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Miracle Weight-Loss Foods: Fact or Fiction?

Miracle Weight-Loss Foods: Fact or Fiction?

A closer look at supposed health claims.


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“Did you hear? If you eat a ton of sweet potatoes you can lose like two pounds overnight...

“Well I read somewhere that if you drink green tea, you can lose weight without doing anything else...” “Totally, and eat a ton of spicy food!”

There are a lot of alleged health claims out there, especially when it comes to easy weight-loss solutions. Unfortunately, most of them aren’t true.

To debunk these miracle weight-loss myths, we turned to nutritionist Kelly Aronica to find out whether these claims are fact or fiction.

New Delhi: Tea is a common beverage enjoyed across the world. It is claimed that some teas may help with heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc. In fact, research has shown that drinking tea may enhance weight loss and help reduce belly fat. But have you ever tried apple and ginger tea? This aromatic and calming drink can be very beneficial for you, especially if you&rsquore trying to shed those extra pounds quickly and naturally. Many people claim that consuming this miracle drink on an empty stomach every morning can speed up weight loss and help you get rid of that stubborn belly fat in just one week.

Some of the health benefits of apple and ginger tea include its ability to improve digestion, boost immunity, ease inflammation, regulate blood sugar, remove toxins from the body, etc. This aromatic drink is actually a perfect addition to your diet especially when trying to slim down as it can help enhance weight loss and promote good health.

1. Myth: All calories are the same, whether from whole foods or processed ones.

Reality: Nope. While a 100-calorie candy bar and a 100-calorie apple contain the same amount of energy, the source of each calorie changes how your body digests and uses it.

Your body has to work harder to process whole foods such as vegetables and legumes than it does for packaged foods like crackers and sugary cereal, says Angela Fitch, M.D., associate director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center, an assistant professor at the Harvard Medical School and vice president of the Obesity Medicine Association.

"If I eat Cheerios, by the time it gets to my belly, there's no processing that needs to happen,” Fitch explains. “But if I eat quinoa or beans, my body has to break that down.” You expend more energy breaking down unprocessed food and protein than processed fare, which means eating things found in nature, not made by humans, is the better dieting strategy.

1.The Cabbage Soup Diet for Weight Loss

The weight loss cabbage soup is one of the best and also most popular fat flush soup out there. It is very inexpensive to prepare and is loaded with nutrients. Its main ingredient, cabbage, is a healthy vegetable that is packed with vitamin C and also loaded with fiber.

This high fiber content makes sure you not only enjoy a low-calorie soup for weight loss, but you also consume a soup that easily fills you up.

Research has shown how beneficial fiber is to control appetite. Therefore, the cabbage soup diet will help to reduce the rate at which you consume food, thereby reducing your daily calorie intake.

Weight Loss Cabbage Soup Recipe

  • A big green head cabbage
  • 6 stalks of celery
  • One green pepper
  • 4 cups of water
  • A large chopped onion
  • One large can of diced tomatoes
  • About 1-2 cubes of Bouillon
  • 48 0z. of low sodium V-8 juice
  • ½ teaspoon of hot sauce
  • A teaspoon of olive oil

How to Make Cabbage Soup

  • `Begin by rinsing all the vegetables and then chop them into tiny pieces.
  • Take the olive oil and heat it in a pan.
  • Thereafter, add some onions to the sauté and leave for few minutes till you notice the onions begin to sweat.
  • Add in the pepper and also the celery and sauté them with the onion for about 4-5 minutes.
  • Pour in the V-8 juice, water, hot sauce, tomatoes and the bouillon cube.
  • Allow it to boil and thereafter, reduce it to simmer until you notice your vegetables become tender. This should take about 15 minutes.
  • Then core the cabbage and shred it. Add it into the pot and cook the soup for about 10 minutes again.
  • After 10 minutes, you can then serve yourself and enjoy your soup.

Why you should avoid miracle weight-loss cures

The internet is full of promises of the latest and greatest miracle drug or food that will miraculously melt away stubborn fat. Here’s the plain truth. The entire notion of a miracle weight-loss drug is completely preposterous. We only believe it because we so desperately want to believe it. Deep in our hearts, we know it cannot possibly be true.

Humans have been eating plants and herbs since, well, we became human. What are the chances that a completely natural and new substance is suddenly found in year 2017 that wondrously melts away fat? Pure science fiction. Mostly, these supplements rely on the well-known placebo effect for all their benefits.

