Sweden Diet: With This Cure Scandinavians Stay Slim

With the Swedish diet, many people in Scandinavia keep themselves slim – and without counting calories and cravings. The diet is not only healthy and sustainable, but above all completely relaxed: Not even chocolate is taboo!

Blonde, blue-eyed, slim: many people find the “prototype” of a Swedish woman particularly beautiful. If nothing can be done about hair and eye color, you can at least get closer to the ideal of the Scandinavian beauties in terms of the figure with the “Swedish diet”. The best thing about it: is there are no strict rules!

Sweden diet: What is behind it

The Sweden diet is an easy-to-implement diet that is based on proteins and uses healthy fats instead of carbohydrates. According to “Elle” magazine, the special diet activates the metabolism and speeds up digestion, reducing weight.

The Swedish diet can be applied for two to three weeks, depending on motivation and goal – or long-term. Since the diet provides numerous vitamins, minerals, healthy fatty acids, and proteins, this diet is not a threat to health – unlike many other crash diets.

Instead of imposing strict rules, the Scandinavians are guided by three food groups: foods that are allowed, foods that are occasionally allowed, and foods that are completely prohibited during the diet.

Swedish Victoria’s Secret model Elsa Hosk, among others, is said to swear by this simple concept. Chocolate is also allowed from time to time.

The three food groups

Allowed foods

  • Mushrooms
  • Vegetables growing above ground (e.g. tomatoes, spinach, cucumbers, peppers, avocado)
  • All kinds of meat and fish
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products with a normal to high-fat content (not reduced fat)
  • water and unsweetened green tea

Occasionally allowed foods

  • vegetables growing under the ground (e.g. carrots, beet, celery)
  • One low-sugar fruit per day (e.g. raspberries, strawberries, watermelon, papaya, pears)
  • Dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa content

Foods not allowed

  • refined oil
  • margarine
  • artificial sweeteners
  • alcohol
  • Muesli
  • Sweets (including sweet baked goods and cookies)
  • Fruit juices
  • Cereals
  • Starch (also in vegetables)
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Written by Bella Adams

I'm a professionally-trained, executive chef with over ten years in Restaurant Culinary and hospitality management. Experienced in specialized diets, including Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw foods, whole food, plant-based, allergy-friendly, farm-to-table, and more. Outside of the kitchen, I write about lifestyle factors that impact well-being.

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