The Cheeseburger Diet

by Demetri on October 30, 2002

I came across this diet on one or two bodybuilding forums. It’s an interesting take on dieting and it’s quite easy to follow.

Kakdiesel’s infamous Cheeseburger Diet

When I am cutting, I eat cheeseburgers..Around 6 a day..and I lose fat..No joke..and here’s how

For breakfast, lunch, and dinner I eat two cheeseburgers.

The hamburger beef is 4% lean, the cheese is fat free cheese singles, and the so called bun is two pieces of whole wheat bread.

Here’s how it works out. These are the totals for macronutrient ratio’s and calories

Bread (4 slices) 28 carbs, 16 protein, 4 fat, 200 calories 4% lean beef (8 oz = two patties) 0 carbs, 48 protein, 9 fat, 280 calories

I use mustard and diet ketchup as condiments that are almost neglible amounts of calories..i stack on the tomato, pickles, and lettuce which again, have neglible calories but add “ruffage” to my meal so I feel “fuller”

Total amount for each of the 3 meals I eat like that for the day?

28 carbs, 64 protein 13 fat , and roughly 500 calories

3 times a day, puts me at 84 carbs, 192 protein, 39 fat, and 1500 calories..

Now for my other three meals i eat (one between breakfast and lunch, one between lunch and dinner, and the same before bed), consists of 2 scoops of whey which works out to 10 grams of carbs, 42 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat, and 260 calories each time. Therefore, when you add all of this together, my total for the day is:

114 grams of carbs, 318 grams of protein, and 54 grams of fat, and a total of 2280 calories for the day and i’m always FULL

Now the logic behind this diet (which you should do for everyday for 3-4 weeks straight) is this:

You will never crave junkfood mcdonald’s cheeseburgers (my favorite junkfood by the way) and by the end of the 3-4th week, you’ll be so sick of cheeseburgers and the taste of it, that you’ll be dying to get a can of tuna and some oatmeal..well at least it works for me…

Plus the greatest thing about this diet is that it is high in protein, low in carbs and keeps you full…basically every thing you need to have for a successful cutting cycle…any opinions, questions or comments?? (by the way, sometimes I add a 1/2 tablespoon of flax with my protein shakes in the morning and afternoon so that adds an additional 140 calories total for the day which isnt that much more anyways.)

I would like to re-iterate that this diet isnt magical..the combination of compounds found in red meat, bread, and stuff dont synegestically work to magically melt off fat..

the basis of this whole diet is to A) give you proper macronutrient ratios to provide an optimal environment within to allow fat oxidation and B) Give you that taste you might crave otherwise with other bland tasting diets–thus allowing you to not cheat really while still enjoying the taste of cheeseburgers daily and C) Make you so sick of cheeseburgers at the end that cheating on your diet will consist of tuna, chicken breasts and me, this shit will taste like candy after 6 weeks of burgers.

  1. breakfast 2 burgers
  2. snack, shake with flax
  3. lunch 2 burgers
  4. snack shake with flax
  5. dinner 2 burgers
  6. snack shake with flax
  7. shake before bed

The cheeseburger diet sounds a little too good to be true when you first hear about it but when you get right down to the nuts and bolts it’s your garden variety isocaloric diet. It’s basically the Zone Diet.

A nice benefit to an isocaloric diet vs a CKD is that your carbs are low enough to stimulate fat loss, but not so low as to be unappealing or cause lethargy. You can go to the family BBQ and not stand out eating cheese burgers.

As written above it is a little uninspired. You can easily change this diet around and not lose the spirit of it.

First, you could mix it up a little by not just having hamburger patties all the time. Have some chicken, roast beef, or Tuna.

Whole wheat bread has a reputation for being healthy, but most overlook the fact that it is made with bleached flour. You’ll be better off if you use a more natural grain bread like rye bread or one of the fantastic multi-grains that are available.

The only other major improvement I could see to this diet would be to use a better source of essential fatty acids (EFA) than flax. Flax doesn’t have the right ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6. An EFA like Udo’s Choice or NaturalFactors RxOmega-3 Factors.

Over all though it’s a great diet, easy to follow, and the looks of disbelief from coworkers is worth it.

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