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2/21/10 11:45 A

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The craziest diet I ever tried was RAW FOOD. It fixed some health problems I was having, but I had a hard time finding enough variety and wasn't eating enough, so lost weight too fast and was really tired and malnourished. If I did that again now (which I won't unless I move somewhere with a warm climate year-round) it would be easier, because I have a lot more experience with different foods, preparation methods, etc. So I think raw food is crazy, but it can be done well if you know what you're doing and can afford all that fresh produce.

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2/20/10 11:07 A

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The Nutrilette and similar diets. They may help a bit there and then, but what happens when you go off the shakes, bars and all that is of course weight gain. Seriously, the only thing that can help and keep you fit and healthy is to keep working out and being on a healthy diet.

Yes, I have tried Herbalife's protein shakes, but that was as a supplement to normal foods. It helped me get the vitamins, minerals and some extra proteins, and that was good. I still will not recommend going on a "shakes and bars only" diet. With that said, I don't think it hurts to have an energy bar or a protein shake every now and then - that may even be healthy. What I react to is the extremes people go to.

With this said, I think that cutting out all fats is not healthy either. Make sure to have healthy fat in the recommended amounts. We add sunflower oil or olive oil when we cook, and we use plant margarine (normal, NO light products) on the bread. Real butter sure doesn't hurt if you need to fry a beef. It's the crazily high amounts that people eat that can hurt you.

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2/18/10 6:30 P

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The craziest diet I have ever heard of was the cabbage soup diet, my cousin tried this and she stuck with it for a short amount of time but after awhile she let it go lol.

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2/8/10 7:03 P

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Hi Caitlindale! Your post reminded me of another book I read recently - it wasn't the GenoType diet, but it might have been the same thing - the "Eat for Your Blood Type" diet. Believe it or not a nutritionist recommended it - she could tell you the foods you did and didn't like based on your blood type. I thought I would check it out and read it for myself. Some parts of it I found were true - I'm a type O and I have come to find out I LOVE LOVE LOVE high-impact or fast-paced aerobic exercise, like running (i.e. I'm decended from hunters like you said). Okay... Not sure I agree there. My husband is type A, and he can't stand cardio - it tires him out - which is just what the book said it would do. So while I'm supposed to be eating meat because of my blood type, it doesn't account for my genetic predisposition for high cholesterol (not exactly compatible with any animal products). It seems like every way you slice it, the rule of thumb to stick to the perimeter of the supermarket and never buy something that your grandmother wouldn't recognize seems like the way to go.

(But what happens when your grandmother was the one feeding you velveeta mac and cheese everyday after school? Hmm...)

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2/7/10 12:29 P

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SkinnyMinnie,

I feel like there are so many books out there that are so pretentious. Like for example only eat the "good European" yogurt. Seriously? And like you said if it is supposed to be a lifestyle that keeps them thin and healthy then why do they feel the need to survive on leak soup for a week? That can't be fun.

I read this book recently called the GenoType Diet. I read it mostly because I am interested in genetics but...at first it seemed to make sense. The premise is that as humans moved through history certain "Types" developed to deal with various environmental changes (hunter/gatherers, farmers, etc). And so whatever type you happen to be has certain metabolic and dietary needs. But then it gave you this test and I didn't like the test very much. The main reason being that I fit a different type than the test said I was simply because my legs are shorter than my torso. ??? So yeah...I am not so sure about that diet either.

The only "diet" book I've ever liked is from the RealAge doctors (YOU on a Diet) because they just give a straight forward explanation of physiology of weight gain and what foods help the human body function best. I think simple is usually the best bet. We all can get so carried away with "diet" books and fads...


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2/5/10 11:15 A

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Hey, now, I enjoy a cup of bouillion every once in a while as a snack - with some lemon pepper and a tablespoon of minced mushrooms, mmmmmm. But yeah, never in place of food. Wow. Talk about sodium overload, too.

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2/5/10 11:08 A

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That insane "lemon juice-honey-cayenne pepper" drink diet that Beyonce went on to lose weight for some movie...It's idiotic, it's basically controlled starvation. You know another way to say "controlled starvation"? "Risk of anorexia," yeah.

I think that any diet that requires you to limit the variety of foods you eat is a crock of BS, and they frankly tick me off. The advertising mindset aggravates me anyway, but to prey upon people's basest insecurities so they can overcharge for a product or an idea or a "program" that could be lethal if abused? Argh, it makes me so mad!

Those crazy diets can all go DIAF.

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2/3/10 7:43 P

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I read "French Women Don't Get Fat" - all the magazines at the time extolled its virtues for being a lifestyle diet rather than a diet. Yet the very first thing the author said was that everytime a French woman has a date or needs to get skinny very quickly, she makes a leek soup and eats only that for a day or two, then eats that as at least one meal a day for a week. She also provided a recipe for making your own yogurt and if you couldn't do that (ick!), to at least eat only "good" European yogurt. Another cultural difference the author pointed out was that the French eat all day long, have more time off from work, and have different sleep patterns. So unless your job gives you that kind of flexibility, you're better off EXERCISING and skipping the homemade nonpasteurized yogurt.

