Hay Diet

Hay Diet

The Hay diet separates the eating of carbohydrates and proteins at the same meal. This is due to the body not being able to digest them properly at the same time, which can lead to weight gain. Like the Atkins diet, it cuts down your calorie intake and is a very popular diet plan. However, there has been no scientific evidence that mixing carbohydrates and proteins can lead to weight gain, so consult with your GP before starting the plan.

The basic rule of this diet is not to mix certain types of food with others. Starches and sugar should never be eaten with protein and acidic fruits. Salads, fruits and vegetables are a major part of the diet and should be eaten frequently. If you are going to eat protein, starches and fats, they should be eaten in small quantities. Only wholegrain starches should be used, however. In terms of timing, people should wait at least 4 hours between eating different types of food groups.

Pros Cons
  • Increase in wholegrain foods – more vital nutrients and vitamins
  • Increase in fruit and veg intake
  • Very hard to follow (most foods contain both proteins & carbs)
  • No scientific evidence to suggest weight can be gained by mixing these nutrients
  • Miss out on important nutrients.

Daily Meal Plan


Fried egg with bacon and cup of decaff coffee with single cream.


Chicken breast with melted mozzarella with mixed lettuce leaves and olive oil.


8oz pan-fried rump steak with spinach and soured cream

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