Food writer Mark Bittman has a new diet plan that he hopes will help people lose weight and also help save the planet. Its called “Vegan Before 6pm” and, as the name implies, it basically boils down to not eating any animal products except at dinner.
It’s a little more complicated than that; besides eliminating meat, fish and dairy, he also advocates getting rid of all processed foods during the day. Then, after 6pm, he allows himself all the “foods he simply couldn’t give up”.
He claims that, not only does this diet succeed when other diets fail, it also will, if widely adopted, lead to a reduction in the total world consumption of meat, which many scientists agree is necessary in both the fight to end world hunger and the battle against global warming.
It is certainly hard not to agree that the amount of meat consumed in America is extreme when compared to the rest of the world, or even compared to Europe and Japan. And one has to agree that a diet free from processed foods and more directed toward fruits, vegetables and whole grains, with a more modest amount of meat, seems to make a lot of sense.
But what if I really like going out for a big lunch?