Perricone Diet

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

perricone-presciptionThe Perricone Prescription is an ‘anti-wrinkle’ diet.

US skin care expert and dermatologist Dr. Nicholas Perricone wrote his book The Perricone Prescription after concluding that certain foods cause inflammation and water retention. This can lead to premature aging, obesity, and other health issues.

The basis of the diet is a 28 day program. The program aims to reduce saturated fats, refined sugars, and other high glycemic carbohydrates.

3 Day Nutritional Face-lift

As a trial run, Perricone provides a meal plan for 3 days. Many report feeling results after only 3 short days – anything from “feeling more energized”, “losing that puffiness around the face”, “eyes no longer bloodshot”.

The following menu should be followed for 3 days. Protein should be eaten first. Note that the salmon should be wild, or at the least organic.

Wake Up
8 to 12 ounces spring water
3 egg whites and 1 whole egg and/or a 4- to 6-ounce piece of broiled salmon
1/2 cup cooked oatmeal (not instant)
4 oz cantaloupe OR 1/4 cup fresh berries
8 to 12 ounces spring water minimum, (more if desired)
4 to 6 ounces grilled salmon or tuna packed in spring water
2 cups romaine lettuce
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste
4 oz cantaloupe OR 1/4 cup fresh berries
8 to 12 ounces spring water minimum, (more if desired)
Mid-afternoon snack
2 ounces low-salt, sliced chicken breast OR 6 oz plain yogurt.
4 raw, unsalted hazelnuts
1/2 green apple
8 to 12 ounces spring water minimum, (more if desired)
4 to 6 ounces grilled salmon
2 cups romaine lettuce
1 tablespoon olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste
1 cup steamed asparagus, broccoli, or spinach dressed with a little olive oil
4 oz cantaloupe OR 1/4 cup fresh berries
8 to 12 ounces spring water minimum, (more if desired)
Before-bedtime snack
2 ounces low-fat low-salt turkey/chicken breast OR 6 oz plain yogurt.
1/2 pear or green apple
3 or 4 almonds or olives
8 to 12 ounces of spring water
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Perricone Diet – Is it Good?

Dr. Perricone’s Prescription is good. It is particularly good for women, who have been living with inadequate nutrition for some time. Bringing back lean protein into the diet immediately increases metabolism, cell rejuvenation, and a number of other benefits.

There are numerous positive reports from users of this diet, and despite not being a weight-loss diet, – weight loss has occurred in a number of people.

There are a few criticisms however – getting hold of ‘wild’ salmon could get expensive (the argument here is that most farmed salmon may contain antibiotics and other chemicals.

The book also makes extensive references to other topical treatments that Dr. Perricone provides – not surprisingly these are expensive. However – the Perricone Prescription is far more than one long advertisement — the diet and advice is sound, and should have a positive impact on your health as well as your skin.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
  • Feeling Great

    I did this wonderful 3 day Diet and I felt great. I felt so great that I am now doing the 28 day fresh start by him as well. I lost 13 pounds which was a lot but my skin looked better. I normally have dry looking skin on my face. I am 60 young rapidly approaching 61. So Thank You…May not work for everyone but it sure is working for me.

  • ACE

    I am on the 3rd day of this diet, I keep looking in the mirror-to check how radient I have become, Not seeing it yet. Maybe it’s because I am a guy. However I have lost about 5 lbs and still have the rest of the day to go. This was really difficult for me as I have a seafood phobia. I don’t like the look, smell, taste ,texture of fish and the whole idea of eating fish is repulsive to me-I don’t know why. I tried to do the best I could-I bough a frozen half wild alaskan salmon , cut it into staks and checked on line for suggestions on how to prepare it for non fish lovers. First one was soak it in milk for 20 minutes- didn’t do much. Then i made a apricot/ ginger/mustard sauce to cook it in- still tasted like salmon(I grilled it). You have to understand I gag when i try to eat fish and even threw up a couple of times, I thought that if I had the sald/ broccolli/asparagus( another challenge- I ahd to go on line to discover that this wretched stuff makes your pee smell just awful. Today i tried something new and it was a reasonable success. I cut up a slice of fresh pineapple and a kiwi and added a good squeeze of lemon juice and added the mashed up cold cooked salmon and stirred it all around, and this actually was the best way-it’s sweet/sour tartness and crunchy texture helpen immeasurably. ( I had tried cotton balls stuffen in each nostril-didn’t work-the smell just rises up into you nose while your eating it. Last night I had another brainwave and used menthol rub in the end of my nose, it helped. I also do somethign while I’m eating the pineapplekiwi mix,don’t sit down while chewing, do a load of laundry/ etc.

