I Lost Weight On the Jellybean Diet and You Can Too!!

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
9/25/2012 6:00 AM   :  70 comments   :  32,749 Views

Okay, the title of this blog is slightly facetious.  I didn’t lose weight on the Jellybean Diet, and in fact, I’ve never even heard of it; although I would not be surprised if it exists.  Every day I hear about some new diet designed to help you quickly and easily lose weight so that you never have to worry about that number on the scale again.  If only it were that simple.  Weight loss is hard, and even though we know better, it’s still easy to get sucked into believing these claims.    
 
The latest diet making headlines is the “Starbucks Diet”, after Christine Hall claims she lost 85 pounds by eating only Starbucks foods for all of her meals.  She started each day with oatmeal and black coffee (145 calories), and then ate a Starbucks Bistro Box or Panini for lunch and dinner (estimated to be 220-460 calories each.)Hall says it was easy to count calories because the nutritional information is all on the packaging.  She says she feels better than she has in years, and the aches and pains she used to attribute to normal aging are now gone.   She’s not the first person to try this kind of diet.  Jared Fogle became a spokesperson for Subway after he lost hundreds of pounds on the “Subway Diet”. 
 
What’s wrong with diets like this if they make people feel better and help them lose weight?  Well, I would challenge that weight loss is only part of the equation.  You also need to consider the effect these diets have on your health.  Counting calories is a great concept, and something SparkPeople frequently recommends.  But it’s not just about calories, it’s also about the quality of the food you’re eating and the nutrients it provides.  Where are all of the fruits and vegetables?  How about enough servings dairy?  Is she getting enough fiber, calcium, iron or other essential nutrients?  Yes, she might be losing weight, but at what cost (both to her health, and her pocketbook?)      
 
Repeat after me:  DIETS DON’T WORK.  What works is developing a style of eating you can maintain for the rest of your life.  The problem with any “diet” is that most people can’t keep them going forever.  So as soon as you start eating normally again, the weight comes back.  People who have successfully lost weight and kept it off have made changes to their diet that they can live with forever.  It’s really that simple. 
 
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What do you think?  Is it better to lose the weight, no matter the method?  Or is it better to do it in a healthy way, even if that takes much longer? 


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  • 70
    The funniest I ever heard of: "The Cabbage Seed Diet" (from the Weekly World News, c. 1986) - you put the seeds in your ears, and it pressed on nerves making you no longer hungry. Ummm... yeah. - 7/30/2014   3:03:27 PM
  • 69
    My Starbucks diet would have to include a Caramel Frappachino to go along with that Bistro Box, at which point I've shot my calorie intake for the next two days. However if I walked to the nearest Starbucks (16 miles) maybe I could balance the exercise and the calories!!! LOL - 4/18/2014   10:23:08 AM
  • SUEGAIL
    68
    It might work to have A jelly bean each day.
    - 9/16/2013   10:34:34 AM
  • LCRUMLEY81
    67
    what a great article thank you for the perspective - 6/7/2013   9:39:21 AM
  • 66
    That carton of Jelly Beans looks delish! But wait! I am a vegan and those JBs are made with gelatin (as are their cousins, marshmellows), and gelatin is made by boiling down the hooves and hides of dead animals, mostly horses and cows, that have been dragged off by the "knackers."

    Knacker = A person who buys worn-out or old livestock and slaughters them to sell the meat, hides and hooves.

    **Yuck**

    And are those artificial colors in those bright goodies, such as US Red No. 3?

    Again, no thanks!

