Light diet is a concept that doesn’t emphasize on the food’s color, smell and taste, but rather to emphasize on light, balanced, natural, healthy, and unburdened food, which you should eat until seventy to eighty percent full. The concept comes from Japan, referring to the traditional Japanese diet emphasized with the returning to the basic, which people follow a diet which is less processed, low in fat, low in salt, low in sugar, high in fiber and calcium. Among the four principles of healthy eating are: low calorie, low fat, low sugar, low salt, high-fiber while controlling the intake of Trans fatty acids.
During light diet, daily calorie intake must be controlled not to less than 1000 ~ 1200kcal, as any lower will result in malnutrition and metabolic slow down. So, children, adolescents and pregnant women are not suitable for this form of diet. Normal healthy individuals can perform this diet 1-2 days a week, while people who are overweight can perform 4-5 days in a week. During this phase, go with small -intensity exercises but not too much strenuous exercises, such as yoga as they easily lead to low blood sugar.
The benefits of light diet are:
• Less fat accumulated due to low calorie;
• Reduction on sodium intake, cab reduce the burden of cardiovascular and renal;
• Less chemical ingredients from processed food;
• Gain natural anti-oxidants from fresh vegetables and fruits.