Has the world gone diet mad ?

It may come as no surprise that upon returning from the US, I have the distinct sensation that I’ve swallowed a small anvil. Portion sizes in the land of the free clearly don’t get any smaller and the proliferation of red meat is staggering. So, I’ve decided that for the next few weeks I shall eat a little healthier, a little less and return my body to the temple it was for the majority of last year. (Stop sniggering at the back.) No, this doesn’t mean I’ll spend all day eating rabbit food, just a little bit of enforced moderation.

This being lazy Sunday I decided to look up some new recipe ideas on t’internet. It’s amazing that as soon as you put the word “healthy” into any search you are absolutely bombarded by every type of diet imaginable. Some I’d obviously heard of – Atkins, Weight Watchers, etc – but have you ever heard of the “Prison Loaf diet” ? Or the “Hospital diet ?” (dread to think). The list goes on. See if you’ve heard of any of these:

  • Cookie diet
  • Daylight diet
  • Edenic diet
  • Grapefruit diet
  • Israeli Army diet
  • Liquid-only diet

and the best of all

  • the Negative calorie diet (lots of throwing up I presume)

I reckon I counted well over 100 weird and wonderful ways to supposedly lose weight. In my view, they’re all totally unnecessary. It’s a simple equation : if calories burned > calories consumed, you lose weight. The other way around, you gain weight. That’s it. So eat less, exercise more.

Perhaps I’ll come up with a name for it : the Duh-It’s-Not-Rocket-Science Diet.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Debbie on February 1, 2010 at 21:57

    Negative diet = foods that burn more engery to consume than they provide i.e. eating celery all day every day… suppose the Uber Negative diet would be eating only celery and then being yacking it all up! :o|



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