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I’m Lighter Than Last Week

This isn’t going to be much of a post. I’m currently recovering from having my gallbladder removed. That was my fad diet. I lost 5 pounds on the ‘take the gallbladder out’ diet.

It was quite an amazing thing to lose weight. Thanks surgery. No Atkins or anything of the sort. I do follow the cigarette diet from the 20’s though. Actually, I am ‘dieting’ right now. haha

I can’t help but feel if someone doesn’t want to diet the old way (excercise with proper meal intervals), the new ‘fad diets’ are sure to be unsuccessful. I know it takes longer than sending a text or an email but the old way is definitely better than the new ways…

Look, because of my gall situation it feels like I am participating in a trendy new diet anyways. Vegetables, fruits, no cheese, low-fat, low-sugar, no junk – it’s like I don’t know who I am anymore

I’ve changed, I’ll admit it. It’s not you, it’s me……..I’m different now.
I don’t want the same things that I did *cough* 2 months ago.
I guess I just needed a change. Oh food, why do you do this to me.

Okay, I’m sore, don’t wanna sit here anymore. Need more medication. Oh snap! No it’s not Raven, it’s the new fad diet i’ve been looking for – PILLS. I know it works, i’ve seen it done.

See you guys next week when I’ll have regained at least 35% more mobility. Till then, have a great weekend

W

I need my bed

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The Blood Type Diet

OK, lets be serious, fad diets are always hard to follow and once you loose the weight, are you actually going to keep it off? I am not into dieting, but I came across this one and it is actually sounds kind of convincing and it might actually work. The Blood Type Diet was discovered and researched by Peter J. D’Adamo, who is a naturopathic doctor. His idea, is that lectins, which are food proteins react differently with each blood type. Therefore, certain foods are more beneficial then others.

D’Adamo research involves studying the evolution of blood types and the foods that were around during the discovery of the certain blood type.

So exactly what type of foods should we eat? Well,

  • Type O – should have a high protein diet and restrict grains, breads and legumes.
  • Type A – benefit from a vegetarian diet. However, some exercise would also be beneficial.
  • Type B – are considered to have a strong immune system and a flexible digestive system. Their diet should consist of low fat dairy products, meat and produce. However, it is advised that a Type B should stay away from wheat, corn and lentils. Moderate exercise is recommended.
  • Type AB – has a sensitive digestive tract therefore would benefit from a seafood, tofu, dairy and produce diet. However, try and avoid chicken, beef and pork. Also, some exercise would be beneficial.

This diet actually makes sense because our blood type is classified based on the presence or absence of certain antigens, such as proteins, carbohydrates, glycolipids and glycoproteins. Therefore, if we eat foods that is compatible with our blood, which is important for the transport of nutrients, oxygen and waste, ideally we should be healthier!

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Fad Diets are Foolish

 Fad diets prove how stupid humans really are, and how easily we are persuaded by illusions. 

Why would anyone use a fad diet to loose weight fast when it is common knowledge that you will most likely gain the weight  back just as fast as you lost it? It is also a mystery to me why people still try diet after diet all the while knowing that they could potentially hurt or damage their bodies. Most of the weight you loose in these diets is just water mass and not fat anyways.  It seems to me and many others, that the only miracle diet out there is the one everyone knows about. If you want to loose weight, in a healthy manner, you need to pay close attention to your calorie intake and exercise regularly. Precisely the words of Jenny Craig, an assisted weight loss program that monitors calorie intake. Ideally you should be burning 500 more calories than you intake each day. Wow what a big secret. But seriously people, are we that lazy that we need to live within false realities? below is a video where doctors explain why fad diets are just a bunch of fooey. These are my opinions, what are yours?

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The BACON diet*

So I bet you’re all trying to google “bacon diet” already. Well trust me you won’t find it. The Bacon diet is my families nickname for the low-carb diet. There is an interesting story to how that came about too.

About two years ago my sister got engaged. She was not interested in a long engagement, so just 5 months later she was going to be walking down the aisle. This did not give me very much time to look as super fabulous as possible in my brides-maids dress. So with little time left me and my parents decided that we would all go on the low-carb diet so we could all look our very best at the wedding. I mean these are pictures that will be on my sisters walls forever so I had to look amazing. We started the diet and cut out bread, potatoes, refined sugars, and ate nothing but meat, veggies, and fruit. Not being people that were experienced in cooking meals without carbs our meals started to consist of only meat, and sometimes we had meals of just bacon. Somehow, despite what I believe is medically sound, we started to lose weight and not just a little bit. Needless to say, we did look hot at the wedding.

I strongly advise against eating just bacon as a method of weight loss. However, a real low carb diet is one that can be effective, ecspecially if you’re trying to lose weight in a short period of time. May I just say that the low carb diet is not a sustainable way of eating. There can be serious health risks to eating this way for a long period of time, as there is with any diet, and you should always consult your doctor before starting a diet. And yes, my doctor was very appaulled by the bacon diet but for 5 months he said it wasn’t going to kill me.

 

 

So there are a lot of variations of the low-carb diet. Some want you to cut out all carbs, some say low carbs, some make you count carbs, etc. What results you want and what kind of diet you have now will help you to best determine what diet will work best for you. If your main diet is currently focused on eating carbs and sugary foods, then cutting out all carbs will give you subtantial results quickly. However if you eat a balance of carbs, proteins, and veggies already then going no carb won’t give you a lot of results right away. For you I would probably recommend protion control or not eating after 8. To figure out what will work the best for you consult a nutritionist and they will be able to tell you what will work for your needs.

