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A 7-day cucumber-based diet that helps lose up to 13 lbs

Cucumber diet

Do you like cucumbers? That’s good for you! A cucumber is a tasty, low-calorie vegetable that can help you slim down easily. One average cucumber contains twenty calories, which is very good for weight loss.

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A cucumber diet is a popular diet for weight loss, which can help you drop extra weight fast. But don’t worry, though the diet is called cucumber diet, you don’t need to eat only cucumbers for a week. This diet is nutritious and balanced, as it will fill your body with all the essential vitamins and minerals.

In this article, we will tell you about pros and cons of this diet, explain what products you can and can’t eat and give you the menu for one week and the menu for three days. Are you interested? Scroll down to read this article right now.

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The three-day cucumber diet

You are free to eat cucumbers anytime you feel hungry. And don’t forget to drink more water. You recommended water intake should be 1,5 liters of water a day. In order to get great noticeable results, you should exercise at least thirty minutes a day.

Day 1

  • Breakfast: two eggs with tomatoes and herbs.
  • Snack: two cucumbers.
  • Lunch: cucumber salad with cabbage, lemon juice and olive oil.
  • Snack: two cucumbers.
  • Dinner: a cup of low-fat yogurt, one kiwi.

Day 2

  • Breakfast: spinach, cucumber, apple smoothie.
  • Snack: two cucumbers.
  • Lunch: two slices of cheese, one orange and one cucumber.
  • Snack: two cucumbers.
  • Dinner: cucumber salad with tomatoes, olives and olive oil.

Day 3

  • Breakfast: a cup of blueberries and one protein bar.
  • Snack: two cucumbers.
  • Lunch: cucumber salad with sweet peppers and tomatoes.
  • Snack: two cucumbers.
  • Dinner: one carrot and a cup of cottage cheese.
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One week cucumber diet

Day 1

  • Breakfast: a slice of whole grain bread with a slice of cheese and cucumber.
  • Snack: a cup of chopped cucumbers with one egg.
  • Lunch: grilled salmon with lemon juice and cucumber salad.
  • Snack: one orange.
  • Dinner: cucumber and snap pea salad.

Day 2

  • Breakfast: pineapple smoothie.
  • Snack: two cucumbers with hummus.
  • Lunch: roast pork and pickled cucumber sandwich.
  • Snack: two cucumbers with half a cup of tuna.
  • Dinner: vegetable salad with broccoli, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers and olive oil.

Day 3

  • Breakfast: spinach, cucumber, apple smoothie.
  • Snack: a cup of chopped cucumbers with flax seeds.
  • Lunch: seared salmon with Israeli couscous cucumber salad.
  • Snack: one big green apple.
  • Dinner: Coriander roasted chicken with chickpea and avocado salad.
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Day 4

  • Breakfast: a slice of whole grain bread with a slice of cheese and cucumber.
  • Snack: three cucumbers.
  • Lunch: brown rice with chicken and cucumbers.
  • Snack: one banana.
  • Dinner: spicy hoisin skirt steak with cucumber salad.

Day 5

  • Breakfast: homemade granola with cherries, blueberries and Greek yogurt.
  • Snack: two cucumbers.
  • Lunch: vegetable salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and feta cheese.
  • Snack: honeydew, cucumber, and mint beverage.
  • Dinner: cucumber and charred onion salad.
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Day 6

  • Breakfast: spinach, cucumber, apple smoothie.
  • Snack: two cucumbers.
  • Lunch: flatbread with fava beans, cucumbers, and burrata.
  • Snack: cucumber raita with black mustard and cilantro.
  • Dinner: savory peach and cucumber salad.

Day 7

  • Breakfast: homemade granola with honey, roseberries and Greek yogurt.
  • Snack: two cucumbers.
  • Lunch: crisp and crunchy chicken salad with cucumbers and carrots.
  • Snack: two cucumbers with hummus.
  • Dinner: vegetable salad with broccoli, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers and olive oil.
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How long should you follow this diet?

You may follow this diet for three, seven or fourteen days, depending on how many extra pounds you need to lose. If you need to lose just two pounds, you may follow a cucumber diet for three days. If you need to lose five pounds, you may follow it for a week. And if you need to lose more than five pounds, you may follow a cucumber diet for fourteen days. Just make sure you consult your doctor before you start a diet (3).

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The pros and cons of a cucumber diet

Advantages

  • It can help you slim down fast.
  • This vegetable is very cheap in summer, so this diet can help you save some money.
  • It can help you improve your digestion (2).

Disadvantages

  • The menu of a diet cannot be called healthy. If you follow this diet for more than three days, you need to take additional vitamins to prevent vitamin deficiencies (1).
  • This diet can be pretty expensive in winter season. So it is better to use this weight loss method in summer.
  • This diet is low in calories, so you may feel hunger all the time.

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DISCLAIMER:

This article is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional advice or help and should not be relied on to make decisions of any kind. Any action you take upon the information presented in this article is strictly at your own risk and responsibility!

SOURCES:

  1. Fat-Soluble Vitamins: Clinical Indications and Current Challenges for Chromatographic Measurement. (2016, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov);
  2. Health benefits of cucumber (n. d., medicalnewstoday.com)
  3. Why do doctors recommend a slow rate of weight loss? What’s wrong with fast weight loss? (2020, mayoclinic.org)
Kristen Fleming

Kristen Fleming

I am a U.S. educated and trained Registered Dietitian (MS, RD, CNSC) with clinical and international development experience. I have experience conducting systematic reviews and evaluating the scientific literature both as a graduate student and later to inform my own evidence-based practice as an RD. I am currently based in Lusaka, Zambia after my Peace Corps service was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic and looking for some meaningful work to do as I figure out next steps. This would be my first freelance project, but I am a diligent worker and quite used to independent and self-motivated work.

Kristen Fleming, MS, RD, CNSC

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