The Planck diet, is it right?

The Planck diet, is it right?

The Planck diet is one of those diets often advertised in women’s magazines or on the Internet as a last-minute remedy for excess weight before the “bikini test”.

It has nothing to do, even if it is sometimes connected, with the prestigious Max Planck Society, an organization dedicated to research with more than 80 locations (called Max Planck Institute) in Germany and many other European countries.

This society is dedicated to the progress of science and takes its name from the German Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck (1858-1947), father of modern quantum physics. Some institutes of this society are also involved in research in the fields of food and biotechnology, but none of them has ever developed a diet. The combination between the Planck diet and the various Max Planck Institute is therefore purely arbitrary. To the point that in many sources the name of the diet even loses the “c” (Plank’s diet).

Planck diet: what it consists of and what it promises.

The Planck diet is not based on rules or nutritional principles, but it is simply a classic list of breakfast-lunch-dinner to be followed strictly for two weeks.
Its popularity (currently in drastic decline) is due to the fact that it is very simple to achieve: just limit yourself to eating as planned. The latter, in turn, is reduced to a minimum: breakfast only with unsweetened coffee or tea and, a few days, three rusks or a sandwich.

Lunch and dinner consist of only one dish. The foods are not weighed and the indications are very generic (such as grilled chicken or ham as required). Bread, pasta, bread sticks and crackers, spirits, drinks are banned. The dishes for lunch and dinner are mainly protein (grilled meat, boiled eggs, boiled fish). The use of fats is not quantified, although it is recommended to season everything in moderation. Fruit is provided only once a week, while on Sunday evening it is at pleasure.

Analyzing the food program we see that it is very repetitive and Spartan.

The promises are of the most disparate, up to 9 kg less in two weeks. The Planck diet is a “shock diet” that does not involve any maintenance phase. Given the highly restrictive diet regime, generally the lost kgs are taken back in a short time.

The many weaknesses of the Planck diet

The Planck diet has only negative aspects and only those who do not have a conscience can think of following it to obtain lasting results.

Although it is devoid of any attempt to measure the weight of foods and calories, and being so generic as to prevent a rough calculation of the breakdown of macronutrients, it can be deduced that the carbohydrate intake is actually reduced to a minimum, being exclusively based of foods like meat, eggs and fish.

Being strongly unbalanced, even just 15 days of Planck diet place the body under considerable stress.

Other critical points are the low intake of fiber and micronutrients, breakfast reduced to a minimum, the granting of a dinner a week in which it is permissible to eat anything, all negations of the basic principles of a correct and modern diet.

In conclusion

Exercise is by no means considered in the diet, this is not a good recommendation.

In short, it is a diet to forget, strongly unbalanced, which transmits wrong messages, contrary to the modern principles of healthy eating for a proper lifestyle.

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Franco Nero
Franco Nero

Franco defines itself as a person trapped in a sedentary lifestyle, however, he is an avid fitness "addict" and like, many more in his environment spends vast parts of his leisure time on a gym, running, cycling.

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19 Responses

  1. I would not do it .. there are too many proteins and almost never cereals .. surely it will dry you because you eat only protein and vegetables but I think it’s not good ..

  2. It is a super unbalanced diet, breakfast too poor … also where are the carbohydrates ?? just a sandwich for breakfast?? mmmm … then on one dinner I saw that there is only fruit and yogurt, is a diet that slows the metabolism and it is risky because then if you eat only even an extra bite you will assimilate it …

    1. Hi Nalli,

      I did it and it’s true, you lose them. It is not true that you do not take them back: however strong will you might have if you deprive yourself of a lot of things for a week or two, at the end of that same period you might want to eat twice as much! That said, if you have to throw down a little bacon or something else here and there it works. But buy a lot ‘of minerals because you will be very weak.

    2. 50% of the daily energy should be provided by carbohydrates which are therefore an important source of energy for our diet! Why? Thanks to the glucose that nourishes the brain and nerve cells, we can concentrate and face a whole day of work.

      To have energy continuously throughout the day, it is far better to take complex carbohydrates, which are absorbed more slowly, such as wholemeal, oats and legumes.

  3. For me, this type of nutrition is too stressful for the body. Eat a little at lunch / breakfast / dinner and overlook the snacks (very important). But then every day meat (it’s very bad) and never fish (which is great).

  4. I started today, two pregnancies gave me a good 25 kg to dispose of!
    For today it seems to be going quite well .. I am motivated because I have never had such an overweight … I have to go back to my 42 !!!

  5. Over the years I have tried several of these diet tips, yoyo dieting due to them as well. All I saw was an increase in hunger pangs and my weight as soon as I stopped. I no longer believe in them.

    1. We have had a “mixed bag” on feedback, someone really believes it helps, however, here at Team ELC we are with you on that 🙂

  6. I must say, I tired a few of these and they worked fine for me so far I don’t know if when I stop I will gain weigth

    1. We do have people reporting that once you finish this quite “radical” diet it is very easy to start eating like never before. Be careful 🙂

  7. Worst diet ever, I almost starve myself on one of those famous ones which provided with meals,. Some of the meals are really horrible too

    1. The good thing is….you are safe now. There is so many diets that you can follow, the best thing to do would be to have a good chat with a trusted nutritionist first.

  8. I have been trying to find a diet that will work for me. After reading this article i think I’m going to try it out.

  9. I think I would still try this diet type if I had a ceremony and I needed to fit that dress when I only need to lose a little weight

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