Remi tried out the diet for a full week (Picture: YouTube/MissRemiAshten)A young YouTuber tested out an ‘extreme tomato diet’ for a week in a bid to burn fat quickly.
The diet involved consuming high volumes of tomatoes every day for a week on the advice of her nutritionist who works with the Kardashians.
24-year-old Remi Cruz ate tomatoes as snacks during the day and included lots of tomatoes with every lunch and dinner for an entire week.
As well as the excessive amounts of tomatoes, Remi also consumed lots of protein and vegetables at meal times.
‘Tomatoes are actually the best food to burn fat,’ claims Remi.
‘So we’re trying this tomato diet just for a little bit, not for too long, just to kind of see how my body reacts.’
But do tomatoes actually burn fat? And are there any dangers associated with over consumption?
We called in the experts to take a closer look at the legitimacy of this so-called ‘extreme’ diet.
‘Although the name “tomato diet” sounds quite extreme, the diet Remi followed actually looks healthy and balanced, just with a large amount of tomatoes,’ Simply Supplements nutritionist Matt Durkins tells Metro.co.uk.
‘Because of this, there doesn’t appear to be any dangers to it.
‘One negative of this diet is that it is likely to become monotonous and may lead to you “going off” tomatoes.
‘This is something you want to avoid as tomatoes are healthy. Although it is a cliché, moderation is key.
Nutritional benefits of tomatoes
Tomatoes are mainly a carbohydrate with some fibre.
The vibrantly coloured fruit is an excellent source of vitamin C and other antioxidants including beta-carotene and lycopene – both are thought to protect against certain kinds of cancer.
They also contain an impressive amount of vitamin K, vitamin A as well as significant amounts of vitamin B6, folate, and thiamine.
‘Tomatoes are a great source of nutrition as they provide appreciable amounts of vitamin C, potassium, and folate (vitamin B9).
‘In addition, they contain carotenoids such as lycopene which are powerful antioxidants.
‘Research has shown that tomatoes have anti-cancerous properties and it is thought that this may be due to their lycopene content. Tomatoes also provide fibre, something people in the UK do not get enough of.’
The YouTube star claims tomatoes are a ‘fat-burning’ food (Picture: YouTube/MissRemiAshten)And what of the claim that tomatoes are a ‘fat-burning’ food? Turns out that’s just not true.
‘Tomatoes do not possess fat burning properties,’ says Matt.
‘Although they only provide around 20 calories per 100g, the calories gained from eating the tomato will still be greater than the body uses to digest them. This obviously means you will not be losing weight.’
And other experts agree with him.
‘Simply eating tomatoes will not cause you to lose weight or burn fat. No foods causes weight loss,’ explains nutritionist Jenny Tomei.
‘To lose weight you need to burn more calories than you consume. Exercise causes you to burn more calories, but ultimately you will likely have to decrease the amount of total calories that you eat.’
And nutritionist Karen Austin calls the claims ‘total rubbish.’
‘There is no such thing as a food that burns fat, only foods that are lower in calories, or foods that help to fill you up more,’ Karen tells us.
‘Obviously she will drop weight if she’s swapping high calorie snacks for tomatoes because they are lower in calories – it’s not rocket science is it it?
‘This diet is not sustainable and only encourages the public to believe that there is a quick fix.
Remi ate a balanced diet alongside the excessive tomatoes (Picture: YouTube/MissRemiAshten)‘Losing weight that quickly will just be muscle loss and water – not fat. Repeating a pattern of drastic weight loss will damage the metabolism making future weight loss even harder if not impossible.’
For Remi, the tomato diet wasn’t a long-term plan and she stressed that eating in that way was not ‘sustainable’ for long periods of time, but that it was to see how her body reacts to the food over a week.
She also supplemented her diet with regular exercise and workouts.
Adding more tomatoes to an already balanced diet isn’t likely to cause you any harm, and tomatoes actually have lots of benefits.
But those benefits do not include fat-burning. So don’t be fooled into thinking this diet could be a shortcut to losing weight. It just doesn’t work like that.
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