None of these... and none of anything else either, btw...
One of my foreign friends (Brazilian/Japanese) has been struggling with her weight for the last year or so. Although we have all told her the usual stuff: ”drink a lot of water, exercise, eat a lot of fruit and veggies and stay away from sweets and bread!”, she’s had a very moderate weight-loss success, so some weeks ago she decided (without telling us!) to go and see a Chinese nutritionist. She figured that since Chinese girls are so skinny, a diet according to some Chinese food specialist must be THE way to lose those unwanted kilos.
We were all quite shocked when we heard about it, but wait, it gets better… I almost fell off my chair when my friend told me what she’d been advised to eat:
Salads and fruits all day long. Only half of the amount of what one would normally eat.
Avoid meat, rice, bread, noodles, sweets, pancakes… well, basically, avoid everything except for salad and fruits.
Drink: tea and water.
However, in order to ‘clean out’ the body completely, no food or fluid can be eaten/drunk after 6pm at night.
-What? You can’t have a glass of water after 6pm at night? I asked.
-But it’s almost 30 degrees outside. Aren’t you scared of becoming dehydrated?
-Well, she’s a nutritionist… she should know what she’s talking about, right?
Oh lord. I try to tell my friend over and over again no to listen to this b***s***. Anyone can lost weight by just eating salad and not drinking a lot of water… but how to keep it off when you go back to eating normally again –that’s the challenge. I asked my friend how much she’d paid to get this ‘information.’
Now awaits our personal challenge: to convince our friend to start drinking water again after 6pm.