The 6-Word Diet: An End to Complexity

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Jim Foster of Diet-Blog and does NOT necessarily represent the opinions of DiseaseProof or Dr. Fuhrman.

Do you ever feel baffled, overwhelmed, and fatigued by all the diet advice that’s out there? Over the last few decades we’ve seen books that cover a bewildering array of nutritional combinations. Some become instant bestsellers – while others are thrown in the bargain bin before you can say “revolutionary new plan“.

It becomes mind-numbingly banal after a while – and in my view most people simply want to get on with life - enjoying their food and experiencing good health. Following rigid plans can feel empowering for a while – but in an ever-increasingly hectic life – simplicity begins to look very attractive.

Today’s information highway is strewn with 30-point plans for achieving better bodies. We have more assistance and guidance at our fingertips than ever before. How much of that knowledge we actually retain is up for debate.

Let’s distill all the complexity down into one easy sentence. It won’t lose you “4 pounds in 7 days”. It won’t “melt fat”, and it is no “revolutionary secret”.

Here we go, 6 words: Eat more fruit and fibrous vegetables.

Don’t stress, don’t strain. Don’t count, don’t obsess. Focus on which fruits and veggies you enjoy. Buy (or grow) them. Eat them.

Life is too short to spend it on angst and worry.

You may be surprised at the number of positive follow-on affects from simply focusing on fruit and vegetables. It’s more helpful to focus on foods you can add rather than stressing about what you have to avoid. If you’re stomach has filled up on broccoli – you’re unlikely to binge on a tub of ice cream.

Keep it simple. Keep it positive.

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pete bircsak - October 27, 2008 1:58 PM

Hey Gerry, New site looks great. I have always gave my daughters even simpler advise for eating "Eat Plants".
Keep up the good work and good luck with the new site and "Eat Plants". Pete

Beth - October 27, 2008 11:37 PM

Hey, good advice, but just to say: I already invented the Six-Word Diet, and it's a published book with website, forum, the works. Good food is also recommended by the Six-Word Diet, but you eat only a moderate number of calories every 90 minutes. The constant eating revs up the metabolism while keeping hunger away, and providing lots of chances to eat well. All the good vegetables are "free foods"-- unlimited. I lost 75 pounds and have kept it off almost 2 years now. From size XXL to a size zero. I have all the pix to show it, so this really does work and is natural too. Anyway, just so you know I'm already here, but your advice is still good! Happy munching. Beth

Monty - October 29, 2008 3:58 PM


There is also the four-word version of the diet, used by T. Colin Campbell. He calls it plant-based whole foods.

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