Just a mere couple of months into 2013 and Americans have latched on to a new “magic bullet” called “The Fast Diet.” To summarize, the “Fast Diet” recommends limiting your calories on two, non-consecutive days during the week to 500 calories for women and 600 calories for men. The other five days you are free to eat whatever you want. The creator of the diet, a doctor from Britain, claimed that following this plan resulted in his own 20 pound weight loss in two months, as well as reduction in his blood sugars and abdominal fat.
However many experts are skeptical due to the lack of human testing. Without proper research, it is unethical to make a statement to the public that this diet is safe. Any diet restricting calories to under 1000 is suspect because no human being, no matter what their weight, should be consuming that little energy if they want to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The up and down caloric patterns that occur on a day to day basis also throws off your metabolism and keeps it from working in a regular rhythm, something that could actually cause weight gain. Another issue is it encourages erratic, mindless eating on the 5 days of the week that you are not fasting by telling people to “eat however they want.”
Wouldn’t it be nice to always eat “however you want”? Well, that is what the iEat Mindfully™ program is all about, minus restricting calories and having to follow any rules! Unlike the type of mindless eating the “Fast Diet” encourages five days a week, the iEat Mindfully™ program encourages you to eat whatever you want by honoring your true hunger and respecting your fullness. It is not a diet, but rather a way of life. There are no unhealthy restrictions on any day of the week. You simply learn what your body needs, and have a mutual respect for it and the food that you consume.
Like fashion, diets are nothing more than trends. They come and go with the season. However knowing your body and living a healthfully is always in style.
Your turn to take action: What are some diet trends that have let you down? Have you made a commitment to give up dieting?