Will the Throwaway diet be one I keep or throw away? The Throwaway diet is similiar to the “Three Bite Rule” where dieters take three bites of whatever treat they crave and then throw put the rest away.
A bit more drastic, The Throwaway Diet is a diet based on the idea that a person can’t control how much they eat unless they either throw away the leftovers or ruin the food in some other fashion such as pouring a handful of salt on top of it when they are finished. You are also allowed to toss food out the window, but I don’t condone littering.
Still, in my effort to find a diet that will help me lose weight, without losing my mind, I’m ready to try smashing, throwing, burning and stomping on my leftovers in the name of science for the next “five days on a diet.”
On the positive side, this diet allows you to stay on whatever eating plan you are already on whether it is Weight Watchers, TOPS, Jenny Craig, Atkins, South Beach or a gluten-free diet.
Hopefully there will be some takeaways from my Five Days on a Diet experiment on the Throwaway Diet plan. According to the diet, I have to stick to an allotted number of calories, points or portion size and then get rid of the leftovers. I am allowed to eat anything I want – just not a lot of it.
For the purpose of this experiment – and because I’m opposed to excessive waste — I will use the throwaway diet for one meal a day.
Day No. 1: I eat out at a pancake restaurant and order all my favorites – three blueberry pancakes, an omelet dripping with fattening hollandaise sauce with French fries instead of the hashed browns (why not live it up?) and an unsweetened ice tea with lemon. I slather butter and two kinds of syrup all over my pancakes. I eat three bites of the pancakes and then think of the best method for destroying the rest – ketchup. I turn to my French fries and eat six fries. I turn to my attention to my omelet now, eating three bites. I then ask the waiter to remove all food from the table. I drink tea.
Day No. 2: I make homemade spaghetti and meatballs because it doesn’t get more fattening than that. I eat five bites and then ruin the rest by throwing it down the garbage disposal.
Day No. 3: I decide I should test the diet on fast food and reluctantly order French fries from McDonald’s. I can’t bring myself to eat a hamburger there (Sorry Ronald). I take them home and eat about 8 French fries and then smash them with a rolling pin until they look are flat. Then I dump them in the McDonald’s bag and throw them in the garbage. That was kind of fun.
Day No. 4: I eat out with my husband. To dispose of this meal, I take his dirty napkins and cover up the 2/3 of my meal that is leftover. I don’t have the desire to touch my food again.
Day No. 5: I buy a delicious, but large slice of cake from the grocery store bakery. I decide to make it carrot cake, which is by far the most rich, caloric, fattening cake in the universe. It has cream cheese frosting. I have three bites and then execute my plan for food destruction. This time, the plan involves a bottle of white vinegar from the pantry. Carrot cake and vinegar just don’t mix!
I survived five days on the throwaway diet.
Results: Gained 1 pound.
Bottom line: Thumbs down. If you are going to throw away something, throw away this diet idea!