What is Veeramachaneni Diet (VRK Diet)?
Veeramachaneni Ramakrishna Rao introduced a diet plan in 2017, simply referred to as Veeramachaneni Diet Plan. It is being followed by thousands of people in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. He claims that he lost 30 kg within a span of 2 months on this diet and his friend had recovered from type 2 diabetes. In this article, we will review the diet plan and the pros and cons associated with it.
The VRK diet plan is an Indianized version of the Keto diet plan. By restricting the carbs and increasing fats in the diet, the body burns fats for energy and fats are converted to ketones (fat metabolism). This process is known as ketosis. These ketones are now used as a source of energy by the whole body including the brain. You can refer our blog on the Keto diet here.
Veeramachaneni diet has two plans – the liquid-diet plan and the solid-diet plan.
The liquid-diet plan:
The plan follows 4 important pillars:
Pillar #1: Consume 70 to 100 g of fat every day. The fats should be consumed directly (apart from the oils used in cooking). Only the below-mentioned fats should be used
- Coconut oil.
- Olive oil.
- The creamy layer of curd/yogurt.
Only pure forms of oils and butter should be used. Take only 10 g of fat at a time, preferably added to soups.
Pillar #2: Consume the juice of 3 lemons daily. This can be taken with water, soda or very dilute buttermilk.
Pillar #3: Drink 4 litres of water daily.
Pillar #4: Take 2 multivitamin tablets daily.
Green tea, black tea, black coffee, lemon tea without sugar and honey, veg soup, and non-veg soup can be consumed.
Follow this plan for approximately 5 days and alternate with a low-glycemic index, low-carb diet for 3 or 4 days until you reach your target weight. It is recommended for morbidly obese people.
The solid-diet plan:
This plan also follows the 4 pillars as the liquid-diet plan. The foods which are allowed in this diet are as follows:
- Eggs – up to 6 eggs daily.
- All non-vegetarian food – 250g for women and 300g for men per day.
- All vegetables except the ones listed below.
Veggies which are NOT allowed:
- Sweet potato.
- Cluster beans, broad beans, and other legumes.
Other Foods to avoid:
- Coconut water.
- Tender coconut.
Follow this diet until the target weight is reached. Come out of these diets by consuming low-glycemic index carbs with portion control. Do not consume solids after 7 pm. Eat 2 solid meals per day interspersed with water and other liquids.
Pros of Veeramachaneni Diet Plan:
- The Veeramachaneni diet plan is one of the few free weight loss programs available.
- You can follow this plan without visiting a weight loss centre and without spending any money.
- It is touted to be the best weight loss plan for women.
- Weight loss occurs quickly due to complete carb restriction.
- Diabetics experience better blood sugar control since insulin-resistance improves.
- Mental focus increases.
- Fewer hunger pangs and craving compared to other diets.
- People report increased energy levels.
Cons of Veeramachaneni Diet Plan:
- Ketosis has a diuretic effect on the body. So consuming adequate water is very essential.
- Since some important vitamins and minerals are depleted, one should take vitamin and mineral supplements.
- Can cause constipation if vegetables are not consumed.
- People on this diet experience headache, mental fogginess, drowsiness, vomiting, nausea, and decreased energy levels in the beginning.
- Some people develop a rash on the body.
- A kind of fruity smell is emitted from the body due to ketosis.
- Women can experience irregular menstrual periods.
- Increased acne and pimples.
Analysis of the Veeramachaneni diet plan:
This plan looks to be ideal for those who wish to achieve fast weight loss and have morbid obesity. Since cravings and hunger pangs will be less on this diet, people can follow it for a longer time. In order to successfully complete the diet, one should be able to overcome the associated side effects of a high-fat diet. The diet is not recommended for children. Prolonged dieting might have bad effects on heart health and kidneys, gallbladder, and bones. For those who wish to try a new diet and can follow the instructions to the ‘T’ can try this diet for a couple of months and check for themselves.
Those who wish to follow this diet plan should avoid taking refined oils and use only virgin coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil.
Virgin coconut oil
Virgin coconut oil is chemical free and un-hydrogenated. It is unfermented and unbleached. The extraction process does not involve heat application. Consuming virgin coconut oil is good for health as the extraction process retains the antioxidants and vitamins. Mesmara offers pure virgin coconut oil which can be consumed without any side effects. You can find it here.
Extra virgin olive oil
The extraction process of extra virgin olive oil does not employ heat or chemicals. The cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil offered by Mesmara has a very good taste and rich flavor. It can aid in weight loss while following the VRK diet plan. Extra virgin olive oil helps to maintain heart health since it retains antioxidants and essential fats. It can also be used for cooking since it maintains a high smoke point (around 200-210˚C).
Use Mesmara’s range of cold-pressed oils in everyday cooking for a healthier you.