Letters—Liquid fasts: the fast track to malnutrition

Liquid fasts: the fast track to malnutrition

“A friend of mine has suggested that I attend, at great expense, a spa that specializes in the ‘liquid fast’ diet. Is that a good idea? Sounds a little extreme to me!”
-W.O.N., Spokane, WA

It sounded extreme to me too. But just to be sure, I asked my two female consultants for ideas as to where I could learn more about such fads. They suggested I go to a good magazine store and study the women’s magazines. “Every one of them has something on weight reduction in every issue,” they assured me. “You will eventually find what you are looking for.” (A little hyperbole there, I thought-you know how women exaggerate.)

It turns out I was wrong-they weren’t exaggerating. Every issue I picked up boasted tips for achieving a sexy, slimmer body. Before too long, I got lucky and came across Health magazine. The cover announced: “The new liquid fasts: Models are doing it-should you?” From what I can gather, these places are no more than high-class concentration camps.

The article points out what seems to me would be obvious but apparently isn’t: Starvation is not healthy and it promotes a bulimic pattern that can get you into serious trouble.

So, for $2,000 a week you can enjoy a 200-calorie-a-day diet, be pampered (you’ll need it because you are starving), get “detoxified,” and-as an added bonus they don’t advertise in the brochures-put yourself at serious risk for hormonal and electrolyte disturbances.

Action to take:
Save yourself a bundle and use a diet that consists of animal food and low-cal fruits and vegetables.

Drake, Laurie. Health, 10/01