Worst Diet Awards

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?

Slim Chance - winners graphic


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!

Slim Chance Meme - Categories-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?


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There are 4 comments

  1. Cindy Huggins

    It seems like people will put anything and everything into their bodies except fruits and veggies! I’m am also simple amazed when I hear about the latest diet trend. Great post, thanks for sharing.

  2. Tara SIddoway

    I used to work at an eating disorder clinic and one (among many) thing I learned and vowed to do was to never own a scale after seeing how obsessive those women were over a number. There is so much that is factored into our weight besides just “fat”. I don’t want to be a person who obsesses over a silly number every day. I want to just focus on being healthy and having a healthy relationship with food. This is a wonderful post supporting that. Thank you!

    1. Michaela Ballmann, MS RD

      I’m right there with you! No scale for me since I was 16 and no looking back. I see how it can easily become an unhealthy obsession that dictates how one should feel, exercise, and eat that day. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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