When it comes diet fads on Instagram, we’ve pretty much seen it all: from meal prep hacks, to weight loss teas to celebs spruiking appetite suppressant lollipops (cough, Kim Kardashian) – if it promises a body transformation, there’s no doubt someone on Instagram has the pics to prove it.
Which is why we were so intrigued to stumble across this bikini selfie by Shannon Eng. The California-based fitness influencer ate a cookie every day for a week and documented what happened next – and it’s safe to say, we were pleasantly surprised.
“Nothing really happened,” she admitted in the caption.
“I didn’t gain weight. The only thing that happened here is that I was so excited about cookies that I perfected my booty shake.”
“Am I advocating that you eat a cookie every day?” she continued. “Maybe, if that’s your thing! Can you fit it into your macros? Absolutely! My point is this: I ate a cookie every day, it only added 130 calories per day and on a 1800 calorie/day plan it’s a very small part overall! If you ate something that’s perceived as not healthy, that’s okay! One cookie doesn’t change your diet plan all that much.”
“So can you maintain your weight or lose weight even if you eat a cookie every day? Of course, you can. Moderation and balance is key.”
Shannon also weighed in on the restrictive diets we’re used to being bombarded with on social media, and how difficult these are to maintain.
“They’re not sustainable,” she explained. “Let’s say that cookies are my favourite not so healthy thing to eat. And I decided to restrict myself from eating them. One day I’m just going to give into my craving or a friend is going to offer me some cookie and I’m going to go bananas and binge them!”
In short: we can all agree it’s important to eat a balanced diet – but indulging in your sweet tooth every once and a while isn’t going to do much... except potentially bring on a booty shake.