Note: I’m sorry to mention in my post Russia again. The post is intended for everyone, but Russia is just such a great example in terms of diets, weight loss and poor nutrition, that it’s hard not to mention it.
When you live outside the country you used to live in, all the tendencies and trends become more obvious to you. It can sound crazy, because I, myself, often say that you cannot judge a country without living there first. But when you actually have lived there, moving away opens your eyes to perspective, and everything you used to see as normal starts to show it’s true colour. And it all becomes even more obvious once you learn something in the area you’re talking about. So today’s talk is about diets. Fad diets that everyone loves so much – they are quick, relatively easy, because you know that whatever you are limiting yourself at will be allowed in a few days, and the best part is that you won’t be scared to eat it, because you will be slimmer by the time.
In Russia every other girl is hooked on dieting. Over the past decade the diets have become so popular that there are probably more diets in Russia than in the entire world. If you want to find a diet plan ‘good enough’ for your taste, you will sure find it there, on any of the Russian social networks. I am (purely out of curiosity) subscribed to a page there with a speaking for itself name ’40 kg’. They post new diets every single day, and sometimes up to 5 and more in one day. It’s like a never-ending well of diets with various names, like English diet, Japanese diet, Norwegian diet, 7 petals diet, etc., etc. Japanese diet was actually thought to be the most popular there. And the best thing about Japanese diet is that people in Japan have never ever heard of this diet. But last year it was the latest trend in Russia.
I decided to write this article because today I saw a new diet on that page, it is called ‘A diet from a Beauty Salon’. They claim that there is a beauty salon in Talinn, Estonia, that suggests that this 6-day diet plan will make you lose 3 to 6 kgs. I will describe what this diet is based on, but please note that I do not recommend nor encourage to eat this way. It is extremely unhealthy, not only because it is a very restrictive , ridiculously low-calorie diet, but also because it is a mono diet – a diet which offers you to eat only one type of food in one day, nothing else – which means you may get depleted of vital minerals and vitamins. This is actually why I am writing this post and including this diet – I want people to see how unhealthy dieting is.
So the diet itself is this:
- Day 1 – 6 boiled eggs (spread throughout the day)
- Day 2 – 500 g non-fat quark or cottage cheese
- Day 3 – 700 g chicken fillets (baked, boiled or steamed)
- Day 4 – 200 g boiled rice
- Day 5 – 6 medium potatoes, boiled
- Day 6 – apples.
Not only this diet encourages obvious malnutrition, some days are no-carb, which is not healthy at all (you can do carb-cycling for fat loss, but you never ever do an absolute no-carb diet. Protein alone is not enough to sustain a healthy body), the other days are extremely low protein. Of course it is well known that we indeed do not need as much protein as protein powder manufacturers try to promote, but we need some. And in rice there is not enough protein. Potatoes are not the healthiest vegetable out there, and in most cases it should be avoided at all, especially by those who want to lose weight. Do you see what’s wrong with this diet?
And now I’d like to count the calories for each day.
- Day 1 – one large hard-boiled egg is 78 kcal, so 6 eggs are 468 kcal.
- Day 2 – 100 g of non-fat cottage cheese contains 72 kcal, 500 g have 360 kcal.
- Day 3 – 100 g of chicken breast, skinless, is 110 kcal, so 700 g of chicken breasts actually make up 770 kcal. Wow!
- Day 4 – 100 g of white rice contain 129 kcal, making it 258 kcal for 200 grams. That’s as low as one can imagine. You can eat nothing in an entire day and there wouldn’t be much less benefits…
- Day 5 – 1 medium potato is about 130 kcal, so 6 potatoes are 780 kcal.
- Day 6 is apples. 1 medium apple with skin is 97 kcal, so you could actually eat up to 1000 kcal and more.
So I hope you see that it is not only a very poor diet in terms of balanced nutrition, but it is also extremely low-calorie. No one should ever do such a low in calories diet, it is not even enough to feed the vital processes in your body, it is not enough to keep your metabolism up. No wonder that weight of people who do diets after diets goes like a pendulum swing – it get lower and then again gets higher. On a very restrictive, low calorie diet weight gain is inevitable, when you come off the diet. And of course it is impossible and even unimaginable to eat like this forever. But unfortunately, sometimes this is the case with those diet-loving girls. Once they see the result they hoped for, they prolong the ‘recommended’ dieting period, starving their body and depleting it of vital nutrients. And believe me, thin or plump, there is nothing worse than poor health.