Not all diets were created equal, with some being exponentially more terrible than others. With the beginning of 2020 signifying not just a new year, but a new decade, we’re taking a look at the diets we’re solidly leaving behind in the last decade.
Any diet that advocates solely consuming laxatives, salt water, and a concoction of lemon water, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup needs to go. Master cleansers are encouraged to follow the diet for up to two weeks before reintroducing solid foods into their diets, starting with soups and juices. Whilst followers of the master cleanse may initially lose weight, it will predominantly be water weight and muscle mass. Technically a starvation diet, the master cleanse can slow down your metabolism, setting you up to gain more weight back when you finish the cleanse.
Melding the popular paleo diet with some vegan principles, the ‘pegan’ diet centres on eating lots of fruits and vegetables, as well as nuts and seeds, oils, no dairy or gluten, and limiting grains and beans. The diet allows a small amount of meat, so it isn’t technically vegan.
While the pegan diet may help you reduce your blood sugar levels and lose weight, it’s quite restrictive and is bound by many rules. Pegan diets are unlikely to be sustainable in the long term, as people typically struggle to maintain diets that contain long lists of banned foods. The short term nature of the pegan diet puts it in the category of one to leave behind for the MACROS team.
CABBAGE SOUP DIET
Originating in the 1980s, the cabbage soup diet is one of the oldest fad diets out there, however it has continued well into the 21st century. Cabbage soup dieters can eat unlimited amounts of cabbage soup, as well as limited portions of fruits and vegetables, beef, chicken, and brown rice during a seven day period. The cabbage soup diet is generally used for fast weight loss, as it severely limits calorie intake.
Though fast weight loss may seem ideal, the cabbage soup diet is not sustainable for long term health and can leave dieters feeling tired and weak, making it harder to work out. Let’s leave the cabbage soup diet (and the flatulence that accompanies it!) strictly in 2019.
BABY FOOD DIET
Definitely one of the weirder ones out there, the baby food diet advocates replacing two meals a day with up to a dozen jars of baby food. This diet was largely publicised by people attributing it to certain Hollywood celebrities, however none of them have actually confirmed adhering to a diet of baby food. Leave this one for the actual infants.
A relatively new diet, the carnivore diet advocates a high consumption of meat, along with some eggs and fats like cheese. Another version of the diet encourages participants to only eat beef.
The carnivore diet is extremely high in saturated fat, putting you at risk of high cholesterol levels. It also cuts out fruits and veggies, which aid in weight loss and help fight disease. Let’s leave the birth and death of this diet in the previous decade.
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