Diet Fad: “The Chewing Diet”
This diet fad makes me particularly angry. “The Chewing Diet” is, according to DietsInReview (still in awe):
Fletcherism or the Chewing Diet is named after Horace Fletcher, a San Francisco art dealer, who in 1903 became known as the Great Masticator because he lost over 40 pounds through his chewing method, which was dubbed the Chewing Diet.
The basic premise of the Chewing Diet includes chewing your food 32-80 times until it becomes totally liquefied, and then spitting out what’s left. Through this method, you absorb fewer calories while still enjoying the taste of all the foods you love.
What. On. Earth. Diet and Nutrition?
On the Chewing Diet, you eat whatever you want. You simply chew everything between 30 and 80 times and then spit out what’s left after everything becomes a liquid.
What. On. Earth. Pros and Cons?
PRO: Forces you to thoroughly chew your food
- No real diet or exercise program outlined
- Can lead to unhealthy eating practices
- Essential nutrients that the body needs could be spit out
- Chewing food to the point of liquid and then spitting out can be very unhygienic
- No studies on the effectiveness of the diet
- Counting chews can make eating more work than many would want
- Classified as a fad diet
What a hot mess. This “diet” legitimately makes no sense to me. Who has the patience to chew and not swallow that many times?? I can barely make it through a few licks of a Tootsie Pop without chowing down the entire thing whole. And what kind of nutrition could you possibly obtain from this? There are no ratings for this diet yet, but I shall give my rating: absurd, bizarre, and insulting.
(Image courtesy of Losing Weight Zone, a great forum for weighty issues!)