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2/1/10 10:25 A

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I had a cousin that only ate carrots for about a month and spent every waking minute running. Yeah, he lost the weight, but when he stopped he gained most of it (though not all) back. Even he admitted that it wasn't worth it!

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1/26/10 10:34 P

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Well, the slimfast diet isn't really the worst diet he could try. I know a lot of people who have has success with the slimfast approach. It's essentially Carnation instant breakfast shakes with a ton of vitamins and minerals. There aren't any drugs or anything in them like diet pills. It's essentially just replacing a meal with a shake that limits your calories and provides nutrition. It's by far one of the better "diet trends."




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1/13/10 11:36 P

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I have done the cabbage soup diet, the pumpkin soup diet, the 3 day diet, and probably 20 bazillion others!! - never really beleiving that i would put the weight back on after!! - i always did but it took me forever to realize it!

Will never ever do that again!!

Oh yeah... i did the master cleanse too (lemon juice cayenne pepper etc) i came out in a huge rash all over my face, and a few other nasty side effects - so i will never recommend that to anyone ever!!

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1/10/10 5:13 A

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My husband is now trying the Slimfast diet on Monday, despite all the warnings I gave him, telling him it's not healthy, he'd gain all the weight back etc, etc...

Can't change a man, right??

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1/9/10 5:56 P

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oh, and my sister used to eat bullion cubes in place of food. and now the news has been advertising some sort of sprinkles to put on food that reduces you appetite. Oh, and don't get me started on Alli!

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1/9/10 5:53 P

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One acquaintance of mine said she wants to live on sugar-fee Red Bull and water. Ick!
My mom has done some yo-yo dieting, especially via restricting/fasting. Both parents did the slim-fast thing. I have heard of the grapefruit diet, the cabbage soup thing, the cookie one--obviously--and that cayenne-honey-lemon something or other. I have a friend who, despite my pleas, insists on taking diet pills. I have had cousins use jenny craig and weight watchers. Oh, and I have known many Atkins dieters (which is funny because being vegan, all I eat are carbs and some would say I am as thin as a rail... so that proves that carbs are not the enemy).
I never tried diet plans/pills/regimens. I just went straight into anorexia/bulimia as a teen. I have always thought that reading nutrition labels and portion control plus fruits, veggies, grains (the natural stuff, not processed junk) was best. It seemed common sense to me (I come to SP for the tracking tools and message boards and such, not for weight loss). Diets always seemed like scams to me.

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1/7/10 1:42 P

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My first day of high school I was in a computer class and this girl who I thought was BEAUTIFUL told me she was trying to lose weight and asked if I wanted to diet with her. I told her sure! I wanted to fit in, as I was in an upperclassmen class, so I went along with her "diet" for kicks and giggles. All we could "eat" all day was water and for lunch we could have a stick of gum. Yeahhh that diet didn't last long and boy am I glad!

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I think that any diet that tells you not to eat fruit should be banned.

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1/7/10 10:54 A

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I remember my Mom did the cabbage soup diet. It was aweful! Even though we got to eat other things (that she made for us), we watched her eat that all day! Bleh!

For me, any diet is a pretty aweful diet. I hate saying I can have this, or have that... but not this or that. I started the South Beach Diet once... which was aweful because I LOVE FRUIT and the first phase= no fruit.
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1/6/10 5:12 P

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My mom also did the lemon juice, cayanne pepper thing. She said it was a 'fasting detox' though and would only do it for a week after a week of eating nothing but raw veggies.
It looks pretty suck-tastic to me.

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A girl I worked with did the water, lemon juice, and cayanne pepper diet. Thats all she drank/ate for weeks. After a few weeks everyone at work did an intervention and so she started eating carrots and two slices of lean turkey lunch meat a day. We kept on her and it wasn't until she ended up in the emergency room and having to go to cardiologist that she stopped. It was making her so tired that she was supplementing food for caffeine pills. The crazy things we do to be thin!

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11/5/09 5:09 P

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hahahahahaha! I did the cabbage soup diet too! I know about the queezy feeling when you look at cabbage soup!

glad we have a more balanced veiw of things now!

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11/4/09 10:13 A

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The craziest diet I have done was a soup diet. I ate soup for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I did this for 2 weeks straight. You weren't allowed to eat anything else, just soup. The first thing I ate when the diet was over was an apple. It tasted so good!
Sure I lost a lot of weight, but gained it all back!! Took a year until I could eat soup again without feeling miserable.

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I think the craziest diet I've heard of came from one of my sister's friends.

This woman's diet was that she could eat whatever she like but one food per day. For example if she wanted cheese one day, she would have cheese but that is all she would have from breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. One day all she had was bacon.

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After reading the blog about the "cookie diet", I'm curious to find out... What is the craziest diet you have heard of or tried?

If you haven't heard about the cookie diet here is a link to the blog on Dailyspark.com.
www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=pol
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would_you_try_the_cookie_diet


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