On Fad Diets (and C25k Week 2 Day 2)

Today was day 2 of week 2 of C25k.

I really really didn’t feel well before I went (I blame the pizza) but I didn’t feel bad enough to justify not doing it so I got dressed and headed over to the rec room of my apartment.

Like last week, it seems like day 2 was the worst.  My calves fought me the whole way.  If you remember, Wednesday I said I had more difficulty with breathing than with my legs.  Today was different.  My breathing seemed to be fine, but my legs were not happy about things.  Hopefully like last time day 3 will be much easier after a two day break. 

I still feel like there’s a huge rock in the pit of my stomach, but I’m glad I completed my run today.  It was finished before I knew it and I feel accomplished for having done it Smile


I have been thinking about this a few days and really want to talk about it.

I read a lot of forums and a few days ago someone asked if there was an easy way to lose belly fat *fast*.  I firmly believe there is nothing that happens fast, but that’s beside the point.  Someone recommended the master cleanse.  I hadn’t ever heard of this so I did some googling and found this on the Wikipedia page.

The cleanse involves drinking only a concoction made from fresh lemons, grade B maple syrup and cayenne pepper, as well as a laxative tea. No solid food is eaten for the entire cleanse.

You have to be kidding me.

When I posted that quote in the forum she said “most people don’t like it when they’re doing it but it is so worth it in the end”. 

Just in case Wikipedia is making things up I found this at themastercleanse.org:

The Master Cleanse is such a simple program. First, squeeze Fresh Lemon Juice, then add Rich Maple Syrup, and Cayenne Pepper into Pure Water. Drink a minimum of six to twelve glasses throughout the day whenever one is hungry. Take a laxative, morning and evening; or instead of the morning laxative, you can do the Salt Water Flush. Every day of The Master Cleanse that you overcome the psychological need to eat, you feel a growing sense of control that motivates you to complete the process.

The psychological need to eat???  What about the PHYSICAL need to eat?

I realize that dieting has been much easier for me than a lot of people, but this is outrageous. If you do something that you stop doing later then how could you think you won’t bounce right back to where you were before?

Dieting to me means making lifetime changes to find health.  Calories in equals calories out and you adjust as you need.  Not eating anything but some peppery lemonade sounds silly to me.

What do you think about fad diets?  Been on one?  Considering one?  This is my first attempt to diet, so maybe there’s a point I didn’t think about.

– Me


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