The Ultimate Guide to the Mysterious OMG Diet

July 18, 2012 10:25 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
OMG Diet
The OMG Diet (Photo: Creative Commons)

It's hip, it's happening, it's all teens and tweens are talking about. But does the OMG diet work? And who the heck created it?

The answers, and even more questions, to follow.

His name is Venice A. Fulton, or he'd like you to think it is. He's being billed as something of a bad boy: good-looking, raven black hair, and a strong jaw that comes, the air of mystique suggests, from following his own rules. And those rules seem to be predicated on breaking everyone else's.

But what does that mean, exactly? Quite simply, this is not a diet. This is a strange and contrarian attempt to capitalize on poor body image and the truth that those who suffer from are more likely to try something, anything, for a quick drop in weight.

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The six-week OMG Diet is predicated on five touchstones:

1. Take cold baths and showers.

The idea that cold baths and showers which boost your body's metabolism as it struggles to recalibrate its heat will burn a significant number of calories is truly laughable. If anything, a cold bath will make you hungry.

You want to burn calories? Exercise. Just a small jog around the block is even enough to do the trick here.

2. Skip breakfast.

Utterly ridiculous. There most casual diet plan of all begins every day with a healthy, balanced breakfast that jogs your metabolism. Even without exercise, a bowl of cereal in the morning could lead to weight loss.

Skipping breakfast could be dangerous, especially if your body is used to having a meal to start your day. Additionally, it fosters an incorrect attitude towards the dieter and the act of abstaining from food. Rather, healthier choices should be encouraged by the dietician.

3. It doesn't matter what type of carbohydrate you eat.

Again, terrifying. Carbs may all break down into simple molecules, but that doesn't mean that some aren't healthier than others. This is the kind of thinking that leads to no exercise and many an eating disorder.

4. Eat very little fruit.

What? Fruit has a high water content, high fiber content, many are loaded with anti-oxidants, and they've been proven to curb appetite. If anything, fruits prove stalwart in helping us lose weight.

5. Drink black coffee.

Sure. It's better to drink coffee without milk and sugar than it is to drink coffee with cream and sugar. But we're worried that dieters will resort to the energy-boosting, appetite-curbing effects of caffeine here. Just make sure to hydrate and you ought to be fine.

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