book “How To Cook Anything”. The name of the diet pretty much says it all in regard to what to expect. In essence, you eat like a Vegan (no meat, no dairy or any other animal products) until after 6 pm.

Bittman’s idea for the diet was inspired by his own personal life experience. When he was 40 pounds overweight, his doctor informed him that he needed to lower his blood sugar levels and cholesterol. Instead of considering surgery and prescription drugs as an option to get his weight under control, Bittman opted to follow a part-time vegan lifestyle instead, as becoming a full vegan was not something he wanted to do. As a result, all the foods he consumed prior to dinner were plant-based and for supper he allowed himself to eat what he wanted.

When following this plan, you will become a vegan part of the time. Before 6 pm, you will eat mostly vegetables, fruits, beans and grains. When dinner time rolls around, you are permitted to eat what you like, within reason. Many of the vegan-friendly foods you can eat as much as you want, but certain foods, such as legumes, seeds, nuts, whole grains, and fatty oils, fruits and veggies, should be consumed in moderation. Bittman also cautions diet followers to limit their intake of junk foods, processed foods and simple carbohydrates like white potatoes, white flour, white pasta, table sugar, etc.

Pros

It is very possible to lose weight when following the V86 Diet, especially since studies have found that plant-based diets generally show promising results for lowering calorie consumption and improving general health. In addition, following this diet may be easier for those who are not interested in becoming full-blown vegetarians/vegans because it may be easier to stick to part-time limitations instead of diets that call for much stricter measures. Bittman’s V86 Diet book can easily be purchased online.

Cons

Although research has proven that following vegetarian/vegan diets that are low in junk food and simple carbohydrates can be beneficial to a person’s overall health and aid in weight loss, there is no guarantee that you will lose weight following the VB6 diet. Furthermore, some people may have a hard time following this diet plan – even part-time – as vegan diets are highly restrictive. It is also important to point out that while Bittman has over 25 years of experience in cooking, writing about food and food policy, he is not a health professional or nutritionist.

It is in your best interest to speak to your healthcare provider before trying out this diet.

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