Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Another Fad Diet

What's the secret to losing weight? Yes, the REAL secret, the one that's going to change your life? Are you ready? Is the suspense killing you?

In the long run, no matter how you do it, the answer is simple: eat less, move more.

So naturally, I was both unsurprised and dissappointed to see an article on the latest fad diet to hit the newspapers and the wallets of people seeking the magic weight loss bullet: the cookie diet.

I read this article a few days ago in the Globe and Mail, but here it is in the New York Times. Read it and weep. Yes, any diet will work if you stick to it religiously, but come on, or should I say "puhleez"? Fifty-six US greenbacks a week for cookies plus one real meal a day? I don't call this a diet. In my opinion, it's just another recipe for disordered eating.

About 14 years ago, I did one of those "two shakes a day plus one real meal" plans. My husband even joined me and we both lost weight. I bet you know that we gained all that weight back and some extra weight to boot. And rather quickly, as I recall.

It always bears repeating: to lose weight, you have to eat real food. Restricting yourself to cookies, bananas, grapefruit or special bars is ridiculous. OK, if it works for you, great. But you're probably one in a million.

I hope that today, you'll all be eating real, nutritious food in reasonable quantities and moving your body any way you want. And if you really need it, save some room for a cookie, just don't make it your whole meal!


  1. "Disordered eating" or "eating disorder" ?
    I like your way of stating it better.
    Eat less, move more, indeed -
    But ya gotta want it,
    And for the "right" reasons, too...
    It's the age-old "Form Vs Content" theory -
    manifesting itself all over again.

  2. The cookie diet is crazy. What does that teach people? Nothing. Zero.

    I like your ideas - you have to eat real food and then learn to control portions. Exercise isn't a bad idea either!

  3. I couldn't agree with you more! It sets a person up for disaster.

  4. I just had this conversation with my Dr. yesterday. He actualy was laughing at all of the ridiculous so called diets out there. We all know it is healthy diet and exercise but we all have that little wish for the miracle cure. After 20+ years of the fads I think I am catching on...I think ;)

  5. Oh, what will they come up with next?? Cookie diet indeed - ridiculous!

  6. FYI~ Bloged about your Blog today! Just a little shout out!

  7. I can't believe that people are still falling for this crap!