January is a good time to roll out the food and diet related posts because diet is on the top of the resolutions list. Well that and working out. I’ve noticed that my gym gets packed in January, at least for the first few weeks, and then gradually the numbers return to normal as enthusiasm wanes and laziness waxes. That’s true for diets too, so it occurred to me that there was a new one that had been nagging me for a while until I finally pulled the diet trigger.
It was a spur of the moment decision, but I decided to try the bacon diet; at least I tried it for a day. At first blush, it sounds like any other crazed diet which is all about attention and little about nutrition. Like the ice cream diet or the pickle diet, the bacon diet does sound a bit ridiculous, but hey, bacon is a high protein, zero carbohydrate food. And doggone it, it’s so good…
I first heard about it on Facebook when someone posted a story on a 30 day bacon diet. The upshot is that after 30 days of eating nothing but bacon, the dieter lost body fat; lost weight (so ironically was less porky afterword… Zing!), had good lab work results, and just overall felt good about it.
It’s truly a miracle food.
Anyway, my day on the bacon diet amounted to frying up about two or three slices of bacon every 3 or so hours throughout the day. I wasn’t hungry, and by the end of the day, wasn’t tired of bacon. Since it was just one day I obviously can’t confirm the positive blood panel results from the 30 day bacon dieter, but I imagine it’s not that different from my own low carb lifestyle.
Of course, there is the N-word to worry about: Nitrates. Thirty days is probably not long enough to cause a problem, but over time who knows? The information I’ve come across is all over the place about that.
Hey I’m no doctor so what do I know? But if the threat of cancer or the gout is enough to scare you away from a bacon diet, why not just go one more step and add eggs? Suddenly you have twice the variety with the same zero carb goodness. “Brinner” is already considered a special evening treat, and really the only reason we find it odd to eat bacon and eggs for dinner is simply social convention. It’s still a good, filling meal. If anyone has done a 30 day breakfast diet challenge I would be curious to hear the results.