Why are women following the crazy boiled egg, steak and wine only diet again?


A few people have been tweeting about a diet that was allegedly published in the 1970's by Vogue magazine.

The diet requires you to drink a bottle of wine per day for three days. That's one glass for breakfast, two glasses for lunch and the remaining wine for dinner. Intoxication is on the cards for three days straight, so don't drive while on this diet. 

We spoke to Tshenolo Molaphene who gave us three reasons why she is trying the diet: 

Weirdly enough, I usually don’t stick to anything. I try something out and quit before the set time. Three days seems short and there’s wine involved (I love wine). Secondly, I haven’t worked out or eaten healthily for about two weeks so I think, this will kind of give me the jump start back into the routine I had when I lost 5kgs. Thirdly, I’m at my lowest because of my weight gain, so honestly, I’m willing to try anything at least once. And if it involves losing a kilo or two then I’m in. Someone retweeted it onto my TL and I retweeted it and thought “why not also try it?”.

While this diet does seem completely crazy they are other fad diets that might actually be good for you if the wine and egg diet is not in your wheel-house. Here are four new diets you can try and some info on what they’re all about. But remember that you should always speak to your doctor or nutritionist before starting a new diet.

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The DASH diet

This diet was developed as a way to lower blood pressure without the help of medication according to its website. But the pay off is also a smaller waistline. The first DASH diet research showed that it could lower blood pressure and help reduce the need for many blood pressure medications and since then many studies have shown that it can also reduce the risk of many diseases such as stroke, heart disease and some kinds of cancer. 

The eating plan is easy to follow (and was voted best diet of 2018) as it uses foods that you can find easily and includes servings from different food groups. It also recommends how many calories a day you should eat based on age and physical activity. If you want to maintain your weight, you only eat as many calories as you burn with physical activity. If you want to lose weight, then you eat less. There is also a limited sodium serving of 2300mg or 1500mg per day. 

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The Mediterranean diet

This one tied with the DASH diet for best overall diet of 2018, but it’s apparently more fun. Popsugar calls this one less of a diet and more of a “regional nutritional philosophy”. It’s basically thought that people who live in the Med live longer and suffer less from certain lifestyle diseases because they stick to simple eating guidelines and do some physical activity. The diet borrows from Greek, Italian and northern African fare and emphasises fruits and veggies, olive oil and healthy fats from nuts, fish, beans and whole grains. 

A Harvard study found it to be the best diet for sustainable weight loss. This diet emphasises eating healthy foods in moderation instead of giving up entire food groups which means it’s easier to stick to.

The Nordic diet

Similar to the Mediterranean Diet, the Nordic diet recommends regional and seasonal nutrition – mostly fresh foods that are rooted in Nordic countries such as Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. It’s also shown to have similar benefits as the Med diet which include better heart health, improved cholesterol levels and weight loss. 

The main difference is that the Nordic diet relies on canola oil over olive oil, but both diets still have a heavy reliance on fruits and vegetables, fish, and whole grains and limits on sugary or processed foods. One study showed that it protects against metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms (including high blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides) that increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

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The Keto diet

This diet gets its name from the metabolic state called ketosis. Ketosis is a normal metabolic process. When the body does not have enough glucose for energy, it burns stored fats instead; this results in a build-up of acids called ketones within the body.

Getting your body into the state of ketosis can help you lose fat while retaining muscle, increase your energy throughout the day and even boost your sex drive. The diet requires you to drastically reduce your carb intake while substantially increasing your fat intake and keeping your protein intake at a moderate level. So you’ll be eating a lot more avocado, olive oil, nuts, fish, eggs, meat, green veggies, a little bit of full-fat dairy, and a few berries.

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