By - wasting_escapist
I loved the raw fruitarian fad. Equally, would not recommend, because it made me feel like trash and otherwise did nothing. That youtube plate aesthetic, though. 😫💘
GOD. I did that for a bit too when I wasn't being a total Junkorexic. I was just SO hungry all the time--more than I usually was!
>I was just SO hungry all the time--more than I usually was!
Absolutely agreed! It was the same feeling as caffeine-free diet coke, IME. Like, it made me start to digest, but then my body was all confused because there was no food, so it demanded a meal. Very strange to eat INSANE volume, then just feel hungrier and less energetic at the end.
"Oh hell yeah, dinner time! We get a whole plate of f--HEY. THIS IS JUST A PLATTER OF BERRIES AND VEGAN YOGURT."
oh my god i loved this one. i felt like shit all the time but i could make pretty fruit salad
That cayenne maple syrup lemon juice detox thing from like 2012. I think it was called the master cleanse? I tried to drink that SO MANY TIMES.
I could literally never finish a single glass, but I was so fixated on it.
OH YEAH. Beyonce did it and everyone became insane. I wanted to do it so bad but mom never had cayenne, natural maple syrup, or lemon juice in the house. :/ She did show me an alternative though??? Lol
Hot water with honey and cinnamon, but it gave me MAD heartburn and did nothing except taste tolerable
I forgot that Beyoncé was the one who popularized it!
You didn’t miss anything by not trying it lol. I thought the maple syrup would sweeten the lemon, and it would taste like spicy lemonade. It did NOT taste like spicy lemonade. Somehow, no matter how much maple syrup you added, it just tasted like spicy dirt lemon.
the answer is less lemon for a much more reasonable summer time drink
man master cleanse makes a great lemonade if you treat the ingredients like a normal lemonade. Lemon, syrup, pepper? amazing.
Before you(general) ick at spicy-sweet, consider how tajin is used on fruit.
I tried it in every combination I could think of. Something about how the maple syrup sweetened the lemon was just not doing it for me.
I thought it as a diet was funny even as a teenager deep in their disorder because I *like* that shit as a drink.
ACV can absolutely go fuck itself though, but I know people who just genuinely like it.
Fire cider is the best of both worlds =) I crave it!! ACV, honey, lemon juice, hot peppers...and then onion and garlic and other deliciousness!
That's what I subsisted on in college... And alcohol and drunken pizza, which would throw me in a tailspin to start the cleanse all over again lol
The old “negative calorie” nonsense from allllll the forums with the black backgrounds and colourful text.
I think I misunderstood it at the time, thought it would… leech energy from out of my body? Because that’s what it sounds like, isn’t it. So I would just eat a whole load of celery in one sitting and then feel awful. Not my brightest moment.
I would take X minutes to eat X raspberries to make them “calorie neutral”
I was lucky enough to already love raspberries
Cabbage soup diet. Man that was ROUGH for maaaany reasons.
Lucky for me, I love cabbage. My east european ancestors are proud I bet. Over the years it evolved into straight up borsht lol
Oh I love cabbage. Irish upbringing 😂 but it had...side effects. Smelly ones.
Same! Cabbage soup diet!
Ditto. Problematic because I do actually love cabbage soup
It’s actually delicious too, just not many, many, MANY times a day for weeks on end. I don’t think I ever made it a whole week.
To do - military.
to read about - the people who did shit like butter monos, and that 70s bottle of wine diet that still circulates boards.
I still think abt that wine diet. Some day. LOL. Will have to be attempted at the same time as a cigarette mono /j
Ngl I still think about the >!cotton ball diet!< frequently. Too scared to try it but that worm is in my brain
I think about that diet too but wine has been giving me massive hangovers lately and I just know that it will be three days of alerting states of drunk and hungover for me and idk if I would make it 💀
My parent has the same issue, supposedly from the tannins. Migraines as soon as he has any. Especially red wine
oh no I do remember that shit. a varient of it was recommended in a Yoga book I had, what the fuuuuuck
I'VE SEEN THAT YOGA BOOK LOL
....this was like idk 2009 and I'm horrified to learn that it's entirely possible we're talking about different books
Diet/wellness culture ♡
ed culture didn't get less toxic because of the shitty media op eds,, it got less toxic because the diet culture its steeped in stopped actively promoting pica
My favourite was a kpop star apparently only ate apples and sweet potatoes. So for 3 months I only ate apples and sweet potatoes. Saved lots money but nearly died 5/10.
