Celery diet

Celery diet


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Celery is a vegetable that has many positive effects and very low calorie levels, so it's no surprise that celery diet has become very popular lately. 100 grams of celery contains only 14 calories, but also contains 1.8 grams of dietary fiber, 0.33 mg of iron, 8.2 mg of vitamin C, 36 mg of calcium and contains no fat at all.

Celery also contains a number of antioxidants, such as p-coumaric acid, ferulic acid, luteolin, apigenin, caffeic acid, tannins, saponins, etc.

Health benefits of celery

Because of its high antioxidant content, celery is thought to reduce inflammatory processes in the body and can help treat various inflammatory diseases (e.g. allergic asthma and arthritis). High levels of antioxidants can help combat various types of cancer and prevent them from developing. Studies have shown that taking celery juice can improve the condition of patients on doxorubicin (a drug used to treat cancer).

Because of its antioxidant properties celery can also help prevent arteriosclerosis, and is recommended in people with high cholesterol or triglyceride levels.

Luteolin - an antioxidant contained in celery, has been tested as a potential drug in the treatment of hypertension, and research to date has shown that luteolin can reduce blood pressure and improve heart health.

Celery soup - Recipe

One of the very tasty and healthy dishes is celery soup, which requires 300 grams of celery, 300 grams of cabbage, two carrots, onion, parsley and garlic, as well as olive oil. Onions and garlic should be fried briefly in olive oil. In the meantime, shred the cabbage and celery and cut carrots, so you can add them to the pan. Add enough water to the pan so you cover all vegetables, and cook until vegetables are tender.

If you like, you can also add a glass of tomato juice that will enhance the taste and nutritional value of this soup.

Celery soup is probably one of the main dishes during celery diet, in the meal plan you can see below.

Celery diet - Meal plan

Day One

Breakfast: 3 hard-boiled eggs (150 calories)

Lunch: 300 grams of celery soup (100 calories)

Snack: banana (90 calories)

Dinner: 200 grams of celery soup (70 calories)

Total calories for day one: 410 calories

Day Two

Breakfast: 100 grams of eggs (110 calories) and a glass of fresh celery juice (40 calories)

Snack: 100 grams of pineapple (60 calories)

Lunch: 200 grams of cooked veal (250 calories) and a glass of fresh celery juice (40 calories)

Dinner: 200 grams of celery soup (70 calories)

Total calories for day two: 570

Day Three

Breakfast: 150 grams of spinach soufflé (200 calories)

Snack: one apple (50 calories)

Lunch: 200 grams of celery soup with peas (instead of cabbage) - 150 calories

Dinner: 200 grams of fried chicken with potatoes (310 calories)

Total calories for day three: 710 calories

Day Four

Breakfast: one or two glasses of fresh celery juice (80 calories)

Snack: banana (90 calories)

Lunch: 100 grams of cooked salmon (190 calories) and a glass of celery juice (40 calories)

Dinner: 100 grams of cooked salmon (190 calories)

Total calories for day four: 590 calories

You can repeat all of this over the next 4 days, so the diet lasts for 8 days in total. For these 8 days it is predicted that women will lose 6-7 pounds, while men can lose 9-10 pounds.

This is extreme weight loss and is not recommended as per World Health Organization. Therefore, please consult your doctor before you decide to start with this diet.

Precautions

Celery contains a substance called psoralen, which increases the sensitivity of the skin to the sun's rays, and people who eat a lot of celery have increased risk of dermatitis and skin damage caused by the sun's rays. For this reason, you should avoid exposure to the sunlight while on celery diet.

Celery is not recommended in high doses in couples planning pregnancy, as apigenin can affect fertility.

You should not be physically active while on this diet, because you might collapse during intense physical activity, as your body will not have enough energy to support your activity.

Celery diets should not be used in pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, or developing children. It is not recommended for diabetics or other people with chronic illnesses or metabolic disorders.

You should never start a diet or abrupt change of your lifestyle prior consulting your doctor or nutritionist.

References

  1. Kooti W, Daraei N. A Review of the Antioxidant Activity of Celery (Apium graveolens L). J Evid Based Complementary Altern. Med. 2017. 22(4): 1029-34.
  2. Kolarovic J, Popovic M, Mikov M, et all. Protective Effects of Celery Juice in Treatments with Doxorubicin. Molecules. 2009. 14(4): 1627-38.