So, here goes with the latest BS Diet or ‘Fast Diet’. Just the name of this diet sounds unhealthy – because at the end of the day, we only fast for medical or religious reasons. But when you look deeper into this one you really begin to see how utterly ridiculous it is.
Of course, for a short-term goal, perhaps for a wedding or holiday, a special party, these diets are just about acceptable (JUST about.) What angers me is this diet, along with others in the same hideous vein, are marketed as genuine methods to lose considerable amounts of weight and what’s more, sustain that weight loss. Of course, we know that this is BS. Any diet requiring people to fast or starve for any amount of time is never going to continue working when you start eating normally again.
This diet also operates on a number of false claims – one of these being that if you fast on 2 days, you can ‘eat whatever you want’ on the others. This doesn’t mean ‘binge’, this doesn’t mean ‘live off pizza’, but inevitably to make people feel that this diet is effective and easy they have neglected to tell people that the other 5 days really do need to be diet days to see any sort of effect. Fronted by a few smug ‘professional’ celebrities (naming no names), this diet flaunts all the authenticity of a balanced nutrition plan offered up by a doctor. Of course that’s NONSENSE. Just a few points to back up my opinion on this one: – The 5 days operate on ‘normal eating’ with a little calorie control. If those on the diet were able or felt that they wanted to employ this sensible sort of weight loss in the first place, they would not be looking for a quick fix. – On ‘fast days’ you are restricted to 500 calories a day if you are a woman.
Any self-respecting medical professional will tell you that this is DANGEROUS. Plus an emphasis on counting calories leads to obsession and further issues such as eating disorders, so for this reason I would never advocate it. In addition to this for a busy woman with a hectic job and perhaps a family it will be impossible to sustain this lifestyle on 500 calories a day.
Although this diet claims to have sustainable health benefits such as reduced blood pressure and insulin production I doubt that this is the same for everybody. Moderation is the key with anything – if you eat and exercise in moderation, you will lose or sustain a healthy weight, and not have to suffer hunger pangs, dizziness, mood swings or any of the ‘benefits’ that funnily enough, aren’t mentioned of the website.
I’ve never been very good at maths. But this is beyond me. More to come!!