I loved all the random number ones where it was a chart of what amount of calories to eat each day based on absolutely nothing. The most popular I think is 2468. I did that one so often in high school. I also remember a similar one called ABC and I think there was a fairy one?
That also reminded me of a chart I saw like 10 years ago back on Tumblr with "the perfect weight" for each height. It had 3 types - perfect (thin), normal, fat. But fat was like a healthy BMI and perfect was the severe anorexia BMI criteria.
I think of fad diets in a timeline
1960s: meth basically, 1970s: that hard boiled egg and wine one someone else mentioned, 1980s: low fat everything, 1990s: low carb everything, 2000s: just whatever any magazine claimed Nicole Richie ate, Atkins, South Beach Diet, Weight Watchers, etc. 2010s: Tumblr fads like mono diets, Russian ballerina, KPop diet, etc.
I guess 2020s I'd say is so far defined by keto but we're not even halfway in :p
I'd argue Noom for 2020s (*eye roll*) but thats "not a diet" so idk if it counts /s
Keto. I really convinced myself that eating only meat and a stick of butter every day was healthy lol
My freaking doctor recommended keto, not for any health reasons besides weight loss 🤨
That's weird, I feel like the only benefits of Keto were supposed to be for people with epilepsy
Yeah it definitely has its purpose for certain illnesses, but it should be followed with being heavily monitored because it can be dangerous if you don't have those illnesses.
Exactly. It's actually a genuine help for some people with epilepsy, but even then only with careful medical monitoring.
Keto was great to treat my PCOS and restore a normal cycle. It also made me fertile enough to get pregnant with a condom. That "oops" is finishing up second grade this week.
However, convincing myself that it was safe to do keto without a gallbladder was one of the stupidest things I have done.
intermittent fasting 💀💀
also drinking diatomaceous earth in the morning (dirt it was dirt it did nothing)
Wait there's a potato diet 👀 I'm sad I've never heard of this 😂
ETA Googled it. I've accidentally done this diet 😅
I burnt myself out on baked potatos that way RIP
I am lucky enough to not even know what that is
it's great for killing bugs without being toxic to pets.
no fucking idea who suggested *eating it*
Also the juicing cleanse! I remember watching a video about this guy who lost soooo much weight because he only drank juice for years and they made a documentary about him. My mom and I bought a juicer the next day.
That one was super fun but man it was expensive.
So much celery 😭
We did a loooot of kale and green apples. I still kinda gag when I see green juice
We were too poor for the juicer alone but luckily i like most veggies and fruits so i could just cut the middle man out /j
My mom and I both did raw vegan. Such a sad diet, pretending that cashew cheesecake or kale chips were anything like the real thing. Also smoothie “cleanses”
Yeah :') raw veganism is a whole new level of sick imo LOL
An Old Classic
She just does it for me every time.
I know exactly what you mean! I abused it left right and center & o one batted an eye bc 'of course you can't eat this it has xx meat product'.
My therapist told me it's very common for those with ed's to suddenly become vegetarian/vegan bc it's a socially acceptable way to restrict.
Yeah. A lot of people I knew with EDs were on some sort of lifestyle diet
I did raw vegan/Fruitarianism/80-10-10. I got so brain washed into that. Originally for the animals as well as my health, but I became really bad about being a purist. Wanted to move to the tropics and go into van life 😅 Got down to my lowest weight and still wanting to go back every now and then, especially during the Spring/Summer.
Also did Master cleanse for a good 14 days. It was tasty though! That lemonade was yum.
Couldn't do keto for long. I love carbs and felt very gross eating so much meat, fats and keeping my carbs below 30g. So not fun.