  • Karen R

    I did the 3 day diet and then continued on the 28 day one. I lost 17 lbs but gained 7 back as soon as I went on vacation and could not find the foods. The down side is that I detest salmon so I have to kill the taste with lemon pepper which can be salty. The first three days I felt light headed probably because my blood pressure dropped. The diet is not difficult to follow. His other book has a cereal that you make called Turn the clock back cereal which tastes much better than plain oatmeal. I add blueberries and stevia to it.

  • Ann

    After messing up my metabolism on DR Atkins diet (I know that works well for some… didn’t for me) I began this 3 day plan. Day one I thought I couldn’t get enough to eat. I was ravenous. Is this normal?

  • Paula

    I like it. I am on the afternoon of my 3rd day and I do see a difference, especially in my neck. I see firmer skin esp. around my eye lids which tend to be heavy on top. My skin looks clearer. I like how I feel and my pooch in front has decreased. Along with the diet, I have been working out and I noticed this morning I was sweating a little more than usual. I feel my body is functioning properly. I’m actually going to continue with the 28 day plan. Yes pricey, but either you pay now or pay later. I want to be dancing at my great grandchildrens weddings. Thanx Dr. Perricone.

  • Gina Ayliffe

    I struggled with my weight for years and tried all kinds of stupid diets. This is the only thing that worked for me, and beautifully! It was easy to follow, easy to stay with once my system cleaned out (about 3 days)….I feel great, look younger, went from size 18W to a 10 (which I had NEVER been) in about 6 months. I learned the go-to foods to keep in my kitchen, and the basic principles stay with me. Best thing I ever found, nutritionally.

  • reem

    im gona start dieting with salamon

  • Heather

    I bought this book over 10 years ago when I was suffering from a bad flare up in my arthritis – I tried the 3 day diet – which hasn’t changed in the 10 years I’ve owned the book – and at the end of the 3 days my skin was bright and my body felt great and I had lost 4 pounds. I don’t eat fish at all so where it said to eat fish I had skinless boneless chicken instead or had low sodium turkey slices. I found that 3 days was all I could stomach and haven’t been able to eat extra virgin olive oil since! But I am being considered for a lupus diagnosis and am digging out my book to see if it will help the malar butterfly rash I have on my face right now… I’m confident it will work…still not excited about the olive oil though!

  • maddie shaffer

    i think that we are all going to die no matter what so why cant we eat what we want and be happy? ITS NOT FAIR!

    • Ann

      We CAN all eat what we want but we might not feel as well as we could if we eat the wrong things.

  • Lynn

    When making the oatmeal is the half cup the made-up volume? And how do you make ie?! With water? Also is the yoghurt low fat, no fat, or normal. Thanks

  • vera

    I just started the 3 day diet. What can you put in oatmeal and plain yogurt to make it taste better?

    • chantelle

      honey, cinnamon, crush some frozen berries into it.

      you could also try blending almond milk with oats, adding a tsp of honey and some cinnamon and nutmeg.

    • Sherry

      I add a little Splenda and either the fresh strawberries or blueberries, or sometimes cut up 1/2 an apple and add cinnamon. Also, you can add some Almond milk to make it creamier (instead of the water or do 1/2 and 1/2). I hope this helped! :)

      • alwayslovinlife

        I thought the whole idea of this three day diet is to get rid of the “extra sugars and junk you don’t need. Splenda is a GREAT BIG no no. Almond milk is full of sugar. It’s only three days if you really want it to work you will do it the way Dr. Perricone says to do it. Or why bother?

