It’s always a good idea to err on the side of caution when it comes to trendy diets, like the new Thonon diet. Because let’s face it, every diet has to promise quick weight loss, but sometimes the approach they take is enough to raise an eyebrow or two. This might be the case for the new high-protein Thonon diet.
The Thonon diet hails from France, and this might persuade you to give it a try. After all, French women are known for their svelte figures, while imbibing frequent glasses of wine, and saying Oui to chocolate.
However, it’s safe to say that even the French would give this diet a snobby look.
The Thonon diet originated from the Thonon-les-Bains Hospital. However, this hospital doesn’t endorse it. So, what does the Thonon diet promise? And how does it work?
On its website, this “Made in France” diet promises that you can lose “up to 22 lbs in 14 days only!” But there are some red flags.
While you can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can only consume up to 800 calories per day for a 14-day period. It goes without saying that anyone who eats so few calories is bound to lose weight, whether they’re on the Thonon diet or not.
A light breakfast, followed by a protein-centered lunch and dinner, is what keeps you fueled for two weeks. And lots of dietary fiber promises to stave off hunger.
The website admits that the Thonon diet is only a quick fix and nothing sustainable: “The Thonon Diet can not and must not be followed for more than 14 days. Even with nutritional supplements, also needed to reduce the risk of nutritional deficiencies.”
Apart from extreme calorie restriction and a focus on high-protein, there doesn’t seem to be anything remarkable about it.
In fact, the this new diet trend may offer quick weight loss. But it’s likely that it will also introduce a pattern of yo-yo dieting, making it likely for lost weight to return once the diet is finished.