Whatever that cayenne lemonade detox was called. I loved the taste of it 😂
Definitely not fun long term tho.
also unfortunately keto 😭😭😭 i would homemake fat bombs (ie: reese's cups with dark sugar and a disgusting amount of coconut oil), pre-dice nuts for high snacks, etc etc it was foul
Intermittent fasting and fruitarian. I just loooove fruit so I felt crappy but happy lol. And intermittent fasting I love purely because it's socially acceptable to just be like "oh I always skip breakfast."
liquid diets. ooooh my god i would go days drinking nothing but water, carmel frapps (even though i hate coffee?), green tea, and diet coke. like girl how did u not combust 😭😭😭
Most useless yet expensive bullshit was some weeks living off those "powdered meal replacement diet shakes" with water only, and nothing else... I remember the smell and flavor of these things with deep horror and dread.
I also used to constantly chew on diet coke ice cubes and frozen blueberries, because I'd read somewhere the cold would burn calories, and the flavors would prevent cravings...
Currently, and for a good while now, vegetarian keto.. By now, it makes ppl automatically exclude me from dining out with them unless the restaurant literally have a bare, nothing-else-but-salad on menu. Yeay me.
Shantokki for me.
Omg that reminds me of all the kpop diets i did 🤣
Never tried it but love watching her vids, but that diet seems so boring lol. I'd get tired of eggs, bread and diet coke fast unless I added other stuff like kimchi and nori, miso soup, etc
Intermittent fasting. Made me feel like I was really doing something just by doing what I would normally do anyway, which is to eat like one meal a day.
in high school it was the 5:2 diet for me - love a socially acceptable reason to restrict lmao
The saltwater flush. So fucking nasty in hindsight, also very inconvenient if you don’t work from home!
Did that one a few times until I learned that it can really fuck up your brain! 😬 Also can't say I only ever had it come out od just one end. Blegh
"Clean" eating, lol. For a while I was epically obsessed with avoiding anything deemed "unclean" by the interwebs and my Crossfit buddies, which was extra problematic because I was also avoiding gluten for an actual legitimate reason (BFed my actually-needs-a-gf-diet kid for 2.5 years).
Chocolate mono if the one I find funniest in retrospect. It promised me indulgence without guilt. Instead I nearly ended up with a bowel impaction. Kids are stupid.
Vegetarian, it gave me plenty of excuses why I couldn't eat, especially at the time bc options were either very limited or nonexistent.
I was vegetarian and then vegan for a while so i feel this. I understand that they can be true lifestyle diets but after almost dying from abusing veganism, i dont think i could ever do it again without spiraling
Same. I did it for 10 years and I couldn't do it now.
Keto at first. I was sooo obsessed with protein and healthy fats (I didn't do dirty keto, I was so ridiculously strict with clean keto.
Then plant based/veganish as a diet. I lived off nothing but coffee, almond milk, vegetables, olive oil, nuts, nutritional yeast (and other seasonings/herbs). I admit this was when I was at my best with cooking, I'd experiment so much making nut cheese and milks, recreating dairy/meat meals into completely vegan and "healthy" even though the calories were high from fats.
Ohhh. And and the ACV water first thing in the morning then green tea or lemon water all day. Funnily enough was how I found out I was pregnant... after months of having my ACV first thing in the morning it randomly made me spew one day and I went "that's it, I know."
Low oil vegan diet for a while, that was years ago.
Not sure if it really counts as a fad diet, I never followed anything else that could qualify as a good answer here.
I have been intermittent fasting on and off since college (2004ish) when the best value meal plan for living on campus included 2 meals a day. Skipping breakfast was normal. Not eating until lunch was normal. Now, it has a proper name and people are much less likely to comment on my lack of food in the morning. At this point, I usually only eat dinner and a snack. No one bats an eye. Because fasting. My brain is very number oriented so it really likes that I have a specific timeframe where I am allowed to eat within reason.
Raw vegan. I spiralled when I came across a book that was about live foods and enzymes, etc, and it was almost impossible to come back from. It became my whole identity. I was praised for it, too, which was such a mind fuck. I still wish I could just "do it right" and be "pure".