Five diet trends no one cares about any longer
Superfoods are the latest cool diet trend, despite the fact that most people couldn't pick an antioxidant or a free-radical out of a lineup. Sometimes knowing why some foods are better for you (clever marketing tool) than others isn't as important as carting around an expensive bottle of acai-blueberry-spinach-blah juice and looking like you do.
Based on the life cycles of past waistline-adjustment cure-alls, the superfood fad will eventually be buried in the graveyard of all past diet fads. So in the interest of accurate trend-death predictions, here is our list of the top five diet trends -- and why everyone quit caring about them.
Lose ten pounds in a week by gorging on boiled cabbage and bananas? That sounds legit. No one really knows who started this fun and farty fad diet, but fax machines worked over-time to spread the word that medieval peasant starvation soup was the perfect way for neurotic teenage girls to squeeze into size zero prom dresses. And why did this diet trend die off? High sodium, lack of consistent protein and sharting out water weight probably did the trick.
This miraculous medical diet seemed perfectly fine at first. A grapefruit for breakfast every day -- that's not so bad. Using artificial sweeteners instead of sugar -- not so bad. Calculating an accurate intake of 43 percent protein, 22.5 percent fat and 34.5 percent carbs, and totaling 1,200 calories per day -- aw, shit-burgers: Public school educations did not provide dieters the basic math skills needed to make this diet work. And since this diet was popular in the 1980s, people were also not prepared to give up foods like white rice and white bread. Brown rice and whole wheat bread? There's a trend that will never catch on....
3. The Dexatrim Diet.
Can 'O Crack.
Over-the-counter weight loss-medication was so damn easy. Pop some pills, get spun, quit putting anything in your mouth except sugar-free gum and Tab, and watch the pounds melt away. Sure the pills come with a diet plan that includes food and exercise to supplement the brain-buzzes, but how long is the attention span of someone who's jacked up on speed? OTC weight-loss pills are still available today, but Red Bulls and meth is a much cheaper combo.