Down With Diets.

Jan 14

It’s early January 2014 as I write this, a brand new year with plenty of hope and promise.

For most folks in Western society, a new year is a time for resolutions, to make promises to improve oneself, to break bad habits and take up better ones.

The most popular, of course, is to lose weight, and for most that means going on a diet.

Given the growing obesity rates worldwide, many people in developed countries could stand to eat smaller portions of food and to make healthier choices about what they put into their bodies.

The only thing you'll lose following these diets is your money.

The only thing you’ll lose following these diets is your money.

Unfortunately, that’s not what happens. Many folks in Western society consider eating smaller portions and consuming healthier food too much work, especially if combined with a sensible exercise program. It means reducing or cutting out the fatty sugary junk food they love. Exercise? That’s too much like work.

So they turn to fad diets, which promise fast results (lose ten pounds in one week! Lose 30 in thirty days!) by either eliminating an entire food group (a move most dietitians and doctors consider hazardous to your health) or claiming you don’t have to give up shoving junk food into their maws.

These are usually pushed by so-called “professional” diet gurus via television, books and the internet, with plenty of before and after pictures of their “successful” clients, (which sometimes includes celebrities) along with testimonials from said client over how they tried dieting for years without success until they took up this particular diet plan.

Few of these supposed diet experts are actually medically qualified to give eating advice to people. Their diets often result in quick weight loss, usually by having the sorry rubes who buy into their quackery consume plenty of liquids like soups or shakes as “meal replacements”.

After these suckers lose weight they quickly find there’s side effects ranging from constant diarrhera to weakness to lack of nutrition to muscle and hair loss. In more extreme cases, people have been hospitalized because they end up starving themselves. Some have even died as a result.

Don’t believe me? Simply Google “Side Effects of Fad Diets” and you’ll find a lengthy lists of links from experts in the field of nutrition over why these diets not only don’t work over the long-term but are also potentially hazardous to your health.

These diets remain popular, of course, because in our society we’re addicted to the quick fix. We want results with as little effort as possible without cutting back or giving up on what’s bad for us. Eating a balanced diet while maintaining portion control combined with a sensible exercise program is simply too much time and effort. That’s complete nonsense, of course, but in today’s society we’re used to finding excuses for not doing something beneficial to our health.

If a pill one day hits the market which guarantees safe weight loss while allowing people to eat whatever they wanted and as much as they want without having to exercise, its inventor will become a billionaire. While such a pill would make everyone look thinner, they won’t be healthier because they’ll still be consuming the same crappy food in the same large portions while doing little to burn it off. The health risks (high cholesterol, colorectal cancer, diabetes,heart and liver disease) remain the same.

Until such a pill is invented, fad diets will remain in vogue for lazy gluttons, just as they have for decades. Obesity numbers will grow, as will the health risks, putting an unnecessary strain on our health care system. We’re a society of lazy fat fucks and we like it that way.

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