    Plus, I must say, all the comments prior to mine here are so RIGHT ON! - 6/6/2013   9:04:53 PM
  • TRISHMO1
    65
    I wanted to do the jelly bean diet!!!!!!!!!!!!grrrrr - 9/30/2012   4:08:42 PM
  • 64
    Well put! Great Blog, thanks. - 9/30/2012   12:34:54 AM
  • 63
    I think you should lose weight, in a healthy way. Jelly beans? I don't think so! I lost 24 lbs. and jelly beans, certainly weren't part of my diet.
    - 9/29/2012   6:59:18 PM
  • 62
    I finally buckled down and started doing things the right way ... barring a few life altering situations, I have managed to put myself on a good track and I'm finding it easier and easier to stick to, esp at age 58. I started doing this about the fall of 2008. Had good results quickly but about a year and a half later, first my mom died, then I got laid off a couple months(7 months after returning home from clearing out her house), then I got back to work after a 2 month layoff (and depression BIG TIME - slept & ate for 2 months!!). Started back into getting on track, then my BF's father died and I had 8 straight months of extra work - again accompanied by overeating, which I realized was getting out of control by Thanksgiving - so actually 4 months of this lack of control. I got a handle on it again ... and dropped a LOT of weight and ramped up the exercise! I lost a total of 50 lbs fromn the beginning weight and still am working on 20 more. I quit my job on SEPT 9 and am preparing my household for a big move back to my homestate w/ my BF. My personal challenge to myself is to stay on track. I hadn't been feeling real good but NOW I am better and READY!!! So NO diets ... just sensible mix of exercise and food choices are the trick. It doesn't hurt to track your calories either. - 9/29/2012   3:24:52 PM
  • 61
    Doc noticed my weight loss and asked how I'd done it...I laughed and said I finally figured out it's not rocket science...eat less and move more. It really is that simple, little changes and choices make a bit impact. Water and 5 min of exercise will win out over a coke and giving up every time. - 9/29/2012   1:09:11 PM
  • 60
    I've lost 70+ lbs. by counting calories and excercising. I've cut nothing entirely out of my diet but do limit fat and eat in moderation. With 20 lbs. left to goal it has become even more important to pay closer attention to details such as quality and nutrient content not just quantity. Even at goal I will have body fat to burn and muscle to build and at that point I imagine the importance of what I put in my body will change as well. So I continue to learn and work towards a better me!!! - 9/27/2012   11:23:49 AM
  • 59
    I have made lifestyle changes in my eating habits. i can eat anything i want to have in moderation... everyone can. i lost 200lbs by making simple changes that will be with me forever... water instead of soda (that was my first and best change EVER!) more fruits and veggies (i found they filled me up so much i didn't have a chance to crave anything else)! i made one change and when i felt good about that one change, i made another.... all things i can live with and keep with me! - 9/27/2012   6:50:25 AM
  • 58
    nice blog - 9/26/2012   11:39:24 PM
  • 57
    All dieting ever did for me, was to make me FAT!!!! Wish I have never gone on that first diet..... - 9/26/2012   6:42:16 PM
  • KUSH66
    56
