Must-Read: How To Eat Like A King
Diets are a weird thing. Our grandma didn’t eat the latest in greens and made sure to cut the carbs in order for health reasons. She filled her plate up with tons of potatoes and beef and a whole bunch of lard, and would polish off each of those meals with a shot and a beer, and yet she still lived well past the average age for ordinary woman. It just goes to show you, one diet does not fit all. And, especially, those foods that are supposedly awful and terrible for you can actually not have the result that you’d believe.
And so today we’re heading to Men’s Health where they have a list of the weirdest diets out there that also won’t end up killing you. For example, our favorite diet and yours:
The Beer and Sausage Diet
Call this the Tailgater’s Diet. Evo Terra, 44, an online exec in Tempe, Arizona, dropped from 195 to 177 pounds in 30 days consuming an average of about 1,500 calories a day—mostly from high-quality sausage and craft ale. Sometimes he used a bun; sometimes he added onions and peppers or chopped the sausage into chili. “I don’t consider the diet all that restrictive—there are more sausage varieties and kinds of great craft beer than most people realize,” says Terra. “Thirty-one days of a low-grade buzz and moderate hunger can do wonders for your physique.”
MAKE IT WORK
No doubt Terra woke up looking forward to what he’d be eating, so his diet was easy psychologically, says Aragon. “For long-term health, though, it’s missing a range of nutrients.” Still, protein is filling, so it’s smart to eat it at every meal. Terra stocked up at boutique butchers; you can seek out quality brats, each packing 13 to 15 grams of protein, at your farmers’ market, or try Organic Prairie’s Italian chicken sausage or Applegate Organics andouille. Washing down your wurst with a hops-heavy stout or IPA can help your metabolism—if you close your tab at two. Japanese research shows that moderate alcohol consumption increases insulin sensitivity, enabling your body to more effectively burn sugar. Terra tried some 200 beers. His top two: Left Hand Brewing Co.’s Milk Stout and Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA
Head on over to the link above to check out the other weird diets that are out there, and then get to eating those beer and brats! (But, you know, the ones that actually won’t end up packing on the pounds in the long run.) Do it!
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About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.