Earlier today, our very awesome sister site, The Gloss, featured an article about a recent interview with a personal trainer and some other experts in the perpetually-problematic Daily Mail. And, surprise! It’s full potentially harmful information that is untrue, unhealthy, and appears to be ripped straight from the pages of a pro-anorexia website.
The Mail, it seems, has apparently recently discovered what women’s health magazines have been banking on for years: that non-accredited, unhealthy diet secrets cited by questionably-credible “experts” bring readers. And thus, they’ve hopped on the bandwagon, (it’s in their Femail section–get it?) with an interview promising to divulge the tricks and tips that Victoria Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley uses to “lose weight fast – with NO diet.” Which means it must be full of great information, right?
Unfortunately for readers who are looking for weight loss solutions that work (eat better foods, move around a lot, get enough sleep, feel good about yourself, etc.), the Mail and its panel of flat-tummy-promising experts have actually just ended up re-hashing tips that teenagers spread among themselves. They are not useful.
Only a handful of the tips on the list actually mention eating good foods–like vegetables–and most simply offer advice on how to cook them (or not cook them, because you’re going to cook out all the nutrients, which…is only sort of true). The tips seem to mostly be about restricting your intake and gaining control over your eating, which, while important, isn’t really the healthiest relationship with food. It is, in fact, arguably unhealthy.
And then, there are the borderline disturbing ones. Cutting your food into tiny pieces, for example, is a pretty classic symptom of anorexia. Don’t eat after 8 p.m., which, of course, assumes you live a 9 – 5 life, is another one–that is frequently prone to creeping back toward 7 p.m. Then 6 p.m. “Chew very slowly, so that your food gets liquefied” is also a popular one among disordered eaters. And, of course, this gem: eat less when you’re stressed. And if you’re always stressed? You’re on the fast-track to a model body, obviously.
Even the tips that the Mail presents which aren’t disturbing are at least incorrect. Don’t drink water during a meal because you’ll get bloated? Don’t eat fruit after you eat other food because it will “just sit” on top of the other food? You don’t have to be a nutritional expert to know that a.) these are not true, and b.) even if they were, eating fruit after eating other food is not what’s standing between you and a body like Gisele.
Can helpful eating tips actually be healthy for people? Of course. Are some of the Mail’s bits of information a little bit good (like skipping sugary cereal for breakfast)? Yes. But this article in general is not healthy, and not helpful.
Daily Mail, you’re treading in dangerous water with claims like these. Stick to your day job of trying to snap photos of what’s going on under Pippa’s short skirts.