Minestrone diet: how it works, examples, what to eat and CONTRAINDICATIONS

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Losing weight is the goal of many people especially when summer approaches. There are diets of various kinds, some well structured and balanced, others less so. Today we present the minestrone diet. How does it work and what can you eat according to this diet?

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Losing weight is the goal of many people especially when summer approaches. There are diets of various kinds, some well structured and balanced, others less so. Today we introduce you the soup diet. How it works e what can you eat according to this diet?

The so-called minestrone diet was born with the purpose of quickly eliminate excess fat. This type of diet, in fact, promises a very rapid weight loss, we are talking about 5 kg in just one week. The creator is unknown although it is assumed that she was born in a hospital in the United States to treat obese patients.


The aim was not only to eliminate abdominal fat in patients at risk but also to bring important parameters back to normal in a short time, such as cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, etc.

But let's find out now better what exactly this diet consists of.



First of all it should be noted that this type of diet it does not include calorie counts, minestrone can be consumed at will as well as raw and cooked vegetables and fruit. For other foods permitted sporadically, we refer to portions.

It is a diet that it can be followed for a week (maximum two) to avoid nutritional deficiencies. In fact, it cannot be considered a type of balanced diet, with the right distribution of nutrients and therefore suitable for becoming a habit for long periods.

As the name also implies, iThe main dish of this type of diet is minestrone, omnipresent for lunch and dinner (you could even consume it for breakfast!) along with a few other foods. The peculiarity is that it is advisable to prepare the minestrone with certain vegetables and not with others. It is also important avoid adding legumes and cereals.

The vegetables with which the minestrone must be made I'm:

  • tomato (pulp),
  • onions,
  • leeks,
  • celery,
  • spinach,
  • white turnips,
  • cabbage,
  • peppers,
  • artichokes,
  • broccoli,
  • endive,
  • beets,
  • chicory,
  • radish.

It seems that eating minestrone as a main course of a meal acts on sense of satiety more effectively than other foods thanks to the large amount of fibers but also towater of which this dish is rich. Furthermore, it is a low calorie recipe and therefore in the face of a certain degree of satiety there is also a fast weight loss.

It is then considered a detoxifying diet therefore suitable for eliminating the body's waste.


In summary, the minestrone diet is:

Low calorie


• Rich in fiber

• The main dish for lunch and dinner is minestrone

• Promises a fast weight loss

• Detoxifying

It can be followed in a very simple way since there is nothing to weigh, the minestrone can be consumed up to satiety, while for the foods allowed sporadically, reference is made to a simple portion.


As with the other diets, the minestrone one also has a list of allowed and recommended foods and another instead of foods that should be avoided.

We have already said that the fundamental dish for lunch and dinner is Minestrone, which can be eaten in double portions seasoned with 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil.

The first few days are particularly difficult because you can only eat vegetables and fruits, from the fourth day onwards it is possible to supplement the diet with a low protein intake deriving from skimmed milk and yogurt, lean fish and meat. Brown rice in small quantities is also allowed.

To drink, besides thewater (at least one and a half liters per day), we recommend, obviously unsweetened tea and fruit juices.
Foods to be avoided are cereals, legumes, mature or fat cheeses, types of meat and fish rich in fat. However, there are some versions of this diet in which small quantities of legumes such as peas or beans can also be used inside the soup and potatoes are allowed as additional vegetables.

In summary, the soup diet allows you to eat:

• Minestrone

• Vegetables

• Extra virgin olive oil

• Fruit

After 4 days, even small amounts of:

• Low-fat milk and yogurt

• Low-fat meat

• Lean fish

• Brown rice

Le allowed drinks are:

• Water (at least one and a half liters per day)

• Land

• Unsweetened fruit juices

Food to avoid are:

• Pasta and cereals in general

• Potatoes

• Pizza

• Legumes

• Butter

• Put

• Mayonnaise

• Alcohol

• Sugar

• Sweetened drinks

• Fatty meats

• Fatty fish

• Sweet fruits such as bananas and grapes (for the first few days)


But what do you eat in the course of a day following the minestrone diet? Here you are an example of a daily weekly menu.