Assuming you are on or starting a low-carb diet, figuring out what to eat can be one of the most difficult things you will face.

Snacks: Nuts are always a good option for the low-carb dieter. They’re tasty, high in protein, and filling. Some other options are celery with peanut butter or cheese, beef jerky, sugar-free jello, veggies and dip, and cheese and apple slices.

Lunch: Salad is a delicious, nutritious, and easy way to eat low-carb at lunch time. Try to get creative with the combinations of ingredients to keep things interesting. For example, grilled apricots, toasted hazelnuts, pancetta, with a white balsamic vinaigrette on arugula. Or a spinach salad with a roasted red pepper vinaigrette.

Supper: Supper can be very easy to cook low-carb. All you need is a protein and some veggies. Think of it as cooking your normal meal but omitting the rice or bread that you normally put with it. Try grilled tuscan steak with fried egg and goat cheese. Or grilled chicken with mustard dill sauce. Cook up either of those with a side of tomato salad or glazed carrots and ginger, and then you have a great meal.

Hopefully these ideas are helpful to any of you who want to try this diet. If anything I hope you don’t ever try the bacon diet.

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Still Crazy – Fad Diets Throughout History

I’ve never had much to do with fad diets. This is not to say I haven’t been intrigued by them. I just generally lack the willpower required to actually follow through, let alone go to the grocery store to buy all the ingredients. In high school I did try the cabbage soup diet. I got my mom to make a whole pot and vowed it was all I was going to ingest for the week. Overall, the soup was not inedible (my mom’s a really good cook), but it certainly did not leave one begging for seconds. Needless to say it was the only bowl of cabbage soup I ate.

Fad diets aren’t new. Despite our nostalgia for the good old days when a little chub signified health and wealth, diets go back farther then you probably think. As we look at fad diets this week on Digitally Delicious, I’ll start off your week with a little history lesson on dieting through the ages…

100 B.C. The ancient Romans – perhaps civilization’s first bulimics: History tells of the Romans purging between courses to make room for seconds. Even Julius Caesar was documented in taking part in this gluttonous tradition. Contrary to modern day bulimics, it doesn’t appear they were concerned so much about weight as they were about consuming as much food as humanly possible. It is often mistaken that Roman Vomitoriums were the site of these less than savoury actions, but the name is more of a coincidence. Vomitoriums were really just large doorways in public buildings that allowed mobs to be ‘vomited’ into the streets after events.

1087: The Alcohol Diet: If you are thinking this sounds too good to be true you are right. England’s William the Conqueror took to consuming nothing but alcohol in an effort to lose weight. The logic followed that it was food that made you fat, and what better way to curb your appetite for food than with bevvies? Apparently this diet did not work for William who was noted as being too fat to fit in his own coffin. I don’t think it’s worked for many people since either. None the less, 1950’s books such as ‘The Drinking Man’s Diet’ and ‘Drink, Eat, and be Thin’ encouraged people to drink alcohol to lose weight.

Early 1900’s: The Tapeworm Diet. This one is pretty straightforward. Ingest a tapeworm, eat all the food you want, let your new parasitic friend do what it does best, and most importantly – enjoy your fabulous new figure! Never mind the more unpleasant side effects of diarrhea, meningitis, and dementia. As crazy as it sounds, the Tapeworm Diet keeps resurfacing. In the 1950’s rumours swirled that opera star Maria Callas had lost 65 pounds by purposely eating a tapeworm. Turns out that while the tapeworm part is true, she probably ate it by accident. Like a parasite you can’t shed, some fads just keep coming back. The Tapeworm diet was even featured on this year’s opening episode of The Office

Kelly Kapoor: “I swallowed a tapeworm last night. It’s going to grow up to three feet inside of me, and then it eats all of my food so that I don’t get fat. And then after three months, I take some medicine, and then I pass it. Creed solid it to me. it’s from Mexico.”

1925: The Cigarette Diet. Still popular with models and Hollywood celebrities, cigarettes were originally advertised as a way to curb your appetite. In fact, doctors actually endorsed cigarettes for a variety of ‘benefits’ until the 1950’s. Today, the ‘Cigarette Diet‘ has taken on a new form and is a way to gradually stop smoking – not eating.

As crazy as these fad diets sound, we shouldn’t feel too superior when comparing ourselves to the pioneers of fad diets. While it’s true we know more today about how to maintain a healthy weight than in years past, many people are still desperate for that  ‘quick fix’. Eating disorders, weight loss pills, liposuction, eating nothing but grapefruit / hotdogs / cabbage soup / bacon – the list goes on and on. In my opinion, if it sounds to good to be true – it probably is. Moderation is the key to most things in life and a reasonably good diet paired with a little exercise really isn’t asking too much is it? I’ll leave you with a little food for thought – a quote on the matter from the official ‘Tapeworm Diet‘ website and you can be the judge…

“The best “solution” we have is the message of diet and exercise, while a noble message it is also an abject failure… Does anyone not know they should be eating a healthy diet and exercising? The tapeworm diet is an all natural technology that provides a welcomed relief from the manufactured, high-tech and potentially toxic therapies available”

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