Similarly, the notion of the ‘super food’ is faintly ridiculous. These are no easy answers. We imagine there are foods that are so amazing that eating them automatically makes us ‘super’ healthy. We are hoodwinked into believing that some berry from the Amazon (acai) or a seed from Mexico (chia) or a seed from the Andean region of South America (quinoa) might be enough to turn the tides of obesity and diabetes.

I am not saying that these are not healthy or delicious foods. I enjoy them myself. But eating them doesn’t make me all of a sudden healthy if I continue to eat sugar and junk food.

We only need to look to 1950s America for our answer. They were not eating chia seeds or quinoa or acai. They didn’t even much like whole-wheat bread. It was considered gross (or at least I did, as a child of the 1970s). Whole-wheat pasta was entirely unknown. Yet obesity and diabetes were barely noticed as a health problem back then.

The super duper, mega-healthy foods have been discovered long, long, long ago. These are the whole, unprocessed natural foods. Things like nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, olive oil, fish, and wild game. Anything else, we would have discovered centuries ago. Even things that taste rather bad, like bitter melon, have properties that make it a food that our paleolithic ancestors chose to eat. It tastes really bitter. But they kept eating it because it was edible and maybe had some health properties (according to Chinese medicine).

The newly discovered super-food idea relies upon you believing that the 7 billion people of this world in all 2017 years of anno domini (AD) and the thousands of years BC somehow missed that some ‘superfood X’ was really healthy for you. But, oh, hey, great news it was just discovered earlier this year and now available! KThanxBye.

Fake studies

With the rise of ‘Evidence Based Medicine’ there’s been a new scam — fake studies. Green coffee is one such example. In 2012 a published study touted its belly-busting effects. The study was fishy, sure, but still, people wanted to believe. It was a media sensation. But the fact that it didn’t work couldn’t be hidden forever.

By 2014, Applied Food Science (AFS), the company producing green coffee bean extract settled with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for $3.5 million. Under intense scrutiny, the 2012 study was retracted because it was, well, bogus. The investigators had admitted to fudging the data. Others would call it a flat-out lie.

AFS had hired some Indian scientists to study the weight-loss effects of the green-coffee extract. But the results were not the ones AFS desired. So, researchers repeatedly changed the weights of the patients and trial groups. Torturing the data forced the eventual positive result. The trial was so horrifically bad that no journal would publish it. So, AFS decided to hire Drs. Joe Vinson and Bryan Burnham from the University of Scranton to rewrite the paper and put their own names on it to give it a sheen of respectability. This sort of intellectual prostitution, unfortunately, is not that uncommon.

Without verifying any of the data, Dr. Vinson wrote the paper and proclaimed that subjects could lose 17.5 pounds (8 kg) in 22 weeks or 10.5% of body weight. This was all done without changing their diet, but only with the addition of some green coffee extract.

Dr. Vinson, presenting at the 2012 American Chemical Society meeting, explained “Based on our results, taking multiple capsules of green coffee extract a day — while eating a low-fat, healthful diet and exercising regularly — appears to be a safe, effective, inexpensive way to lose weight”. In a press release, he even goes as far as to say that subject might have lost even more weight if they had not been on placebo for part of the study.

Once the bogus study was complete, a plausible reason needed to be found for this miraculous effect. So, it was decided that green coffee was high in chlorogenic acid. Presumably, this was the reason for its miraculous effect. Let’s forget the fact that chlorogenic acid is high in potatoes as well — a food not particularly well known for its slimming effects.

Let’s also forget the fact that chlorogenic acid has never previously been hinted to have a weight-loss effect. Green coffee has chlorogenic acid. Green coffee causes weight loss. Therefore, its due to the chlorogenic acid. In the bloody arena of American daytime television, a miracle weight-loss cure meant viewers. So what if it didn’t really work?

Sensa and HCG

Sensa was another food additive that claimed miraculous waist slimming properties in late night TV ads. It was created by Dr. Alan Hirsch, a neurologist. Sensa was a crystal that you sprinkled onto food. Dr. Hirsch claimed that these crystals he created would make you full and therefore lose weight.

Sensa ran on late night TV ads for a long time. Infomercials claimed that studies had ‘proven’ its benefit. So what if the studies were entirely made up? Dr. Hirsch claimed that a study done by the Endocrine Society supported the 30-pound (14 kg) weight-loss claim. The Endocrine Society, on the other hand, didn’t know what he was talking about.

