Okay, friends. The dietitians have spoken and they’ve decided on the top 3 worst diets of all time. The diets that you should avoid at all costs, because they will destroy you and your healthy body and your healthy mind, and if you invite them to dinner, they won’t bring any dessert and they’ll watch every bite you eat and judge you for it.
Australia’s peak nutrition body, the Dietitian’s Association of Australia, polled 200 Accredited Practising Dietitians (as in, the ones who know that they’re talking about). They looked at the most popular diets – the ones suckering people in with clever marketing and extreme claims of weight loss – and decided on the nutritional worst.
I won’t hold you in suspense too long. Here are the three worst diets, as decided by dietitians…
3. The Ashy Bines bikini challenge
32% of the experts voted against this one, which slots it right into third place. It seems not everyone’s a fan of Ashy’s clean eating guidelines, despite the fact that the 24-year-old has made millions of dollars selling her plan to unsuspecting customers – not many of whom realise that she doesn’t actually have any nutritional qualifications…
2. SkinnyMe teatox
55 per cent of nutritionists didn’t like the sound of SkinnyMe tea, which put it in the incredibly undesirable second place on the worst diets list. The SkinnyMe tea diet is essentially a detox, where you drink loose-leaf tea for 14 or 28 days… and pair that tea with colon-cleanse teabags.
Apparently the tea “is a powerful mix of natural health & weight loss ingredients” that “helps you lose that unwanted weight quickly”. And also has you potentially sitting on the toilet all the time. Yay!
And in first place, we haaaaave…
1. The Lemon Detox Diet
A whopping 68% of nutritionists weren’t a fan of this diet, which involves replacing everything you eat/drink with a lemon detox drink – for 10 days. You can also drink salt water, which is apparently a great natural laxative. Hungry? Don’t worry!
The website says that when you’re hungry – “simply treat yourself to another Lemon Detox drink.” Oh. Delicious. There’s also a ‘relaxed’ version of the program, which allows you to eat a light lunch, but nothing that includes red meat/dairy/refined flour/coffee/sweets/any processed food whatsoever.