Diet With An Attitude

An approach to weight control that delves into attitudes about weight, shape, appearance, and health. It requires a re-alignment of America's infatuation with food and painless dieting.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Where's The New Fad Diet?

It appears that the low carb craze is quieting down. Atkins and South Beach are still somewhat fashionable but we fickle diet fanatics are on the prowl for something new. We've done low calorie, low fat, and low carb - what can we jump on next? Apart from the ubiquitous "instant weight loss" pills (you should know that more than 90% of the Internet searches containing the word 'diet' also contain the word 'pill'), where is the next mother-of-all-diets coming from?

Let's start something. Since spicy foods reportedly increase our metabolism, how about a "hot" diet? Lots of chinese mustard, jalapeno and habanero chilis, wasabi, turmeric and salsa. The antacid manufacturers would love it and would probably offer some kind of sponsorship. It could work -- increased metabolism and decreased intake (how much hot, hot food can you handle a day, anyway?) would add up to lost pounds in no time at all.

If you're not too keen on that one, how about vegetable o' the day? Each day, you eat a healthy, low calorie vegetable - broccoli, cabbage, bell peppers, carrots, potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes. The key is that each day, you eat only that one vegetable and nothing else (no butter, no sauce, no gravy). By the end of the day, you will be totally sick of it but then you don't have to face it again for two or three weeks while you work your way through the rest of the list. There are so few calories in vegetables that weight loss should easily follow.

I think I'll try this (since I don't care too much for really spicy stuff anyway).

Now we just need a new guru MD to figure out how to package it so he can make a fortune and create a fad!


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