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About the Chipotle Diet

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author image Michelle Kerns
Michelle Kerns writes for a variety of print and online publications and specializes in literature and science topics. She has served as a book columnist since 2008 and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. Kerns studied English literature and neurology at UC Davis.
About the Chipotle Diet
You'll eat plenty of steak and peppers on the Chipotle diet. Photo Credit Ciaran Griffin/Stockbyte/Getty Images

A basic Chipotle burrito prepared with carnitas, white rice, sour cream, salsa and cheese contains 910 calories and 40 grams of fat -- not exactly diet food. However, the people behind the Chipotle diet -- only identified on their website as Eric, Justin and Greg -- claim that you can lose a significant amount of weight eating at Chipotle as long as you make low-calorie choices. Some aspects of their plan don't conform to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's dietary guidelines. Talk to your doctor before starting any weight-loss program, including the Chipotle diet.

Basic Menu

According to Chipotless, a website devoted to promoting the Chipotle diet, the plan revolves around eating one or two meals from Chipotle each day. A typical day's menu might start with a breakfast of coffee and a scrambled or hard-boiled egg followed by a Chipotle fajita bowl consisting of onions, peppers, steak, tomato salsa, green tomatillo salsa, cheese, guacamole, sour cream and romaine lettuce for both lunch and dinner. Testimonials from people on the site report they customized the diet to suit their own taste, such as one woman who claims she lost 35 pounds eating a 430-calorie Chipotle salad each day for lunch.

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Nutritional Breakdown

By following the basic fajita-bowl version of the Chipotle diet, you'd consume approximately 1,480 calories each day, with the bowl entrees supplying around 670 calories each. You would consume over 80 grams of total fat and more than 30 grams of saturated fat daily, along with over 3,500 milligrams of sodium. Your intake of protein and essential nutrients like iron, calcium and vitamins A and C would be high, but you would consume under 50 grams of carbohydrates each day, only about 17 grams of which would be dietary fiber.

Possible Benefits

You successfully lose weight when you burn more calories than you consume. If the number of calories you take in on the Chipotle diet is less than what you were previously consuming, it's likely you'll see weight loss. The Chipotle diet is easy to follow, requires little or no cooking and may appeal to people with busy lifestyles or who travel frequently. It contains a minimal amount of processed foods and may be cost-effective for individuals who were previously purchasing a variety of grocery store products.

Potential Disadvantages

If you adhere to the basic Chipotle diet menu, you will consume far more sodium and saturated fat than the USDA recommends. This could increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood cholesterol and hypertension. In addition, you'll consume too little fiber and may become deficient in nutrients like B vitamins because of the diet's lack of variety. The plan does not emphasize exercise and does not aid followers in developing habits that can help them maintain their weight loss if they choose to end the diet. Returning to their normal eating habits may cause them to regain lost pounds.

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