Danish diet

Danish diet - Rules | Meal plan | Precautions

This article was medically reviewed by M.Pharm, Marko Tanaskovic on August 12, 2018. To read more about an author, click here.

The Danish diet is an excellent method for weight loss and detoxification of the body. It is very effective and often leads to a double-digit loss of pounds in just 13 days. Due to the very rapid weight loss, its use is limited to 13 days. It has been designed by Danish doctors in a hospital and is often called the Danish hospital diet. Effects that were achieved at the hospital were from 5-15 pounds in just 13 days.

Fast weight loss can be dangerous to your health! For this reason, this diet should be used only under strict medical supervision.

How Danish diet works?

It's very simple. During this diet, energy entries are only 600 calories per day thus creating a huge calorie deficit which leads to rapid weight loss. If you calculate your daily energy requirements, you'll see that on average, daily requirements for adult men and women that are not physically active are around 1500 - 2500 calories per day. By eating just 600 calories a day, your body will come into a state of calorie deficit and will use the fat reserves for energy you need throughout the day. Therefore, this diet is suitable for people who have abdominal obesity (or have a large amount of belly fat). In this way, you will lose the weight you want.

The Danish diet is one of the most restrictive diets and does not allow you to break any rules, because then you'll have to immediately discontinue this diet. If you take, for example, only one piece of candy or chewing gum, it is better to immediately stop this diet and try again after six months. Believe it or not, if you break only one rule, it can reduce the diet's efficacy and your efforts will be in vain.

So if you choose this diet, be persistent and do not allow yourself to break the rules. This diet usually lasts for 13 days, but you do not have to be on it so long, so feel free to interrupt it when you are satisfied with the effect. If you experience nausea, dizziness or other unexpected symptoms you should stop using this diet and contact your doctor.

Danish diet rules

The Danish diet involves certain rules which will improve the efficiency of the diet. These rules include:

  • No snacks! You are allowed only main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Do not eat between meals.
  • When you are hungry, drink water, because it will help to alleviate hunger. After all, it is very important to drink enough water during the day.
  • Meals should be strictly timed. Breakfast must be at 8 am, lunch between 1 pm and 2 pm and supper between 5 am and 6 am. Do not eat after 6 pm.
  • Do not eat food that is not specified in the Danish diet plan.
  • Avoid eating various types of snack foods (chips, popcorn and candies)

Danish diet - meal plan

Note: Breakfast is always the same: A cup of chamomile or mint tea or and one slice of rye bread

Day 1

  • Lunch: Two hard-cooked eggs (you can season it with salt) and 50 grams of cooked cauliflower
  • Dinner: 1 cup (150 grams) of the Danish salad (made with carrots, red peppers, green peppers, leeks and cabbage) and 100 grams of salami

Day 2

  • Lunch: 5 ounces (about 150 grams) of ham and 1 cup (250 grams) of yogurt
  • Dinner: 7 ounces (200 grams) of Danish salad and 100 grams of poached salmon

Day 3

  • Lunch: 3 ounces (100 grams) of cooked chicken and 1/2 cup (75 grams) of the Danish salad
  • Dinner: One boiled celery and one tomato. After dinner you can eat two apples

Day 4

  • Lunch: 1 cup of yogurt and freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Dinner: 6 ounces (175 grams) of cooked vegetables (carrots, broccoli and green beans)

Day 5

  • Lunch: 5 ounces (150 grams), grilled white turkey meat with 2 ounces of Danish salad
  • Dinner: Fruit salad (one orange, one kiwi, one apple, one banana, and 1 ounce of strawberries)

Day 6

  • Lunch: 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of cooked veal and ½ cup of lettuce
  • Dinner: 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of roasted lamb and 100 grams of cabbage and lettuce

Day 7

  • Lunch: Three salty crackers and 1/2 cup of yogurt
  • Dinner: 5 ounces (150 grams) of grilled trout

Day 8

  • Lunch: 2 ounces (about 60 grams) of ham and 1/2 cup of kefir
  • Dinner: Three carrots cooked with 2 ounces of cauliflower. After a meal you can eat 1/2 cup of strawberries

Day 9

  • Lunch: 7 ounces (200 grams) of the Danish salad
  • Dinner: 6 ounces (180 grams) of grilled steak, one tomato and one cucumber

Day 10

  • Lunch: One small piece of vegetable pizza
  • Dinner: 4 ounces of grilled zucchini, tomato and red pepper

Day 11

  • Lunch: 7 ounces (200 grams) of skinless chicken white meat with 1/2 cup (100 grams) of the Danish salad
  • Dinner: 25 grams of low fat tofu cheese and two hard-cooked eggs

Day 12

  • Lunch: Two baked potatoes and 2 ounces (100 grams) of coleslaw
  • Dinner: 5 ounces (150 grams) of grilled hake

Day 13

  • Lunch: 7 ounces (200 grams) of cooked lamb and 3.5 ounces Danish salad
  • Dinner: Two small toast coated with cream cheese and 3.5 ounces of Danish salad


This diet should never be used longer than 13 days because you can feel exhaustion, nausea, dizziness and loss of consciousness!


Some argue that the effects of the Danish diet last for two years, but this is pure nonsense. Effects of the diet will last as long as you comply with proper nutrition after finishing this diet. If you return to the nutrition you had before this diet, you will quickly put back the lost pounds. Once you lose weight with this diet, try to eat moderate portions and to eat less than you had before. Try to finish your meal a few bites before you feel satiated. If you quickly regain lost pounds after this diet, our advice is to go to a professional nutritionist, who will estimate your nutritional status and give you a detailed diet plan that you should follow.

Information on this website are provided for educational purposes only and are not intended for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional.