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The Twilight Diet

Are You On the Twilight Diet?

Have you heard about the Twilight diet? At first I thought it was a term Twilighters — aka die-hard Twilight fans — used to describe their voracious appetites for all things Edward and Bella — books, movies, pictures, life-size Robert Pattinson cutouts — but it's actually related to food. Twilight vernacular is everywhere, even in the world of health and fitness.

I've written a little about Taylor Lautner's quest to bulk up for New Moon. In order to be a believable Jacob the werewolf, the young star was in the gym every day for two hours to put on the needed 30 pounds of muscle. "I had to eat every two hours," says Lautner. "At one point, my trainer said, 'Put anything in your mouth. Go to McDonalds get the biggest shake possible. I just need to get calories in you.' Because my body fat at the time was only, like, 7.5 percent"

Lautner's fitness routine is what the urban dictionary calls the Twilight diet:

  • Person A: Yo man, I wanna get ripped.
  • Person B: Yeah man, follow the Twilight diet!

I wonder what Michael Phelps and Venus Williams would think if they knew they were on the Twilight diet while training, and didn't even know it?


To hear about the "other" Twilight diet


I was curious if the Twilight diet was actually being followed, and not only did I find out that it is, I also discovered that there is another diet with the same name — and it seemed to be at odds with the already mentioned Twilight diet! What's a fan to do?

In the first movie we are introduced to the Cullens, a family of vampires who resist their natural desire to feed on humans. This desire becomes even more exasperated when Edward Cullen falls in love with Bella, a human. Some Twilighters are using this narrative as a model of self-control in their own lives. If Edward and the rest of the Cullens can resist eating humans then they, the fans, can resist eating chocolate cake.

There are tons of posts on Twilight boards and blogs affirming that Twilight has been a catalyst for lifestyle changes. Apparently fans are so busy consuming everything Twilight, they have less time to eat. On top of this they are also adopting the Cullen's method of self-control. This combo has led to some serious weight loss — some fans have lost six pounds, while others claim 25.

I admit that the Twilight diet is an easy target, but you can also look at it as inspiration coming in many different forms. For some it's a vampire series that spawns a lifestyle change. Odd? Perhaps. But it's great to see people making choices for the better, whatever the reason.

Have you ever found inspiration from an unlikely source?

Join The Conversation
britnee britnee 7 years
I agree with dviouskitten if you hate twilight so much why even bother commenting on something about twilight besides unless you've actually taken the time to read one of the books are watched the movie why are knocking it if you've never even given it a chance.
YogiNik YogiNik 7 years
It's funny to me that people hate Twilight so much, to the extent to go out of their way and comment about it. Just read something else... simple as that.
Sofia-Florentina Sofia-Florentina 7 years
bullshit!! If a person doesn't like this to read...than why bother reading it?? There are plenty of cool stuff to read on FitSugar and PopSugar.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
This is completely ridiculous. Is Twilight paying Sugar a billion dollars or something? ENOUGH ALREADY.
SharonMacross SharonMacross 7 years
I didn't know this was real. I've ascribed my weight loss to reading the books the first time and my obsession with keeping it off. I've jokingly referred to my "Twilight Diet" when friends ask 'what's my secret'. It started while I was reading the second book. It's full of angst and sadness, I just couldn't eat. I was experiencing what Bella, the main character, was going through and I could barely stomach food some days. Of course this continued with the heighten emotions of the third and fourth books and then re-reading them. I can't put a number to the amount I've lost but I went from a size 14 to a 9. Consequently my stomach is now conditioned to feel fuller faster so I don't eat as much as I used to. I don't really see myself as trying to follow the Cullen's example of self control, they're fictional characters. But, if reading these stories is helping people get healthy, then that's just one more reason why these books are so amazing.
nicklover nicklover 7 years
I'm trying this....
summertan summertan 7 years
I think this is really is Twilight. I can't wait until people get over the hype and move onto something else.
slikkback slikkback 7 years
this is an unusual article but no matter what a person's reason is for self control and food (excluding starving one's self) than i'm all for it! whatever it takes, even if it's "Twilight" related. Ppl these days eat junk food like it provides nutrients but it's all garbage!
foxymardy foxymardy 7 years
Can you please get rid of all this Twilight nonsense in FitSugar? I thought this site was better than that. I don't see NeverSayDiet writing stuff like this Fit. I love your blog, don't contiminate it with Twilight, please, I beg of you. Spare us. Enough is enough like jkat says!
jkat jkat 7 years
Spectra I totally LOLed when I read "drinking blood."
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I'm with jkat. I don't "get" the whole Twilight thing. I'm not into vampires, Taylor Launter, or any of that crap. Although, at first, I thought the Twilight diet might possibly consist of drinking blood or something. Thank God THAT isn't the case.
jkat jkat 7 years
So sick of this Twilight crap. ENOUGH ALREADY! It's just some stupid movie and books! Plus I think people lusting after that Taylor Launter kid is creepy. He's underage. It's gross. Leave it for the tweenieboppers.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
This is possibly the silliest thing I've ever heard. I'm all for weight loss, but the Twilight diet? Really?
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