Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time hanging out in weight loss forums such as Dr Phil. I tell you what, if you’ve got a spare hour or so and want to make your own worries about your body image disappear, then follow my lead. There are some seriously desperate people out there. And it’s hard not to admire their courage in sharing (sometimes a little too much). But you do have to wonder at the advice that’s being given out online. Sure, most of it is from ‘novice to novice’ (as opposed to professional advice), but that doesn’t stop it being pretty damn scary.
And just a little bit funny – surely, with all that we now know about health, surely .. there isn’t anyone out there that actually thinks this sort of thing works?!
How NOT To Lose Weight (I’ve left the spelling mistakes in – it adds that something extra!)
day 1- all you have to eat is furits in whole day but not the
bananas + mangos. try water melon in the breakfast.
day 2- all you have to eat the vegetables in whole day
cocked or uncocked but dont put oil in it, should be
day 3- today you can mix the furits and vegatables, there is no
limit how much you eat.
day 4- today all you have to eat is 8 bananas and three
glasses of milk, thatsit.
day 5- today you may eat one cup of rich without oil only
boiled but you have to eat 6 tomatos and drink
a lot of water.
day 6- you can eat one cup of rich as yesterday with
vegetables in whole day.
day 7- to is the juices day. you can drink as much as you like
the whole, thatsit.
after seven days you have to come back on your normal life but should take meal with brown bread for 3 days. then if you wanna loose more you can do the same again or just leave it and have fun in your life.
i asure you that i did this and i loose 5 kgs in 7 days.
Hmmm, any takers?
Now I’m not too sure what ‘rich’ is, but I’m not really thinking that I want to email the author and find out!
On a more serious note – the really scary part is that there are people out there, even in our oh-so-evolved-and-educated society, who still believe in and follow these sort of crazy plans. I almost cried reading the blog of a 25 year old London girl, who documented eating less and less each day (basically a cup of broth morning and night), whilst upping her exercise, and then complaining about feeling woozy and grumpy. And, to top it all off, asking for advice as to what else she should cut out as she wasn’t losing enough weight! I mean sure, you can roll your eyes at her stupidity, but there is nonetheless an element of sadness that people do go to such desperate measures to change their body.
I guess when it comes down to it, despite all that we supposedly know about nutrition, there are still too many people out there who just aren’t getting the results despite their best efforts. So we do have to ask ourselves – is there a chance that conventional nutritional advice is all wrong?
My opinion – that’s pretty much a statement of fact, not a question. There’s a very real reason (well, several actually) that low-calorie and high-exercise doesn’t work. And those reasons are pretty much the basis of my new book. More on that another time ..
In the meantime, what is the craziest diet you’ve tried in your life? I once ate nothing but sultanas for three days. Yes, it was a long time ago, but ug, I can definitely still remember the aftermath. And it wasn’t pretty! I’m just glad I somehow got pointed in the right direction after that attempt. How about you? What is some of the useful, or plain stupid, advice you’ve received about health or nutrition?
Maybe we could put a book together!
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**PS: The reason I’m hanging out in weight loss forums? Market research for the book of course! But you guys are my best inspiration – I’d love to hear your questions or wonderments, or even your frustrations when it comes to getting in shape and why doing ‘all the right things’ sometimes makes no difference at all.
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