The Naturally Thin Diet

The Naturally Thin Diet offers a common sense approach to eating that helps you get out of the diet mentality and still lose weight. Created by Bethenny Frankel, one of the stars on BRAVO’s Real Housewives of New York City, the Naturally Thin Diet encourages behavioral modification and the banishment of “fat thinking” for an improved relationship with food.

The Premise

There are 10 golden rules outlined by Frankel in the book that make up the crux of the diet:

  1. Your diet is a bank account and the calories must balance each day.
  2. You can have it all, just not all at once.
  3. Taste everything, eat nothing. Don’t gorge on something when you can have a few small bites of everything.
  4. Focus on your food. Don’t eat when you’re distracted and let go of mindless eating.
  5. Downsize your portions. Never supersize again.
  6. Don’t clean your plate. Save food for later or share your meal with a friend.
  7. Stop emotional and binge eating–as Frankel says, “Check yourself before you wreck yourself.”
  8. Know yourself and your eating habits. Know what your trigger foods are.
  9. Eat more “real” foods (whole and organic).
  10. Make changes based upon loving yourself and be guided by what is good for you above all else.

The Diet

You’ll largely be eating whole and organic foods with ingredients you can pronounce. The diet is heavy on vegetable consumption and is mostly vegetarian, though meat is not off limits. Expect to eat fruit, large amounts of vegetables, whole grains, some meat and moderate amounts of protein. The diet emphasizes the idea of tasting everything and eating nothing. Basically, you can have a steak and a baked potato, but only a few bites of each. You’ll consume large quantities of vegetables to fill you up. Desserts aren’t off limits, granted you only take a few bites of it. The idea of differential eating is also suggested (i.e. eat turkey chili instead of beef chili or turkey bacon instead of regular bacon). Go for the lighter, healthier option whenever you can.

Things to Consider

No foods are off limits in this diet–giving up junk foods cold turkey is normally what leads to failure for most people on other diets. The diet even goes so far as to suggest which candy bars are best for you when you have a craving.

The Verdict

What Frankel is suggesting is to essentially not eat a whole meal. This can lead to being calorie and nutrient deficient. Furthermore, finding the discipline to only take a few bites of your favorite food can sometimes be more difficult than not eating the food at all. Some of the meals outlined in the diet include alcohol, which can be problematic when you’re skipping meals.

There are some good tips to take away from this diet, but as an overall diet strategy the low calorie intake and idea of picking at food rather than consuming an entire meal makes it an unsustainable solution.


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