5 Diets That Are Absolutely Terrible
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

5 'Tried And True' Diets That I Tried And Absolutely HATED

From drinking straight liquids for a week, to cutting whole food groups out of my diet...I've tried it all.

5 'Tried And True' Diets That I Tried And Absolutely HATED

Editor's note: The views expressed in this article are not intended to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Growing up, I've never been one to have the leanest body. I was never fat, but I have the tendency to look thicker than most of my friends. My body type led me to have some insecurities I thought I could fix with quick diets. Although most of them were effective, being on any diet is no fun.

1. Lemon and cayenne water detox

This first diet is actually a detox, meant to clear out toxins from your body. Each day of the detox, you drink a gallon of water mixed with lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne...nothing else. No food, no other drinks, just your gallon jug. This detox can be done for three days, 10 days, or 21 long days. My personal record is only three days, but as I've gotten older I've realized that the diet becomes less effective in terms of weight-loss. In all honesty, the detox is demanding.

Warning: the days you choose to partake in this diet will be the worst for those around you. Not being able to eat can really make a person angry and irritable, just a heads up.

2. 7-day juice cleanse

This next diet is pretty self-explanatory: All you do is drink blended juices for a week. Each day, you drink three different juices in place of every meal. In the morning you might drink a citrus blend and for lunch something greener. But the best "meal" of the day is dinner because you get to whip up a dessert juice containing sweet dates and almond milk. This diet was pretty effective, not going to lie, but I missed eating real food. If I hadn't gone through this diet with my sister and mother, I don't think I would have made it the whole seven days. Starving with friends is much easier than starving alone.

3. Gluten-free 

Many individuals are forced to live a gluten-free lifestyle due to a diagnosis of celiac disease, but in my case, I thought it would help with weight and other health concerns. I was gluten-free for three years, and they were some of the more trying years I've experienced. Even though there were alternative gluten-free options that made the diet easy to follow, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't tempted by every delicious cookie or cake I encountered. Going to birthday parties was the worst because I was guaranteed to miss out on some yummy sweets. But now there are a ton more gluten-free desserts and meals sold at the grocery store, so you don't really have to worry about temptation.

4. Vegetarian 

My whole family became vegetarians for a year, after watching a heartbreaking documentary on Netflix that exposed the truth about the processed meats we buy at the grocery store. The poor treatment of animals shown in the film persuaded us to completely eliminate meat from our diet. Like being gluten-free, the absence of meat became easier to adapt to over time. During this season, I did lose weight and I was the healthiest I had ever been. Although I'm no longer vegetarian, it's probably one of the few diets/lifestyles I'd actually recommend.

5. The Keto diet 

Although I really hate crash diets, I always find myself combing the web for the easiest way to lose weight for summer. This summer I jumped on the Keto bandwagon, as it was a diet recommended by one of my good friends who lost 36 pounds herself. Her experience sparked my desire to test out this high fat, mild protein diet. For those who enjoy cooking, this diet is actually tolerable.

On Keto, you're allowed to eat cheese, meat, seafood, and even some berries. But starches, pasta, sugar, and bread are eliminated from your diet. These restrictions make eating out a challenge, but if you don't mind taking a few minutes out of your day to put some ingredients together, it should be a breeze. Keep in mind, nutritionists often warn that a high-fat diet can be unhealthy. But this is also not a diet you're supposed to make into your lifestyle, so those in search of quick short-lasting results don't have to worry.

My experience with diet changes in pursuit of weight-loss has been both positive and negative. And although diets can be beneficial, they can also be damaging over time. So if you're hoping to shed a few pounds before hitting the beach, choose your diet wisely.

Report this Content

Being a pharmacy technician never held as many risks as it does now. Exposure too hazardous conditions were little to none, and garbing up was only conducted in IV compounding. But, now, in order to give nurses the medications they need to help their patients, they need us, pharmacy technicians.

Keep Reading... Show less

First and foremost, shame on you for encouraging the patriarchy and sexism as you police a female's clothing choices. You cannot control our bodies, but what you can advocate for is public health and safety. This includes demoralizing rape, slut-shaming, and protecting society from illness.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

11 Reasons Why Getting A Cat Is The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Mental Health

Cats may mess up your puzzles but they'll always love you unconditionally — as long as you have some catnip, that is.

Scout Guarino

Alright, everyone, it's time to stop spreading the rumor that all cats are mean, aloof, and hate everyone. Like dogs, each cat has its own personality and tendencies. Some like a lot of attention, some like less — each person has to find the right cat for them. As for me, my cats Bienfu and Reptar have seen me at my worst, but they've also helped pull me out of it. They're a constant in my life and they give me the strength to get through the day in spite of my depression, and there's even scientific evidence to support it!

Keep Reading... Show less

Picture this, we're settling into our date, the conversation is flowing, we're ordering drinks, laughing, and then it happens... the job convo.

