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Diet Fad: “The Chewing Diet”

July 20, 2011
An Argument for Gun and Weight Control?

An Argument for Gun and Weight Control?

This diet fad makes me particularly angry. “The Chewing Diet” is, according to DietsInReview (still in awe):

Fletcherism or the Chewing Diet is named after Horace Fletcher, a San Francisco art dealer, who in 1903 became known as the Great Masticator because he lost over 40 pounds through his chewing method, which was dubbed the Chewing Diet.

The basic premise of the Chewing Diet includes chewing your food 32-80 times until it becomes totally liquefied, and then spitting out what’s left. Through this method, you absorb fewer calories while still enjoying the taste of all the foods you love.

What. On. Earth. Diet and Nutrition?

On the Chewing Diet, you eat whatever you want. You simply chew everything between 30 and 80 times and then spit out what’s left after everything becomes a liquid.

What. On. Earth. Pros and Cons?

PRO: Forces you to thoroughly chew your food


  • No real diet or exercise program outlined
  • Can lead to unhealthy eating practices
  • Essential nutrients that the body needs could be spit out
  • Chewing food to the point of liquid and then spitting out can be very unhygienic
  • No studies on the effectiveness of the diet
  • Counting chews can make eating more work than many would want
  • Classified as a fad diet

What a hot mess. This “diet” legitimately makes no sense to me. Who has the patience to chew and not swallow that many times?? I can barely make it through a few licks of a Tootsie Pop without chowing down the entire thing whole. And what kind of nutrition could you possibly obtain from this? There are no ratings for this diet yet, but I shall give my rating: absurd, bizarre, and insulting.

(Image courtesy of Losing Weight Zone, a great forum for weighty issues!)

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Zack permalink
    July 20, 2011 5:06 pm

    CONS: What do you spit up your food into? A spittoon? Your dinner plate? I can’t think of a place you could put your pile of disgusting 80-times-chewed food that is not going to completely repulse everyone around you.

  2. Sexy Curmudgeon permalink
    July 21, 2011 2:42 pm

    Yes, I think this also gets the “affects social life” Con, since anyone you ever go out to eat with will be completely disgusted.
    Poor Charlene! I think she has a great figure.

  3. July 24, 2011 4:13 am

    First, let me say that the cartoon is an animated snapshot of mornings, minus the pink robe, of course. Secondly, the topic, such an important one and really needs more attention. I think it’s a gateway disorder that is so easily dismissed. Fantastic job of shedding light on such an important topic, HH.


  4. fedora permalink
    August 2, 2011 3:23 am

    I have a friend whose male boss would do this, and it was disgusting. He would even do it when they were out to dinner with clients and he would spit all his food into his napkin. This is not a diet, it is a disturbing eating disorder.

  5. August 2, 2011 4:59 am

    @fedora: you couldn’t be more right. Sounds weird, but it’s a disorder…at minimal, it’s a gateway to a bigger issue…very sad…


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