Scam Diets Exposed: #2 Intermittent Fasting

On Self.com I came across the intermittent fasting diet. I’ve heard of it before and I always thought it was a crazy idea. While the article itself generally praises the diet for allegedly having long-term health benefits (lol ok), the tagline was what caught my eye about it that perfectly represents what this diet is all about. Take a look:

“Strategic starvation is all the rage, and research shows that fasting diets may actually be worth the misery.”

Yes. That is the tagline. The fact that the phrase ‘strategic starvation’ is even in there is terrifying. There is so much wrong with this statement.

  1. Strategic starvation
  2. ‘Worth the misery’
  3. Promoting starvation diets
  4. The fact that these diets are even relevant/popular

So, if you haven’t heard of the intermittent fasting diet, here’s a run down. It can be done in many different ways, but the chart below is the best way to explain this extremely horrific and depriving diet.

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I’m sorry? Skip breakfast and lunch? SKIP DINNER? Absolute. Bullshit.

Similar to the Military Diet (#1 exposed post), it has a very set schedule with limited times in which you can eat and which you cannot eat. Many studies claim to show that when you first begin on the intermittent fasting regimen you are like to feel extremely starved and low-energy the first few days until your body just ‘gets used to it’.

HUGE RED FLAG RIGHT HERE, PEOPLE.

That is an eating disorder.

The purpose of this diet is to cut out an entire meal, but your volume of calories on the other two meals are higher. So, in total, your calories are still lower than they would normally be. THIS IS PROMOTING EATING DISORDER BEHAVIOR.

Ladies and gentlemen, please do not be fooled by this regimen. You will only end up low-energy, tired, starved, and more. Please be smart and STAY AWAY from this SCAM DIET.

My own experience with weight loss: “Eat food, lose weight”

Thought I would document this moment since I thought it would be a great educational tool for anyone who may be using restrictive methods to lose weight.

Yesterday I woke up and had my usual breakfast, but had to skip lunch. Why? I didn’t get a break at work and I was starving. I came home with every intention of cooking the biggest damn meal you’ve ever seen in your life, and I did! Diced peppers and onions mixed with brown rice, with pita bread dipped in olive oil on the side. The meal was bigger than my head and I ate every last bite.

Now, I wake up this morning knowing today is weigh-in day. Think nothing of it. If anything I would think I maintained weight or gained a couple ounces because I ate a meal bigger than the jaws of life last night. Go to weigh-in. Ladies and gentleman, I’m about to give you some real wisdom.

I dropped 2 lbs since my last weigh-in and I’m exactly 8 ounces away from my first goal weight… I’ve lost almost 10 lbs from what? From eating.

So, please, if you’re on this restrictive diet calorie-cutting kick, just drop it. I’m living proof that you really can have your cake (or diced peppers/onions and rice) and eat it, too. [Although I occasionally do enjoy the cake] I truly do eat as much as I want during the day and I do log all of my food to make sure my calories are up (not down). With these eating habits and a pretty active lifestyle, I am seeing the weight begin to burn off completely. And, to be clear, it is gradual. Proper weight loss does NOT happen overnight. I’ve been working at this since early May 2017 and I’ve lost almost 10 lbs. Had I done it the wrong way, I would probably have lost more, yes. But, its not a sustainable diet, it’s not a healthy diet, and it does not provide long-term success. Eat food, lose weight!

Food for thought, my friends. XO

Calorie-counting apps…good or bad?

Hi, guys! Long time no talk. I’ve been working my butt off at my retail job as well as tackling my remote editorial work… but I’ve finally got some time to spare to write a new blog post. This one’s been on my mind for awhile, and I figured I could bring up the topic to spark some debate.

Calorie-counting apps. They can be helpful and positive or make you calorie-counting obsessed and crazed out of your mind. I personally do use a calorie-counting app called “Lose It”, and contrary to the name of the app, I use it to make sure I eat ENOUGH calories.

A lot of people will use calorie-counting apps as a means to track exactly what they’re eating and how much they’re eating. When someone becomes very obsessed with making sure their calories don’t exceed a certain number (i.e. 1,200 or sometimes less), this tends to take control of their overall weight loss mindset.

Those people will begin to believe that calories are basically the Devil and that we should stay away from them. That we should strive to eat LESS calories. A lot of calorie counting apps do promote a caloric deficit of at least 1,200 for women and 1,500 for men, but more than half of these app users will eat much less than 1,200 or 1,500 in fear of exceeding their allowed calorie budget. This type of mindset puts those app users on the path to eating disorders.

I know that I definitely went through a phase where I relied completely on my calorie-counting app. I couldn’t have more than 1,000 calories per day. Soon, that turned into no more than 800… then no more than 500. The vicious cycle progressed until I couldn’t take it anymore, and started on the long road of recovery. I was a different person because of this. I went into a literal frenzy with this app and every waking moment revolved around it. It wasn’t until after I had recovered about 90% after my ED, I downloaded the Lose It app again… and this time, it was to make sure I was eating well over 1,000 calories. I still use it for the same reason, as well as to track my nutrients!

SO, what do you guys think? There really is so much grey area with calorie-counting apps because they can be so helpful, but also can cause some serious damage to its users. I’m hoping soon that maybe an app will come out that instead of proposing a caloric deficit, it promotes indulging, abundance, and eating freely.

Leave your comments and let me know what you think about calorie-counting apps!

ARFID: An eating disorder that’s not about body image…

Hi, all.

I really just wanted to share this article with you guys. I currently am a managing editor with Millennials 365 and I came across an article under health/wellness which was total news to me. I’ve never heard of this eating disorder which now has prevalence in the realm of ED.

This blog post is purely to share the link to this article in hopes to educate others who will probably just be learning about this newly identified ED as well. Knowledge is power!

http://millennials365.com/an-eating-disorder-thats-not-about-body-image/

Cheat Days vs Cheat Meals…

I’m writing this as I’m planning my own cheat meal for the day. It’s looking like a pizza night tonight!

I do believe that cheat meals once a week are super important to help balance out our mental states so we don’t go crazy while trying to eat healthy and lose weight. Cheat days, however, I am against. For myself, a cheat day always turns into a cheat weekend, and so on. Eventually, it can lead to even a cheat month or even further than that, so it’s important to treat yourself without engaging in bad eating behaviors.

If you have a past like I do, you’ve struggled with binge-eating on every junk food you can find. The point of a well-balanced diet is to properly measure all different types of food you eat each day. A full cheat day can enhance bad eating behaviors that are similar to that of a binge-eating disorder, and start you on a bad path unintentionally. It’s important to keep in mind your overall health and well-being while on any type of diet, as that is the most crucial aspect of dieting.

Of course, some people don’t believe in a cheat meal at all! Sometimes they are better off without and everyone is different. You have to experiment with it and find out what works best for you.

Friendly reminder of the day: One cheat meal isn’t going to stop you from looking and feeling your best. 🙂