Eventually, it became obvious that Sensa was just a giant scam. The makers settled with the FTC in January 2014 for $26.5 million. By October 2014, Sensa was bankrupt and out of business.

There was also the case of HCG Diet Direct, which settled for $7.3 million. It, too was just a gigantic scam. Kevin Trudeau, a promoter of a misleading book entitled “The Weight Loss Cure ‘They’ don’t want you to know about”, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Understanding obesity

We laugh at ‘primitive’ people’s beliefs in voodoo and witchcraft. All the while, we drink our green coffee extract, take our Sensa crystals of power, and HCG. Pot, meet kettle. Avoid miracle cures.

Weight loss begins with an understanding of what causes weight gain. No, I’m not talking about calories. I’m talking about hormonal mediators of obesity – predominantly insulin, although excess cortisol may play a role, too. Everybody wants the quick fix. But, in life, there rarely are quick cures.

The most important part of learning how to lose weight is to understand what caused the weight gain in the first place (feel free to use the resources below). For years, people were told it was all about calories in, calories out. But when they tried to reduce calories, they still didn’t lose weight.

So, understanding the root cause of obesity (the aetiology of obesity, in medical terms) is the single most important thing you need to do in order to lose weight. Where can you get good information on this? A new podcast will be soon available discussing these exact issues. Stay tuned.

Bee Pollen

What is it: Bee pollen is a nutritious substance that contains more than a dozen vitamins, 28 minerals, 11 enzymes and co-enzymes, and 14 beneficial fatty acids.

Health claims: Improved immune system and better energy have been reported. Bee Pollen supplementation research has a large focus on those with immune deficient health. For example, using bee pollen in conjunction with radiation therapy has claimed to have increased a patient’s energy in comparison with those who did not supplement with bee pollen.

Cancer treatment assistance: Exposure to radiation and/or chemical pollutants adversely decreases antibodies and other white blood cells (your immune response), red blood cells and nutrients such as protein and vitamins C and E. Symptomatic improvements in health give rise to the claim that bee pollen’s effect directly addresses antibody count, histamine activity and immune system strengths as a whole.

Our opinion: We recommend bee pollen for those with a WBC (white blood cell) count below 5.0 on their recent blood work. We commonly find this in people with EBV (Epstein-Barr Virus), HSV1, various autoimmune disease, cancer and chronic candida overgrowth. Bee pollen is a gentle way to increase WBC count and therefore, create a stronger defense system, thus decreasing the likelihood of symptomatic illness such as the common cold. Suggested amount is two 450-580mg capsules three to four times per day.

What is it: Cruciferous vegetable gaining popularity in healthy eaters everywhere for its wealth of vitamins, antioxidants and a tasty flavor. It contains 20% of the recommended daily intake allowance (RDA) of fiber, 10% RDA Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidant capacity comparable to garlic (ORAC=1700) and vitamins A and C. Cooking kale will enhance vitamin A absorption while raw kale will provide more vitamin C but a lesser amount of usable vitamin A/antioxidants.

Health claims: Improved cholesterol – A diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (take your fish oils) will improve cholesterol levels and decrease inflammatory signals in the body. So although kale will contribute to omega-3 intake, it alone will not prevent a heart attack.

Weight loss – Very low in calories and high in fiber, kale may assists in weight loss goals, however what you do the rest of the day is also important and kale alone will not make you shed pounds.

Liver detoxification – Kale contains isothiocyanates (ITC), which assist in both phases of liver detoxification pathways thus this is an excellent vegetable to include in your diet while doing a cleanse.

Cancer prevention – Antioxidants fight free radicals and inflammation, both of which are the root of disease and cancer as a whole. Kale provides the body with antioxidants but it is not as high as blueberries or other “super-berries” you may have heard similar claims about.

Our Opinion: We love kale. It is no miracle cure for disease, but it can help you reach your daily vitamin goals.

Get the kids to eat healthier with home-made kale chips.

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)

Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper

Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner

With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces

Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt

Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt which is about 10 to 15 minutes.

You can also try to add kale to your smoothie – Yes your fruit smoothie! If you don’t add too much, you will not even taste it, though it will turn the drink green.

1 cup of fruit of your choice (we love strawberries and watermelon, it’s very refreshing)

1 scoop of a high quality protein powder such as Dream or Paleo Meal

1 TBSP of Flax or Chia seeds

Blend with water, unsweetened almond milk or coconut water and enjoy the green delicious goodness!

