We are pumped to share one of our favorite stories from Prevention here on FitSugar!
There’s a catch, though. Here’s what you need to know.
By Mandy Oaklander, Prevention
There’s no need to speed up every time you drive by a fast-food joint with a rumbly stomach. We all succumb to the siren song of fries every once in a while, and according to a recent survey on Prevention.com, 80 percent of you eat fast food at least occasionally. The drive-through mantra to remember? In moderation, friend. In moderation.
But moderation wasn’t on the minds of these brave souls. In fierce (and sometimes foolish) exhibitions of brand loyalty, some people will go to extremes in their efforts to lose weight. We can appreciate the urge to simplify your diet — it sure makes deciding what to have for dinner a breeze — but go too simple and you might not be getting the nutrients you need. Take the five devoted diners in our "Five Fast-Food Diets For Big Weight Loss." Sure, their meal plans might have helped them shed pounds in the short term, but we hate to think about what havoc those McNuggets can wreak over time.
Make Any Meal Healthier
1. Starbucks Diet
Think you’re a Starbucks regular? Meet Christine Hall, a 66-year-old law librarian who ate all of her meals from Starbucks for two years. Every. Single. One.
That doesn’t mean she drank three Frappuccinos a day, of course. Hall noshed on the bistro boxes for lunch and paninis for dinner, reported Shine. Hall’s expensive diet allowed her to drop nearly 80 pounds and qualify to be an organ donor, which are both great things. But depending on one fast-food shop to deliver all your nutrients? Not our tall, pumpkin-spiced cup of tea.
2. Convenience-Store Diet
If you’re a sucker for Snickers, do yourself a favor and stop reading now. This diet is a meal plan you do not need to know exists.
We’re talking about the convenience-store diet, a two-month experiment performed in 2010 by Mark Haub, PhD, professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University. A nutrition professor seems like an unlikely candidate for eating straight-up junk for 60 days, but his mission was to demonstrate that no matter how you get your calories, as long as you cut them back, you can drop pounds.
He did so by mostly consuming Twinkies, Doritos, and snack cakes. But he also supplemented with vitamins, exercise, protein shakes, and some fresh veggies. Here’s the scary part: Professor Haub lost 27 pounds, and his good HDL cholesterol went up. But you might want wait for a more long-term guinea pig before you toss the kale for Kit Kats.
See which other fast-food diets are good for weight loss after the break!