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

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. 🙂

Abundance Abundance Abundance!

The largest part of starting this blog was influenced mainly by the fact that I know so many people who diet the wrong way. Not only that, but I, too, had been brainwashed to think that restricting calories and over-exercising was the right way to do it. The list goes on, too… caloric deficits, constant weighing, forbidding yourself of certain foods. It’s truly CRAP, ladies and gentlemen. And it doesn’t work.

This way of dieting ultimately harms not only your body, but also your mental health. When you start restricting your calories and not allowing yourself to eat when hungry, you are lacking your nutrients, you are lacking the energy that food gives you. Why would we strive to stay away from food, when we need food to survive? Calories, carbs, and fats are what we NEED to survive. We need not be afraid of these things. Sadly so, media has brainwashed us into thinking that all carbs are bad, everything needs to be “fat free”, and that we have to eat a certain number of calories everyday. And if we go over these limits, we need to restrict even more.

The fact of the matter is, as humans, we can truly eat as much as we want. Of course, if you’re aiming to lose weight and become healthier, portion control is necessary, but can be taken to an extreme very easily. It’s important to work with a nutritionist or any health professional/doing extensive research before making changes to your everyday diet in this way. Without the proper guidance or knowledge, you can put yourself on the path to an eating disorder.

When it comes down to it, you can never go wrong with fruits and veggies. They are truly the healthiest foods for you and you can indulge on them freely. Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “But I don’t like fruits or vegetables. How do I start?” I was in the same boat. I had been a vegetarian all my life, but I was more of a junk food vegetarian- wasn’t a huge fan of health foods! As I grew older and social media became more prevalent in my life, I discovered this little thing called Pinterest… and it’s pretty much my entire life for finding new amazing and healthy recipes! I urge everyone and anyone to make a Pinterest account and search search search! I’ve found some of my favorite meals on Pinterest- they are 100% healthy, nutritious, and you can indulge as you wish.

Please remember, everyone, that when you are trying to lose weight, restriction is not the answer. It’s been proven time and time again that after a long period of restriction, once you begin to eat normally again, you will gain the weight back faster than you lost it, and even more! We want to keep the weight off permanently, no? So, start by thinking in abundance, not in restriction. Your mind, body, and soul will thank you in the long run. 🙂

Here’s my favorite recipe from Pinterest to share with you all. (I modified the recipe a little bit for myself to make it wholly vegan!)