The Chick-Fil-A Diet Now Exists — and Calls for Chicken Nugget Consumption Every 3 Hours

01/28/2016 at 02:59 PM ET

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From taco cleanses to pizza diets, a new generation of nutrition philosophies is proposing some unexpected ways to get healthy that, to our delight, feature some of our favorite junk foods.

Now there’s yet another new diet well, it’s really more of a wellness plan that suggests regular chicken nugget consumption. Unsurprisingly, Chik-Fil-A has invented the plan.

“Kick off the New Year by adding one healthy habit to your routine,” the fast food chain’s bags now read. “Here’s a good one: Eat smaller meals (like an 8-count pack of grilled nuggets) every three to four hours.”

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The fast food-based diet may even be more expensive than a juice cleanse: Buying 8-packs of grilled nuggets 6 times a day adds up to roughly $23.10 a day. And that’s not including the fountain sodas and cheesecake you’ll inevitably buy.

Another huge problem with the diet: How could you ever, ever go to Chik-Fil-A and resist buying waffle fries? Plus, choosing grilled nuggets over crispy fried nuggets would get old almost instantly.

Despite the lack of vegetables and vital nutrients in an all-chicken-nugget diet, the nuggets themselves are actually pretty healthy at 140 calories and 3 grams of fat per serving. But we’re still left with some more lingering questions: Are you allowed to use dipping sauce? What are you supposed to do on Sunday, when Chik-Fil-A is notoriously closed?

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Regardless, we’re still open to a chicken-centric diet. If a chef can lose 100 lbs. eating pizza every day, then anything is possible.

—Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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Sharon on

I love their frosted lemonade YUM! It tastes like lemon ice box pie without the graham crackers only better! They have a new kale
salad I want to try, with broccolini, nuts and a kinda sweet vinegarette.

Jen on

I don’t think the bag is suggesting that you only eat Chick-fil-a grilled nuggets every 3 to 4 hours. To me it is suggesting that you eat a variety of smaller meals every few hours of anything healthy and, as an example, one of those meals could be grilled nuggets. While a diet of chick fil a nuggets every 3 to 4 hours does sound great to me, I don’t think that’s what they meant here.

Ddd on

As a bodybuilder, I lived for 6 months eating 3/4 pound of grilled chicken every 3 hours. I gained 10 pounds and dropped my bodyfat to 8%. It’s an effective diet if you can do it.

Jon on

The title on this article is completely misleading. They completely ignore the use of the word “like”. Chick-fil-a says to eat small means FOR EXAMPLE an 8-pack of grilled chicken nuggets. This article is a disgrace.

rosebai21 on

…Really? They’re saying to eat healthier, smaller meals more often. One *example* of a meal would be the chicken nugget meal that they sell. It takes a special form of special to misconstrue that into saying they want people to only eat their chicken nuggets and nothing else, ever.

Anonymous on

Epic fail on your attempt to smear Chickfila. No, the bag didn’t suggest eat their nuggets multiple times a day. Is that all you have? Guess you didn’t bother to share with your readers about the kale salad, yogurt or fruit sides offered either. C’mon now…

Brenda on

Not sure if you’re just being disingenuous, or are really that ignorant of grammar and the use of the parenthetical phrase to illustrate an example for the suggestion to eat small meals every 3-4 hours. Maybe you are just poking at Chick-Fil-A because you try to find fault with them. Whatever. I’m happy to see that most of the comments are correcting you on your misleading article, ridiculous as it is, suggesting that the restaurant is saying to eat the grilled nugget deliciousness at all of those meals.

Heather Watson on

I did this for a year and lost 52 pounds and have kept it off for two years because I changed my eating habits. I went from a size 16 to a 6/8. I ate grilled nuggets and side salads every Day! Don’t knock it until you’ve successfully done it! I always thought I should’ve been chic fil a’s spokesperson because the food works for positive lifestyle changes. It’s not a DIET it’s a life choice!! I ate the fried nuggets for breakfast for fat and the grilled throughout the day. My local chic fil a comps my drinks every day bc I’m a fantastic customer!!! 😉

Anonymous on

Um, why are so many people up in arms over an article that is clearly being humorous? Please calm down and go pick up your hourly nuggets.

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