Step away from the Lemon Detox Diet – now!

Step away from the Lemon Detox Diet – now!

More than 200 Australian Accredited Practising Dietitians recently voted for what they consider to be the worst diet. The winner, for the third year running, was the Lemon Detox Diet said to be favoured by celebrities including Beyoncé and Mariah Carey.

It’s 60 years since the late Hawaiian naturopath Stanley Burroughs ‘stumbled upon’ the purported benefits of living on water, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and maple syrup. Body+Soul reports that, three years ago, the Lemon Detox Diet company replaced the maple syrup with some kind of palm sap and started selling this for $160 for a 14-day kit.

Don’t you wish you’d thought of that?

SkinnyMe tea was the runner up – that’s a “colon cleanse” product containing the laxative senna. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, social media site Instagram has shut down the web page because the product appeared to be promoting and glorifying self-harm.

Third place? The Ashy Bines Bikini Body Challenge. CHOICE describes Bynes as ‘a Gold Coast bikini model and self-proclaimed “body transformation specialist”’ who claims she’s close to making her first million. Well she does charge a $59 joining fee, then $39.95 per week for 12 weeks – a total of over $500.

A CHOICE shadow shopper discovered that the “diet plan” was simply a PDF file of “clean” eating guidelines with no information on portions or energy counts. The rest of the ‘support’ was similarly disappointing.

Dietitians Association of Australia spokesperson and Accredited Practising Dietitian, Melanie McGrice, says that the problem with fad diets is that they’re all about restrictive eating patterns that you can’t stick to over the long haul and may even undermine your health.

It’s seems that the only guaranteed weight loss is from your wallet.