We’ve all been a part of them, have witnessed them, have bought into them and have shaken our head at them.
What is it about them that gets such a large percentage of the population intrigued?
One factor is feeling a part of something bigger than ourselves, another factor is that we want to find a shortcut.
Some of the crazier weight loss fads of recent years are as follows:
- The Twinkie Diet: Eat 10 Twinkies a day and you will lose weight because it will only total 1500 calories. (Downside: No nutritional value whatsoever)
- The Baby Food Diet: Substitute 2-3 meals a day with baby food – it is low calorie, low sugar, easy to find. (Downside: Not formulated for adult sized humans, no fiber, taste or crunch.)
- Ear Stapling: This involves having surgical staples placed in the inner cartilage of the ear. It is believed that they will stimulate the accupressure points that control appetite. (Downside: Foreign body placed inside you – not good. Also, after a few weeks the body gets used to the sensation and it is ineffective.)
- The Cotton Ball Diet: Eat cotton balls to trick your stomach into feeling full. (Downside: Non-nutritional object and potentially intestine blocking. Dangerous even without the knowledge that they contain no nutrition at all.)
- The Cabbage Soup Diet: Follow the recipe to make the soup and eat all you want all day, every day. (Downside: Again, nutrition…also, I wouldn’t sit next to you anymore.)
- The Cookie Diet: By eating this company’s “special” cookies all day and adding in one low calorie meal in the evening – you are “guaranteed to lose 10-15 pounds in no time”. (Downside: Bad idea as far as nutrition is concerned – will not keep you satisfied and will not work long-term. There is one plus…if you have stock in the cookie supply company you will make about $50/week off of each unsuspecting customer who buys into it.)
We all know how to choose healthier food options – we just don’t always do it. We all know we need to get out there and move every day – we just don’t want to. There are no shortcuts to good health. Bottom line: Garbage in, garbage out.
Do the work. Eat the right foods and when you exercise, rock it! (And not the “pet” variety)