Here is a sampling of diets I tried or considered over the years. I make no representation as to the effectiveness and safety of any diet listed here. In some cases I added the year I used each plan.
The C Food (See Food) Diet: You see food and you eat it. It does not have a good track record. I think it is the first thing people get wrong in intuitive eating. Seeing food and wanting it does not mean you intuitively need it for your body.
The Flu Plan - 1978:
Get the flu and be sick for 10-14 days. Lose 15 pounds as your kick start and then eat the following every single weekday:
Bkfst: 1 freshly baked chocolate chip cookie and a coffee with half and half. Nothing else till dinner. On weekends I skipped breakfast completely
Dinner: Either 2 lettuce leaves with 3 oz of tuna in water drizzled with 2 tbs diet 1000 island dressing OR 1 can of New England clam chowder made with 2% milk. That is all you get until you lose 50 pounds total in about three months. Then you fight the regain for two years until you gain it all back plus 20 more. I followed this plan when I was a teenager. That is why I would never want to be a teenager again. Teens are crazy.
Jesus and His Mother Diet: 1994, courtesy of a relative who found it at the St Alyoishis Convent in New York State. The idea was that every time you wanted to overeat you stop and have a cup of tea with Jesus and His Mother. It worked for about three days and then I started having muffins and jam with whoever wanted to come to tea. Then I decided that the Virgin Mary was a coffee drinker and she liked heavy cream.
Free Food Diet: You can eat everything you want and as much of it as you want - as long as it has zero calories or burns more calories to eat and digest than in contains. Basically this diet consists of raw celery, diet soda, Sweet n Low packets, and lemon slices. I never tried it Let me know how you did. . . .
What would Satan Eat Diet: You can eat anything that has been doused in super hot sauce or covered in Habenero peppers. This includes chocolate. You will not be able to leave the house for awhile. Also, if you overeat you will have ulcers in your mouth from the capsaicin in the peppers. I have not tried this diet. Any takers?
Atkins: Did this in 2003. Lost lots of weight eating whole milk products, bacon, whole eggs, cream cheese, beef, pork and chicken. Lost about 70 pounds. When I cut myself and bled heavy cream I knew it was time to find another diet. So I switched to
The South Beach Diet 2004. Don't remember much about this idea except that it included berries, veggies and South Beach Bars along with lots of the high fat food of the Atkins plan. I started having gastrointestinal problems and thought I had stomach cancer - that's how sick I felt. Endoscopy and other tests came back negative. I had to go off the diet to get well and I did, but that is when I discovered the way to eat that led me to loose and keep off 200 pounds.
How I lost my weight: Healthy whole foods, no corn sugars, very, very little processed food and lots of water coupled with keeping my protein intake around 130 grams a day, carbs under 120 grams a day and fats under 40 grams a day. Lately I have been thinking I need to take this plan to a licensed dietician and a couple of doctors to make sure I am not giving myself future grief for my kidneys with this level of protein for seven years and counting. It has worked for me but I do not know if it will work for years and years.
My next diet, when I am old, gray and forgetful is this:
The Geriatric's Diet: What's a diet? Pass the cookies.
Did you try or invent any crazy diets along the way?