Whatever happened to three sensible meals?
A Philadelphia model-influencer is being called out after posting a video detailing her highly unusual diet, where she consumes a whopping 3,000 calories daily — in just over 3 hours.
Though many were quick to question the method, Elizabeth Seibert, 22, insists the diet was recommended to her by “numerous professionals,” and has led her to feel “better than ever” after years of battling an eating disorder, depression and acne.
In a video posted on YouTube, Seibert walked viewers through what she eats in a day. She consumes a quick series of very high-fat meals from 9:30 in the morning until 1 p.m., before calling it quits.
Seibert greets each morning with a four ounce patty of ground beef cooked in tons of butter, with 1.5 ounces of cheddar cheese, some kimchi, lettuce and a fried egg on top, which equates to approximately 670 calories.
She gets it down with a cup of coffee containing 11 ounces of heavy cream, which is another 1,100 calories. Seibert finishes her breakfast by swallowing down 32 different vitamins, explaining that she has “a lot of nutrient deficiencies.”
At 11:30 am, the young model has her second meal of the day, topping a bowl of yogurt with some “kefir for extra probiotic,” fresh fruit, almonds, and hemp seeds. She estimates this snack to equate to 390 calories.
An hour after that, she slurps one cup of broth with two ounces of beef tallow, or fat, and another two ounces of cheddar cheese, which she measure to equal 730 calories.
For her final meal of the day, Seibert munches on a small snack of berries and more cheddar cheese at 1pm.
“It’s important to say that I am doing this under supervision of numerous professionals, so don’t take this as medical advice,” she said in the video.
She insisted that she has now been on the “medical diet” for seven months and has been able to get “off all meds” and is feeling so much “better.”
A female Seibert’s age should be consuming between 2,000 and 2,400 calories in a day, depending on their lifestyle, according to a chart made available by the Cleveland Clinic.
Seibert’s routine is not to be confused with the more common three-hour diet, which instructs dieters to eat a small portions of food every three hours.
Casual viewers and nutrition experts alike were shocked by Seibert’s daily menu — many were quick to question the safety of her eating habits, particularly after Seibert revealed to have suffered from an eating disorder.
Abbey Sharp, a Registered Dietitian (RD) and popular food and nutrition blogger, replied to Seibert’s video on TikTok, calling the less than 3,000 calorie extreme intermittent fasting diet a “recipe for disaster” and insisted that the meal plan makes it “impossible to meet your nutrient needs.”
“I’m not sure what kind of legitimate healthcare provider would ever recommend a low calorie diet like this where you are strictly surviving off pills and fat,” she said.
Videos like Seibert’s have been proven to promote “toxic” diet culture, according to a 2022 study.
Scientists found that most diet advice on the platform came from young, white female influencers — not experts.
These influencers went viral for being attractive or charismatic, but had no credentials to be giving “nutrition” advice, the study said.
“Each day, millions of teens and young adults are being fed content on TikTok that paints a very unrealistic and inaccurate picture of food, nutrition and health,” Dr. Lizzy Pope, an associate professor in the Nutrition and Food Sciences Department at the University of Vermont who led the study, told The Post.
Earlier this month, a 39-year-old vegan TikTok influencer from Russia who promoted a diet consisting exclusively of exotic fruit died of starvation in Southeast Asia, according to reports.