By: Marylin Salgado
March 16, 2019
Fad diets are not the new trend of the last 30 or 40 years. Try more than a thousand years. Let me take you down memory lane for a few and introduce you to the most @ucked up diets of our time. The year is 1030’s to maybe 1050’s. Our hero is William the Conqueror; the first Norman King of England and one of the first individuals to experiment with fad diets. The king, like back in those days and today, indulged in the luxuries of being royalty, one of which is good eating. That good eating made the man so obese, it deterred him from riding his horse. To re-mount his horse, the king went on a liquid diet consisting of Alcohol. He lost tons of weight, but instead died from an accident from riding. Ain’t that a bitch!
What about the Immortality diet? In 1558, Italian Noblemen Luigi Cornaro lived on a diet of 12 ounces of food and 14 ounces of wine (again the Alcohol). History says he lived for 102 years. Lucky bastard! Along history you’ve had the alcohol diet, which by the way, still exists to this day; and the vinegar and water diet, which I would like to think died rather quickly. And then modern science comes along, and they develop every single miracle diet pill and food plan known to man that requires you to drink pills, drink water, and eat, eat and eat loads of low calorie, boxed food packed with sodium for food preservation. So, you are trying to lose weight, the salt is making you retain water, and you just keep on buying that food because the first week you only lost about 2 to 3 pounds and are looking to lose more. The average weight loss in the first month is 10 pounds. I have spoken with individuals who have used these methods. I can promise you will lose more if you eat fresh veggies and lean meats and incorporate 30 minutes of cardio a day.
Exercise has become such an ugly word because it means we lift our asses up whatever comfy couch we are lounging on for dead hours to not move a muscle. Be careful not to strain the five fingers the good lord gave you to attempt to lift yourself off the couch, which also requires a minimal amount of energy, but none the less, energy. Now that I’m done bitching….
Let’s get to the real reason why I am writing this blog. I am going to give you a little education on statists and the dangers of fad diets.
- Over 50% of adults say they are on a diet.
- Over 70% of fad diets fail.
- Oh yeah, the best-chosen method to cut calories yet (besides alcohol) diet soda, (don’t forget the Big Mac and Large Fries).
- Losing weight is one of the top 5 New Year’s resolution every year.
- Oh…and I really like this statistic. Obesity is more likely to affect racial minorities because of low income meal options. Yeah…. I mean not like there aren’t plenty of white-collar corporate assholes who are extremely overweight from those $50 steaks and potatoes dinners. But why mention them? I don’t care if I’m on their shit list. They don’t pay my bills.
- The average American tries to implement 4 to 5 fad diets a year. Ok…. WHAT??? If the first 2 did not work, hmmm……food for thought. That’s all I’m saying.
- It is a well-known fact that people relapse from their diet and return to their old eating habits within a year or less.
Here is why none of this works:
- Your diet is not someone else’s diet. Don’t set your mind to say you are on a diet. Set your mindset to eating healthy and in appropriate portions for your body frame, size and activity level. Not every 5’0 person has to weight 100 pounds. I weigh 130 lbs and I look kick ass good.
- Why do fad diets fail? They pump your psyche, set unrealistic goals and expectations that the average working American can’t keep up with, and they tend to be way too expensive for the low-income individual.
- Diet Soda’s are SOOO gross. I gave up soft drinks completely and have been drinking carbonated flavored water ever since. If I can’t have the full calorie experience, I don’t want it at all. And that’s my two cents on that.
- PLEASE STOP making resolutions to lose weight every single year. So painful!! If you eat healthy every single day and hydrate properly and exercise regularly, you can make a more realistic resolution like save more money, prepare for retirement and most importantly, make time to spend with family.
- Why oh why do we have to bring up the racial issue? Can’t we just admit that overweight and obesity affects EVERYONE in this country? Each one. Regardless of social class, income level and education.
- Alright people. So instead of saving your money, doing a little daycation with the kids, you instead go and spend hundreds of dollars on fad diet after fad diet after fad diet. You also could have used this money to go grocery shopping and buy organic vegetables that can be roasted and prepared in countless amount of ways and are better than a pill or boxed dinner.
- Here are reasons why people relapse from their diets:
- Psychologically keeping up with a diet calendar and menu can be emotionally and mentally draining. Not to mention the financial planning needed to keep up with the expense.
- You live on a constant diet mindset. Where’s the fun in that?
- You are constantly eating from boxed meals, magical pills and lotions, and the quick 5-minute workouts.
Here’s what Dr. Axe, Food and Medicine, tells us about the dangers of fad diets:
- Might leave you fatigued, hungry and weak.
- Can negatively impact hormonal health and your metabolism.
- Can increase stress, guilt, and anxiety over food choices.
- May be ineffective and a waste of your time.
Here’s what blogger Marylin will tell you instead:
- Get off your ass and workout. Do some good healthy cardio and weights.
- Go food shopping and learn how to roast veggies, cook lean meats and make fruit salads. Food shopping should not be a struggle, nor should cooking.
- Stop going on Alcohol diets. You will destroy your liver and your freedom. I work at a jail. I know.
- Please talk to your doctor about good dietary choices and prescribed weight loss systems.
- Finally, eat for you. Not your boyfriend, or friend, or trainer. Their bodies are not yours.
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