Coach G’s Nutrition Corner: Fad Diets are Bad Diets, period!

Coach G’s Nutrition Corner: Fad Diets are Bad Diets, period!

By Garrett Rolsma

Fad Diets are Bad Diets, period!

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                Fad diets have probably been around since the dawn of time. I want to spend a few words here to look back at the history of fad diets. Read on and enjoy a good laugh or two.

Now we could probably look back even further but the first diet that I want bring up was started by Lord Byron in the 1820’s. This was the Vinegar and Water diet, and surprisingly this has come back into some popularity today. Popularized today as more of a multi-day “cleanse” who knows what they were doing back then. Fast forward 100 years, in the middle 1920’s big tobacco companies praised the nicotine diet where they claimed cigarettes’ appetite suppressing powers would help you stay thin, but at what cost? The 1930’s introduced the Hollywood Diet where a grapefruit was eaten with every meal. Several years later in the 50’s Cabbage Soup diets emerged as well as the urban myth of the tapeworm diet. The first real diet that wasn’t simply about adding something was in the 1960’s with the creation of Weight Watchers, and to this day Weight Watchers’ clever way of giving points to foods has helped a lot of people lose weight, but did they keep it off? Now the next two from the 1970’s are possibly my favorites. The Sleeping Beauty diet where sedatives were used to help weight loss, and the Cookie Diet that was all about eating a special amino acid blended cookie, all day long. A diet that you can just sleep through and one where you get to eat cookies all day, wow! The year of 1992 was a huge year for nutrition. The USDA Food Guide Pyramid was introduced as well as Dr. Atkins famous Atkins Diet. It wasn’t until 2005 that the Food Guide Pyramid was switched to the MyPyramid layout with exercise being added. And finally, the USDA released the MyPlate layout in 2011, ending the 19 years “pyramid scheme”.

Now I know I missed a lot of other popular diets, but all I wanted to do was show the ideas that have come and gone over the years. What “diet” are you following?

Fad Diets are Bad Diets, period!

                Fad diets have probably been around since the dawn of time. I want to spend a few words here to look back at the history of fad diets. Read on and enjoy a good laugh or two.

Now we could probably look back even further but the first diet that I want bring up was started by Lord Byron in the 1820’s. This was the Vinegar and Water diet, and surprisingly this has come back into some popularity today. Popularized today as more of a multi-day “cleanse” who knows what they were doing back then. Fast forward 100 years, in the middle 1920’s big tobacco companies praised the nicotine diet where they claimed cigarettes’ appetite suppressing powers would help you stay thin, but at what cost? The 1930’s introduced the Hollywood Diet where a grapefruit was eaten with every meal. Several years later in the 50’s Cabbage Soup diets emerged as well as the urban myth of the tapeworm diet. The first real diet that wasn’t simply about adding something was in the 1960’s with the creation of Weight Watchers.

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