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My (scam) crash diet experience

In a nutshell, this week, my account dwindled down, my face developed new eruptions and I think I need to have a sit down with January because this was not the plan. My account was supposed to go up and my face was supposed to keep responding positively to the pampering it is getting from me. Six more days until the end of the month, January, get your act together.

Whew… I feel a bit better already. Well, in the words of Atticus Finch, “we can’t all have our druthers”. This quote reminds me of a time when I thought we really could have all our druthers, I could eat my cake and have it.

I thought I was going to lose weight fast

I was sixteen, I had gotten older but apparently not wiser. I was still eating unhealthily, went to the gym only when I felt it in my spirit to (turns out, even my spirit isn’t inclined to the gym), and yet, I wanted to lose weight. I was a ripe candidate for the scam crash diet called “lose tens of pounds in 1 week”. And Boy, did I almost lose something that week, not the weight though, something much more important.

The first day, we were supposed to eat only a cup of basmati rice and tomatoes seasoned with salt and nothing more. It was horrible. For someone who ate lots of sweetened drinks and high caloric carbohydrate, that cup of rice was not a full day’s meal, it felt like an appetizer.

To our credit though, (my friend and I, we were doing it together), we survived the first day. And then, day two came along.

The plan was to eat eight bananas, with or without two glasses of milk. This was back in the year 2012, so I can’t remember exactly if the milk was included in the meal plan, let’s just say regardless, my stomach feasted on milk that day. I mean, 8 bananas only?! It sounded alright in my head before the diet started, 3 bananas in the morning, 3 in the afternoon and then a final 2 at night. Perfect right? That was until the diet truly began and I realized 8 bananas could really be devoured in one sitting, you just have to be hungry enough. (I am not saying that I did eat it all at once though, honestly).

This was how i was feeling by the end of day 1

Day 3; The memory of that day is still a blur to me. My body had been deprived of essential nutrients and my brain was deprived of the glucose it needed to get the energy to function properly. And me, well, I wanted to lose weight by hook or crook, clearly it was more of crook though.

That day, all I remember is praying salat, and when I went down to prostrate, the next thing I knew, I had the phenomenon of what people call “seeing stars”.

No, I was not delusional. I just felt you could say, dizzy and light headed, like you are going to faint but you haven’t fainted yet. I was going to lose my head because of a few extra pounds I was too lazy to go to the gym and work off. It was not worth it.

The worst part, after the few days of the crash dieting, if I did lose any weight, I gained it all back as if it never left.

Let’s just say, I learned my lesson for the next few years at least. Until I was mature enough to understand the repercussions of crash diets on my body, I didn’t try it again, until I turned eighteen; but thats a post for another day.

If you are thinking of doing a lose 10 kg in 1 week diet, Don’t! Trust me, slow and steady wins the race. And If you feel it in your gut that the diet plan/advert seems too good to be true, it probably isn’t true.

When someone tells you to go on a diet, you say NO

Have you ever tried any drastic measures to lose or gain weight. How did it go? Please share in the comments section below.

Here’s to a weekend filled with love, laughter and coffee

3 thoughts on “My (scam) crash diet experience”

  1. 😂😂 I remember that banana diet, but I never had the strength to do it. But the same thing happened to my friend on the water diet except she passed out. Crash diets and diets that are so exclusionary are so unhealthy.


  2. Aww, I understand the allure of crash diets and all the ads that claim to help you lose ten pounds in one week and so on. Personally, I have never tried any drastic measures to lose weight, mostly because I actually enjoy my vegetables and salads, which helps immensely in eating healthy 😂. I have been told that the best way to lose weight and have the weight stay off is simply to eat a healthy, balanced diet and yes, to exercise. I’ve always hated exercise, but I do walk a lot, which is easier on the body but still counts as being active and burning calories. Anyway, point is, take it in baby steps 🙂 I’m rooting for you, Ameena!


  3. ‘seeing stars’- I didn’t know it was an actual thing until it happened to me. I thought it was like an idiom.

    I think I have always known that there is no success behind crash diet. This summer for the first time in my life I went on a diet. Keto diet for one month.It was a new experience. I felt I learned alot from it. MashaAllah a close friend of mine has been following it for seven months. She has lost alot of weight. I feel in the future, for myself trying to control or change my diet will be more for becoming healthy rather than loosing weight.
    Anyway, nice post. 😀 Waiting for the story of age 18.


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