It was in 2007 when Thomas Rau launched the book titled “Swiss Secret to Optimal Health”. Dr. Thomas Rau is the chief medical director of Paracelsus Clinic Switzerland. His book talks about using cleansing or detoxification for a healthier way to lose weight. It provides explanation on how it works and recipes that a person can follow to perform the diet.
A month is needed in order to complete this diet program. One week is spent for the first stage while three-weeks is spent for the next part of the program.
STAGE 1: The first stage of the diet deals with eliminating caffeine, processed foods, sugar, animal protein and alcohol intake aside from reducing the amount of consumption of fruits and whole grains. This week will focus more on increasing your intake of vegetables in your diet. It is also advisable at this stage that stressful activities are avoided such as exercise.
STAGE 2: After doing the one-week initial stage of the program, the diet practitioner can now move to the next stage. The second stage, which is a three-week program, allows you to consume generous amount of food while maintaining the large amount of vegetables in your diet.
The Swiss Secret to Optimal Health is a diet program that not only prevents diseases but also helps in detoxifying your body and boosting your immune system. By boosting your immune system, you can defend yourself from harmful bacteria while at the same time allow your body to heal problems naturally. This program was built in the idea that a toxin free body creates a healthy being. Because the program is clearly defined, people find it easy to understand. It is said to be a proven program to alleviate chronic diseases, promote weight loss and overall body health while at the same time rejuvenates both the body and the mind.
Since the program is clearly explained, it would not be difficult for a lot of people to understand on how it can help their body and adjust the food that they eat. Many would claim that it helped them with their disease and made them feel better. However, while it is effective for some, this might not be the same case for other people. Although people believe in Dr. Rau’s idea of detoxification to keep the body healthy, many negative comments are also mentioned in doing the diet. Aside from the need to make time in cooking food that is required, most would comment of feeling very hungry while following the program causing them to feel weak, experience headaches and dizziness. Due to this reason, it made it difficult for an individual to maintain following the program. Lastly, this program also recommends reducing stress-causing activities and would advise you to take a week off from work to fully meet this.
Listed here are some of the recommended foods that an individual can take when following the “Swiss Secret to Optimal Health” diet program. Variety of recipes are provided in the book of Dr. Rau that you could mix and match the below foods for your eating pleasure.
- Fresh vegetable and fruits like grapefruit and apple
- Chicken, sheep and goat
- Vegetable soup
- Steamed vegetables
- lemon juice
- Olive Oil
- Seeds, nuts and legumes
- Herbal tea
- Whole grains
Like any other diet, Dr. Rau’s detoxification diet has its advantages and disadvantages
The diet program is said to be advantageous because it:
- Promotes healthy eating
- Boosts the immune system
- Is a good start to lose weight
- Has variety of choices that you could do to prepare the food
While most consider the health benefits that it could give to the body, other people would find it disadvantageous due to:
- The having headaches and nausea due to low calorie intake nature of the diet.
- Difficulty to maintain because to the time needed in cooking the food in the program and most individual practicing the diet feels hungry that causes them to also feel weak.
- Physical activities cannot be supported by the low calorie intake.
We cannot deny the fact that the program can really help in making the body healthier by eliminating and preventing toxins. Diseases can be avoided and prevented to get worse with a good immune system that this program helps to promote. This is especially beneficial to those suffering chronic diseases. However, like most of the diet programs available, this would as well require an individual determination to be able to complete the whole program since it would really be difficult to maintain it. If you are one of the determined dieter, then this program is for you.
Likelihood of losing weight (5 stars) significant drop in weight can be seen when practicing the diet. Food promoted in this program contains less fat building elements and are more of organic and nutritious food.
Healthy (4 stars) cleansing the body is a good way to keep it healthy. Although it is proven that Dr. Rau’s diet program was able to help people suffering from diseases, there are still some questions when it comes to nutrients lacking in this diet.
Safety (3 stars) aside from headaches and nausea in the early stage of the program, people would also complain of feeling weak and hungry. But other than this, no other complaints are cited about Dr. Rau’s diet.
Easy (2 stars) as mentioned in the earlier part of this article, unless you are a determined dieter, it would not be easy for you to follow this kind of diet. This is especially true for people who have an active lifestyle that has no time to cook and take a leave for work as a way to remove stress advised by the program. Apart from that, the feeling of being hungry almost all of the time in performing the program makes the dieter want to go back from their old eating habit.