A new diet calls for its adherents to consume a broad variety of foods—fruits, vegetables, grains, lean protein, fats, and even store-bought, packaged foods—in moderate amounts, taking what it calls a "balanced, common-sense approach" to nutrition.
The “Eat Modest Amounts of a Variety of Foods” diet also emphasizes the pleasures of eating, promoting food not just as nourishment but also a source of joy.
Industry experts are dubious.
"I don't get it," said Sandra O’Connor, a sports diet technician and author of Sugar Is Poison: An Athlete’s Guide to Clean Eating. "This diet apparently allows sugar, which is poison. And carbs, which science and common sense both tell us are also poison. And processed foods, which are, you know, processed.”
"Processed," she added, for emphasis. “How can any of this be healthy?”
Other skeptics expressed similar concerns.
“Do the bears of Alaska’s Kodiak Archipelago consume ‘a broad variety of foods’?” asked Harry Blackmun, a certified superfoods lecturer and author of The Kodiak Diet: Bear Food, Bear Strength. “No, they do not. They eat salmon and berries and occasionally seaweed and small invertebrates that have washed ashore. And look how big and strong they are. I rest my case.”
Furthermore, as others have noted, the Eat Modest Amounts of a Variety of Foods diet is not supported by a book, website, YouTube channel, or social media campaign, and no celebrity or "influencer" has yet signed on to endorse it.
“It doesn’t even have a catchy name,” said Elena Kagan, creator of RoundfulEating.com and author of Full Circle: How Eating Nothing But Round Foods Can Make You Happier, Healthier & Sexier. “I mean, the Eat Modest Amounts of a Variety of Foods diet? Who’s going to remember that?”
“Keto,” she said. “Now that’s a name.”
An Eat Modest Amounts of a Variety of Foods daily menu might look something like this:
Whole-grain toast with butter
Tortilla chips with salsa
Grilled chicken breast
One or two beers
Ice cream sandwich
Again, experts are not sold.
“I see a few round foods on there,” said Kagan, of RoundfulEating.com. “But not many.”
"Sorry, but I just don't see this diet going anywhere."