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What can people on a no-sugar, no-flour diet eat?

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The suggested substitutions for flour and sugar-based foods are a wide assortment of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, avocados, eggs and cheese. In response to health risks associated with eating highly processed foods, some medical practitioners, including the late Dr. Peter Gott, M.D., author of "No Flour, No Sugar," published in 2008, have proposed eliminating flour and sugar from the diet to dramatically lose weight and eat healthier.

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Dr. Gott's book notes that foods with added sugar and flour lead to obesity and associated health problems. He advocates removing or significantly reducing flour and sugar as prescriptions for achieving optimal health.

To follow this diet plan, 3 Fat Chicks On A Diet suggests following a simple meal plan. The ideal breakfast includes a poached egg on whole grain bread with cheese followed by a morning snack of almond butter on whole-grain toast with crushed raspberries. Dieters should continue their day with a lunch salad with greens and chopped turkey topped with a vinaigrette dressing, and they should have dinner with a salmon steak, poached egg and steamed vegetables.

Dr. Gott's recommendation for improving a typical breakfast of a bagel with butter and coffee with sugar is to instead eat a bowl of oatmeal, a cup of skim milk, an apple and coffee with artificial sweetener. Along with removing flour and sugar from the diet, Dr. Gott also recommends 30 minutes of exercise each day.

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