I was watching the ladies on The View discuss Dr. Ian K. Smith's (photo after the jump) new diet book, The Four Day Diet. Barbara Walters didn't seem to buy the idea of a four day diet. And neither do I.
Diets don't work.
Call it what you want, the four-day, the fat smasher, the eat peanut butter diet. There is only one way to lose weight-forever. And there is only one thing that diets are even good for.....
I'll admit that my nutrition curiosity, and my motivation to become a wellness guru, has lead me to read up and even try several diets in my lifetime. Atkins, Coconut Oil, fruititarian, raw diets, Susan Somers, sugar-free, low carb...I know the drill.
My First Dieting Book
I was twelve.
I loved it.
There was a photo of a young girl on the front in a pink leotard, eating a crunchy green apple.
The fact is, humans by nature love to learn. They also love to improve themselves. And they love to believe.
Unless you are like me and have realized that a perfect diet that last forever -- simply doesn't exist.
So Dr. Ian K. Smith. I am a skeptic just like Ms. Walters. I don't want to change my meal plan every four days and munch air popped popcorn as a free snack. I want to eat to live. Not eat to die-et.
WHY DIETS ARE GOOD
The only purpose of a diet book should be to learn. It should teach you something about food and nutrition and wellness. (And no fluffy fake science please. Just cold hard nutrition truths.)
So sure, go buy Dr. Smith's book, read it and learn a few of the healthy eating principals he preaches. He is a doctor. But following a food-by-food meal plan to lose weight long-term will only lead you to a state of post-diet-rage. Like Alanis, you'll pop-you'll rebel eventually and feel guilty because of it.
Diets are to learn from. And eventually, I hope you will find a lifestyle diet that you will forever be happy with.
Dr. Smith's diet books: