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Artist Andy Warhol east a burger and fries. Bottle of ketchup on table.

Andy Warhol’s Foolproof New York Diet


Although conceived for New York, this ‘generous diet’ could function in just about any city.

Whether it is to lose weight, maintain a figure or simply to feed the body healthily, the world of diets has became popular to the extent of forming a subculture combining the cult of the figure and an awareness of healthy eating. Today millions of people navigate a sea of information in an attempt to decipher the best methods and philosophies.

Luckily, among the countless dietetic promises that emerge from the marketing blurb and quasi-transcendental dogmas there is a revealing recipe not only for maintaining one’s figure but also to exercise generosity, courtesy of Andy Warhol (who also gave us his memorable brief lessons on sex).

In his book The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again), the tireless artist and cultural icon shares with us a diet that, by all accounts, appears foolproof:

But if you do watch your weight, try the Andy Warhol New York City Diet:

When I order in a restaurant, I order everything that I don’t want, so I have a lot to play around with while everyone else eats. Then, no matter how chic the restaurant is, I insist that the waiter wrap the entire plate up like a to-go order, and after we leave the restaurant I find a little corner outside in the street to leave the plate in, because there are so many people in New York who live in the streets, with everything they own in shopping bags.

 So I lose weight and stay trim, and I think that maybe one of those people will find a Grenouille dinner on the window ledge.

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