Diet has been generalized as a means to lose weight, but the real meaning of diet is that it is a collection or list of different foods that are needed as maintenance for certain health conditions. For example, a person with diabetes is required to follow a strict sugar-free diet; and a person with hypertension must maintain a cholesterol-free diet. Therefore, there are many ways on how to use the word diet.
For this article, we’ll be discussing one specific diet that is used for its beneficial contribution to a medical condition called fluid retention and weight loss at the same time; this diet is known as the waterfall diet.
What Is the Waterfall Diet and How Did It Start?
The name Waterfall Diet may be used as a form of wordplay or to literally describe how the diet works. The purpose of the word waterfall is to describe the process of the diet by ridding the body of fluid retention in order to aid the individual in their incoming weight loss regimen.
According to Linda Lazarides, the main founder of the Waterfall Diet, she designed it for the purpose of treating fluid retention; which makes the diet not necessarily the main contributor for weight loss but instead it acts as an assistant to make way for the weight loss procedure. Also, she believes that the reason why most people have problems in losing weight is because of the fluid that is retained in their bodies. It may either be due to the fluid causing the extra pounds or the fluid is serving as a hindrance for other weight loss diet regimen to work. Therefore, she thought of coming up with the idea of a supporting diet that will work together with the weight loss diet.
The Waterfall Diet Book from 1999
The book written by Ms. Linda Lazarides in the year 1999 was the first basis of the Waterfall Diet. The reputation of the book was not high during its earlier years but it is said to encounter an increase in its public attention in recent years.
In her book, there is an explanation of why the diet is important as an aid in weight loss. It started when she noticed that there were quite a few people who experience unsuccessful weight loss even after undergoing extreme diet regimens that are very strict in calorie count. Then, she saw the possibility of fluid retention as a cause in most diet failures. She also discovered that the retained fluids in the body are the reason why there were few results of weight loss; because the weight of the fluids takes place of the supposed lost fats from the diet. Therefore, she believed that it is important to get rid of the fluids first before performing the chosen weight loss procedure.
The diet focuses on relieving the body of the excessive fluids caused by different health conditions such as kidney problems and low levels of protein in the body. There are also other causes of liquid retention just like the side effects of some medications, toxins, and allergens.
The Target Market of the Waterfall Diet
Actually, the diet was specifically made for people who experienced more than one diet failures. Because according to the diet, the water retention is the hindrance that stops the diet from being effective. Thus, if you have encountered an ineffective diet in the past, you may consider trying the Waterfall Diet first before trying another weight loss program again.
Another one is people who have cases of fluid retention because of certain allergies. Such allergens may be responsible for the body’s reaction of not releasing the excess fluid within. The allergens mentioned are common food allergens that cause inflammation as an allergic reaction. So in order to achieve the disappearance of the excessive amount s of fluid, this condition must be relieved first through the diet that restricts the person from common food allergens.
How to Do the Waterfall Diet
This diet has a step by step process that divides the different steps into phases. There are actually three phases that are labeled as the first phase, the second phase, and the third phase.
The First Phase is the individual’s self-assessment phase. This is where the person has to know themselves and the foods they used to eat. It is important that they will be able to identify all the foods that can cause any allergic reaction; since they are required to be cut out of the diet. After the assessment, they will be given a list of the foods that can be eaten instead.
Unless the person is allergic, the diet is actually focused on requiring the individual to eat foods such as chicken, fish, fruits and vegetables, soy products, brown rice, and most nuts and seeds. For the food restrictions, the most common food that they are not allowed to eat are foods containing wheat, eggs, dairy products, coffee, alcoholic drinks, chocolate, foods with too much sugar, processed foods, and red meat.
Other than the food list in the First Phase, there may be additional sets of food added in this phase. This can be considered as the trial and error phase since the added foods will be tested if they can cause allergies too. How will we know if the food is an allergen? There will be an unwanted and sudden increase in weight; which should be carefully checked and monitored during this phase. Once the individual is successful in listing down all the possible allergens that can trigger liquid retention, they will be asked to go forward and proceed to the Third Phase.
The Third Phase is where the individual is asked to use the diet as maintenance. They will be continuing with the approved list of foods while continuing to avoid the possible allergens in order to lessen the occurrence of liquid retention in the body. It is also possible to start with another diet that specifically aims for weight loss during this phase. However, it is important to choose a diet that will not cause any complications with the Waterfall Diet.