Fiorello's diet is gaining ground in recent years. Thanks above all to the fact that those who are already familiar with the intermittent fasting has adopted this diet, hailing it as a pleasant variant – it is not for nothing that it is also known as the dinner canceling diet – especially useful for giving oneself a rule.
But in short, how does Fiorello's diet work, is it easier to follow than intermittent fasting, can it be integrated with other diets such as the keto diet, and what are its benefits? In this article you will find an answer to these and other questions, you just have to sit back and read!
How Fiorello's diet works
As we have said, this food program is a variant of the intermittent fasting. A curiosity: it takes its name from the presenter Fiorello, who declared that he had lost a lot of weight thanks to this regimen which owes its invention to a German nutritionist, Dieter Grabbe. But really, how does it work?
We can say that this diet is actually a sub-variant, because it is a 16:8 type intermittent fasting. The 16:8 is an intermittent fasting model that provides an 8 hour window of the day in which you eat, alternating with 16 hours of fasting. Normally this scheme is much loved by those who have a habit of skipping breakfast. Instead, in Fiorello's diet, the focus falls on dinner time, with the last meal consumed by 5pm.
Fiorello's diet: what to eat? Keto and other diets
As anyone who has followed an intermittent fast will already know, this diet does not specifically prescribe foods, but rather complements other meal plans. The aim is to combine a healthy diet with windows in which the body rests, i.e. it is not subjected to digestion. In fact, only unsweetened and calorie-free (or almost) calorie-free drinks are allowed, such as water and herbal teas.
You can therefore alternate this diet with the diet prescribed by the nutritionist, but also with other "fashionable" diets, whether they are high in protein, such as Atkins or the ketogenic diet, or based on the calculation of calories. A peculiarity: since this program actually focuses on breakfast and lunch, it is perhaps the most suitable for those who cannot give up carbohydrates, which are easier to burn in the early hours of the day.
How many kilos are lost on this diet? Weight loss and other benefits
According to its creator, with this diet you can lose up to 6kg in 15 days. Furthermore, for those who need a more important weight loss, it is possible to repeat this regimen for up to a year. The good news, however, is that the benefits are also seen by following it one or three days a week.
In addition to weight loss, you will then have the typical benefits of intermittent fasting: greater control over the sense of hunger, also due to the fact that you acquire a food education which naturally, that is, even without following a low-carb diet, leads to avoid glycemic peaks and hunger attacks. And better digestion thanks to the fact that the stomach is allowed to "rest".
The tricks to follow this diet in the right way
The first thing you have to pay attention to if you want this diet to work is to integrate it with a really healthy diet. In fact, if within the eight hours in which eating is allowed you binge – or if you follow a high-protein diet: you eat foods that take you out of ketosis – it won't work. Instead, what you have to do is eat an adequate amount of healthy foods, taking into account calories or proteins.
As we have said, then, with this regimen you will give yourself a nutritional education that will be useful to you for life, because you will learn to alternate meals and snacks so as to never suffer from hunger attacks. For example, before the last meal you can have a snack, so that you feel full enough.
A clarification: what is important is not so much to stop eating by 5 pm. This time is not absolutely mandatory and indeed, it can be moved so that the diet adapts to everyone's needs. As? Plan to eat from when you wake up until at least 3 hours before your usual bedtime. For example, you could have breakfast at 8 and the last meal at 16, but also breakfast at 10 and the last meal at 18 if, for example, you tend to go to sleep and wake up quite late.
And the contraindications? Few
Adapting to intermittent fasting always requires an initial period in which you must use all your willpower to discipline yourself. Some also suffer from sleep disturbances due to hunger. But just take a herbal tea, perhaps relaxing, to fill your stomach and sleep peacefully.