Ice cream is one of those things I could eat all year round. The little kid inside me will just always want the stuff. In fact, just yesterday, despite it being 35 degrees yesterday, I was chomping down on two choc-ices. Literally no regrets. I would eat it every day if social norms (and my mom) allowed me to.
Someone who is living their life to the fullest is Justin Woolverton, the founder of Halo Top Creamery. Just about every morning, Justin wakes up to a big bowl of ice cream. Lately, it’s been oatmeal cookie, but he says “any pint in the freezer will do.”
As the founder of Halo Top, his obsession with the sweet stuff makes perfect sense (he’s so willing to stand behind the product that he’ll eat it on the daily). But what surprised him was finding out people were more obsessed than he was about ice-cream.
Case and point, an intrepid GQ reporter by the name of Shane Snow, who decided to take elimination diets to the next level. He tried Woolverton’s low-calorie, low-carb, high-protein ice cream — for 10 days straight — and Halo Top’s notoriety soared (2016 sales were up a whopping 2,500 percent over 2015, according to Adweek).
Shane’s efforts inspired many others to have a go themselves, much to their to their nutritionists’ chagrin. But what does an ice-cream diet meal plan do to you, I hear you ask? Here is your answer.
After 72 hours (three days) of eating five pints (averaging out to about 1,400 calories) a day, you may get sick of the stuff, and who could blame you? The good quality of Halo Top keeps you attracted to the regime longer than it would any other brand, but any signs of changes to the body are difficult to notice (despite the calorie deficit).
The bottom line, you could lose about two pounds but it’s not sustainable, not very healthy and probably will make you ill. Saying this, the human body being such a resilient bastion of longevity (and our ridiculous fiending for anything sweet) means you can keep going, if you so feel fit.
Spoon University reporter Meredith Davin also partook, eating between 1,240 to 1,280 calories of Halo Top, with 120 grams of protein, per day. She said that after five days that the diet started to wear on her so gave up. She lost 1.4 pounds and said, “even after my experiment, I will undoubtedly eat this low-calorie ice cream again.” Even with the ice cream being “healthy”, a balanced diet still prevails.
Shane Snow is the only one (on record) to last a full week, and went further eating ice cream for 10 days straight. He ate five pints a day and said that he craved anything and everything savory — even cartoon burgers in subway ads started to look good. He lost 9.9 pounds, and celebrated breaking his diet with the exact opposite of a cheat meal: spinach and eggs. I mean, really?
What does this mean? As fun as it sounds to eat ice cream all day every day (and lose weight), it ultimately breaks down your body from the inside. Low calorie, low protein or not, you are only really getting one food type: dairy. I don’t have to be a nutritionist to tell you a balanced diet and a decent amount of exercise is the only way to truly be healthy. Sorry for getting your hopes up, everyone.