Before you dismiss the diet and think there’s nothing you can gain from reading further, let me assure you that this is not your average Hollywood fad diet and is easy to follow at home. Dubbed “The Anti-Crazy Cleanse” by other news outlets, this plan doesn’t require followers to choke down juices, powders or frozen, tasteless meals. The meals are gluten-free, plant-based, dairy-free, organic and delicious, too. (Bobby Flay serves on the advisory board, so if that doesn’t reassure you that this stuff is tasty, we’re not sure what will.) The best part? Following the diet doesn’t require any calorie or carb counting! In fact, the company’s mantra is "If you are eating a diet full of healthy, clean, natural foods in the right proportions, your body will find its optimal weight." However, word on the street is that people following the plan typically lose about five pounds.
— SAKARA LIFE (@SakaraLife) April 17, 2014
But here’s the not-so-good news: As you’d expect, a service like this doesn’t come cheap. Sakara will set followers back up to $99 a day, depending on the plan they purchase. Luckily, you don’t have to earn a supermodel salary to look like one. You can easily follow the diet philosophy at home without becoming an official Sakara client.
Eat Sulfur-Rich Vegetables
Foods rich in sulfur–like kale, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage–aid the body’s natural detox process and may help the body better absorb iron, a mineral that help boosts energy. The more energetic you are, the more active you’re apt to be. More movement = more calories burned.
Eat Your Greens
Those following Sakara eat a minimum of 1-3 cups of greens (like kale, spinach, arugula and romaine) with both lunch and dinner. This doesn’t mean you have to survive on salads alone, but eating a bowl of greens before digging into your main meal is beneficial. Studies suggest that eating a salad before the main course can help reduce the total calories eaten during the meal—likely because of the water and fiber content.
Healthy sources of fat like hemp seeds, chia seeds and coconut oil are found in almost every Sakara meal. While eating fat to get skinny might sound counterintuitive, science backs it. Coconut oil, for example, contains medium-chain fatty acids, meaning it’s less apt to be stored as flab than other fats such as butter.
Sakara will only deliver food for five of the seven days of the week. Why? Because co-founders Whitney Tingle and Danielle DuBoise believe that “weekends are, and should be, full of temptations.” While that doesn’t give you free reign to eat whatever you want, there is wiggle room to indulge when you know you’ll be back to a more balanced diet come Monday. This is also good for your sanity and overall diet willpower, since you’ll feel less deprived.