The Ice Cream Diet Review

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The Ice Cream Diet is a book by Holly McCord, M.A., R.D., a registered dietitian who also writes for Prevention magazine. She has also been a guest on a number of other shows. The book was published in 2002 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks. The premise of the Ice Cream Diet that you have permission to indulge a bit each day with a small serving of low fat ice cream and at the same time the calcium in the ice cream will facilitate your weight loss. In addition, the book claims, the calcium may help with PMS symptoms, reduce the risk of colon cancer, and possibly reduce blood pressure. The Ice Cream Diet supplies 1,500 calories per day for women and 2,000 calories per day for men. A step-by-step plan guides you through your food choices and gives you options for eating in restaurants. Daily exercise is also part of this weight loss plan. The cost of the The Ice Cream Diet is the cost of the book and the required foods.

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Ice cream, the low fat variety

A variety of low fat, healthy foods in reasonable portions

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The name of this diet implies that it’s not really a diet at all, but a way to indulge your craving for ice cream and still lose weight. However, the amount of ice cream allowed is only one cup for women and one and ½ cups for men and the amount of food allowed for the rest of the day is fairly lean. In addition, the diet calls for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three to five times a week and also weight training for 20 minutes two or three times a week. This is probably much more exercise than you are currently doing; combined with a decrease in calories, chances are you will lose weight on this diet. The diet eliminates sweets except for the ice cream, but does allow a snack during the afternoon or whenever you want to eat it. The Ice Cream Diet comes with meal plans to guide you in your choices and a plan to increase your exercise routine once you get established.

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  • You are allowed to eat ice cream.
  • The diet plan is inexpensively obtained by simply buying or borrowing the book.
  • Given the reduction in calories and a substantial amount of exercise each week, most people will lose some weight.
  • The plan is relatively easy to follow.


  • If you are lactose intolerant or have a milk allergy, this diet will not work for you.
  • The novelty may soon wear off and the nightly scoop of ice cream may not give you enough motivation to keep going.
  • This diet may not supply enough calories for the amount of exercise it requires.
  • The daily scoop of ice cream is probably not a substantial enough amount of calcium to make much of a difference in weight loss.
  • There is not a website with pictures and testimonials to encourage the dieter.


While there are no glaring red flags with this diet, it’s really just a twist on the classic advice to eat less and exercise more. The ice cream serves as a way to draw people in to try the diet who might not otherwise.

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