Friday, May 25, 2007

Wackster diets still abound


…With science and common sense duking it out—eat less than you burn, no wait,
some people can adjust to that and stop losing—people still try the weirdo diets.

…In the May 28th Newsweek, Karen Springen notes that 41% of adults in the US are trying to lose weight—with an average goal of 37 pounds. Do you know what a large amount that is? What a difficult dream?

…Beyonce lived on maple syrup. Forget the pancakes. You drink 2 tablespoons of syrup, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, a pinch of cayenne pepper, and a cup of water. This is bad, experts say, for kids, teens, pregnant women, and nursing moms and can play havoc with your electrolytes. Darn! Drinking pepper and syrup seemed like such a logical lifetime course of action.

…How about a diet keyed to your astrological sign? Fiery signs eat hot foods, etc. Uh, no science for this one.

…Blood type diet. Yes, different diets work differently for different people—but this is not decided by blood type.

…How about single food diets? Grapefruit, cabbage soup, pineapple. HA’s mother to this day hates bananas because she once went on a banana diet. Eliminating food groups—not good nutritionally.

…Or detox regimens. Why are we so in need of cleansing, one doc asks. Yes, the intestines are unaesthetic, but there are many good microbes in there.

…An expert looked at people who had lost 30 pounds and kept it off. They stuck with low-fat, reasonable calorie totals, and exercised 60-90 minutes a day.

…Oh.

…What are you saying? No syrup at all?

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