The Waterfall Diet allows subscribers to eat fresh fruit and vegetables, dried peas, edible beans, lentils, chickpeas, brown rice, nuts, seeds, soy products, tofu, chicken and fish. Alcohol, coffee, wheat-based cereals, dairy foods, pasta, processed and sugary foods, chocolate, mayonnaise, red meat and foods that contain flour are avoided.
The purpose of the Waterfall Diet is to encourage the release of excess fluid in three phases. Phase one lasts for two months and involves identifying possible food allergens. This amount of time allows the body to clear itself of elements that may be causing fluid retention.
During the first week of phase two, egg-free wheat pasta, plain wheat crackers or wheat flour is added to learn if symptoms result, such as fatigue, sinus congestion, headache or drastic weight gain. Repeat the process during week two with the addition of dairy products. Add eggs during week three and yeast extract during week four, then surmise from the presence or lack of symptoms whether food allergy is an issue.
The goal of phase three is to keep water buildup from returning. Continue eating 90 percent of the foods allowed in phase one. Complete the remaining 10 percent by incorporating miscellaneous foods that do not include any proven allergy producers.