  • BABS

    I have gone on the 3 day twice. The immediate thing that I noticed was that my rings were looser. Definitely took away any puffiness and bloat.

    • Nelfa

      Overall, this is a good book. The author cellray understands the connection between healthy lifestyle choices and healthy skin. His advice is good, and the book is an easy read.I agree with the reviewer who suggested getting it from the library. The author’s writing style is repetitive, and I found myself skipping paragraphs or pages often. The core information provided in the book is simple and doesn’t take much explanation. If you’re familiar with anti-inflammatory diets, you’re probably familiar with the gist of this book. If not, and you plan to strictly adhere to the author’s recommendations, you may want to buy this book as a reference.

  • Amy

    I just tried the 3-day diet after getting a free copy of the book from a client, and I was a little underwhelmed. Perhaps it is because I already eat a fairly healthy diet, but I didn’t notice any major changes in my skin or my energy level. I did notice that I felt more alert in the morning, and I plan to continue eating protein before my oatmeal, as well as having a snack before bed. Also, I suffer intermittent eczema, particularly on one hand, and the diet did not resolve that (though it might be a bit much to expect that any 3-day diet would resolve it!).
    My biggest concerns with the long-term diet are that wild salmon is quite expensive (though tasty), and all salmon can be high in mercury. Also, from experience, I know my body needs to have some whole grains as fuel (particularly when I am running) – but that might not be true of all people.

  • Clara

    Lol at the comment about it being a quick fix that sells books. Um…exactly what health issues are masked by eating fish? It’s a healthful eating plan that gets people off donuts and other faux food. How anyone can actually say this is bad is beyond me.

  • Deema

    Um, what is “organic” salmon?

  • sonja

    sounds like a very sensible diet.

  • Laura Cozzarelli, MD

    If anyone is concerned with mercury intoxication (and I see from above that some are), please know that the Alpha-lipoic acid Dr. Perricone espouses is an extremely potent chelator (mobilizer) of mercury. Mercury is built up and stored in our bodies to varying degrees from years of eating mercury-laden fish, having ‘silver’ dental fillings, and receiving mercury (thimerosal)-preserved vaccinations.
    The danger of ALA vs. other chelators (e.g., Dimercaptosuccinic Acid, or DMSA) is that ALA crosses through the blood brain barrier, and can actually carry large amounts of mercury to the brain from where it was stored in the liver, spleen, etc. This redistribution to the brain can cause health problems ranging from chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, increased food and environmental allergies, and neurological diseases ranging from myasthenia gravis to narcolepsy. ALA can be a lifesaver *if used properly* in mercury-toxic people, but it can ruin lives when used cavalierly in people with significant amounts mercury stored in the body. Please google ‘Andy Cutler Amalgam illness’ for more info.

  • Pari

    Can you please suggest the diet for vegetarian please…..??

    • Pearl

      I would imagine you could replace the meats with things such as tofu and/or beans.

  • sherry

    This diet did amazing things for my skin and very quickly. I don’t have a lot of blemishes or acne, but it sure made my skin soft–noticeably so in a few days. It also gave me a lot more energy.

    Michele–I know the advice is late, but you could substitute lean meats for your salmon and if you add some flax seed oil and/or grind up some whole flax seed with a coffee grinder and use it on salads or in smoothies, you’ll probably get the same effects. The salmon is for protein as well as omega 3s. Hint: a serving of frozen berries with a couple of ice cubes, a little flax seed oil, yogurt, water (and even whey protein isolate if you want to add protein to it) and some pomegranate juice will make a tasty smoothy that has very similar nutrition to the salmon meal. You could have chicken salad with a smoothie for dessert (try to include blueberries in the smoothie because they are really exceptional and economical.) Definitely a worthwhile endeavor.

