This blog was supposed to be centred around the common links in fad diets (you know, like how Keto is Atkins with a new name; like how Lemon Detox and Grapefruit are pretty much the same). So I started a deep dive into researching fad diets throughout history…
And, oh my word!
Where do I even start?!
The worst one I read included eating five cotton balls before a meal to feel full.
Just let that sink in for a second.
Really – think about it.
How have we come to such an aesthetically driven point in our society that people are willing to ingest something so far removed from having any nutritional value, just to fit in to a physicality bound by rules set by the fashion and media industries?!
There were also quite a few fad diets prescribing alcohol. Now, I love a glass of wine on a Friday night – a lovely white goes beautifully with most seafood meals. But when a diet prescribes ’12 ounces (340g) food and 14 ounces (400ml) alcohol a day’ – it’s probably worth questioning.
You see, any restrictive diet is going to cause weight loss. At least initially. It’s logical that your body will convert fat stores into energy when it is not getting enough energy from the fuel (food) it is consuming. And yes, you will lose weight initially.
But what happens at the next social occasion, where your ‘restricted’ food is on offer? What happens at your child’s birthday, when you refuse to eat their birthday cake? What happens in two weeks, two months, two years from now when you are still only eating the same, limited foods?
And what happens when the next celebrated television pseudo-doctor-scientist comes up with a new fad diet just to sell some books?
A shiny new bandwagon to jump on?!
Fad diets will continue to exist, as long as there is a market willing to buy into them. And the only way we are going to break the cycle for our sons and daughters is to stop giving that market any credence.
Instead, we can just eat REAL food for a start. As close to it’s natural source as possible. As fresh as possible. Mostly plants, including grains. And a little bit of lean meat if you choose. Teach your children to enjoy preparing their own meals. Teach your children about a variety of fresh food.
Let’s break this awful cycle. For good.
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