The All-Emoji Diet: Woman Only Eats Food With iPhone Texting Icons

She basically lived off desserts and alcohol for this weird, week-long smartphone culinary experiment.

Have you ever found yourself saying, “I wish there were an emoji for (blank)?” The little characters always seem to dictate what you say when you don’t know how to say it.

But what if they also dictated what you ate? That’s what Kelsey Rexroat, a writer for The Atlantic, wanted to find out — so she only ate food represented by emoji on her iPhone for seven days…and, by the end of the week, she attempted to eat all 59 of them.

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At first glance, the diet honestly doesn’t sound like it’d be that tough. After all, one look at the emoji library will show you numerous tasty foods: Pizza, burgers, chocolate…yay! But the diet’s also severely lacking nutrition — 11 of the 59 emoji are desserts, eight incorporate rice, and there are only two vegetables (corn and eggplant).

Plus, there are a lot of weird, offbeat emoji that Rexroat found out about, including the “steaming pot” and the “pot of food,” which are sorta up to interpretation. She was especially disappointed by the lack of cheese, sandwiches, soups, salads and Mexican food (no tacos?!).

On the upside, she got to try a couple random Japanese foods in the emoji library — including oden (a comfort food dish with ingredients like eggs and fishcakes) and dango (sweet dumplings made from rice flour).

All in all, you could hardly call this a “diet.” To meet her goal of eating every single food on the list, Rexroat ate custard, shortcake AND ice cream in one night. She complained about feeling bloated from the “starch fest.”

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She also drank more alcohol than usual — there are emojis for cocktails, wine and beer. “The emoji diet hasn’t left me hungry or dissatisfied — if anything, my dessert binge has added some pounds — but it has slimmed down my wallet,” Rexroat writes.

Basically, this is a diet for gluttons and feasters, not for the faint of heart. Do you think you could survive on all-emoji diet? Tell us in the comments below!