The OMG Diet – Motivating Teens to be Skinnier Than Their Friends

OMG Diet

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Want to lose 20 pounds in 6 weeks?  There is a big hoopla around a new book – Six Weeks to OMG: Get Skinnier Than All Your Friends – which touts cold baths, limiting fruit, and skipping breakfast. The diet plan, invented by British celebrity trainer Paul Khanna (using a pseudonym), motivates dieters to get skinnier than their peers. Although he denies it, Khanna’s book seems to be targeting teens. The book is currently out in the UK, but is on its way to America with a seven-figure book deal.  

Khanna’s methods are somewhat extreme. Should we be worried that this book will cause horrible nutritional habits and lead to eating disorders? Yes. We should.

While there have been a slew of fad diets over the years, each with its own approach, usually nonsensical, OMG’s angle is competitive – motivating girls to “Get skinnier than all [their] friends.”

So how does the author make the claim that his six-week diet will lose someone 20 pounds? We broke it down for you:

OMG Diet Breakdown Graph

Bottom line: Save your money, we’ll all be laughing about this fad diet in a few years.

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  • Learn to spell

    Skinnier, not skinner. Idiot.

  • bklemm816@gmail.com

    Sick.

  • Jessica

    This isn’t a fad diet, this is a guideline book for anorexics. Younger girls are looking for answers anywhere to become thin. That’s why we see so many more teenagers with eating disorders because of people like this, fueling the problems.

  • Angela @nc_angie

    As a nutritionist I’m horrified by these fad diets. People are always asking me about them, wanting to try them. I so appreciate the work that Fooducate does to inform. You back me up! A respected resource – it’s not just me saying it. Thank you Fooducate!

  • Supa Cee

    Absolutely ridiculous!!!!

  • Brian

    Those three suggestions aren’t completely ridiculous. I don’t know anything else about the book, so I’m not at all suggesting in any way that people follow them, but they are suggestions that could work, crazy as they may be.

    If you replace fruits with vegetables, then no problem. Whether it’s sugar, or fructose from fruit, it behaves similarly. You don’t need a lot of it… Especially if you want to lose weight.

    I skip breakfast nearly every day, opting to eat at around 11:00. I don’t have any issues with energy, and I’m fine. I’m not an athlete, so I don’t need a boost of energy in the morning (sit behind a desk.) it’s not the right thing for everyone, but it works for many.

    Finally, there is research showing that the ice bath can work. A scientist was curious how Michael Phelps could stay skinny while eating the huge amounts of calories every day. The conclusion was that it was because of the time spent in water that allowed him to burn more calories. There is a chapter in Tim Ferris’ book, The Four Hour Body that discusses the idea. Crazy? Yes. Would I do it? No. But, maybe something that could work for something.

    • Lisa

      I think what people are reacting to is the marketing. I’m not going to say it causes eating disorders, because it’s more complex than that, but it’s really a dumbed-down approach to weight loss.

      • Brian

        I agree, which is why I posted that immediately afterwards. (the comments get jumbled up, so my marketing effort comment comes before this post.) Unfortunately, most diet books are marketed this way. It seems like the books with the best information, do not use this approach, and end up not getting any hype.

        • Lisa

          “Unfortunately, most diet books are marketed this way”
          True. And once they even get so much as a mention on Dr. Oz, they’re flying off the shelves!

    • Debbielq

      Um, Michael Phelps spent his time in the water swimming, ie exercising, ie burning thousands of calories, not sitting on his behind in an ice cold tub.

      • http://www.fooducate.com/blog Fooducate

        Very true. Still, he could have made better food choices than all that junk food he guzzled down…

      • Brian

        Well yes, but he ate way more calories than what he was using up in exercise. He said he was eating 12,000 calories a day while training, which would have equaled over 10 hours of cometitive level swimming. He only spent 3 or 4 hours a day in the water. I’m assuming he was training outside of the water as well, but not 10 hours worth of competitive level training everyday. Being in cold water forces your body to burn more calories to keep your body at it’s prefered temperature.

        • ultra_k

          swimming in a pool is in no way an ice bath. i wouldn’t even go so far as to say the water is cold. if he were swimming open water, that would be a different story.

          • Brian

            I think the theory goes, lower the temp of the water the more calories you will burn to keep your body at 98.6. Or to make an analogy, you can run or walk 3 miles, you burn the same amount of calories. Running will take less time.

  • Brian

    I do agree that the marketing effort behind the book is disturbing.

  • Lisa

    Oh lord. As a big veggie eater, sometimes I only have one fruit a day (and I’m a fruit lover.) You’re only supposed to have 1-2 servings/daily any way. Any more than that is too much sugar, and that’s all he’s saying. As long as the rest of your diet is calorically and nutritionally adequate, it’s not a big deal.

    It’s a known fact that the food guide ultimately recommends too many carbs. If you tried to eat all of the fruit and veg and grain servings recommended, you’d be the size of a house!

    • http://twitter.com/Go_Kaleo Go Kaleo

      I followed the USDA dietary guidelines to the letter for four weeks and lost a pound and a half. It’s not a ‘known fact’, it’s clever marketing by diet book authors to discredit the competition.

      • Lisa

        I’m not sure I understand: Are you a proponent of paleo or of following the USDA? Paleo and primal goes against everything the guides recommend…

  • http://twitter.com/Go_Kaleo Go Kaleo

    No fruit, fasted cardio/intermittent fasting and cold water thermogenesis? This sounds like paleo to me.

    • Brian

      It’s not paleo if there’s no emphasis on food quality and nutrient density.

