Origin: Cookbook author Mollie Katzen teamed up with nutrition expert Walter Willett to create the diet book Eat, Drink and Weigh Less. This diet plan follows the conventional idea of eating a balanced diet, and emphasizes the consumption of protein while eliminating refined carbohydrates.
Description: The Eat, Drink and Weigh Less diet promotes eating an abundance of fruits, vegetables and proteins in the form of beans and lean meats. It also emphasizes the benefits of drinking plenty of water. Individuals who follow this diet are expected to follow a 1,500 to 1,600 daily caloric intake, and are to remove white bread and other refined carbohydrates for their diet. This diet is designed to adjust your weight to be proportionate to your body type and height.
Likes: Fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish, poultry and water.
Dislikes: Most dairy products, red meat, refined flour, white rice, processed foods and fatty foods.
Looking For: Vegetarians who have plenty of time to cook meals.
Works Well With: Your local farmers’ market and specialty food stores.
At first glance, this diet represents a healthy, balanced approach to eating. It emphasizes fruits, vegetables and proteins, and suggests reducing or eliminating refined carbohydrates from your diet. It promotes drinking plenty of water and getting regular exercise. The recommended daily caloric intake of 1,500 to 1,600 will not leave you feeling starved. Like any diet that seems too practical or too good to be true, there is a catch. Be prepared to slave away in the kitchen to prepare the meals outlined in the 21-day menu plan contained in Eat, Drink and Weigh Less. If you put in long hours at the office or have to run around to your children's after-school activities, you may not have two hours to put into preparing and cooking baby zucchini boats with parmesan crust.