Cinderella Diet”, the viral diet that puts your health at risk


Cinderella Diet”, the viral diet that puts your health at risk

What is the Cinderella diet? Once again the goal is to achieve that slim body that modern society craves so much

Table of Contents

  • 1 What is the Cinderella diet?
    • 1.1 The fairy tale
    • 1.2 About BMI or Body Mass Index
    • 1.3 The consequences of the Cinderella diet

What is the Cinderella diet?

The Cinderella diet is the ultimate miracle diet. It comes from Japan, and has spread like wildfire on social media. It consists of reaching a figure and a weight of the well-known character from the animated version of  Disney .

Or at least a  wasp waist  like the character’s. Users who want to follow this diet use an equation to calculate the weight to lose. Nothing more and nothing less than the BMI equation, putting the weight as an unknown and using 18 as BMI.

In addition, young people must share their progress through photos and videos, with which the danger doubles: not only are they encouraged to achieve a weight below the  healthy standards , but they are urged to do so quickly and aggressively.

This is the explanation about the diet that we found in El Periódico on March 1. I’m going to give you my personal opinion about it.

The fairy tale

From what I understand, in this diet there are no rules, only one goal: to get the figure of Cinderella. And apparently, anything goes, and the less you eat or the more you restrict, the better.

Taking into account the abdominal perimeter of Cinderella (the one from Disney animation) or the actress Lily James (in the movie Cinderella ) it is obvious that we are facing an ideal, unreal.

Lily James playing Cinderella from Disney 2015

Since we were little they teach us to be princesses, to always be ready for our prince charming and to fulfill all our obligations as women (or princesses).

It is very difficult to teach a girl and more to a teenager that the ideal weight does not exist , and that it is not necessary to be in the bones or have a – misnamed – body 10 to be happy. But that’s right, we associate happiness with a slim body, an elegant dress, being a princess and getting a prince charming.

Is it that a woman can not be happy with a BMI of 24, with 4 cheap rags, being natural and without any man next to her? Leaving aside the rest of the questions, let’s focus on the thin body, or the extremely thin, as this diet imposes on us, with a goal of reaching a BMI of 18.

About BMI or Body Mass Index

Let’s briefly review BMI. BMI is the body mass index. The BMI is not valid for people under 18 years of age, for elite athletes or for people with a height lower than 1.47 meters or greater than 1.98 meters, so as you can see it has its limitations. The BMI does not distinguish fat mass from muscle mass, so it is not a determining factor in all cases. This index tells us if the person is of a healthy weight, overweight or obese.

Taking the WHO as a reference: “The body mass index (BMI) –weight in kilograms divided by the square of the height in meters (kg / m2) – is an index frequently used to classify overweight and obesity in adults . The WHO defines overweight as a BMI equal to or greater than 25, and obesity as a BMI equal to or greater than 30 ″.

Body Mass Index indicator chart

Calculate your BMI

Let’s now look at the healthy weight BMI (normal range). It ranges from 18.5 to 24.9. From these values ​​we can draw two conclusions:

  1. The Cinderella diet targets a BMI below healthy weight, that is, it marks getting underweight, with all the associated consequences.
  2. Having a healthy weight can range from a BMI of 18.5 to a BMI of 24.9. That means that a person of 1.65 m will be equally healthy (as far as weight is concerned) with 49 kilos that with 67.8 kilos. That is 18.8 kilos of difference.

The consequences of the Cinderella diet

There are many consequences associated with this diet:

  1. Create an eating disorder
  2. Rude the person to eat
  3. Humor changes
  4. Frustration
  5. Depression
  6. Difficulty socializing
  7. Amenorrhea
  8. Malnutrition
  9. Nutritional deficiencies
  10. Promotes the appearance of dementia
  11. Suffer from osteoporosis
  12. Weaken the immune system
  13. Fertility problems
  14. Anemias
  15. Hair loss
  16. Loss of muscle mass
  17. Chronic fatigue

As you can see, this diet has neither head nor tail, and anyone with two fingers of forehead should realize it. It is based on an index that is not decisive, since it does not distinguish fat mass from muscle mass, requires a weight below that necessary to maintain optimal health and promotes unrealistic and macho beauty canons. No matter where you look at it, it can only bring you trouble.

If your goal is to lose weight, go to a Dietitian-Nutritionist and do not put your health at risk or train yourself well in nutrition before making a decision that can be very expensive.

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