What is it: CLA is an Omega 6 fatty acid, naturally found in various foods. Omega 6 is a PUFA (poly-unsaturated fatty acid) and has various health benefits.

Health claims: Lessens muscle breakdown and increases fat burning for energy.

Research studies showing these results were based on a mice study supplementing massive amounts (more than humans could easily consume) thus making the results’ applicability questionable.

Our opinion: Have you heard the term “You need fat to burn fat”? The body senses if calories drop too low or its source of quality fat, say for hormone production, drops too low. The body will take measures to slow down metabolism and therefore you may see a negative effect on your waistline. It is likely that successful fat loss while using CLA is linked to temporarily increasing the fat(grams) contributing to overall calories in those that were not consuming enough calories. Furthermore, while Omega 6’s do have health benefits, they need to be in balance with Omega 3’s for an anti-inflammatory effect. Consuming too much CLA may deplete Omega 3’s and contribute to inflammation which is not something that you want. In a nutshell, no miracles here, sorry!

Negative calorie foods

Here’s a list of negative calorie foods that you can incorporate into your daily meals:


Broccoli, celery, asparagus, cabbage, lettuce, onion, leek, green onion, turnip, jicama, carrots, raw mung sprouts, cauliflower, cucumber, raw lentil sprouts, garlic, spinach, kale, alfalfa sprouts, chili, bell peppers, radish, zucchini, eggplant


Apples, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, tomatoes, grapefruit, lemon, lime.

‘I thought it was a miracle. Then I started shaking’: the danger of buying diet pills online

They promise instant results, but put lives at risk. So why is the market booming?

Elaine Gormley: ‘I felt unloved.’ Photograph: Rob Durston for the Guardian

Elaine Gormley: ‘I felt unloved.’ Photograph: Rob Durston for the Guardian

E laine Gormley was desperate when she turned to slimming pills. She had been obese since childhood, but lost a significant amount of weight by going to Slimming World classes in her early 20s. But by 2012, following a breakup and an operation, the 29-year-old from Belleek in County Fermanagh had gained all 10 stone 6lb of it back. She now weighed 21 stone 5lb.

“I lost my focus. I felt I was unloved,” she says. “A friend said to me that his sister had tried these pills called Dexaprine. She got them on the internet. I said I would give them a go. I heard she was getting massive results.”

Having ordered the pills from Amazon, she started having unpleasant side effects almost immediately. “Within minutes I was beginning to get really, really hot sweats,” she says. “I wasn’t even moving, and the sweat was lashing off me. But at the same time I felt really cold, and my heart was beginning to beat so hard. By the time I got to work, my hands were shaking.”

She tolerated the side effects for three days, weighing herself on the third day. She had lost 8lb. “I thought, ‘This is the miracle that I have been waiting for.’ But then on the fourth day, I took the tablet and my chest started to really ache. I thought I was going to have a heart attack. I had no choice but to stick my fingers down my throat to force myself to be sick – to get the tablet out.”

Gormley told her mother, who threw the pills away. She was lucky. Dexaprine is a potent thermogenic fat-burning dietary supplement, which has since been banned in the UK and the Netherlands. It contains the amphetamine derivative DMAA (1,3-dimethylamylamine), which has been linked to psychiatric disorders, heart attacks and strokes. In 2012, it was implicated in the death of 30-year-old London marathon runner Claire Squires, who collapsed a mile from the finish line. In 2014, Dutch scientists announced that they had found a “cocktail of synthetic stimulants” in the supplement.

When it comes to losing weight, most of us know the only real way to do it is a sustained period of healthy eating and exercise, requiring hard work and patience. But every year, thousands of people buy illegal slimming pills on the internet, enticed by miracle claims of rapid weight loss. One in three slimmers have purchased pills online, according to the joint #FakeMeds survey by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and Slimming World. “You just don’t know what you are putting in your body,” warns Danny Lee-Frost, head of enforcement at the MHRA. Many slimming pills have an amphetamine-like effect, and will increase your heart rate. “If there’s a weakness in your heart, you’re in trouble. If you don’t know about it, you will once you start taking them.”

The desperation to lose weight can cause otherwise sensible people to be reckless: four out of 10 survey respondents said they used slimming pills knowing there were health risks. Others are taken in by slick websites and promises of “natural” ingredients.

This is what happened to Sue Golder, 51, a hairdresser from Hatfield in Hertfordshire. She had been overweight when she was young, later compounded by three pregnancies and a hectic family life, but it was only after she lost her husband that she felt compelled to do something drastic. “Everything I read and saw on TV said obesity was linked to every cancer you could imagine. It frightened me into thinking, ‘You’ve got to do something, you’ve only got yourself here for the kids now,” she says.

“I’d been to my doctors. I had sat in tears and asked for help. They had been helpful, just said, ‘You need to exercise more and eat less,’ but it wasn’t the quick fix that I wanted. I Googled “diet pills”, and loads of sites came up. And the one that I was drawn to showed a doctor with a stethoscope around his neck. I thought, ‘That might be all right.’ I didn’t know that people could set up all these fake websites. I looked through it and there was this questionnaire. It looked official. It was so easy to order them on my credit card.”

Golder took the pills for three weeks before a terrifying episode made her stop. “I was here on my own – the children were all at school. I just felt awful – it came over me like a wave. I thought I was going to be sick. My legs were shaking, I could see all these silver dots flying around my head and I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to die. My kids are going to find me dead on the floor.’”

The pills that Golder took were Reductil, which contained the now-prohibited substance sibutramine. In 2010 a large clinical trial, the Sibutramine Cardiovascular Outcomes study, found that the cardiovascular risks of sibutramine outweighed its benefits. Although banned throughout the EU, it is still available widely online, and there have been numerous reports of disturbing side effects. In 2012 an Irish teenager developed ischaemic colitis, a severe swelling of blood vessels supplying the intestines, after taking pills containing the substance.

Sibutramine poses a serious threat, Lee-Frost says. “Reductil was a big blockbuster, sold all over the world. Very popular, and then reports came in of unforeseen incidents. Strokes and heart attacks. Eventually it was pulled. You will still find [sibutramine] on the internet, being churned out. It comes out of factories in China. It shouldn’t be sold – it’s an unlicensed product.”

He explains that, although some pills will openly contain sibutramine – an infamous version coming out of China has a blister pack in the shape of a woman’s hourglass figure and lists sibutramine as an ingredient – others don’t mention it at all. “You have pills, capsules and tablets that say they are natural, safe, herbal. But when we have them analysed they contain more sibutramine than the original withdrawn Reductil did.” Aduki diet pills, which claim to be completely natural, are one dangerous example. More than 28,000 of them were seized in a Manchester raid in 2016.

Josh Hewitt: ‘You see girls saying they suffer from body confidence issues, but as a guy you bottle it in.’ Photograph: Rob Durston/The Guardian

Lee-Frost says Instagram influencers are compounding the problem by promoting their own toned bodies and aspirational lifestyles, and the diet pills to go with them. Instead of glossy magazines, now it is “real people” who are telling us that we all have the potential to look like models (though they all have retouching apps on their phones, and can remove swaths of underarm flab with the swipe of a fingertip).

Women have been subjected to the pressure to conform to the “perfect” body type for decades, but it is increasingly affecting men, too. A university friend of mine, who preferred not to be named, took various internet-bought diet pills along with her boyfriend, who was just as preoccupied with having a slim, toned physique as she was. They both worked at a clothes shop and were recommended them by male models who worked there.

In 2017, 24-year-old Liam Willis died in Swansea after taking diet pills containing 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP), which speeds up the metabolism to a dangerously fast level. Two years before, pills containing DNP had been blamed for the death of Eloise Parry, 21, from Shrewsbury. The dealer who sold those pills was later jailed for seven years. The same chemical also killed schoolboy rugby star Chris Mapletoft, 18, in 2013. “This was never about rugby. It was never about sport. I think it was all about the six-pack,” his mother, Lesley, told the BBC after his inquest. “A parent should never have to bury their child, not over something like this.”

Thankfully, Josh Hewitt, 20, from Richhill in County Armagh, stopped taking the pills he bought on eBay before they could do serious harm, but they did have a detrimental effect on his mental health, making him feel paranoid and anxious (some diet pills have been linked to psychotic episodes). They also made him put on weight. The aspiring vlogger points to the role that social networks played in his decision to use them. “There are pressures that come from online,” he says. “People look for likes, and want to look the best for photos.”

Hewitt had always had a weight problem and suffered low self-esteem, but never confided in anyone. “You see girls on TV saying they suffer from body confidence issues, but as a guy you bottle it in. You don’t want someone to think less of you, what you’re going through. It’s a big issue for men.”

