Cake Cleanse: A New Diet Where You Can Eat Cake And Lose Weight Too

Cake Weight Loss, Cake Diet, Lose Weight with Cake

My relationship with cake is very much like an episode out of

The Jim Gaffigan Show

. The occurrences are so predictable they’re almost boring: Girl meets cake, girl falls for cake, tries not to eat it and inevitably does. At that point, I’d usually hope to have a metabolism that burns a hundred calories per minute, even though the right (and possibly more logical) thing to do would’ve been running from New York City to Boston. This is why, when I learned that Australian epicure Deborah Schipper had created a

Cake Cleanse

earlier this month, I knew I had to find out more.

Targeting at people who struggle with eliminating all treats from their diets, Schipper claims that the Cake Cleanse is a “diet with a difference.” (And unlike a juice cleanse where you have nothing but juice, this is not a cleanse where you solely eat cake throughout the day.) There are two parts to this program: A four-week nutrition plan that details daily meals from breakfast to dinner (and the snacks in between); and a Recipe eBook with over 100 recipes such as strawberry cheesecake bites, brownies and even pancakes, which can be used separately after the four-week period.

While the idea of eating cake to lose weight certainly seems appealing, I couldn’t help but feel a bit skeptical. Are these cakes truly diet-friendly? Do they taste good? And for a diet to be called Cake Cleanse, how much cake can you actually eat?

According to Schipper, all the recipes are gluten free and filled with beneficial ingredients such as almonds, coconut oil, Greek yoghurt and cacao. Unlike store bought cakes that are full of white refined sugar, flour, preservatives, artificial colorings, vegetable oils and trans fats, the cakes featured in the Recipe eBook are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and strengthening protein. In terms of taste, the gourmet with a sweet tooth noted, “Many cakes have the texture of fudge brownies with just the right amount of nuts sprinkled through. There are also light cakes and pancakes with the addition of whisked eggs to give extra protein and keep them light and fluffy.” Schipper also reassured me that the portions are fairly generous. It could be one cupcake, two brownie bites or a large muffin. For example, you can have banana bread for breakfast, and in the afternoon a chocolate cupcake. This, along with savory meals high in protein and vegetables, “you’re definitely getting a balanced diet every


,” she said

Enticing as it all sounds, but does the cleanse work? Or are we dealing with another gimmick here?


Marion Nestle

, Paulette Goddard Professor in the

Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University

, reviewed the diet plan and the recipe book, and noted that the Cake Cleanse is “definitely a weight-loss diet—1200 calories a day including those from fruit-sweetened—and stevia-sweetened—breads, muffins and cupcakes.” However, it is also a very low-calorie diet that might be hard to tolerate for long. Since the meal plan beyond the cakes is a selection of foods such as salads with tuna, frittatas, and chicken tacos with guacamole but in tiny portions, many people could lose up to two pounds a week. The professor recognized that the sweetened treats may help dieters endure the program, and reckoned that as far as gimmicks go, “This one seems clever, as you can have your cake and eat it too.”

But insofar as long term weight loss, it works best with careful attention to portion size and frequent weighing, according to Nestle. And “if weight isn’t going down over time, you need to eat less or exercise more,” she added.

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