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Most Dangerous Diet in the World

What would you guess is the most dangerous diet on the planet?

Extremely low carbs to lose weight?

Super high protein to shed fat?

Cleansing to eliminate toxins?

Truth be told, none of those are great choices…

…but there’s one that is much worse than any of those.

And YOU are following it!  We all are!

It’s called the "BLT Diet."

Have you ever heard of it?

In fact this weekend I was on the diet myself.  I was feeding our daughter, Ella — she had some peaches with cinnamon and cottage cheese.  One of her favorite combos!  But with just about 3 bites left she gave me the "All done" sign … which is to push away the spoon.

Ugggg, such great food — how could it go to waste?

So I ate it. 

Is that a great combo … absolutely.  Lean protein, fruit, with a super healthy spice that’s loaded with antioxidants.

But here’s the problem.  It was calories I didn’t need.  I wasn’t hungry.

The BLT Diet is affectionately known as:

The Bites, Licks, and Tastes Diet

A little bite here.  A lick and taste there.

And you don’t have to have kids to fall prey to this diet, although they make it even worse since there’s often food left over. 

But maybe you just open the fridge when you’re walking by or open the pantry… grab something, pop it in your mouth, and voila…you too have bought into this diet hook, line, and sinker.

So how much does this all add up?

Well, for every extra 100 calories a person eats (or drinks) each day …

… that adds up to 10 lbs at the end of 1 year.

Just 100 calories!  You know how EASY that is?

Few sips of juice, extra French fry or two, couple extra bites of dinner, 1/2 a cookie, etc.  The list can go on and on.  Every single one of us has fallen prey to the Most Dangerous Diet on the Planet — the BLT Diet. 

Even when the food choices are good, like what I had from Ella, the calories still add up at the end of the day.

The question then becomes, how can you get off this diet …

…because at the end of the week, month, and ultimately year…it’s killing you!

Here are a few strategies:

  • If you have kids, serve them less and have them ask for more vs. overfilling their bowls/plates — finishing their plates, bowls, or drinks isn’t good for anyone. 
  • Burn an extra 100 calories per day — walking or running 1 mile is equal to about 100 calories.  Go out at lunch rather than eating going to a fast food restaurant. 
  • Pack your own meals — you’ll eat less than if you go out to a restaurant.
  • If you do go out to a restaurant, split a meal or ask for a doggy bag with half the meal BEFORE it even comes to the table.

By simply eliminating 100 calories each day or exercising to burn an extra 100 calories each day, you’ll do your body wonders…better yet, do both (eat 100 less calories AND move to burn 100 calories more) and it’s a true win win.

While 10 lbs at the end of 1 year may not seem like a lot…

…that all adds up and year after year after year, 10 lbs becomes 30, 40, or more in a few years.

It’s what we call "Creeping Obesity" — stay tuned for more on that this week.

 

 

8 Responses to Most Dangerous Diet in the World

  1. Susan Vaughn May 24, 2010 at 6:26 am #

    Yep, that is me. I think this is exactly how I ended up with this extra 10 – 15 pounds this past year. Who would think that just a 100 calories would do that?! Thanks guys!

  2. Kevin Orlin Johnson May 24, 2010 at 6:37 am #

    My mom was once surprised to see a morbidly obese acquaintance having a huge submarine sandwich and abundant desserts, washed down with huge soft drinks, and complaining about her doctor’s diet, which she said was doing her no good.

    “Really?” Mom said. “Your doctor put all of this on your diet?”

    “Oh, no,” the lady said. “I ate my diet this morning.”

  3. Cheryl May 24, 2010 at 8:07 am #

    Thankfully, even being a mother of twins, I never followed this ‘diet’. When my kids were younger, a friend of mine told me that she had, instead of eating the left overs, filled a bowl with what her kids didn’t eat and she used to finish. She was amazed how many little bites she would have taken. Amazingly, when she stopped finishing their plates, she lost the ‘baby weight’. Great advice, we don’t realize all the little things that add up.

  4. Josh Schlottman May 24, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    It’s crazy how easy it is to put on fat, a lot more easier than most people think.

    Another trick is when I eat out I’ll get a small serving first, eat it and then wait a few minutes, and if I’m hungry then I’ll go order more.

    This way I’m not ordering a bunch of food that I’ll force myself to eat or else I’ll think I’ve just wasted a bunch of money.

    I hate just eating food because it’s in front of me.

    Great post!

  5. Jane Peyton May 24, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    I grew up on the CYP diet, also known as the CLEAN YOUR PLATE – THERE ARE HUNGARY CHILDREN IN CHINA (don’t know why, but it was always China). Being the last of nine kids, it made more sense to CYP because there were so many spoons in the soup, not because of kids overseas. Even now, it’s hard, especially when I think of how my parents, in their golden years, would save every little Bite, Lick and Taste. Their next meal would be a dab of this, a dollop of that – you get the picture. PS: this was also the rule at the catholic school we attended – so much so that they stationed a Nun by the garbage cans to check our plates !!!

  6. Jane Peyton May 24, 2010 at 4:42 pm #

    I grew up on the CYP diet, also known as the CLEAN YOUR PLATE – THERE ARE HUNGARY CHILDREN IN CHINA (don’t know why, but it was always China). Being the last of nine kids, it made more sense to CYP because there were so many spoons in the soup, not because of kids overseas. Even now, it’s hard, especially when I think of how my parents, in their golden years, would save every little Bite, Lick and Taste. The next meal would be a dab of this, a dollop of that – you get the picture. PS: this was also the rule at the catholic school we attended – so much so that they stationed a Nun by the garbage cans to check our plates !!!

  7. Melanie May 25, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    Thanks Kara and Chris for calling me out! You guys must have secret video surveillance of my house, and always know what to say, just what I need to hear it the most!

  8. Alexander Brown August 1, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    YES, your tip on splitting the meal BEFORE it arrives is excellent. I tell it to everyone I know – simply because It works.

    Thanks for sharing some other insightful tips too.

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