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Made in Chelsea: the bad boys

Photo: Channel 4.

As we mourn the end of Made in Chelsea season five, I’ve suddenly realised that most of the male cast members have reality TV romance skeletons in their closets. Name one male cast member of reality TV show Made in Chelsea who you’d want dating your best friend, daughter or sister. It’s a tough call, isn’t it? On screen at least, all of the main male cast members have been guilty of behaving less than ideally – it does make for some great television.

Spencer is the prime example, of course, but he is definitely not the only offender. His antics around the subjects of his attention – Funda (remember her?), Caggie, Louise and now Lucy – leave quite a lot to be desired. His actions outside the show (becoming The Bachelor when he was allegedly still dating Louise) and then cheating on Louise with someone in her own bed make me want to slap him just as hard as Millie did in that season four episode.

*Warning: Contains swearing and mild, but deserved, violence*

Other male cast members also make me want to hurl things at the TV. Hugo cheated on Millie with her friend Rosie. Jamie persuaded Binky that he was falling for her, slept with her, then changed his mind the next morning. Recently, it has been suggested on the programme he kissed Lucy in the hot tub, while being in a new relationship with elusive cast member Tara. Also while in this relationship, he has consistently flirted with new cast member Phoebe. Andy, as angelic as he seems now in the midst of his Louise crisis, did the same thing to Binky as Jamie did. (Poor Binky.) Ollie broke up with Gabriella early on in the Made in Chelsea game, which sent her into a tail spin. When she was finally becoming normal again, he slept with her on a holiday. This action and the resulting awkwardness culminated in Gabriella’s exit from the show. Francis started dating Ashley while having feelings for Sophia, then broke up with her (apparently not taken well, as their next meeting was rather bitter). A romance between Caggie and Proudlock was suggested, which then took an odd turn when he decided to take her cousin on a romantic boat ride.

It’s not until you think back through each character’s past that the trail of destruction becomes clear. I know that it’s not just the boys that are guilty of making bad choices (Lucy has dated Jamie, Andy and Spencer. Millie also cheated on Hugo. Sophia couldn’t decide between Proudlock and Francis), but it does seem to be universal across the male gender in the show. Constructed reality or not is this really what we can expect from our 20-somethings? It’s throwing some light on what my baby brother’s life might be like (he’s 22 – of course, he would never… or would he?) The one light at the end of the tunnel is Stevie who, as yet, has not been dragged into any dodgy female-related storylines. I wonder how long he can hold out. I guess we’ll find out in season six…

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The Fast Diet

Photo from HealthGauge’s Flickr photostream. I’m a team player. I don’t mean that in a ‘hire me’ jargon sort of way, I genuinely mean it. I love working as part of a team. I enjoy the camaraderie you get from working in a group. So when I saw my friend Helen saying she trying a new diet, The Fast Diet, and encouraging others to take part I wanted to know more. Diets are always better when you are boosted by other people.

Why fasting?

For a very long time I tried different diets, until about five years ago when I gave up faddy dieting for good. They were hard work to maintain long term, both mentally and practically speaking, and after I stopped I just put the weight right back on. (Sound familiar?) So on Helen’s advice I watched ‘Eat, fast and live longer‘. In the programme, journalist Michael Mosley explores the idea of fasting and calorie restriction as beneficial to long-term health. There is also a book The Fast Diet, which I have now read. After much research, Michael discovered that intermittent fasting could lower your risk of cancer and diabetes, delay hereditary mental illness, help prevent heart disease and slow ageing. Oh and a byproduct is weight loss. I was intrigued and onboard. This is a diet for life, not just until you’ve lost the weight. Who wouldn’t want to improve their overall health?

How does it work?

Essentially you fast two days a week and eat normally the other five (this is why it has become known as the 5:2 diet). On your fasting days you only consume 500 calories, preferably in one or two meals in order to maximise the amount of time you fast for. On your non-fasting days you can eat what you want in whatever quantity you want. Converts of the diet say that over time you become less hungry on your non-fasting days and so you consume less on those days, too. Others have said it has made them more aware of how much they really were eating and therefore they have started to consume less on their non-fasting days. The action of fasting is supposed to kickstart your body into repair mode, so your body goes into detox clearing out all the bad stuff and doing essential maintenance on your cells so they all work more efficiently.

What is it like?

I’m just about to enter my fourth week of The Fast Diet. At the time I thought the first day of fasting was easy because of the novelty, but now I think it was almost my worst day for feeling hungry. Once I had done it on the first day, I knew it was possible to not eat for most of the day and still function absolutely fine. The big power of this diet is that you only need to make it to the next day to eat whatever it is you are craving – this makes it a million times easier than normal diets that require excluding the things you enjoy eating and drinking for long periods of time. For most of us, that is just setting us up for failure. It’s also flexible – my fasting days are Monday and Wednesday, but I could move them if a special occasion came up.

What are the downsides?

I’m normally quite a healthy eater or at least very careful about how much ‘junk food’ I consume. Since I started fasting, I have relapsed. Because I haven’t eaten the day before, I tend to binge on sugar and fat on my non-fasting days which I think will probably be reflected in my weight loss or lack thereof. I’m actually not sure if I have lost any because I haven’t weighed myself yet – I’m waiting until the one month mark – but we shall have to see… Fasting can also exacerbate previous conditions, although these are supposed to be short-lived and a response to your body repairing and cleansing of bad stuff. In my case, this means I have lots of teenage-style spots – lovely, I know.

For now, I am going to continue with The Fast Diet because the health benefits are too good to ignore. There are even early suggestions that fasting during chemotherapy could help its effectiveness. Any exciting developments along the way and I will let you know. If you are interested in diets and improving your overall health I recommend watching the TV show to start yourself off. Long term, I guess we just hope that the results speak for themselves!

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