• Katie Lee

The Thing About Dieting...

The teacher in me can't help this, but if I were to write a lesson plan to explain what a term like "dieting" entails, it would look something like this...


The population of the world to date is 7,714,576,923 people.


There are about that many "diets" that you can choose from. Ok, that may be a bit of a dramatic representation but let's just say, there are A LOT of "diets" to choose from.


Today we are going to explore a sample of 100 diets. Each diet is designed based on adjustments in five categories. These categories are as follows:

  1. Timing - When to eat and the frequency of eating.

  2. Carbs - Macro-nutrient that supplies energy in the form of sugar. Derived mostly from plants.

  3. Fats - Macro-nutrient that supplies sustainable energy in the form of fatty acid chains. Derived from plants and animals.

  4. Proteins - Macro-nutrient that supplies energy aimed at building muscle & recovery. Derived from plants and animals.

  5. Cooking - How to prepare the food in the selected "diet". Food can be prepared cooked, raw, organic only, consumed as found, etc.

Explanation Demonstration:

You will work in groups of 5. Each group will be given a list of 100 diets. This list will contain the details that we just reviewed and will also provide you with the theory (explanation) behind each diet and therefore it's overarching benefits to you.

Your task is to identify one diet that will support each member in your group in a healthy and positive way. You must all:

  • Agree to the diet choice

  • The theory supporting the use of the diet

  • All ingredients

  • The frequency of the consumption of the ingredients

  • Cooking style

  • Assume that there will be no negative side effects

  • Agree to experience the diet for 21 days

  • Record your meals, meal times, mental, physical and emotional reaction to the diet

Performance Supervision:

You and your group will meet with me each week to review your individual and overall progress on the diet. Each of you will need to capture images of the meals that you make, record videos of your thoughts and feelings during the diet and also create a promotional flyer indicating how you support or reject the diet. Your grade will be determined by successful completion of the diet in its entirety and your feedback.


During this time, each group member will discover the success or failure of the assigned diet over a three week period. If the diet is successful, the individual will feel energized, sleep well, likely experience weight loss and establish a sense of balance in their lives (to name a few effects). If the diet is unsuccessful, the individual will feel the exact opposite of the student experiencing success. Out of a five student group, there is likely to be one success, perhaps two moderate successes and highly likely two unsuccessful diet attempts.

In a brief overview of "dieting" in ten minutes or less, what have the students learned?

Summary/Exit Slip: There are as many "right" diets as there are people on the planet. What is healthy for one person might not be healthy for YOU.

I've used a simple lesson plan to express two of my favorite dietary paradigms. Wherever you are in your relationship with food remember these two paradigms. You know your body and what it needs better than anyone. Listen to it, enlist some guidance to make sure you get it as correct as possible and then nourish yourself!

Peacefully & Powerfully Yours,



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