Despite its name, the peanut butter diet does not consist solely of peanut butter. The diet is primarily a low-calorie diet that permits the consumption of 4 to 6 tbsp. of peanut butter per day.
Peanut butter is a regular part of many Western diets. It is also considered a sweet treat and comfort food, but one that can render health benefits if consumed in moderation. Peanut butter is rich in fiber and protein, and also contains significant amounts of Vitamin E and iron.
Women on the peanut butter diet are restricted to 1,500 calories per day, while men are restricted to 2,200 calories per day. General guidelines of the diet include fresh fruit and vegetables, skinless chicken, salads, cereals and chopped nuts. High fat and preprocessed foods, such as cheese, margarine, white bread and mayonnaise, are forbidden on the peanut butter diet.
Small portions are an important part of the peanut butter diet. Dieters are instructed to eat single-serving sizes. The diet promotes three meals a day with one snack between lunch and dinner. Dinner is the only meal of the day that does not contain peanut butter, but because of peanut butter’s high caloric value, the amount of peanut butter consumed should not be more than 6 tbsp. per day.
Including exercise in any diet is a wise choice and for the peanut butter diet, daily aerobic exercise in 45 minute sessions is recommended. Walking, running and jumping jacks are good sources of aerobic exercise.
Some critics of the peanut butter diet criticize it as a fad diet. But unlike many other fad diets that can cause harm, the peanut butter diet encourages healthy portions and regular exercise.