I was thinking of naming this post “Why Your New Year’s Resolutions Should Be Diet-Free”, but I think you’ll get that message as you see our winners of the Worst Diet Schemes of 2013!
Can you guess what they are?
These really are a doozy.
Green Mountain at Fox Run (I think you’ll remember Marsha Hudnall from her December guest posts) started the “Slim Chance Awards” 25 years ago. These awards go to the most outrageous (think crazy and dangerous) and overrated (waste of precious moolah) weight loss products, plans, and gimmicks of the year (in a whole year, there’s plenty to choose from). The purpose is to bring attention to these diets, and further, to understand that dieting not only negatively affects health but also usually results in weight GAIN. Talk about a lose-lose.
Without further ado, here are our winners!
Even as a dietitian, I was blissfully ignorant about the Tongue Patch Diet. You can learn more about these diets and the independent judging panel here.
No matter the winners or what other weight loss schemes people will come up with in 2014, the take-home is that DIETS DON’T WORK. That’s why these awards are followed closely by Healthy Weight Week, held this year from January 19-25. This is a time to take the focus off weight and onto health. This week also involves awards: The Healthy Body Image Award and The Healthy Weight Blogger Awards.
In light of the upcoming Healthy Weight Week, why don’t you celebrate the New Year by throwing away your scale? Here’s an excellent info graphic depicting how that scale may actually cause you to gain weight (probably not your new year’s resolution).
What do you say? I say cheers to a diet- and scale-free year!
If you were a judge, which diet would you have voted for?