Tuesday, February 22, 2005

PUTTING THE “DIE” BACK IN “DIET”

Welcome to what I suspect will be a continuing series on fad diets and the crazy people who adopt them. (Add Ryan Seacrest and it sounds like a reality show for FOX.)

One Meal A Day

Brad, Courteney, Elizabeth Hurley…these paragons of nutrition have all “benefited” from the one-meal-a-day diet. The gist of this article? The groundbreaking news that this kind of dieting is bad for you. (Duh.)

Shark Blood: Australian for Nutrition

After being adrift at sea for seven weeks and presumed lost, three fishermen were forced to drink shark blood and rain-water in order to survive. Mmm...shark blood.

The French Diet—Snack and Be Taunted a Second Time

A lot has been written recently about the fact that there are no fat French women. While I'm still not convinced this is true, here is a partial list of the reasons that French people are thinner, even if they consume a lot of fat and alcohol.
• Their portions are smaller.
• They eat only at mealtimes. (Snacking is frowned upon.)
• They eat a wider variety of food.
• They don't skip meals.

This also just in: being snooty burns 235 calories an hour.

Soda Companies—Making Diets Cool for Men

In an attempt to make dieting and diet products more "man-friendly," instead of taking the tried-and-true road of placing the product next to a hot woman in a bikini, soda companies are eschewing the word "diet" in favor of other alternatives, like Sierra Mist Free. I guess the theory is that a man would feel wimpy ordering a Diet Sierra Mist, but what man doesn't like something that's free? Personally, I think the problem here is the "Sierra Mist" part. Even I feel wussy ordering it.


Plus, just when you thought Diet Coke was the diet version of Coca-Cola Classic, the Coca-Cola Company says "nuh-uh, it's like, a totally different formula," and announced that it will soon introduce Coke Zero or possibly Coke Light, truer to Coca-Cola Classic in flavor than Diet Coke, and without all the pesky calories.

I've got one more story in the vein of health, diet and nutrition, but I'm giving it its own post. So stay tuned.

5 Comments:

At 4:10 PM, February 22, 2005, Blogger Lyss said...

My roommate has become attached to the new sugarfree Coke C2 and PepsiEdge.
Sadly I think thwy are both about to be discontinued. They don't taste like diet.

 
At 7:37 PM, February 22, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prior to the launch of Diet Coke, the only "diet" coke product was Tab!!It tasted better than any reduced calorie Coke product that followed. I can still find it at some grocery stores but, alas, I'm afraid it'll be discontinued for good as it isn't being marketed enough to warrant shelf space.

Sigh.

Janice

 
At 11:14 AM, February 23, 2005, Blogger writersbloc gal said...

Aside from still being unable to wrap my brain around one-meal-a-day concept, I would think it'd be really bad for you. Not, not the duh-bad kind, but it would actually make you lose muscle tone, strength and overall attractiveness. There are kooky diets out there, but some of the at least make some sense (the one Hilary Swank was on while getting tone for Million Dollar Baby).. the one meal a day schtik just does not make any sense to me.

 
At 9:33 PM, May 28, 2005, Anonymous nerdgirl said...

Hate to shock lyss' roommate, but C2 and PepsiEdge have 1/2 the sugar of regular and make it up with Splenda. I use 'em because Nutrasweet is one of my most predictable migraine triggers. To think that I drank 3 liters/day in engineering school!

 
At 11:59 PM, August 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Diet Coke made my penis grow 2 inches and my ball sack too!

 

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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

PUTTING THE “DIE” BACK IN “DIET”

Welcome to what I suspect will be a continuing series on fad diets and the crazy people who adopt them. (Add Ryan Seacrest and it sounds like a reality show for FOX.)

One Meal A Day

Brad, Courteney, Elizabeth Hurley…these paragons of nutrition have all “benefited” from the one-meal-a-day diet. The gist of this article? The groundbreaking news that this kind of dieting is bad for you. (Duh.)

Shark Blood: Australian for Nutrition

After being adrift at sea for seven weeks and presumed lost, three fishermen were forced to drink shark blood and rain-water in order to survive. Mmm...shark blood.

The French Diet—Snack and Be Taunted a Second Time

A lot has been written recently about the fact that there are no fat French women. While I'm still not convinced this is true, here is a partial list of the reasons that French people are thinner, even if they consume a lot of fat and alcohol.
• Their portions are smaller.
• They eat only at mealtimes. (Snacking is frowned upon.)
• They eat a wider variety of food.
• They don't skip meals.

This also just in: being snooty burns 235 calories an hour.

Soda Companies—Making Diets Cool for Men

In an attempt to make dieting and diet products more "man-friendly," instead of taking the tried-and-true road of placing the product next to a hot woman in a bikini, soda companies are eschewing the word "diet" in favor of other alternatives, like Sierra Mist Free. I guess the theory is that a man would feel wimpy ordering a Diet Sierra Mist, but what man doesn't like something that's free? Personally, I think the problem here is the "Sierra Mist" part. Even I feel wussy ordering it.


Plus, just when you thought Diet Coke was the diet version of Coca-Cola Classic, the Coca-Cola Company says "nuh-uh, it's like, a totally different formula," and announced that it will soon introduce Coke Zero or possibly Coke Light, truer to Coca-Cola Classic in flavor than Diet Coke, and without all the pesky calories.

I've got one more story in the vein of health, diet and nutrition, but I'm giving it its own post. So stay tuned.

5 Comments:

At 4:10 PM, February 22, 2005, Blogger Lyss said...

My roommate has become attached to the new sugarfree Coke C2 and PepsiEdge.
Sadly I think thwy are both about to be discontinued. They don't taste like diet.

 
At 7:37 PM, February 22, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prior to the launch of Diet Coke, the only "diet" coke product was Tab!!It tasted better than any reduced calorie Coke product that followed. I can still find it at some grocery stores but, alas, I'm afraid it'll be discontinued for good as it isn't being marketed enough to warrant shelf space.

Sigh.

Janice

 
At 11:14 AM, February 23, 2005, Blogger writersbloc gal said...

Aside from still being unable to wrap my brain around one-meal-a-day concept, I would think it'd be really bad for you. Not, not the duh-bad kind, but it would actually make you lose muscle tone, strength and overall attractiveness. There are kooky diets out there, but some of the at least make some sense (the one Hilary Swank was on while getting tone for Million Dollar Baby).. the one meal a day schtik just does not make any sense to me.

 
At 9:33 PM, May 28, 2005, Anonymous nerdgirl said...

Hate to shock lyss' roommate, but C2 and PepsiEdge have 1/2 the sugar of regular and make it up with Splenda. I use 'em because Nutrasweet is one of my most predictable migraine triggers. To think that I drank 3 liters/day in engineering school!

 
At 11:59 PM, August 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Diet Coke made my penis grow 2 inches and my ball sack too!

 

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