The "cake diet" is an eating and lifestyle plan written by Dean Kapsalakis. In his book, the The Let's Eat Cake Diet, Kapsalakis proposes that "nature is the guiding principle to ideal nutritional practices." Therefore, the cake diet does not require adherents to eat foods that they do not like, simply because they are healthy. The book offers modified recipes of American favorites, such as meatloaf, manicotti, and, of course, cake. This process of recipe modification is known as "extra-fortification."
The cake diet has its origin in Kapsalakis' realization that Americans are averse to eliminating high fat foods with little nutritional value from their diets. Kapsalakis suggests that people should eat more of the food that they like, provided that its nutritional value has been "extra-fortified."
No mainstream health organization endorses the cake diet, presumably because the consumption of sugar in amounts beyond recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) place a patient at serious risk of obesity, which in turn is a serious risk factor for developing type II diabetes.
Kapsalakis has promoted The Let's Eat Cake Diet on many major network television talk shows and is currently on a book tour. The popularity of this fad diet is expected to increase among Americans in the next several years.
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The cake diet rejects the notion that people should abandon the enjoyment of eating highly sugary junk foods in order to eat highly nutritious foods, even if those foods are not endorsed by mainstream health advocates
The cake diet modifies recipes of traditionally high calorie, low nutrition foods that render these snacks of more benefit to the body. Extra ingredients are added to store-bought foods and food mixes in order to increase nutritional value without compromising taste.
Kapsalakis' book includes 15 dessert and 80 main course recipes that are oriented towards the collective guilty culinary pleasures of Americans. Following the cake diet requires cooking food to the specifications of the recipes, or making pre-made and pre-packaged "extra fortified." To this extent, following the cake diet requires dedication to cooking out of Kapsalakis' book or taking the time to add ingredients to pre-made and pre-packaged foods to make them "extra fortified."
The cake diet does not issue an opinion on portion control, snacking between meals, or the number of meals that should be eaten per day.