Dropping a jeans size: a realistic diet goal
Equalities Minister Jo Swinson’s call for magazines not to promote fad diets in their January editions has prompted research into the weird world of the history of dieting.
It seems that strange tips for losing weight were first put forward by the ancient Greek and Roman civilisations, but that it was the Victorians who truly popularised the fad diet. Their most extreme methods for shedding the pounds included swallowing small amounts of arsenic and introducing tape worms into the body.
By the beginning of the 19th century, Horace Fletcher’s technique – used by both Henry James and Franz Kafka – of chewing each mouthful hundreds of times before spitting, was all the rage.
Luckily, today’s fad diets are less extreme, but they can still be dangerous and may not help you to lose weight in the long term. One of the best ways to avoid dramatic but unsustainable weight loss is to have realistic expectations. No-one can become Keira Knightley in a week, and if they do it’s likely that they won’t keep their new figure.
A good example of a realistic expectation is to drop a jeans size over the first months of the year. It can be a very useful dieting goal because it gives you a clear aim that you can feel great about once you hit. And, unlike aiming to lose a certain number of pounds, when you’re able to slip into that pair of jeans you thought you could never wear again, you can really see the results of the diet.
However, it’s important to remember not to fall into the ‘fad trap’ of attempting to lose all the weight at once. If you like celebrity diet plans, then try to follow one that’s gradual and that you can sustain, which combines a balanced routine of healthy eating and exercise. The recent tips revealed by KellyOsbourne are a great way to stay healthy whilst slimming down.
The goal of dropping a jeans size also has an extra built-in reward: the chance to treat yourself to a new pair jeans. A successful diet can even give you the confidence to go for braver options like the skinny jean. Women’s jeans fromVery.co.uk are a great place to start – there’s a fab range of styles and cuts that you will enjoy trying on for size in 2013.