You’ve probably heard about the grapefruit juice diet, the soup diet, and just about every other type of diet you could think of – most of them involving drinking or eating only fluids and consuming very few calories. Yep, they’re all going to have their fans, and some of them might even be called a detox, and a lot of them are going to have their detractors – but they all share one thing in common. The claim that they help you lose weight with no negative side effects.
A little bit of straight talk for a second: the only “diet” that works is the one that you, personally – no-one else – can maintain and sustain for the long term. The one that includes lots of fresh fruits and veggies, and that also includes some exercise. None of the diets listed in the article below fit that description, and none of them contain enough nutritional value to see you through the day. You might lose weight, but you’ll also lose a ton of muscle mass, too.
1. Grapefruit Juice
On the grapefruit juice diet, the instructions to lose weight are as follows: eat whatever foods you like (as long as you eat more fats and proteins than carbs), while also drinking grapefruit juice at a rate of 64 ounces/1.8 liters per day. In theory, the grapefruit juice and the protein work together to boost your metabolism and burn more fat.
However, nutritionists and scientists alike have proven that this is a baseless theory. One cannot eat “as much” as they like and have those calories be negated by some grapefruit juice – that’s not how digestion works.
2. Baby Food
Tracey Anderson, who is a well-known trainer, recommends the baby food diet. It advises dieters to go through as many as 14 jars of baby food throughout their day, concluding the day with a “real” dinner if desired.
Baby food has a very limited amount of calories, so, on some level, it makes sense that you’d lose weight eating this way. On the other hand, baby food lacks many of the nutrients that adults need, and it’s also likely that the dieter could end up binging on foods with crunch, simply because of the texture of the baby food.
There are a number of variations of the soup diet, most of them featuring chicken or cabbage soup. In every version, the basic premise is the same: Eat a normal breakfast, then eat nothing but soup for the rest of the day.
Simple? Definitely. Healthy? Not in the slightest.
The basis of the soup diet is “caloric restriction.” It forces your body to burn fat by limiting the number of calories you take in, but does nothing to ensure that you’re getting the nutrients your body needs to function properly. Any healthy eating plan should put your health as its primary focus, with weight loss as a secondary side effect.
You may lose some weight while on a caloric restriction based diet such as those mentioned above, but you’ll only be doing your body harm by depriving yourself of vital vitamins and nutrients that are essential for cell repair and growth. Steer clear of diets like those mentioned above and you should stay on the path to proper health.