Monotrophic diet

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A Monotrophic diet or mono diet is a type of fad diet that involves eating only one food item (such as potatoes or apples) or one type of food (such as fruits or meats).

Health concerns[edit]

Nutrionists caution that a monotrophic diet may lead to malnourishment, muscle loss, deficiency or dangerous excess of certain nutrients, and difficulty in losing future weight.[1]


Comedian and magician Penn Jillette began his weight loss regimen with a mono diet, eating only potatoes for two weeks, then adding in other healthy foods to change his eating habits.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Krissy Brady (5 January 2017). "WTH Is The Mono Diet And Can It Help You Drop Pounds?". Women's Health.
  2. ^ Susan Rinkunas (19 August 2016). "Eating Only One Food to Lose Weight Is a Terrible Idea". The Cut. New York Media LLC.