After having three boys, I came to the conclusion if I ever wanted a baby girl, I was going to have to put some effort into things. What I never expected though was that my journey to conceive a girl would help me lose 15 pounds in three months.
After way too much reading and research, I ended up on genderdreaming.com, a community of women dedicated to gender swaying. The amount of research and information collected within their forums is amazing and so clearly laid out. The main administrator over there at genderdreaming, Atomic, also created her own diets designed to help women conceive a boy or girl. The girl diet, deemed the Low Everything diet (LE diet) turns out to be one great way to lose weight quickly, but certainly not a long-term solution.
What is the LE diet?
In a nutshell, the LE diet is a low protein, low nutrient diet. The LE diet is based off the principle that in times of famine, the birth rate of female infants increases because female fetuses have a higher survival rate than males. If you can simulate famine conditions, you’re then more likely to conceive a girl. It should be noted that following the LE diet for longer than six months is not recommended.
While you can read much more on the specifics of the LE diet here, including food lists and tips, basically, you aim for empty calories and low protein (30-40g a day). This leads to eating a lot of salads with dressing, white rice, streamed vegetables, etc. You can go vegetarian or even vegan on the LE diet, but it isn’t necessary. It’s also important not to drop below 1200 calories a day. Below this level your body enters starvation mode, and you won’t lose any weight.
How did the LE diet work for me?
I took on a lose version of the LE diet with a typical days meal plan consisting of fiber water and a iceberg lettuce salad with dressing and croutons (when trying to conceive a girl its recommended to delay breakfast into the afternoon), white rice and steamed veggies for lunch, and whatever the family is having for dinner, but a smaller portion. (ex/ a 3 oz. steak, rice pilaf and green beans vs the normal 6 oz. steak.) The LE diet is also comes with a recommendation of 60 minutes of cardio 5-6 days a week.
Following this, within two weeks I lost 8 pounds, by the end of three months I was down 15. I started off slightly overweight by BMI standards at 5″2 and 147 pounds. I lost on average 1 pound a week, which is considered healthy, even while breastfeeding.
How can you use the LE diet to lose weight if you aren’t trying to conceive a girl?
I realize not everyone wants a baby, but the LE diet could easily be used by anyone with a few modifications. For example, you wouldn’t need to avoid low calorie foods that are high in nutrients and you could take a multivitamin. This would make the LE diet a safe option for prolonged periods as well.
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