Him: "So what do you do?"
Me: "I'm a dating and relationships editor."

Keep Reading... Show less

I've always been a huge Disney villain fan — whether it was for their cryptic one-liners, enviable outfits, or sidekick banter. Some of the most iconic lines from cinematic history have been said by the characters we love to hate and occasionally dress up as once a year.

The fear-mongering Gaston I now find hilariously cringe-worthy is now charming and oftentimes considered by fans as rightfully justified in his actions. Die-hard fans of the Disney villain fan club claim alternate egos in their favorite evil characters, adopting their hilarious witticisms into everyday life.

Keep Reading... Show less

- I have extremely sensitive skin, which is why I have always resorted to a plant-based organic beauty line such as Radha Beauty.

- Radha Beauty won me over years ago when I was looking for organic skincare brands.

- I was so excited to see they launched a new line incorporating USDA organic rosehip oil, so when their PR team sent me some, I could not have been more thrilled.

- After a week of using the products, my face felt as smooth as a baby's, looked more glowy than ever, and even cured some of my summer sunburn.

Radha Beauty isn't just a best-selling beauty brand on Amazon — it's a USDA-certified organic beauty brand I live by, and anyone who knows me knows I am all about holistic wellness.

Typically, it only takes three days for me to tell if a skin product is working or not because I have extremely sensitive skin. It's also why I have always stuck by plant-based organic beauty lines such as Radha Beauty.

Keep Reading... Show less

Anyone who goes to Panera Bread will tell you that their mac and cheese is to die for. If you're a huge fan of their mac and cheese, you won't believe the new recipe they're coming out with!

Keep Reading... Show less

I have definitely had my fair share of breakups. I broke up with my high school sweetheart my second semester of college (he was cheating on me), I had a breakup with another guy I thought I was going to marry, and others in between. Regardless of whether you're the one doing the dumping or being dumped, breakups can HURT.

Keep Reading... Show less

I Asked My Boyfriend His Opinion On Liking Other Girls’ Pictures, And, Spoiler Alert, It's Cheating

"When you get into a relationship and you're in love, you have to realize that liking photos is for the single lifestyle."

Ladies, listen up. If you are in a relationship with a guy and he is liking other girls' pictures on social media, then it's a red flag. A man who can look at someone else and show interest by liking it means he doesn't care about your feelings AT ALL.

Keep Reading... Show less

Epic Activewear Deals Every Leggings-Lover Needs To Know About From Nordstrom's Biggest Sale

Wearing my pleather Alo leggings till someone physically removes them from my body.

I'll be the first to admit I'm not an athletic person, at all. Since junior high school, I've been happily cheering my friends on at their football games and soccer matches from the sidelines as long as I could go home to my yoga mat and spend Sunday mornings at Pilates with my mom's friends.

Weekends are often spent in my casual wear, from the second I throw them on for morning meditation through running errands and evening walks. No, I won't be running a marathon or joining my friend's volleyball league anytime soon.

Keep Reading... Show less

TikTok was banned by the president, but Instagram is here with its newest feature called Reel. Many of us are still wondering why TikTok was being banned in the first place. Was it all the dangerous TikTok trends? It was because of a security concern, but not in the way you might think.

TikTok is owned by Dancebyte, which is a China-owned company. Basically, just like any other app, TikTok collects the user's data. The main question to ask yourself when investing in any app or marketing tools who will be owning my data? So yes, China currently owns all the TikTok user's data worldwide.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Reasons To Put The Damn Mask On, And Stop Fussing With It

COVID-19 is real people, do your part to protect yourself and others.

Ilana Stein

With the ever-changing reality of our world due to COVID-19, there has been one constant throughout these past unforeseen months, masks. Ever since coronavirus hit the ground running in the US, the CDC has been recommending social distancing and mask-wearing to stop the rapid spread.

Many people have been great about adhering to these policies, mandates, and suggested uses, but others, not so much.

Keep Reading... Show less

I've been an athlete my entire life. I love movement and I've been jumping, kicking, swimming, dancing, throwing, you name it since I was in diapers. I'm also pretty competitive and probably went through a few sore loser phases. What can I say? I like to win, and losing can sometimes feel like I've failed. Especially, when your competitor is your best friend or someone that you worked all year long to defeat.

Keep Reading... Show less

Social media is something many of us have been addicted to (whether we want to believe it or not) since the moment we got it. I remember getting Facebook at 10. Instantly I was hooked. I loved being able to share my life with people, a little too much in my opinion, and I loved being able to see how/what other people were doing all the time.

Keep Reading... Show less

I am not in any way any sort of medical expert. These are just some tricks that work for me and have worked for others who also suffer from anxiety. These may not work for everyone, but I do hope these help some people in their fight against anxiety.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments