3 Foods to Leave Out of Your Perricone Diet

If you’ve begun following the anti-inflammatory Perricone diet, you certainly know which foods to include in your diet for a healthy body and skin. But for healthy weight loss, it’s also important to leave some foods out.

Don’t worry. There’s no need to starve, and there’s plenty of healthy options to replace these 3 foods you should avoid.

Want to know which foods to avoid when following the Perricone diet?

  1. Sugar
  2. Sweetened Yogurt
  3. Corn and Rice Cakes


If you’re hoping to lose 5 or 10 lbs. fast, it’s important to eliminate foods that encourage the storage of body fat. Foods that cause sharp rises in blood sugar are the culprits, since they result in the pancreas’s release of insulin. Insulin is a hormone that leads sugars to the body’s cells. A high amount of insulin not only makes your body store fat, but it also make you crave more of the foods you should be avoiding.

One such food that raises blood sugar is, unsurprisingly, sugar.

The Perricone diet recommends avoid sugar and high-glycemic carbs, like pastries, because they not only inevitably increase body weight, but also trigger cellular inflammation in all organs, including the skin. The Perricone diet is anti-inflammatory to avoid this inflammation since it may lead to wrinkles, sagging, and other signs of aging.

Substitute bad sugars with sweet fruits like kiwi, peaches, pears, plums, and cantaloupe.

Sweetened Yogurt

Yogurt? Isn’t that supposed to be good for you?

Indeed, yogurt is a great weight loss food. But when sugars and fruits are added into the equation, they can impair the survival of the cultures that make yogurt so worthwhile in the first place. Plus, they add unnecessary calories.

Instead, try unsweetened yogurt and add your own fresh fruit like blueberries to it.

Corn and Rice Cakes

Although corn and rice cakes are low in calories, they are high-glycemic foods, which spikes blood sugar and insulin levels. This puts a lock on body fat.

What are high-glycemic foods? Any carbohydrate has a certain level and is ranked on a scale from low to high. The lower the glycemic “index” the better, because high-glycemic carbs break down quickly during your body’s digestion process. This is a problem since this fast breakdown results in an immediate effect on blood sugar levels.

Instead of high-glycemic carbs like corn and rice cakes, turn to those lower on the glycemic index. Some examples include breads with wholegrains, Basmati or Doongara rice, and certain fruits and vegetables, like the fruits listed above. Best bets for vegetables low on the glycemic index are spinach, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, leafy greens, and most nonstarchy vegetables. By incorporating fruits and vegetables, you’ll also be getting plenty of antioxidants to protect your skin and body.

Following the Perricone Prescription Diet is easy with all of the options and great recipes.

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