Even Diet Pros Can Get it Wrong

When Diet Recipes Go Bad

I often sign up for the “free information” offered on websites for weight loss, just so I can see what they do, how whey do it, and whether I like it. Today I signed up for a Free Fitness Assessment on a page testing headlines for Denise Austin’s latest web site. All was fine and well until I got to her suggested menu for the day.

Typos include the following for my recommended breakfast: Strawberry-Banana Smoothie: In a blender, process until smooth

  • 1 small ripe banana, (pay attention closely here)
  • 12 cup strawberries
  • 12 cup fat-free milk
  • 12 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 or 2 ice cubes. 

She goes on to add two pieces of wheat toast with 2 teaspoons of trans-free margarine. Ick. Why not butter? And why two teaspoons? Why on earth would you want to add butter or margarine to a smoothie, oh, I forgot, it’s for the wheat toast, but please. This is adding 200 calories of fat. Skip it. It’s not exactly a healthy fat and at 100 calories per teaspoon you just wasted 200 calories for nothing. Who knows if that was also a typo. Whoa, Denise, I never said I was making smoothies for 12! Holy smokes. Obviously this is in error, but do you trust a website that is asking you to join and pay money, when they can’t even get the simplest information correct? Where’s the editor when you need her?

I’m sure they’ll work out the kinks before this is launched into prime time. I think all the menus in the world are useless unless you intend to continue allowing someone else to dictate what you’ll eat at any given time. Learn by suggested menus what are reasonable portions and then prepare the foods you like. I generally eat a bowl of cereal most mornings and I almost always think back to the, cereal, milk, fruit, coffee, toast breakfasts that were recommended in the 60s as being “a balanced breakfast.” Sure, it was balanced. They pretty much threw in a little bit of everything.