Everyone is looking for a simple diet plan to follow, but let's face it, no matter what plan you choose it's not easy to slim down and live healthier.

The No White Foods Diet, which has been getting some good press lately from celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, might just be on the easier side of the dieting spectrum, at least when it comes to food choice.

No White Foods Essentials

The simplicity of this plan lies in food choice. Dieters avoid all white, plant based foods which are usually extremely high in starch and instead choose more colorful, nutritious foods for their meals. No White Foods isn't a low carb diet, but fundamentally it is trading high glycemic index foods for low glycemic index foods.

Dieters can take can take this one step further by limiting white fats from their diet such as butter and cheddar cheese which are white before food colorings are added.

Foods to Avoid

  • white potatoes
  • white pasta
  • white rice
  • white bread
  • anything made with white flour
  • white sugar
  • white beans

Foods to Choose

  • whole wheat pasta
  • brown rice
  • full grain breads
  • green leafy vegetables
  • yams
  • colorful vegetables
  • Fruit

Of course with anything there are some exceptions. Cauliflower and parsnips are white, but are allowed.


The No White Foods Diet offers a good rule of thumb to use when making wise food choices. Not only does it cut down high glycemic index foods in the diet, but it also encourages the eating of more nutritiously dense foods. Also this diet would be easy to adhere to even when eating out.

However, there still is the issue of portion control. Three serves of whole wheat pasta, sauces made with a lot of oil and a 12oz steak isn't exactly going to help anyone lose weight. People with portion control issues still might struggle with this plan and may need other resources to help them determine how much of each food is acceptable.

Dieters using the No White Foods Plan would be wise to also incorporate some type of exercise into their daily lives as this will greatly improve success, rather than just focusing on diet alone.