The first fad diet I ever tried was the cabbage soup diet.
I wish I could say it was the only fad diet I’d ever tried – but that would be a lie, my friends. Because in my younger days…well, let’s just say I made some mistakes.
Mistakes with boyfriends, mistakes with fashion, and mistakes with pretty much every fad diet ever invented.
I tried Atkins. I tried lemon detox. I tried the point system. And surprise, surprise – none worked.
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Here’s what I learned over a decade of fad dieting:
1. The cabbage soup diet.
I was 20, and I wanted a quick fix. And sure, I lost half a kilo in a few days (mostly because I would rather starve than eat any more watered-down cabbage).
But then? I put on 3kg almost immediately after.
2. The lemon detox diet.
Again, I did lose some weight in my mid-20s on this – but after eight days of starving myself I could barely lift my head off the pillow in order to get the lemon detox I was apparently dieting on.
And, again, all the weight piled right back on almost as soon as I stopped.
3. The blood type diet.
Apparently, my blood is the type to not accept fad diets, because this one left me with nothing more than a hole in my life where grains and dairy used to be.
And I didn’t even lose one lousy kilo.
4. The point system.
I stuck with this one for a while in my late 20s, but it just became too much. Because you can’t live your life doing complex mathematical calculations with every mouthful.
I’m sure you’ve been nodding along while reading this, but don’t beat yourself up about it – because when it comes to fad diets (and their dismal, dismal failures) we’ve all been there.
But now we’re all a little older (and hopefully wiser) it’s time to ditch the fad diets for good.
Because while they promise the world, they never seem to deliver, do they?
Nutritionist and dietician Arabella Forge agrees that fad diets are bad news: