Mushroom Diet (The M-Plan Diet) – What Is It And What Are Its Health Benefits?

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Wondering how to lose those kilos without switching to a diet that would turn your taste buds into inert cells? Many people face this problem – they follow a strict diet during their weight loss regimen, but the absolute lack of taste leaves them de-motivated. This leads to foiling of all weight loss plans. Dubbed the M Plan, this diet, consisting of loads of tasty mushrooms, is beneficial and easy to stick to.

Health Benefits of Mushroom Diet:

The science behind the M Plan is very simple. It is a low calorie diet as mushrooms are chock full of proteins and have a lot of fiber. They pass through your digestive system very easily, unlike meat, the primary source of protein in our body. Mushrooms are also very good in giving your immune system a boost and fighting diseases. Mushrooms have one sixth of the calories present in them compared to meat of the same volume and they make you feel as satiated as eating meat. When you switch from meat to mushrooms, you feel just as full and get more protein without consuming a lot of calories.


There are hundreds of mushrooms available for eating and these are used in different cuisines. There are a few that pack the most power and nutrition. For a more effective diet, include a lot of white button mushrooms in it. It has been shown to prevent prostate and breast cancer in human and animal cells. Portobello mushrooms and Crimini mushrooms are good for the mushroom diet as well because they are rich in fibre and also have a strong, meaty taste. The Maitake mushrooms are less popular than the previous three. These fungi are packed with antioxidants and potassium. In fact, it is often dubbed the Hen of the woods due to its nutty and meaty flavour.


Preparing mushrooms is easy and quick. You can toss it in virtually any dish and increase its flavour quotient. If a dish calls for a lot of meat, try replacing half of the meat with chopped or ground mushrooms. In fact, Maitake mushrooms are great in soups and side dishes. Crimini mushrooms can be ground and mixed with minced meat. You can use it to prepare any dish that demands ground meat, like spaghetti and meatballs, tacos, hamburger and meat sauce. If you are looking for a quick snack, instead of dipping chips and fries in delicious dips, have sliced button mushrooms as well. They pack much more flavour and also don’t deliver too many calories down your throat.

Going Slim The Celeb Way:

Several celebrities have sworn by the mushroom diet. Katy Perry and Kelly Osborne touted this 2 week M Plan as the perfect solution to their weighty woes. Replacing one meal everyday with mushrooms helps in losing weight.

This is one of the few fad diets that have not been branded harmful by doctors and nutritionists. In fact, most of them agree that snacking on mushroom bites is far healthier than eating chips or candies. Of course, your diet needs to have a healthy amount of vegetables and fruits along with mushrooms.

Also, the targeted fat loss that is claimed by most M Plan proponents is probably a myth. The body loses fat almost equally from all portions and without surgical means, it is impossible to reduce fat in one place and keep it intact in another. Genetics also plays a role in how and from where you lose most weight, just as it governs where you get most of the fat deposition.

This mushroom diet plan is quite effective for overall weight loss and there’s no harm in trying it out!
Hope you will try this and avail mushroom diet benefits. Do leave us a word in the comment section below.

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