Breakfast: 1 cup of tea and a fruit
Snack: 1 glass of unsweetened fruit juice
Lunch and dinner: minestrone at will


Breakfast: fruit and vegetable extract
Snack: unsweetened fruit or fruit juice
Lunch and dinner: minestrone at will plus steamed vegetables or fruit


Breakfast: a fruit and a tea or an infusion
Snacks: fruit or fruit and vegetable extract
Lunch and dinner: minestrone at will plus steamed vegetables or fruit


Breakfast: a glass of skim milk (or low-fat yogurt) and a fruit
Snack: fruit (also banana)
Lunch and dinner: minestrone at will plus vegetables or fruit


Breakfast: tea and fruit
Snack: fruit
Lunch: minestrone plus lean meat and salad
Price: minestrone plus fish (e.g. cod fillet)


Breakfast: tea and fruit or juice or fruit and vegetable extract
Snack: fruit or fruit juice
Lunch: minestrone and chicken with vegetables
Price: minestrone and steamed vegetables


Breakfast: juice and fruit
Snack: ground
Lunch: soup with brown rice (one serving) plus vegetables or fruit
Price: minestrone and vegetables or fruit


The minestrone diet is a low-protein and absolutely unbalanced diet (that's why it is recommended to follow it for 7 maximum 14 days). In fact, in the long run, the lack of protein intake risks losing muscle mass.

The disadvantage of this, as of other diets in which the foods are not well balanced, is that of not instilling a correct dietary education, proposing instead a low-calorie diet to be kept sporadically and in which the distribution of nutrients is not balanced.

It is also about a very monotonous diet in which minestrone is omnipresent and other foods can only be consumed sporadically.

Among the possible contraindications we therefore remember:

Lack of protein
• Risk of losing muscle mass
Unbalanced nutrition
• Does not provide proper nutrition education
• Very monotonous


We asked Roberta Martinoli, doctor and nutritionist, what do you think of the minestrone diet. Here's what he told us:

“The minestrone diet lures with the promise of easy weight loss (up to 5 pounds in one week). The initial detoxifying phase includes only vegetable soup, fruit, tea, and unsweetened fruit juices. The minestrone is prepared with a mix of carrots, artichokes, broccoli, endive, beets, onion, chicory, radicchio and peppers while potatoes and legumes are banned due to their higher energy density. Only after the fourth day is it possible to introduce fully skimmed milk and yoghurt while from the fifth day, a portion of meat or fish will be added for lunch and dinner. The diet can end after the first week while if you decide to continue until the fifteenth day you are allowed to consume a small amount of brown rice ".

How does the minestrone diet work?

"At the base of the functioning of this diet, which is at the same time hypo-protein, hypo-glucidic and hypo-lipidic, is the strong calorie restriction. Its construction makes it look like a kind of fasting. It is a dated diet. I remember that my roommate at the time of my first university studies (we are talking about 25 years ago) had imposed on herself this strict diet despite not having any need to lose weight ".

Would you feel like recommending it?

"Although I am not opposed to calorie restriction (I recognize its therapeutic effects), I believe that such strict regimes should be adopted only under the supervision of an expert whose task is to evaluate any contraindications. The most likely risk is that of experiencing a loss of lean mass. After all, it is a diet whose paternity is unknown. Its creation is attributed simultaneously to an American clinic, to a cardiology department of a hospital in Barcelona, ​​to the Sacred Heart Hospital in Montreal and to the Institute of Cardiology of the same city. The impression I have is that it is a sort of VIP diet born from the inspiration of some improvised nutritionist and conveyed through glossy magazines (Vogue and Vanityfarir) ".

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