Tag Archives: fad diets

Can You Lose 5kg in Three Days With This One Weird Trick?

So many of my article ideas come from social media. “You Can Lose Up To 5 Kg in 3 Days With Potatoes & Yogurt!” the headline on the shared post declared. Well, naturally that got my attention. I write a … Continue reading

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Is Alkaline Water the Next Great Miracle Cure?

In late August, Good Morning America ran a story about the health benefits of alkaline water. The story claims a multitude health benefits from drinking water that has an alkaline pH. Alkaline water is slightly less acidic than tap water, and remarkable effects have been … Continue reading

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The Heavy Cost Of Weight Loss Supplements

Weight loss is one of the most lucrative areas of commercial chicanery in the United States. Complicated health issues like obesity and weight loss have no easy answers. That fact doesn’t stop the multi-billion dollar weight loss industry from spending millions in marketing … Continue reading

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Why Didn’t The FTC Just Outright Ban Sensa?

Shocker! It turns out that Sensa, the “tastant” food additive that supposedly curbed cravings and led to weight loss, doesn’t actually do what it’s advertised to do! At least, that’s the finding of the Federal Trade Commission, following on the … Continue reading

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The Trendiest Food Woo of 2014

I know it’s only coincidence that the newest Skeptoid episode, Student Questions: Food Woo, Food Woo, and More Food Woo, released on the same week that the new year turned over, but it feels appropriate that it came out the same … Continue reading

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The Ali Edwards Diet

The last few weeks have been interesting for me around here. When I published my post critiquing fad diet gimmicks as all hiding calorie reduction as their actual mechanism of weight loss, I wasn’t expected to ignite a fierce debate … Continue reading

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Macronutrient Mea Culpa

Forgive me, readers, for I have sinned. In my prior blog post, “The Skeptoid Diet,” I championed the maxim “calories in, calories out.” In doing so, I did not address all the nuances of weight loss; I did not offer … Continue reading

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The Skeptoid Diet

I’ve been losing weight recently. Like, a noticeable amount of weight. I don’t bring this up to brag (well, okay, maybe a little). I bring it up because, inevitably, people ask me about this weight loss. They want to know … Continue reading

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A Bevy of Food Fads In One Small Cup

Grocery shopping can be a fun exercise for the skeptical mind. There’s not an aisle of my local big box store anymore where I can’t spot some sort of overblown food fad on display: organic cupcake mix, probiotic tea bags, … Continue reading

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On the Fringes of MS

The number of Americans living with some form of chronic illness is estimated to be around 133 million. They run a wide spectrum, from obesity to genetic abnormalities to cancer. Many can be managed through a combination of medicine and … Continue reading

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