From 14 days on a lemon and cayenne diet, to weeks of consuming nothing but chicken and kale, there are some truly ridiculous fads out there to sink your incredibly sad teeth into.
According to a panel of dieticians, academics and doctors, however, the Whole30 diet is officially the worst.
The popular programme, which instructs followers to axe sugar, gluten, dairy, legumes and grains from their diets for 30 days, came last in the annual ranking of diets published by The U.S. News & World Report. Yes, even lower than the Atkins diet – and we all know what happened to Dr Atkins (spoiler – he died following a history of congestive heart failure and hypertension).
One of the reasons Whole30 fared so badly in the report – other than being unrealistically restrictive – is that it focused on the followers’ relationships with food, rather than weight loss or increased vitality. The idea is once everything of remote joy is cut out of their diets for 30 days, they will no longer crave any of it. Anyone who has given up chocolate for Lent or undergone Dry January will probably tell you this is complete rubbish.
“It’s so restrictive that when the 30 days were up, I tried hard to slowly reintroduce foods but before long I was going crazy on cake and previously forbidden things just because it was so good to finally be able to eat them again,” Emily, 24, from Edinburgh, told The Independent.
The diet at the top of the list was the DASH diet, a plan intended to decrease high blood pressure. DASH followers are encouraged to eat low-fat dairy products, lower their salt intake and fill up on whole grains, vegetables and fruits.
If there’s one piece of diet advice we’d swear by, it would be this from GBBO’s Ruby Tandoh: “Eat what you love.”