I’ve decided it’s about time to lose a little bit of weight. Not too much, just enough to make me slightly less cuddly than I am right now. As you might have guessed, I don’t really need to put too much thought into how I set a weight loss diet up for myself, but it pays for me to think like someone who is doing this for the first time. So pretending that I was a beginner, I hit google to search for what I should do. The results were worse than I could possibly imagine.
I didn’t just encounter the really common myths, like eating late at night causes you to gain fat, or that you have to eat little and often to boost your metabolism, instead everywhere I looked I found celery juice. Celery juice for fat loss, celery juice for health, celery juice for your skin and hair; the list goes on. However, this green looking liquid might not be everything it’s made out to be. In fact, drinking celery juice might just be a waste of time.
I don’t pay too much attention to fads. If I did, I could lose hours every day trying to right every nutritional wrong or bust every dieting myth on the internet. I do, however, prick my ears up when my clients start talking about them. When that happens a couple of times, I get involved.
I started seeing posts about celery juice popping up all over Instagram and Twitter months ago, but they’ve been around longer than that, and the social media hype has been huge. It all started with a man called Anthony Williams, who refers to himself as the medical medium.
Followed by the likes of Robert DeNiro, Pharell Williams, and Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Williams claims to have diagnosed his grandmother with lung cancer at the age of four and helps people with their health problems with the aid of a guiding spirit. I’m not kidding. Despite this, less than evidence-based, background he has 1.8 million followers on Instagram, and thousands of people are on the celery juice bandwagon because of his teachings. This is a problem, but I get why we get sucked in.
If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, improve your health in some way, or get fitter, you’ll know that this stuff is hard. Despite what the legions of insta models would have you believe, consuming fewer calories than you burn, getting to the gym a few times every week, and planning to eat vegetables instead of nachos is not easy. It can be ok when you get into a routine, but at first, change isn’t easy. That’s why we fall for BS like celery juice. At the back of our minds, we know that reaching our goals is going to be a struggle, but if this guy has 2M followers and swathes of positive comments, it must be legit, right?
It’s not only about weight loss either. The magic, pond coloured, liquid is supposed to cleanse your liver, treat your thyroid condition, reduce inflammation, and actually cure some forms of cancer.
It’s normally at this point that I’d turn to science to disprove the myriad of claims made about celery juice, but I’m not going to do that today. For one, there is zero human research on it, but mostly, you already know it’s too good to be true. Simple to follow lies always sound better than hard to deal with truths, and the fact is that this dieting and fitness shit is hard work.
This blog is short and a bit ranty, but it annoys the hell out of me when people are misled, or made to believe that there’s just “one neat trick” that will solve all of their fitness or health-related problems. While it’s my job to make weight loss as simple as possible, I won’t pretend to you that it’s easy.
My take-home point is this, there are no quick fixes, short cuts, or magic potions. Changing your body and health takes time, and you can’t do it from drinking the juice of a few sticks of celery each morning. When people tell you to your face how amazing they feel on their new celery regimen, smile and nod, go back to your calorie deficit and hit the gym knowing that you’re doing all you can.
Fiction is easier to sell than fact, and while it might be nice to think we can chug celery juice and become a healthier, fitter version of ourselves it’s just not true. When trying to lose weight or improve your health, ignore too good to be true tricks, concentrate on consuming fewer calories than you burn, play the long game and you will win.
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