The Rina 90 diet is a dissociated diet – how do you combine food products?
The Rina 90 diet, as any other dissociated diet, bases its success on the rules of combining food products. Often times, the weight loss attempts fail, not because one eats too many calories with one meal or because of the excess intake of sweets, but because nutrients are incorrectly associated.
Why it is important to combine food products?
Unfortunately, the modern human, the moment he sits at the table, makes a series of mistakes which lead to weight gain, but he is very little conscious of them:
- Eating unhealthy foods;
- The size of the eaten portions is too big;
- The number of meals per day is insufficient;
- Wrong associations are made.
For example, in industrialized countries, on average, the daily intake of calories is more than the necessary quantity of calories necessary for surviving and going through daily activities. A first consequence, one that is quite visible, refers to the tendency of gaining weight in the general population.
The majority of the people who resort to the Rina 90 diet are interested in losing weight and less in improving their digestion. But, as you will discover in the following paragraphs, there is a strong connection between the digestive mechanisms and the weight loss process.
The rules of combining food products are actually focused on combining foods that contain different nutrients. When these are not followed, unpleasant manifestations can occur.
With well-thought combinations, you will be able to keep digestive problems at a safe distance and more. You will manage to lose weight and you will stop gaining excess pounds. On the other hand, by introducing, at the same meal, nutrients that are incompatible with one another, you will actually cause certain symptoms, such as:
- Slowing of the digestion process;
- Abdominal cramps;
- Intestinal gases;
- Toxin accumulation;
- Weight gain;
- Difficult weight loss, despite following a regime.
Digestion and nutrient association
The 90-day regime is very much based on the digestive mechanisms and on the 3 phases which occur within 24 hours:
The digestive phase refers to a physiological process, in which food products go through a series of physical and chemical transformations. Basically, these are decomposed in elements that can be absorbed and assimilated by the body.
Where does the digestion of each macronutrient take place?
The changes the 3 essential macronutrients go through occur in phases and in different parts of the digestive apparatus. These are the areas of the gastrointestinal tract in which digestion takes place:
- Carbohydrates – mouth, stomach, small intestine;
- Proteins – stomach, small intestine;
- Lipids – small intestine (this concerns the majority of the lipids).
With a few exceptions, food products include more nutrients, in different concentrations. Rarely, you will find a fruit that contains only fructose or vegetables that do not contain anything else but starch.
For example, the first day of the Rina 90 diet is based on meals that contain mainly proteins. Even though you will consume especially meat or eggs, your body will not lack the intake of carbohydrates and lipids. It is just that these two categories will be present in a reduced proportion, in comparison to the first class of nutrients.
Why do you must follow the combination rules?
The digestive apparatus can handle any food product, as long as it contains the correct ingredients. The organs involved (mouth, stomach, intestine) have adapted to natural combinations, not to the ones “manipulated” by humans, as processed foods.
The digestive enzymes do not fail as long as certain conditions are ensured, each having a specific action. However, outside the contexts that are considered to be optimum, they will be found “guilty” of causing digestive problems.
By building a menu that contains food products which are compatible with one another, the ingredients will be more easily digested and absorbed.
What wrong combinations must be avoided with the Rina 90 diet?
Apart from the general rules, we will also come to your rescue with something concrete. Without paying attention to other principles, it is enough to keep in mind a few things:
Do not combine several types of proteins
The different proteic food products should not be part of the same meal. Pay special attention to separating fat proteins from the lean ones. From one type to the other, you will find the following to be different:
- The duration of digestion;
- The enzymes involved in the transformation mechanism;
- The acidity of the gastric juices;
- The secretion quantity.
By combining different protein groups, you will only end up prolonging the digestion, making it more difficult at the same time.
In no way should you combine proteins with carbohydrates
The combination of proteins and carbohydrates, on one single plate, will also make the digestive mechanisms harder to function. Each group of nutrients requires different enzymes to function:
- Alkaline for carbohydrates;
- Acidic for proteins.
When the alkaline enzymes come into contact with the acidic ones, they will neutralize each other, which will lead to episodes of indigestion. Given this fact, you should say a big NO to combinations such as potatoes / pasta with fish / meat.
Fruits should always be consumed on an empty stomach
Fresh fruits have the fastest digestion. Consume these at a distance from the main meals and snacks. As they are rich in sugars, do not combine them with anything else, not even vegetables or crudités. Or, as they are waiting to go through the physiological transformations, they will ferment.
Even after you have completed the Rina regime, in order to maintain a healthy weight, it is useful to apply the few rules of making adequate dietary combinations.