W hat can be done to curb the market? Thousands of unlicensed pills are coming into the UK, distributed by people several steps removed from the manufacturers in Asia. Some are Britons paid to “work from home” and sign for the packages of drugs other distributors are here illegally. Though Lee-Frost compares the crackdown to playing a game of “whack-a-mole”, the MHRA has seized nearly £4m-worth of weight loss pills since April 2013. It works on the basis of referrals from GPs, test purchases, package tracing and tip-offs from Border Force and the Royal Mail. As far as pills containing DNP are concerned, the Food Standards Agency, which is responsible for policing pills that do not claim to be medicines, made only three seizures between December 2014 and August 2017, according to a freedom of information request. The FSA did not respond to the Guardian’s request for comment. The pills remain easy to buy online.

When the MHRA raids premises alongside the police, the scenes it encounters can be deeply unpleasant: these pills are not being packed in spotless white labs. “There is cigarette ash everywhere, a bottle of Johnnie Walker there, half a kebab there on the table the blister packs are all loose… They don’t care,” says Lee-Frost. “We turned up one morning, on an immigration raid in west London. [The immigration raid team had called the MHRA once they saw the pills.] There were six blokes living in one room with a double bed. It stank. There was one toilet and it was disgusting. I didn’t want to touch it with gloves on.”

If more people knew about the conditions in which these pills were being stored, they might be less likely to buy them. One thing is clear: focusing only on the side effects, even when they can kill you, isn’t enough of a deterrent.

Sue Golder: ‘I could see silver dots flying around my head.’ Photograph: Richard Saker/The Guardian

“I knew there were risks, but it was more important to me to be skinny at that time,” my university friend tells me. “There were loads of things I have done that weren’t particularly healthy, but when you’re younger, any health problems seem so far away. It’s only now that I actually think, ‘Oh God, I have to start being healthy.’ Ten years ago, this immediate thing was a lot more important to me.”

She describes herself as having been “obsessive” about being thin. “If you’re a young person who has an unhealthy relationship with food anyway, and you’re not following normal standards of eating, there is no way you are going to get put off by pills. It was a risk I was willing to take.” In other words, being thin was more important to her than anything else.

Another woman, who worked in PR for the pharmaceuticals industry and asked not to be named, shared her experience of working to promote a leading legal diet pill. “One big memory is sitting in a focus group watching 10 women discuss their experiences of a rival leading pill. All of them happily offered up the worst places they’d shat themselves – at the supermarket, at a dinner party, at work. Such was their belief it would help them lose weight, they carried on, using sanitary towels for the diarrhoea, and generally living on their nerves. They were all completely relaxed talking about it to each other, as a necessary burden of being an overweight woman.”

She believes what she witnessed says a lot about the stigma of obesity. “The only conclusion I can draw is that being overweight is seen as worse than shitting yourself. In the groups, they would talk about feeling invisible, ugly, disgusting, old, ‘not me’ and insist on how slim they were when they were younger. This was a momentary aberration and they were postponing their happiness until they corrected it.”

Almost all the diet pill users I spoke to mentioned their very low self-esteem, whether they were overweight or not (my university friend wasn’t). Many felt isolated and were dealing with feelings of shame that prevented them from confiding in others. We need, the psychotherapist Susie Orbach says, to “diversify the damn aesthetic”. Society’s perception of physical beauty – male and female – is still so one-note. “Body positive” campaigners are working to change this, but there is still a long way to go.

After such a wonderful fat burning breakfast, it is time you treat your teeth. This guide contains a compilation of low-calorie deserts that will treat your buds without any harm, such as piling the pounds back on again.

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But here’s the deal

There’s no magical ingredient which leads to weight loss when following a vegan diet. It’s just an elaborate way of creating the good old calorific deficit (eat less calories than you burn).

Intermittent fasting, paleo, tracking macros, intuitive eating and the 5:2 diet, to name a few approaches are some of many which can lead to weight loss too. And the principle behind them all? Creating a caloric deficit. Shock.

So rather than exclude entire food groups from your diet, perhaps you could take the best of veganism (eating lots of fruits and veg) and tweak your current diet accordingly.

Or why not have a look at MyFitnessPal? See where you can change your diet without analysing the back of every product packet. Or accept that it’ll just take you a little longer to decide what you’re going to eat each day.

The bottom line is that there are obviously other benefits to turning vegan which are beyond this blog post, and it’s a lifestyle that you have to be willing to adopt. If you’re not prepared for that, and weight loss is your primary goal, there are plenty of other ways to create a calorific deficit.­­­­­­