In the enzyme diet (also called pineapple diet), you only eat enzyme-rich fruits such as pineapple, kiwi fruit or papayas.

What is behind it? and why this diet should be “enjoyed” with caution? We will tell you here!

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Do you love exotic fruits such as pineapples, kiwis, papayas, bananas and mangoes?

Then you should try the enzyme diet. Because here, only enzyme-rich fruits land on the plate.

However, the fact that with this type of diet, apart from certain fruits, absolutely nothing else belongs on the plate is less pleasant.

Is enzyme diet safe? Is it clinically proven?

Here, you can find out how weight loss works with certain enzymes.

Enzyme diet: What’s behind it

The enzyme diet is based on the assumption that certain enzymes stimulate fat burning and digestion and support the breakdown of protein.

This should melt away the excess kilos and finally achieve the desired dream figure.

The Instagram girls, too, rely entirely on the enzyme diet, which many probably better known as the pineapple diet, in order not to gain a gram.

The menu consists exclusively of exotic fruits, such as pineapples.

That seems to be the absolute secret weapon for an Instagram-compatible dream body.

Enzymes are vital

In fact, enzymes are vital to us. They are needed for many biochemical processes that take place in the body.

This can be various metabolic processes, but also, for example, copying the genetic information.

But can you really lose weight with enzymes?

Enzyme Diet: These foods are allowed

The enzyme diet is one of the so-called mono diets because the foods that can be eaten during this diet are very one-sided and are limited to one food group.

Another type of diet that also relies on enzymes in the Sirt food diet.

During the enzyme diet, only tropical fruits such as pineapples, papayas or mangoes are eaten. They are rich in the slimming enzymes and also contain few calories.

It is important to only consume fresh fruit — canned fruit or ready-made compotes contain too much sugar and other additives that should be avoided.

Other foods are completely taboo during the diet. In total, no more than 1000 calories per day may be consumed through the fruit.

The diet should also be accompanied by sufficient fluids (up to three litres per day).

There are also some rules to be observed here. Still water, unsweetened tea or black coffee are ideal, fruit juices, ready-made smoothies, soft drinks and the like are taboo.

These fruits make you slim

#1 Pineapple

Pineapple is rich with enzyme bromelain. Once in the intestine, bromelain stimulates the breakdown of proteins and helps to absorb them faster. 

In addition, bromelain is said to boost fat burning. However, there is not enough evidence for this!

The fat burner enzyme in the pineapple also has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.

FYI: It is often used as herbal medicine against swelling after injuries, among other things.

Anyway, the pineapple can do even more! It’s not just the enzyme that contributes to weight loss. 

The fruit acid found in pineapples is also said to have a detoxifying effect, as it is supposed to bind and flush out deposits in the tissue.

#2 Papaya

Papaya contains the enzyme papain. This enzyme is also said to help digest proteins, stimulate fat burning and thus have a positive effect on digestion.

What else makes papaya so perfect for a diet? 

The tropical fruit consists of 90% water and has only 35 calories per 100 grams. 

#3 Mango

Amylases are the name of the enzyme we can find in mangoes. 

Amylases are said to help the body break down carbohydrates and digest them better. 

In addition, the tropical fruit is said to stimulate the metabolism and help against constipation.

#4 Bananas

Bananas boast two power enzymes. Besides the enzyme amylases already contained in mango, it also has the so-called enzyme glucosidase.

A study by Harokopio University in Greece found years ago that the banana enzymes (if consumed regularly) help to stabilize the intestinal flora and thus indirectly promote weight loss.

#5 Kiwi

Kiwis are also on the menu in the enzyme diet. They are rich in actinidain, an enzyme that helps break down hard-to-digest proteins such as meat more quickly.

In addition, several studies also found that kiwi enzymes help against gas and constipation.

The risks of the enzyme diet

In the enzyme diet, only selected fruits are on the menu. And this is exactly where the problem lies.

During this diet, we simply eat far too one-sidedly and risk a serious nutritional deficiency.

Even though fruits are super healthy, our body still needs proteins, minerals and fiber, carbohydrates and fats in order for it to function properly.

In addition, the high amount of fructose and fruit acid should be viewed critically.

This is because they can attack the teeth, damage the oral mucous membranes, attack the gastric mucosa and in some cases, lead to diarrhea and a flat stomach.

While the pineapple diet can lose weight in a short amount of time, the weight loss is mainly due to a large amount of water lost during the diet. 

When the diet is over, the fluid and thus the pounds usually return at least as quickly.

Finally, the diet requires a lot of discipline due to the low number of calories and the exclusive consumption of fruits. Food cravings are certainly common here.

As with all other radical diets, the dreaded yo-yo effect usually occurs here too.

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