Experiment: One bowl of vegetables diet

15 03 2012

One of my buddies wants to lose weight after putting some on post college.  I convinced him to experiment with the simplest diet possible:  add one bowl of vegetables to what you eat per day.  Eat whatever you want, but just add one bowl of vegetables per day.  All you need to do is go to Walmart, buy a giant bag of frozen mixed vegetables, then microwave and eat a bowl every day.

Hypothesis:  Not much effect on body weight, but easier poops with less toilet paper used.

What this experiment will help me demonstrate (if my hypothesis is true), is that there is no such thing as “healthy” food.  My idea is that eating more “healthy” food will not help you lose weight.  The idea that I think most people have is that hey can eat “healthy food” to make up for the bad food they eat.  Instead, I believe that only by eliminating crappy food can you lose weight.  That’s my current idea anyway, we’ll see if my friend has any luck with the 1 bowl of vegetables diet.  If it does work, then I just found an awesome diet to hype up.

An analogy for my idea:  Eating healthy food to try to counteract the negative results of eating junk food is like putting jet fuel in your car to try to counteract the negative effects of putting really old fuel in your car  (old gasoline turns into varnish).  Simply put, that’s not going to work, you need to remove the negative element.

On a side note, my dad is on a diet right now, but still drinks plenty of diet soda (just as bad as regular soda IMO) and alcohol, so I predict no results for him.


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15 03 2012
muntzi

hummm…interesting, and worth a try! The Costco veggies look way more appetizing. I’d rather eat raw fresh veggies…any extra benefit to the frozen/cooked?

16 03 2012
Russell

Haven’t seen any compelling research, but have heard that frozen vegetables can be better because they are frozen when they are at their peak, whereas fresh must be picked before their peak or they’ll be overripe when they get to the supermarket. But that’s probably much less of a deal than actually eating any kind you can get your hands on.

17 04 2012
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