Ice, Ice, Baby…
The new fashion in diets is the “Chill Diet”. Its inventor, Elynn Neger, theorises that our primate ancestors didn’t know fire, and so didn’t cook their food. So it is more natural – and healthy – for humans to eat raw foods, and drink nothing but water. As well, it is a fact that the human body has to work harder to warm up cold foods, so that kilojoules are burnt as the body converts the cold or cool food to body temperature. If you plan to follow Dr Neger’s diet, then all food should be consumed at room temperature, or better yet, chilled.
Dr Neger also recommends cold baths, and in cold climates, short walks in the snow whilst naked or lightly dressed. Her goal is have her converts burn their extra weight away by making their bodies work hard at temperature regulation.
As always, you should use your commonsense before commencing a new diet. I know for a fact that Dr Neger is a fraud and a quack.
Dr Elynn Neger was born in the Sixties, and can remember a time when ‘Star Trek’ was Prime Time television. She managed to survive both the “My Little Pony” and “Cabbage Patch Kid” fads by being too old. She is not dead yet.
She is a profession troublemaker.
At university, she had a reputation for supporting causes simply to join in the heated debate. Since obtaining her questionable doctorate in Science (in S.F.A.), she has developed several diets which I would pause to recommend. Her most current diet is the “Chill Diet”, as mentioned above.
Concept of the Month
The April Fool
All Fool’s Day developed as a celebration of the first day of Spring. Once upon a time, the New Year started on the first day of the European spring. When the Gregorian Calendar was introduced, changing the date to the first of January. Poor communications meant that that some places were still celebrating the unofficial date for many years, and were considered ‘fools’ the general public. This evolved into the tradition festival of playing pranks or practical jokes.
 Please consider this name carefully, taking into account the time of year.
Update from 2005: Weight management is a huge industry worldwide, there are going to be scammers and snake oil salesmen trying to make a quick buck as well. Many years ago, I wrote this ‘quack’ diet up as an April Fool’s joke for my Science Page. About 18 months later, I found it on a ‘serious’ diet page, listed as a proper diet! I contacted the page administrators immediately, and they did take it down. However, it did give me an insight into how easily some people can be fooled by pseudo-scientific language.
However, since I wrote this article, the Ice Diet has become an actual thing!
The Science of the Ice Diet