'Teen Mom' Mackenzie Douthit's Over-the-Top Diet Sounds Dangerous

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mackenzie douthitIt's been over a year since former 16 & Pregnant star and soon-to-be Teen Mom 3 cast member Mackenzie Douthit had her son Gannon and shed her baby weight in what seemed like seconds. She's a competitive cheerleader, so she's always been super-conscious about her weight. (In fact, reports say one of the reasons she got preggers in the first place was because she was afraid the pill would cause her to gain weight. Oh, honey! It's called condoms ... or a nonhormonal copper-T IUD ...)

Anyway, despite certain blood sugar and health challenges she faces as a Type 1 diabetic, the teen mom's had no prob keeping her body super-fit. Nonetheless, it seems she isn't yet as fit as she'd like to be. In fact, she wants to lose 12 more pounds total. She recently tweeted, "All fruit and vegetable diet #diabeticdiet #perfectbloodsugars #sixpoundslost #sixpoundstago" and included a photo of an apple and some carrots. Wait, whaaat?!

First of all, why in the world she felt the need to lose 12 more pounds is beyond me, but all right, let's give her the benefit of the doubt. After all, you can look at someone and think there's no way in hell she needs to lose any weight, but she may have a little pudge she wants to shed or her BMI may be higher than preferable or she may have other health challenges that aren't obvious from her outward appearance.

But an all fruit and veggie diet? To make her blood sugar perfect and shed six more pounds? Every nutrition expert I've ever spoken to is a huge fan of fruits, veggies ... but also lean protein and complex carbs to keep blood sugar stable. I'm not a diabetic, but I'm hypogyclemic thanks to hormone imbalance. And I know that if I tried to get away with having just an apple for a snack or just carrots, I'd be hungry and shaky and feeling icky from low blood sugar much faster than if I were to have an apple or carrots paired with some quality protein, like a piece of low-fat cheese or a little almond butter.  

That said, it seems like Mackenzie may just be looking to go the quick, extreme route to getting as light as possible for the cheerleading/tumbling competition. Ugh. I get that she loves it, but that should get top priority over her overall health. Especially now that she's responsible not only for her own well-being, but her son's, too.

Do you think Mackenzie's diet sounds crazy?


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nonmember avatar Lauren

This isn't an extreme diet, it's a raw vegan diet. I have been eating nothing but raw fruits, nuts, and vegetables for the last six years...and I'm hypoglycemic. I'm mic healthier and stronger now that I've stopped eating absolute bullshit.

imamo... imamombygrace

I agree it seems sort of risky. I was diagnosed with type 2 in May..lost weight and was recently told by an internist I am no longer diabetic. Actually, both my parents were/are type 1..so I've researched and applied certain things to my diet. Whole grains and proteins are great for glucose levels. Also some fruits can spike your levels. I wonder how she is keeping her levels at a healthy level and not actually having more lows with insulin intake. Those on insulin generally need more carbs to keep from going too low. There's so much that can go wrong with diabetes..its insane to risk a horrible diet to be considered "thin".

Blues... Blueshark77

I wouldn't do it. I feel weak and shaky without protein in my diet. I love chicken and turkey as well as nuts and beans. 

Lovely Rose

are you special needs writer? veggies and fruit ARE COMPLEX CARBS

abra819 abra819

Lovely rose- that's just uncalled for.

vette... vettechmom88

most vegetables have protein, as a vegan, ive never had trouble getting enough protein in my diet. most people just arent aware that protein isnt just in meat.

nonmember avatar Mommyof3thatsme

My son is a 7, and a type 1 diabetic. Those arguing FOR her diet are well meaning, but her endocrinologist would be REALLY concerned about her. Having just had a child so young AND diabetic can seriously affect her body. She could easily damage her liver or kindeys with unhealthy diets or lifestyle choices right now. This article could have been better researched, but I do think her parents should be MUCH more worried about her health, and long-term affects of her choices than her readiness for cheerleading.

nonmember avatar Dee

I can see an eating disorder from a mile away. I am a vegan and have gone thru a 13 yr battle with ED. This is NOT a healthy diet (raw vegan maybe but you eat nuts and legumes, she does not) not to mention raw vegans cook, use oils and take supplants. This girl is trying to obtain an unhealthy body image they extreme dieting, If you watch her emailed of 16 & pregnant she talks about her weight at least 5 times in the 25 min episode and is clearly overly worried about her body. I also noticed in the episode that her mother is quote thin.. Not assuming she has a problem too but that is a rare body type for someone her age. That being said maybe she works out alot and "eats clean" but I have a hunch it's a little more than that. I hope they both are healthy and happy either way and reevaluate their "diet" and body image for the sale of her fans and little girls idolizing her on the new teen mom 3.

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