Origin: The Supermarket Diet is the first diet book ever written by Good Housekeeping magazine. Editors at the magazine decided they wanted to come up with a diet that would be uncomplicated and inexpensive. Subsequently, Good Housekeeping magazine developed a diet that allows dieters to get all their ingredients in one place – at the supermarket.
Description: The Supermarket Diet is designed to be simple. Dieters can choose from fresh or packaged ingredients found at their local supermarkets. Menus outlined in the book are designed to be prepared quickly and easily. The diet also promotes fitness and outlines exercises that can be done at home or outdoors.
Likes: Whole grain bread, low fat cheese, fat free milk, vegetables, fruit, lean meat, high fiber cereal, peanut butter, eggs and low fat frozen dinners
Dislikes: Fatty meat, refined flour and full-fat dairy products.
Looking For: Anyone with the appetite of a small bird.
Works Well With: Your local supermarket.
This diet does not eliminate any of the food groups, but the food portions, especially in the first two weeks, may not be sufficient for some people. Men, in particular, may have a hard time warding off hunger pangs on a 1,200 calorie per day diet. The daily caloric intake is increased to 1,500 calories after two weeks. There are a number of positives to this diet. It is convenient because the recipes are simple and the ingredients can be purchased from any grocery store. The menus are diverse and include whole grains, fruit vegetables, dairy products, meat and even coffee and light beer. Anyone who chooses to take on this diet really won't be missing out on much, except the quantity of food they might be used to consuming.