It’s been a very strange year in the world of diets.
The CICO diet (which stands for ‘calories in = calories out’) gained increasing popularity on Reddit, with one user claiming; “CICO will work regardless of what you’re eating. Junk food, healthy food, fancy food, cheap food. It doesn’t matter. CICO is essentially the only thing that matters when it comes to weight loss.”
Except, er, that’s not really how food works.
One hundred kilojoules of hot chips is not the same as one hundred kilojoules of broccoli… no matter how much we wish that were the case.
Flexitarianism became a buzzword, which is just a fancy way of saying “sh*tty vegetarian”. Mostly, it promotes eating more vegetables and less meat, which as a general rule, isn’t a bad thing.
But there’s one diet in particular that experts are worried about.
Mamamia spoke to one of Australia’s leading dietitians, Susie Burrell, and asked: What’s the worst dieting fad of 2017?
Her answer was simple.
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In essence, it’s a detox. The program is broken into phases, the first of which is called ‘Cleanse and Release’ where one is only allowed to consume water, black tea and herbs. This phase is meant to last between five and 21 days.
The second phase, called ‘Repair and Recover’, includes a number of Chinese herbal medicines and treatments. It promises better quality of life, and a weight loss of five to eight kilos in less than two weeks.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and presenter Eddie Mcguire have both raved about the effectiveness of the program.