    Its all about watching what and how much you put in your mouth. I totally ruined my thyroid not from not eating right but from cutting out things i needed (salt for one thing) i ate healthy before all this health food was out. I just didn't do it exactly right.i was always so skinny. Now i weight more then i would like i think i could stand to lose 30lbs but it could be a head thing cause I'm used to skinny. I cant l lose weight at all from ruining my thyroid. I've tried all kinds of diets, pills, nothing works. I did do a 500 calorie diet p plus treadmill 4miles a day i lost 35 lbs in 5 weeks. The dr put me on tyroid pills i gained it right back.bummer. now its try again. Idk if i can do that diet again. Myproblem is i want to be a size 2 not 7 or 8. Maybe i should try the starbucks diet... - 9/26/2012   3:31:59 PM
  • DABOGE
    55
    I lost 25 lbs in three months by eating 1700 calories a day. You can do this. It can be one bite, or one meal, or all day. This promotes self discipline, a key to lasting weight lost - 9/26/2012   3:25:17 PM
  • 54
    Between SparkPeople and Maximized Living I have lost about 67 pounds, eat much healthier, feel so much better, and the blockage in the main artery in my heart has decreased in size. My heart doctor was ecstatic to see the numbers for cholesterol, HDL, LDL, etc.. and he even took me off of the Plavix. I will need to continue on my weight loss journey, exercise, and eat the right foods. I will also continue to see my Dr. at Champion Chiropractic because I do believe in the Maximized Living way. - 9/26/2012   3:23:27 PM
  • 53
    I "dieted" all my life. It wasn't until I made a "lifestyle change" that included healthy eating that I lost the weight and have kept it off. I agree totally - Diets Don't Work!! - 9/26/2012   2:58:02 PM
  • RFJSJ50
    52
    I'm doing it different this time around - eating sensibly and focusing on the nutrient values of the foods I eat as well as the calories. I want my body to be healthy and I want to be able to live the life I want to live! - 9/26/2012   2:02:19 PM
  • 51
    Right on! Losing weight while losing her health slowly but surely. No healthy greens and balanced meals. No variety to help prevent deficiencies. They develop slowly in some cases, but the cost to her bones and blood etc is higher than the price of the diet. - 9/26/2012   1:42:43 PM
  • 50
    So what happens when she stops going to Starbucks? - 9/26/2012   1:27:36 PM
  • KELBELL685
    49
    Great blog!! - 9/26/2012   1:00:31 PM
  • 48
    simple but soo true. Thanks - 9/26/2012   12:53:35 PM
  • 47
    Ha! I also have a nice bridge I'd like to sell you!!!
    Your right 100% Diets don't work! They don't! It's all about monitoring what your putting in your mouth. You don't have to "cut it out" you just have to "cut it down". "Portions" thats the key, along with removing the "make believe" foods as I callthem!! Thanks for sharing!! Sparker "G" - 9/26/2012   12:40:42 PM
  • 46
    I could not agree more that if you want to see true weight loss results and maintain it long-term, you have to make a lifestyle change - it's a balance between eating the right foods for your body and getting off your hinie and doing something. When I hit my high (250 in the doctor's office) there was no way I was going on a diet - I'm an all or nothing kind of person so it was change how I eat or keep being overweight. At 60+ pounds over nearly 10 months, I'm still working and it all comes back to that fundamental lifestyle change.

    Great article! - 9/26/2012   12:27:34 PM
  • 45
    I was SOOO ready to try the jelly bean diet...LOL! I agree with the concept though...it's about a change of lifestyle. Nice read! - 9/26/2012   12:27:32 PM
  • 44
    Yep, the title 'got' me. - 9/26/2012   12:25:31 PM
  • GARIANNA1
    43
    Yes the title got us "all".

    Thats what the media depends on...how gulliable especially woman are and how we will try anything new....

    Not this time though!!!!

    Healthy changes will do it!!! - 9/26/2012   11:16:07 AM
  • 42
    Isn't it sad that what drew me to this article was the title? Now back to my healthy lifestyle..... - 9/26/2012   8:56:19 AM
  • 41
    Those Starbucks bistro boxes are pretty healthy if you ask me. I don't think there is a better take out meal. They do have veggies in them. The last one I had was complete with snap peas & grape tomatoes. They are not loaded with salt like other places. Some contain cheese for dairy. You should probably check them out before trashing them. - 9/26/2012   8:48:12 AM
  • 40
    I am living proof that balanced nutrition along with regular exercise can help an obese person transform into a healthy being. Diets are not life long. A healthy lifestyle is the key to successful weight loss and healthy life. - 9/26/2012   8:46:21 AM
  • 39
    SparkPeople makes an excellent point that we should not consider our weight loss efforts as a "diet," but as a "lifestyle change" because it's SO much more than just what foods we eat! And it's not a quick fix, but a change for now and the future. - 9/26/2012   8:37:36 AM
  • 38
    starbucks diet? that is messed up - 9/26/2012   8:23:28 AM
  • JAZZI64
    37
    I think it's not so much as dieting that is the key to weight loss ,but the changes to eat healhier foods and staying active...for a healthy life and making smart choices ...it is a lifestyle change not just a fad diet change.. - 9/26/2012   8:13:43 AM
  • INTRIBUS
    36
    Yes I know I need to be reminded that diets dont work it is a lifestyle change that needs to occur. Great artivle. Thanks - 9/26/2012   7:51:20 AM
  • 35
    Excellent, excellent post. Amen. And remember Garfield says, "Diet is just 'die' w/ a 't' at the end!" - 9/26/2012   7:37:12 AM
  • DOINITRIGHT2012
    34
    Been there, done that, and it cost me my thyroid function. I did WW in the past when everything was Fat Free...ended up burning out my thyroid and becoming insulin resistant from all the sugar in Fat Free products. I will never diet again. I am living a healthy, organic lifestyle eating real food that mother nature provided. - 9/26/2012   7:20:10 AM
  • 33
    I bet I could lose weight on the Burger King diet! But that definitely doesn't make it healthy or long term. I think this woman was hoping to become the next Jared. If she gets nothing more than 15 minutes of fame from this, I'd like to know how she's doing in a couple years. It's sad how much publicity fad diets get yet making sensible, long-lasting lifestyle changes are never breaking news stories that get lots of attention. Too many people want results now with as little work as possible. - 9/26/2012   6:33:42 AM
  • MARSHAFU
    32
    What about grapefruit jellybeans? ;)
    - 9/26/2012   4:04:24 AM
  • 31
    Jelly Beans??? What kind of healthy diet is that. - 9/26/2012   2:01:23 AM
  • SUNSET09
    30
    Losing weight, eating right and exercising is the way to go! These fad diets have you getting up, going to these establishments, and spending money that's not necessary if you purchase groceries and plan your meals ahead of time.It's a life style change and you'll be better off doing it the right way and learning as you go. How do you go off of one of these diets as you are guaranteed to gain.?! Weight watchers would be a better alternative! - 9/26/2012   1:34:03 AM
  • 29
    I saw that on the internet about the "Starbucks Diet" and I was thinking to myself that can't be healthy. Besides that I would be bored with such limited food choices and indeed I believe it would be expensive. - 9/26/2012   1:24:25 AM
  • 28
    I agree that it's about slowly changing your lifestyle. I used to live very healthfully and over the years i've slowly lost my health focus. So I'm changing my lifestyle back, but it's going to take time. And the pounds aren't flying off which can be frustrating. I really feel this is the harder way to do it, but it's also the more permanent way. - 9/26/2012   12:54:20 AM
  • 27
    YES! It is about living, LIVING a healthy life, wherever you go. Even jellybeans have their place... - 9/25/2012   9:48:22 PM
  • 26
    I always find those "diet of the day" diets restricting in the food you can have because they don't account for all the places and occasions you would eat. If you don't eat at starbucks you don't eat at all? I've learned more about the foods I'm eating here at SP in the last 2 weeks then I've paid attention to in a long time. - 9/25/2012   9:38:47 PM
  • 25
    Great Blog Title! Hopefully The Young Lady Chooses To Learn How To Eat Meals At Home So She Won't Have To Depend On Starbucks All The Time. Sometimes People Just Want To Get The Weight Off Any Means Possible And I'm Praying Her Weight Will Stay Off. Everyone Needs A Chance At Weightloss! :) - 9/25/2012   9:29:01 PM
  • 24
    I took the D--- word out of my vocabulary!!! - 9/25/2012   7:30:57 PM
  • 23
    This Blog is so great! It IS as simple as that. - 9/25/2012   6:05:01 PM
  • 22
    Darn it. I was hoping to find out how to lose weight eating just jelly beans. :) Oh well, back to sensible eating and exercise. Slow and steady... - 9/25/2012   2:54:19 PM
  • 21
    I have the same issue with all the weight-loss programs out there (Nurtisystem, Jenny Craig, Medifast, etc.). I'm sure you can lose weight if you stick to the plan (and can stomach the food), but what happens when the weight is gone? If you haven't been eating REAL food and learning new eating habits, you're more likely to revert to the old habits and regain the weight. - 9/25/2012   2:40:50 PM

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