The Danish Diet is a fad diet that concentrates on a drastic reduction in calorie intake. A person who attempts this diet is supposed to stick with it for a little over two weeks. After 13 days have passed, the dieter is supposed to return to a normal diet, consuming healthy foods without overeating. This diet is supposed to facilitate the loss of 26 pounds (11.79 kilograms) in 13 days. There is no reliable proof, however, of whether or not the Danish Diet actually produces this level of weight loss.
A person on this diet is basically supposed to skip one meal per day. While the dieter is supposed to have coffee at breakfast time, that is all he is supposed to consume. Even his coffee represents a bare minimum of calories—the dieter is supposed to have only a single cube of sugar in it.
Lunch for a person on this fiet does offer a bit more nourishment, but it is still very low in calories and nutrients. At lunch, a person on this diet is supposed to eat several ounces of a low-calorie protein source as well as two vegetables. For example, on day one, a person on this diet is supposed to eat two boiled eggs, a tomato, and spinach. On day two, he is supposed to eat several ounces of ham and yogurt at lunchtime. On some days, the Danish Diet lunch consists of several ounces of fish, with a little butter and lemon, and nothing else.
Dinner meals also contain protein, and many of the meals include beef. Others may include similarly protein-rich foods, such as chicken or lamb. They do include vegetables, but usually in very scant amounts. For example, on day one of the Danish Diet, a person may eat several ounces of beef along with a salad that is drizzled with oil and lemon juice. On day seven, a dieter may eat several ounces of lamb and follow it up with an apple; day eleven’s dinner includes only several ounces of beef and a piece of celery.
Some people considering the diet may feel comfortable with skipping breakfast, as lunch and dinner at least contain a source of protein and some calories. There are some days, however, on which a person following this diet doesn’t eat protein with dinner. For example, on day 10, dinner only consists of celery, tomato, and fresh fruit.