To some, the concept of a marijuana diet consists of chiefing it up with a fat sack of wonder bud before getting psycho-gluttonous down at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Of course, this philosophy has very little to do with losing weight, but the again, anyone that consumes large servings of crab cakes and mashed potatoes as a means for satisfying the munchie monster fully understands the potential waistline repercussions.

However, Art Glass, the 66-year-old author of a new book, The Marijuana Diet says that by his self-formulated regimen of moderate pot smoking and a healthy diet, he has not only managed to shed some pounds, but has also been able to maintain a healthy weight.

The Marijuana Diet, which was recently published as an e-book and is available on Amazon, is really just a common-sense nutritional routine that includes the use of fresh fruits and vegetables along with the elimination of processed foods, white sugar and flour. The diet also suggests regular exercise.

So, where does getting stoned fit into the mix?

Well, that aspect of the diet, according to Glass, is more about helping people get in touch with the psychological or emotional issues that may have put them on the path to unhealthy living.

“Losing weight is one of the most challenging things there is,” said Glass. “Marijuana helps you get in touch with yourself, let go of the crap you don’t need, and when you let go of that psychological crap, you will let go of your weight.”

In addition to a series of testimonies and personal accounts, the book also details selected research outlining some of the metabolic advantages of getting high.

For example, a recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that people that smoked marijuana were significantly less obese than those that did not. Another study in the American Journal of Medicine indicated that people that smoked weed had lower insulin levels and waist circumference, making them less susceptible to dangerous visceral fat.

For those tokers that want to lose weight, but have a hard time controlling themselves in the kitchen after a vicious bout of the munchies kicks in: Glass advises limiting your marijuana use to no more than three puffs per session and discipline yourself to never eat when stoned.