    I’m not a health professional in any sense, just a health nut. Hope this helps you.

  • paula

    We are getting our foods organized tonight! We are going to start tomorrow!

  • mary

    Sounds good to me. M

  • Tim

    I love this diet. Cutting out the grains has immediately stopped the “non-stop hunger” I always have. I can’t believe how little I’m eating yet still feeling full. I’m feeling no energy loss and have dropped 8 pounds in 6 days. I’m 48 and was having unreal dried out facial skin, especially on my forhead. The salmon has cured that! My hair now feels lusterous. This diet is low glycemic too.
    The only people it’s wrong for are those with fish allergies. For them, they should substitute in poultry with no additives and then supplement Omega 3 oil and Krill is highly touted too.
    No more “low fat” or Atkins nonsense for me!
    p.s. I think all that fish oil is improving my memory too.

  • Suzanne

    This diet cleared my cystic acne in 4 days! I had tried everything, even accutane. I am now gluten free and dairy free and my acne is controlled. I recommend this diet for anyone struggling with acne or if you have a special event coming up, start this diet about 5 days before. You will be amazed, I promise.

    • Andrea

      Hi! I see you wrote this comment over a year ago, I hope your diet and results have remained! I would like to ask advice based on your personal experience, regarding dairy… You said you are “dairy” free, so does that mean yogurt-free too? I know milk is a no-no if I want clear skin, but plain yogurt is “ok” to eat on this clear skin diet..what are your thoughts?thank you, I appreciate any thoughts or advice !!

      • Heather

        Hi! I’m not the original poster that you replied to, but I have experience with cutting dairy from my diet. A lot of it has to do with your bodies tolerance to dairy. I’m an O blood type and I really don’t have any problem with dairy, but I have cut it from my diet because I believe it is healthier for me. I still eat homemade yogurt. I know many people who are lactose or dairy intolerant who are able to eat homemade, all-natural yogurt. It’s pretty easy to make. If you can’t get a yogurt maker, try to stick with all-natural organic brands. I believe you can get it from Costco as well as your local health foods store. Hope this helps!

  • kathryn

    I did this program several years ago and am about to start again. More than the skin benefits, I saw it as an amazing anti-inflammation diet. My joints felt good, allergies cleared up, lost weight and had more energy. I’m going back on for the same reasons. It was pretty easy for me since I work from home, might be harder for others though.

  • Chester Depot

    This is good if you like quick fixes, magic pills that work almost overnight. This isn’t healing though. It’s using animal proteins as a quick band-aid solution to cover up symptoms. Many people like it because they aren’t patient enough to wait more than 2 days for results. Good way to sell a lot of books and supplements.

  • Sammy

    It is said to have 8-12 oz of water after every meal, does that mean immediately after having a meal i should drink 8-12 oz of water or is that in between two meals? thanks

    • Heather

      It’s best immediately after. Try adding a few drops of pure lemon essential oil to the water to make it more refreshing and to give an added boost of antioxidants. Works wonders! I’ve found with this diet the more water you can intake, the better!

  • michele

    I am allergic to seafood.. any suggestions???

  • Holly

    The one thing I see wrong with this is that salmon and tuna are both high mercury fish, apparently due to where they live and what they eat when they’re swimming about. I would like to see a protein substitute as well. I wonder if sticking with chicken or turkey half the time and taking omega-3 supplements would accomplish the same thing. Recommended dose of tuna and salmon is 6 oz/week due to probable mercury content.

  • Chris

    I love Salmon however my Girlfriend doesn’t.. Is there an alternative i.e. other source of good protein and and increase in say almonds and walnuts to attain the omega 3’s?

    Also, there is concern over mecury intoxication through eating to much salmon. Is there anything stating that in his material?

  • Jackie Fitzpatrick

    Since reading Dr Perricone’s forever young in August 2010 I do the 3 day diet once a month. The difference in my skin is incredible, my cheekbones look totally lifted plus I seem to have loads of energy and am never hungry. Another bonus is, this is not an expensive diet and so easy to follow.

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