And by new favorite I mean new favorite example of insanity. Yes it’s that time again..the New Year has arrived and diet commercials are out in force. Ready to prey on our earnest desires to better ourselves, the diet industry has become big, big business. Americans now spend $35 billion a year on diet products – and that’s not even including food. Now retaurants and food companies are looking to get their share. The Special K diet, Subway diet, and my new favorite, the Taco Bell “Drive Through” diet. Oy. When I saw that for the first time I almost spit out my drink- not that I should have been surprised, I guess. I’m sure there’s a fair number of people who are giving it a try. If I wanted to lose weight and someone told me about the ice cream diet, I’d probably want to try it. I’d be tempted, anyways.
The Taco Bell diet, along with the others, is based on the fact that calorie restriction will usually lead to weight loss. You can also starve yourself and lose weight – which is pretty similar to eating just Special K for 2 meals a day (seriously, has anyone ever stayed full for more than 45 minutes after eating a bowl of that stuff?). But is it healthy? Certainly not, and you’ll probably be miserable in the process. There are so many things wrong with this that it’s hard to know where to start. But I’ll give it a try.
Taco Bell products are highly processed and chock full of flavor enhancers, additives, preservatives, unhealthy fats, salt, and sketchy ingredients. (Did you know they use a genetically modified enzyme to coagulate their cheese?). To be scientific about it – many [...]