In a handful on months yours truly will be veering off highway 30 and heading to interstate 40. To prepare for this wrong right of passage I’d like to be as healthy as possible. Which means I need to lower my cholesterol, adult my wardrobe, and of course lose some weight. When it comes to the latter, I wanted to shed pounds as fast as I could. Unfortunately, none of the diets seemed to fit my lifestyle. That is until my friend told me about Dr. Helmut Larrs’s book – THE MEALWORM DIET. At first I was skeptical (and a bit grossed out), but I got to admit it really works. I’ve lost 8 pounds in just under 6 weeks.
SO WHAT IS THE MEALWORM DIET?
In 1996 Dr. Helmut hypothesized that 60% of our daily lives are spent ingesting what he likes to call BORING CALORIES. Chomping on chips at work. Chugging brews at the park. And of course fingering jars of whole mayo late at night. His book is filled with simple exercises that will help you unlearn those habits. And to curb your appetite, Dr. L suggests adding protein rich mealworms to your diet. Apparently the larvae secrete an enzyme called hydroxycirate which has been proven to suppress hunger (see diagram).
SO WHAT’S ON THE MEALWORM MENU?
Here’s a sample of what a day’s worth of meals consist of:
BREAKFAST: MEALWORM ORANGE SMOOTHIE
Ingredients: 1 orange, 3 tsp. of mealworms (crushed), ice chips, and plain yogurt.
LUNCH: MEALWORM LETTUCE WRAP
Ingredients: Lettuce, 6 tsp. of whole mealworms, ground tofu, bean sprouts, and organic mayonnaise.
SNACK: MEALWORM POPSICLES
Ingredients: Fruit juice (your choice), ¼ of crushed ice, 4 tsp of mealworms.
DINNER: SENSIBLE MEAL
It takes a bit to get used to, but after about a week it’ll all seem right as rain. So if you’re looking for a quick, yet healthy way to lose weight I can’t speak for THE MEALWORM DIET enough. In fact, why should I? Click here to let Dr. Larrs tell you in his own life-changing words.