Body Ecology Diet: Pros and Cons

The Body Ecology Diet was created by nutritionist Donna Gates. This diet is based around the concept that individuals can regain their health and vitality by regaining a healthy inner ecology. This concept is based on the belief that the body has a natural balance of microorganisms that helps the body function. Due to diets that are high in carbohydrates and sugars, the natural ecology of the body has been thrown off. The Body Ecology Diet works to rebuild the inner ecology of the body to help improve health and ward off diseases.

Con: Lack of Scientific Support

Part of the Body Ecology Diet is based on the concept of food combining. Food combining is the belief that eating certain foods together can help with digestion. Unfortunately, there is limited scientific evidence that supports this claim.

Pro: Outline of Diet Plan

There are three basic aspects to the Body Ecology Diet. In the first one, dieters will add cultured foods to their diet. These items include kefir, fermented vegetables and organic yogurt. In the second phase, dieters will change the type of fats they ingest to focus on good fats like olive oil and flaxseed oil. The third aspect of the diet has individuals reducing their overall sugar and carbohydrate intake.

Con: Not A Weight Loss Diet

If you are looking for a diet that will help you shed a few pounds, then the Body Ecology Diet is not for you. This diet is more of a meal plan or lifestyle change. While dieters may lose weight due to the restrictive nature of this diet, that is not the intention. Gates does not specifically address weight loss, weight management or other ways to improve one’s overall health aside from the ecology concept.

Pro: Easy to Follow Recommended List of Foods

On the Body Ecology Diet, Gates provides dieters with a list of foods that help promote a healthy inner ecology. These foods include:

  • Raw sauerkraut
  • Organic eggs
  • Fish
  • Sunflower and pumpkin seeds
  • Steamed vegetables
  • Salads
  • Buckwheat flour
  • Millet
  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Kefir from goat, organic cow or coconut milk
  • Organic chicken or turkey


Cons: Restrictive List of Foods

For some dieters, the list of recommended foods may be difficult to find, expensive or simply will not taste good. This diet keeps foods very limited. The diet structure does not allow for much variance.

Pro: Exercise Routine

Exercising is good for your overall health in addition to aiding in weight loss and building muscle mass. The Body Ecology Diet recommends exercises that increase oxygenation of the body and work to reduce the presence of microorganisms, such as Candida, in the body. 

Con: Time Consuming

Due to the fact that the food list is so restrictive, dieters will have to spend ample amounts of time preparing foods. To remain on this diet, you will have to adequately plan and prepare all of your meals. Furthermore, without scientific support, it is unclear if the benefits of this diet outweigh the cost and time commitment.



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