  • Lisa

    Okay, I saw him on TV this morning discussing the book. Assuming he’s not talking out of both sides of his mouth (or other body part), this post is a little misleading. He doesn’t advocate skipping breakfast entirely. He says to delay it, go work out to burn fat, then break your fast.

    Some people don’t agree w/ working out on an empty stomach to burn fat, but to say that he’s telling people to skip meals is wrong. Could someone take that as an order to skip and not fuel up? Probably, but if they’re that easily led, almost anything else could make them do it.

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  • ALR

    I hope he gets sued for this book, this is sooo unhealthy!!! These people are not getting enough nutrients. I am a student studying nutrition and I even know diets are not good. Its called a healthy lifestyle people!

  • Rachel

    This is actually disgusting. And I’m surprised that some some comments actually support this. There have been NUMEROUS studies that back up the nutritional value of a 200-300 calorie breakfast. If you say skipping it works for you, perhaps you are right, but for the general population (ESPECIALLY teens), breakfast is a necessity. (Double especially if you plan to exercise). Fruit is a staple of the human diet, and many fruits provide nutrients that you cannot get elsewhere. Please keep in mind what a serving is also. No one is saying to gorge yourself on fruit, but having half a banana with breakfast, an apple for a snack, and some berries for desert will provide you with antioxidants, potassium, long-term carbohydrates, and other great nutrients and vitamins to aid in energy, keep away hunger tides, and keep you healthy. Do you need to do this every day? No, your body will definitely gain nutrients from other sources, but fruits are very important. (WITH, not “instead of” or “replaced by” vegetables!). Yes, this book may be a technically sound way to lose weight. Let’s be honest. The fastest way to lose weight? Stop eating. Should you do that? Absolutely, 100% no. Skipping meals, avoiding healthy foods–these do encourage poor eating habits and increase senses of competition in terms of weight-loss. Being 20, I very distinctly remember what it was like to be a weight-conscious teenager, and how much I compared myself to my friends. I would have snatched this book up and followed it blindly. This is NOT what we should be encouraging. It’s so dangerous and it honestly makes me sad that there will be girls who succumb to this.

    • Brian

      I’m guessing you are responding to my post: “suggestions aren’t completely ridiculous”. I wish I had written my post: “marketing effort is disturbing” along with it, because I definitely agree that the way it’s being marketed just promotes eating disorders, and is completely wrong. The psychological effect of the book is completely off base and definitely sends the wrong message. The “fastest way to lose weight” is always the wrong way to lose weight.

      However, whatever emotions we feel about how the book is being marketed and the motivations behind it should not necessarily blind us to whether or not the advice in the book is good or bad. I was trying to make the point that not all the advice is necessarily poor advice, and if you read the book there is probably much more explanation than to blindly skip breakfast and don’t eat fruit. (I haven’t read this book and won’t, nor do I suggest that you do because there are much, much better nutrition books out there.)

      My point about “replacing” vegetables with fruit was that you should replace the fruit calories with something at least as nutritionally dense as fruit. If you eat bread, yogurt, milk, etc instead of fruit you are getting less nutritionally dense food, and probably the same amount of sugar, thereby nullifying the fruit sugar, and you should’ve just eaten the fruit in the first place. You store about 500 grams of glucose (depends on the person) in your liver and muscles. If you have more glucose in your system than that, it sends an insulin response, and converts all that glucose to fat to be used at a later point. (Obviously an oversimplification) You really don’t need more than what can be stored in your system at one time. If you are a very active person, go for the fruit. If you sit behind a desk during your day job, you probably don’t need much, and non starchy veggies are probably a better option. Fruit has never kepy my hunger away. Healthy as it may be, it’s just not satiating. And most fruits as we know them today were never really part of the human diet. Many of them have been genetically modified to be much more sweet than they were traditionally.

      Regarding skipping breakfast… I’m just never hungry when I wake, and don’t feel the hunger come on until around 11:00. I listen to my body and feed it when it needs it. Telling someone they need to eat breakfast, even if they aren’t hungry, isn’t necessarily good advice, just like telling someone to skip breakfast when they are ravenous is not necessarily good advice either. It comes down to being in touch with your on body. My post does mention that I’m not an athelete, so you could surmise that I meant a post-workout breakfast would be a good idea in that case.

  • http://www.facebook.com/froggermauger David Mauger

    I am not a fan of fads or diets in general, but being a marathoner and a certified marathon coach…I can see some principles that have a physiological basis and work. Namely it is skipping the breakfast and doing that early morn, low aerobic exercise…this will promote fat-metabolism and it will carry over post-exercise into later morning. I have applied this technique to reduce my body-fat composition, but it conflicts with high-end marathon training, so when I am in full training…the higher-carb breakfast is a must. But in between training programs…I can use the technique to keep lean. I totally agree that as a book or a “fad diet” this is not something children or teenagers should be trying to follow. If one really understands nutrition and physiology, then one can take some of these principles and reduce weight noticeably in short time frame. It is not being “anorexic”…but rather one has to have very good discipline and understanding of nutrition and how much and when you eat…in order to loose weight and maintain a healthy body state. I don’t waste time with the cold-shower…but I can see it as a “jump-start” to elevating base-metabolic early morning. Yes…the caloric burn just from the shower is trivial…but it could help elevate that rate that translates into greater calorie burn through the morning. But I being a runner…know that doing the 30-min exercise is the essential ingredient, and that I would opt more for 1-hr aerobic duration at low intensity (ca 60-70% HRmax) and definitely burn a lot of calories and loose weight…albeit…as a marathoner…don’t have all that much fat to loose! Take your pic…a fad or if you understand sports physiology…can see some principles in their that will work.