I’m often asked, “What do you think of the M diet? Do you think it works?” As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and media spokesperson these are the type of questions I get. M in this case stands for mushroom. So this time it’s not the grapefruit or tea or cabbage soup diet. Center stage goes to….mushrooms!
The Mushroom diet is being touted as the latest weapon for savvy celebrities who want to shed pounds quickly but still keep some of their curves. Ah, what curves you ask? Well, by eating mushrooms with every meal, they claim, you can slim your WAIST but keep your BUST. Say what? You heard me.
But don’t get too excited!
It’s no wonder that mushrooms are now part of another diet craze, loaded with vitamins and minerals with very few calories they make the perfect diet food. In fact, using mushrooms as a meat substitute is a perfect way to lower the calories of any meal. Why? Mushrooms come in at only 44 calories per cup. Eat less meat and you’ll likely lose weight. Plus, mushrooms have proven to be just as satiating as meat.
But sadly science proves once again that spot reducing does not work, and the promise that mushrooms are magical in some sense and can whisk away fat from hips and thighs and not the breast area is nonsense. I wish it weren’t. If that were the case, I’d have them in my cereal, sandwiches, soups, tacos, pasta…
Or just eat them for dinner…sauteed! Here’s how to cook mushrooms.
Heidi Diller, RDN Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist