Hamptons Diet: the Diet Plan
“Mediterranean ingredients- Atkins results- Hamptons style” – this is the success chain offered by Dr. Fred Pescatore for all those dieters, who decided to follow his weight-loss program, known as Hamptons Diet. In other words, that motto means that with the help of Mediterranean style of eating one can reach quick and significant weight loss, which will surely make him rich (in terms of health, obviously), thin (in terms of optimal body weight) and happy (in terms of happiness, usually associated with the lifestyle of the inhabitants of the Hamptons area in NY State).
Well, the prospect looks quite fabulous and consequently alluring. So, let’s look closer at what the Hamptons Diet means for a dieter.
First of all, the Hampons Diet is not about portion control, counting calories or food blocks, it is about choosing healthy food options among the great variety of unhealthy ones.
Being the follower of the Atkins way of dieting, the Hamptons Diet is especially attentive to the role of fats in one’s daily ration. However, from the very first page of his book, Dr. Pescatore underlines the difference between his approach to fats and the one promoted by Atkins. Instead of encouraging dieters to consume any type of fats, the Hamptons Diet says it is only monounsaturated fats that should be consumed by those who wish to lose weight, reduce inflammation, and avoid the problems of insulin resistance, syndrome X, diabetes, etc. This is the principle shared by the Hamptons Diet with the Mediterranean way of eating, where olive oil is the major source of fats.
However, Dr. Pescatore even surpassed the Mediterranean diet in the pursuit of the healthiest fat. He says that there is a fat source that is even healthier than olive oil. It is the Australian macadamia nut oil. So, this very oil is recommended as the primary source of fats for every dieter following the Hamptons eating ideas.
Another Mediterranean trace can be found in emphasizing the consumption of healthy vegetables, namely salad-type vegetables. Spinach, kale, celery, fennel, mushrooms, peppers, been sprouts and cucumbers are among the first options for a Hamptons dieter, especially for those, who just start the program and have pretty much pounds to shed.
All those, who do not need to lose much weight, are encouraged to prepare their meals using such vegetables as eggplant, onion, tomato, broccoli, asparagus, cabbage, avocados, turnips, collard greens and dandelion greens.
Finally, the starchy vegetables, such as peas, potato, cooked carrots, beets, cassava, and such exotics as plantains and christophene, are allowed, but their consumption should be limited to minimum if you are on the Hamptons Diet.
Other sources of carbohydrates are grains. Here the Hamptons Diet recommends preferring “slow” carbohydrates and avoiding simple ones. In other words, whole grains are always welcomed; beans and legumes should be eaten with moderation as snacks, but the consumption of simple highly processed carbohydrates (white breads, pastas, etc) should be limited.
As for the proteins, the Hamptons Diet generally welcomes the consumption of all types of protein. However, certain hierarchy or food pyramid still exists. Lean meats, skinned poultry, eggs, fish, nuts and seeds are placed at the bottom of the pyramid, which means they can be eaten without any limitations. Veal, lamb, rabbit, pork, etc. are also good choices. But bacon, sausages, and other processed meats should be avoided for the potential hazard of trans- and saturated fats in them.
By the way, the Hamptons Diet allows moderate amounts of alcohol. Obviously, it is also one of the traces of the Mediterranean diet, where the red wine is highly praised for its health benefits; …or, maybe, it is an attempt to add some joy into the dieting routine. Anyway, it is not a strict diet rule, but it is definitely one more sign, showing that strict limitations, bans, and other taboos have nothing to do with the Hamptons diet.