Of all food-combining eating plans, the Hay Diet plan purports to ease digestion and rebalance the body's systems. Read our review to find out more below.
Devised by Dr William Hay in the early 1900's, the Hay Diet plan was fundamentally a healthy-eating plan, which had the added benefit of stimulating weight loss. Its main principle is that certain food types, such as proteins and carbohydrates, should not be consumed simultaneously, as different foods require different conditions in order to be properly digested.
A key pillar of the Hay Diet plan is that when incompatible foods are combined, personal health problems ensue.
The plan focuses on how modern eating habits have resulted in poor elimination of wastes and toxins from the system. When consumed together, proteins, carbohydrates and sugars can ferment, creating toxic by-products and putting a strain on the system. One of the conditions of this regime is that you must wait at least 4 hours between eating different types of food groups, allowing the body the opportunity to cleanse and detoxify.
By following this eating plan, consumption of highly processed foods is restricted which, in turn, stimulates weight loss. Indeed, it is recommended that 60% of what you eat is comprised of vegetables, fruit and salad, predominantly in a raw state.
Benefits of this system are the unrestricted food intake, which actually stimulates natural weight loss, and consumption of foods in their natural form, ensuring a healthy eating plan. However, there is no scientific evidence to prove that this accelerates natural healing, and because of the restrictions on the foods that can be eaten together, this way of eating may prove difficult to follow long term.