4 Meals, 400 Calories Each: The New Way to Lose Weight
You can eat whatever you want with this diet, as long as each meal is 400 calories.
The new book 400 Calorie Fix by Liz Vaccariello, Editor-in-Chief of Prevention magazine, proposes a diet that sounds too good to be true. You can eat anything you want—we’re talking French fries, greasy Chinese, ice cream, McDonald’s—for four meals a day, as long as each meal is 400 calories. No exercise necessary.
Sounds insane, right?
Well, Vaccariello bases it all on this concept: “The latest scientific studies are backing up calorie control as the smartest means to achieving a healthy weight and a long life,” she writes. “The only way to lose weight and keep it off long-term is to learn how to spot and control calories.”
In her book, there is no food or restaurant off-limits. As long as the meal equals 400 calories, you can eat it. Vaccariello tested this diet on 16 men and women between the ages of 35-57, and in two weeks time, they lost an average of 11 pounds and three inches off their waist.
The key, Vaccariello says, is spacing out the four meals throughout the day, and learning what 400 calories actually looks like. Good thing her book provides 400 meal options to help you out, from places like Starbucks, Taco Bell, the movies, the grocery store, and even your own kitchen. 400 Calorie Fix is available on rodale.com if you want to give this diet option a go.
Tell us: Are you tempted to try this 400 calorie diet, or do you think it sounds too good to be true?
Faye Brennan is assistant editor at BettyConfidential.