International No Diet Day

To celebrate International No Diet Day, I’m sharing one of my previous posts. Enjoy!

Happy International No Diet Day!


Today I want to properly celebrate this day by writing about fad diets, specifically how to spot one so you won’t be easily lured into it’s false promises.

I’m sure most of you have been on a fad diet or 2…or 5…or 15.  I know I have.

Let me tell you a story about one of my experiences on a fad diet.

While I was in college, a couple of friends and I decided to do the cabbage soup diet.  I don’t remember the exact rules of it, but I know you could have all the cabbage soup you wanted and every day we were allowed to add a new food to our diet in addition to the cabbage soup, such as fruit and meat.  At the time, I was still living in the dorms and my friends were renting a house together.  So to begin the week, we went to the grocery store to purchase all the ingredients for the cabbage soup and returned to their house to cook a HUGE pot of it.  I put some soup in containers and took them to my dorm.  I placed them in my tiny refrigerator and was set for the week.  The first few days weren’t bad, but I started getting lazy and didn’t  take my container to the microwave down the hall every time.  So after a while, cold cabbage soup was just not gettin’ it, but I was determined.  That weekend I went home and went shopping with my mom.  Everything was going pretty well, except for my unpleasant mood.  (If you’ve heard of the term hangry, that’s exactly what I was.)  After shopping, my mom asked if I wanted to get some lunch at Panera.  My eyes immediately teared up.  Panera is one of my favorite places to eat but it wasn’t on my diet.  The more I thought about it the more upset I got until I finally called my friends to ask if they thought it would be ok if I stopped the diet.  They laughed and said they already had because they couldn’t take it any longer.  I was free!!  We then went to Panera and I’m certain is was the best thing I have ever eaten.

I have listed some of the criteria for a fad diet below.  If you are following a diet that exhibits any of these qualities, please stop!  Save yourself the torture and get back to eating the things you love.  In a mindful way of course.  ; )

It might be a fad diet if you are…

  • Instructed to eat less than 1200 calories a day
  • Guaranteed to lose more than 1-2 pounds a week
  • Not encouraged to exercise
  • Not allowed to eat certain foods, such as carbohydrates, sugar, fat, etc.
  • Skipping meals
  • Taking certain pills, powders, shakes, etc. or using them as a meal replacement
  • Not making a lifestyle change, but only doing it for a certain amount of time

Do any of you have a fad diet story you’d like to share?



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