The Calories Don't Count
An Atkins-like diet before Robert Atkins became famous.
The Calories Don’t Count is a fad diet created by Dr. Herman Taller. The diet was actually chronicled in a book that was published in 1961.
Dr. Taller was a Brooklyn-based obstetrician that specialized in natural childbirth. Taller suffered from high cholesterol and his weight got up to 265 pounds at one point. A doctor that was researching his cholesterol suggested that Dr. Taller incorporate safflower oil to lower his cholesterol. Once this was incorporated, Dr. Taller lost 65 pounds in eight months while consuming 5,000 calories per day.
This led to Taller putting all his information into book form for those that wanted to lose weight. The diet, The Calories Don't Count, involves no calorie counting and the total avoidance of carbohydrates. Foods high in fat and protein were allowed while sugars, cookies, cakes, alcohol, bread, high carbohydrate fruits and juices were to be avoided.
Taller also created his own Calories Don't Count Corporation or CDC, which manufactured and sold the special magic pill, safflower oil capsules.
Shortly after the book was published, charges were filed by the FDA against Dr. Taller for unsubstantiated claims made in the book along with drug violations, postal fraud and conspiracy. Dr. Taller was found guilty and he was fined and put on probation. His reputation was all but ruined following the scandal.
- Avoids sugars, refined and processed foods
- Encourages eating massive calorie amounts each day
- Unlimited amounts of fat and meat allowed
- Creator of diet was charged and convicted by the FDA
- Eliminates an entire group of food in carbohydrates
- Encourages three meals per day with as much meat and fat as you want
- Heavily pushed safflower oil supplements
- Considered a fad diet
There is no need to count calories, Taller claimed, as long as you avoid carbohydrates, which produce pyruvic acid, and concentrate on foods that are high in fat and protein.
The diet strictly prohibits all sugar and starches, including high-carbohydrate fruits, starchy vegetables, and juices, and of course cakes, cookies, and bread. Alcohol is also discouraged.
But fish, which is rich in unsaturated fatty acids, should be eaten daily, and foods fried in unsaturated oils. Meats, poultry, cheese, eggs, shell nuts, and low-carbohydrate fruits and vegetables.
Water, diet soda, tea and coffee without sugar are permitted and one cup of milk a day is also encouraged.
On the plan, you are instructed to eat three full meals a day with as much protein and fat as you desire.
The hallmark feature of this diet is the shot-full glass of safflower oil that must be consumed before each meal or two special Calories Don't Count (CDC) safflower oil capsules.EXERCISE
There is no exercise plan outlined.CONCLUSION
The Calories Don’t Count is no different than many other fad diets. While it gets credit for being one of the first widely-followed, low-carb and high protein diets, it was popular for a while until someone started doing the research and found it unsafe. A diet that comes with a FDA conviction is obviously not one that could be called a healthy way to lose weight.
For those looking to lose weight and keep it off, diet and exercise are the best way.Common Misspellings
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