One of the first questions posed by people aiming at weight loss is “Which diet should I follow?” Quite a dilemma, isn’t it?
I’ll bet there isn’t a single one of us who hasn’t spent hours googling about weight loss diets, including me (before I became a SQUATS Consultant, of course!). Our appetite for that elusive magical diet that will solve all our weight problems is insatiable. But trust me, all of them are just a waste of effort, time and willpower. What’s worse, they could derail you and cause some serious damage to your body!
Here is my compilation of some of the worst diets ever created. The only thing they’ll make you lose is your mind – from laughing too hard!
1. The Baby Food Diet:
When you hear the name of this diet, doesn’t it make you believe that you’ll end up looking like a pink, soft-skinned cherubic babe?
Several celebrities tout baby food as the secret elixir that helped them shed those extra pounds. This diet was created in 1980s by celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson (Madonna’s ex-trainer, if you must know) which advocates that people replace two major meals with baby food jars – yes, those tiny little glass jars that literally contain just about a spoonful of pureed veggies or fruits that you’re likely to find in overpriced gourmet stores.
A tiny toddler may get all the nourishment he needs on barely 600 calories a day but not a fully grown adult.
The Baby Food Diet may help you lose weight – just like any other calorie-restricted fad diet could – but it will certainly have serious repercussions for your health. Plus, just the thought of eating even a spoonful of that bland, runny pureed carrots or chicken gravy is making my stomach turn. Yikes!
2. The Blood Type Diet:
I feel compelled to include this diet because I get a lot of clients who tell me their blood types even when I haven’t asked them for it. I guess they’ve been led to believe that diets work according to an individual’s blood type.
This diet propagates that a person’s blood type is an important factor for understanding how their bodies will react to the various types of foods.
Researchers have proven beyond any doubt that this simply isn’t true! How an individual responds to a particular diet has absolutely nothing to do with his blood type.
3. The Tapeworm Diet:
Oh, Lord! Just the name itself freaks me out. And just in case you were too scared to ask where this is going – yup, you were right to be scared! This truly is the stuff of nightmares and horror movies.
This diet suggests ingesting a capsule filled with worm eggs!
This is a diet for all you gluttons out there who want to have their cake and eat it too! You eat and you eat and you eat till you almost reach bursting point. Then, you swallow the pill filled with (gulp) worm eggs. When the egg eventually hatches, the tapeworm grows and starts munching on all the food you’d eaten like it was going out of fashion.
Once the target is achieved, a deworming agent is taken. The idea is to expel the worm from your gut. However, sometimes, it simply moves into another organ. I’ll just leave it at that!
This is not only an irrational fad but also a very dangerous one. It could have lethal consequences such as the formation of cysts in the liver, eyes, brain or spinal cord and could even lead to intestinal blockages. It is unbelievable that people would resort to such outlandish measures for losing weight instead of simply adopting a healthier way of living.
4. The Military Diet:
If you’ve diligently done your “How To Lose Weight Fast” research, then you’ve definitely heard of this crazy trend.
And no- this diet is NOT officially associated with nor approved by the military of any country. Not even North Korea!
The meals in this diet are small, varied and bizarre combinations of foods. For example, a meal may include:
• 1 ounce of Meat
• One cup of Vanilla Ice-cream
• Half a banana
Now, did you really think that guys in the military could live and fight in harsh conditions after eating these kinds of tiny meals? On such a low-calorie-low-carbohydrate diet, you mostly end up losing water and potentially, also your muscles.
This 3-day diet requires you to eat no more than 1000 calories per day. Like most fad diets, it may simply work due to a severe caloric deficit.
But what happens after you go off the diet? As soon as you resume your normal diet, the numbers on the scale will come back with a vengeance!
5. The Master Cleanse Diet:
I am simply amazed at the people who invented this.
This diet calls for no solid food for 10 days! Instead, all you can drink is a concoction of Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne Pepper and Honey in warm water throughout the day. This spice mix has extremely negligible calories and could lead to severe nausea and weakness. The depleted glycogen will simply ensure water loss as well as the loss of your (almost) entire life energy.
So, does a perfect diet even exist?
Yes. And no.
If you thought I was going to rattle off a list of fun-sounding diets, then I’m sorry to disappoint you.
The simple fact of the matter is this: The best diet for you is any diet that you can incorporate into your lifestyle.
Follow a simple mantra: Start around your BMI and learn to eat clean.
If you want to lose fat, you need to eat at a caloric deficit. If your aim is gaining muscle, this can be achieved by eating at a caloric surplus. Setting a goal is extremely important.
Once you know your BMI and your goal, take an honest look at your lifestyle. Don’t follow a diet blindly simply because you’ve read miracle stories of how it changed peoples’ lives.
You are you.
Figure out a suitable AND sustainable macro mix that fits into your lifestyle. This article will help you do just that.
Also important: Cut out sugar and other unhealthy foods, manage your portions, exercise regularly.
And for goodness sake, please steer clear of diets that claim to reduce ‘x’ number of pounds in a week or ten days.
Always remember: Fitness is not a short-term 7-day challenge, it’s an ongoing journey. There are no shortcuts to good health. Only Consistency and Dedication will get you there.
All the best to you on your journey!
Article Credits – Swati Sodhi