Most diets involve cutting cherished foods out of our daily meal plan. It seems that the fact that a food tastes great automatically means that the latest diet fad insists on its avoidance. There is one noticeable exception to this secret rule: the ice cream diet! Can it be? Is it possible to lose weight while eating ice cream?
It seems that there are actually two ice cream diets. One version was created by Prevention Magazine editor Holly McCord, who published her ice cream diet in a book of the same name. Her diet idea was straight-forward and practical. Every day, your calorie intake is restricted to 1,250 calories, pretty much made up out of whatever foods you like. After sticking to this calorie restriction all day, your reward is a scoop of ice cream. Your total calorie intake is around 1,500 calories a day, a sensible level that even the FDA likes. Ms. McCord suggests that the ice cream is not only a delicious treat for following the daily diet, but the calcium in the ice cream helps you to feel full and satiated.
There is now a second ice cream diet on the scene. Recently an entrepreneuring ice cream shop in Venice, California is offering an "ice cream cleanse". This is quite an idea! You eat five pints of "special" ice cream every day for five days. Nothing else. The special ice cream plus a yoga exercise program is supposed to deliver weight loss results, and in only five days.
Is this a sure bet? Eating five pints of ice cream a day can get old pretty fast. The 1,200 daily calories meets the FDA minimums, but the nutrient content leaves a bit to be desired. Maybe a daily vitamin sprinkled over the first bowl of ice cream every morning?
So there you are. Not one, but two ice cream diets! Which one will you choose?