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Aurélie Guerri (Dietitian-nutritionist)
Mentioned on social networks, the abura method is a diet that combines two known processes, namely intermittent fasting and the ketogenic diet. But beware of people who would like to try it, the abura method is not the right solution for healthy and effective weight loss.
What is the abura method?
Is the abura method mentioned by Ines Reg on social networks a good idea? This low-calorie diet that the comedian followed to lose weight combines two processes that have been in vogue in recent years, namely the ketogenic diet, also called keto, and intermittent fasting.
“Intermittent fasting consists of fasting, that is to say not eating for a period of 16 hours. It’s like skipping a meal.” says dietician-nutritionist Aurélie Guerri, dietician-nutritionist and co-founder of The beneficent, a site that offers detox and plant cures online. “This can be practiced during the night. So we stop eating – but not drinking – after 9 p.m. and have your first meal the next day at 1 p.m. “ she takes as an example. The body will then draw on the reserves until the next food intake. “The objective of fasting is not necessarily to lose weight. Originally, it allows you to rest your body, your digestive system, to gain energy for better health, especially cardiovascular health. In this case , we can bring the calories of the meal removed on the two others by eating a little more. Intermittent fasting can also help to lose weight, it will then be necessary to lower the calories in the remaining meals which will have to be balanced “.
The ketogenic diet as for him is more to lose weight even if the latter would also have an interest for certain health problems such as epilepsy. “The ketogenic diet or keto diet consists of greatly limiting the carbohydrates that we reduce to only 5% of our intake, so we slow down on starchy foods, legumes, as well as certain fruits and vegetables” deciphers the specialist. “We normally consume proteins such as meat, eggs (25%) and we eat more foods rich in good quality lipids such as fatty fish, avocado or even virgin olive oil (70 %)” explains the specialist. The objective of this diet is to limit the level of insulin in the blood and to force the body to enter ketosis. It is the formation of ketone bodies which will become the energy source of the cells: “the body has no more fuel initially produced thanks to carbohydrates”. So it will directly draw on fat.
Is the abura method recommended?
intermittent fasting, “why not”she explains. “It is easy to follow especially for people who have low caloric expenditure in the morning and who wish to fast until lunch. It depends on our job and if the tasks are physical” says the nutrition expert. “I agree if it is well undertaken and carried out only once in a while. The ideal is to do it two to three times a week”.
Please note that intermittent fasting is not for everyone. People who suffer from blood sugar or diabetes cannot necessarily practice it. It is important to seek the advice of your doctor. Note that in case of intermittent fasting, the two meals of the day must be balanced so as not to miss anything.
The dangerous ketogenic diet?
Associated with fasting or not, Aurélie Guerri does not recommend the keto diet. “As soon as we remove a category of food, in particular carbohydrates which represent energy for the brain, I say no”she hammers. “There are plenty of harmful consequences. Already because it’s desocializing if you want to have a meal with friends or go to a restaurant, for example. It’s frustrating and impossible to hold in the long term. Then, it unbalances nutrients, we lack fiber and carbohydrates, we have a high fat intake, all of this can create digestive disorders”, she warns before adding “There are also risks of hypoglycaemia, fatigue and even malaise.
Aurélie Guerri also specifies that one of the dangers of restrictive diets is the guilt caused by a gap. “It can create Compulsive Eating Disorders (TCA) and leave psychological traces” she warns.
“In addition, we lose weight, but there are great risks of regaining it”. It is a normal reaction of the body. As we deprive it of food that is essential to it, it is in survival mode and will store as soon as we ingest food. And as the body has become accustomed, it is increasingly difficult to lose weight.
Finally, the lack of carbohydrates due to the ketogenic diet does not allow you to do a lot of sport, at the risk of feeling unwell. In any case, it is absolutely necessary to contact a doctor to ask his opinion before undertaking this type of diet.
The specialist therefore advises against the abura method and instead recommends a food rebalancing with which no food is prohibited. It recommends respecting the official recommendations of the Ministry of Health by giving pride of place to fruits, vegetables, pulses, by consuming rapeseed, walnut and olive oil, dairy products as well as starchy foods. wholemeal, fish and white meat. Certain foods should be reduced such as red meat, cold cuts, alcohol, sugary drinks and industrial processed meals. The government also advises to favor physical activity in order to fight against a sedentary lifestyle. In any case, you should never deprive your body!”.