Fourteen day fruit diet

Updated March 23, 2017

If you love fruit, then this is the diet for you. The 14-day fruit diet is a weight loss diet that includes eating all the fruits that you want. This plan divides fruits into four categories to guide you on which fruits to eat during certain times of the day. In addition to weight loss, some of the many benefits of the fruit diet include soft, supple skin, regular bowel movements, excretion of excess sodium and joint pain relief.

Choosing fruits from the four categories

Category 1: Sweet fruits (grapes, pears, bananas, figs and dates) Category 2: Semi-sweet fruits and acidic fruits (all other fruits except melons) Category 3: Melons Category 4: Dinner fruits (cucumbers, berries, tomatoes and peppers)

Initially, do not mix fruits from categories one, two and three for breakfast or lunch. Mixing fruits may cause gas and indigestion. If you don't have this problem, then mixing fruits is fine. For dinner, choose only fruits from category four. Avoid eating avocados during the day, as they are high in fat; instead, consume them in limited quantities during dinner.

Foods to avoid during the 14-day fruit diet

As tempting as it may be to eat just one piece of pizza or one cookie, refrain from eating any starchy foods except during the Saturday night "free meal."

Prohibited foods include sugars, salt, refined and processed foods, caffeine, tea, chocolate, stimulants, breads and grains, pizza and cereals.

The fruit diet guidelines

In this diet you can only eat fresh fruits that have not been cooked or heated. Choose organic fruits when possible.

Eat as many fruits as you can during each meal to make sure you get plenty of calories.

Consume one large fruit meal for breakfast and lunch. Wait at least two hours between each fruit meal.

Don't drink fruit juices except for fresh squeezed orange or grapefruit juice that still contains the pulp. However, if you like, you may blend fruits in a blender to make an all-fruit milkshake -- and add water or coconut water if you want.

The only dried fruits you may eat are dates.

Dinnertime guidelines

For dinner, eat a large raw vegetable salad using as many vegetables as you like. You can accompany the salad with a protein drink or protein food. Mix category four dinner fruits in the salad, eating as many as you want.

You'll need to eat your salad without any processed dressings or ingredients. Try making homemade dressings in a blender using avocados, cucumbers, tomatoes, or nuts and seeds.

Your salad can contain two to four raw nuts or 1/4 to 1/2 cup avocado.

For EPA and DHA consumption, you may take fish capsules with dinner. Also take a multivitamin at dinner time.

To boost the immune system, take up to 1,000 mg (0.035 oz) of vitamin C and 1,200 mg (0.042 oz) of L-Lysine with a full glass of water at dinner.

After a week of dieting, reward yourself by eating anything you want for one hour during Saturday dinner. Remember to eat fresh fruit during the rest of the day.

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About the Author

Monica Sethi Datta has been writing health-related articles since 2007 and editing since 2008. She has been published by "The Raven," "Campus Connection," and "BIFOCAL," an American Bar Association journal. She holds a Juris Doctor and health law certificate from the University of Maryland School of Law.