Air Diet Review

by The Diet Critic on February 6, 2020

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The Air Diet has been labeled as a fad diet by just about every reviewer out there except for the people who are actually marketing it. It is a weight loss plan that was first created in France and its strategy is precisely as it sounds – you eat nothing at all. Just air. Though most fad diets of this nature don’t typically make it very far, this one became popular because it was somehow able to enlist the endorsement of celebrities that are able to grab a lot of attention. Dolce & Gabbana marketed it with ads featuring celebrities such as Madonna, who were holding, but not eating food.

What is the Air Diet?

The French magazine, Grazia, called it “L’Air Fooding” and said that it was the diet of all diets. Even though you’re not allowed to eat anything except a “soup” of water and salt.

The Air Diet technique involves serving yourself as much of any food you want, from butter sauces to cheesecake, and take forkfuls of it and hold it to your mouth inhaling its aromas and pretending that you will eat it, but don’t. All this – wasting food and starving yourself – in order to drop a few pounds. It claims that you can quickly lose up to four dress sizes, though this has never been scientifically proven.

Air Diet Pros

There really are not any advantages to this diet. Although you will certainly lose weight, the Air Diet is a very unhealthy way to do so. Starvation diets such as this cause the metabolism to slow down and cause severe nutritional deficiencies that hinder weight loss. 

Air Diet Cons

There are no notable benefits to the Air Diet. Nothing proves that it works, there is no research to suggest that any potential weight loss would last longer than a few days before it starts to return, and there is no exercise encouraged.

Conversely, there is a great deal of trouble that can be caused by the Air Diet. This type of diet encourages an immensely unhealthy relationship with food. For one thing, there is no nutrition whatsoever. Furthermore, it promotes anorexic behaviors and a fear or food. It can be dangerous to the health of both mature women and young girls and it encourages binge eating. Once the diet is stopped, the metabolism will have slowed so significantly – since the body will have reacted to being starved – that weight regain will be rapid and harder to lose.

Since the Air Diet requires you to pretend to eat so that you still prepare foods, put them on your plate, cut them up, and hold them on your utensil – though never letting them touch your mouth – this also helps to waste money and build a highly wasteful habit with food, unnecessarily throwing it away after having had no intention of eating it. Though the diet promises to save you money since all you are allowed to do is sip a saltwater mix, all of the tossed food seems to negate even that promise.

Dangers of Extreme Weight Loss Methods Like the Air Diet

Strategies like the Air Diet take off more frequently at certain times of the year. They are particularly appealing to people right before spring break and before the summer gets started.  That is, the closer we get to a “swimsuit season”, the more likely people are to want to make drastic efforts to slim down.

However, those extreme weight loss tactics like the Air Diet can do more harm than we might think. Doctors continually warn patients against that perspective toward weight loss as they risk doing damage to their health, metabolisms, specific organs, and even mental health. In fact, it’s not unheard of to end up damaging the heart as a result of extreme dieting.

Any kind of extremely low calorie or crash dieting can be dangerous. Moreover, it sends a damaging message to the dieter and the people in that individual’s life who may also be influenced by that type of mindset. Whether it’s a lemonade fast or a cabbage soup diet, or whether it’s long-term fasting or the Air Diet, none of them address the issues behind being overweight or obese and set the individual up with problems in the long run.

The Air Diet Can Damage Your Heart

Crash diets, starvation diet and Master Cleanse-like detoxes, as well as extreme fasting like the Air Diet can lead to heart damage.  Any diet that involves consuming less than 1,200 calories per day over several days at a time places strain on several of the body’s organs and systems, including the cardiovascular system.

Not only does this type of dieting slow down your metabolism and set you up for further weight problems in the future, it causes other potential problems, too.  These commonly include dehydration, a weakened immune system, heart palpitations and cardiac stress.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

stimpy April 11, 2012 at 12:20 am

Starvation is the worst thing one can do to lose weight. What people don’t realize is that when you don’t eat, our bodies are hard wired from our hunter/gathering days to store everything as fat the next time we do eat. This is because our bodies are worried that food is going to become scarce again and it wants to stock up on reserves. Thus, if you starve yourself and then starting eating again, (which you inevitably will) you will actually GAIN weight. And salty water? Salt is horrible for our bodies and makes us retain water. I don’t who would go for this diet?


Bruce April 30, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Is this a joke? I can’t believe that a diet would be this focused on starvation and yet waste that much food at the same time.


Mathilda July 21, 2012 at 9:44 am

That something like this exists is very sad to me. I can’t believe that anything like this would go beyond just a quick comment that would be joked about at a party. Though I have called some diets “starvation” in the past, just because you feel hungry, this is the real deal for making sure that you are miserable and that your body functions at its worst for weight loss.


Nick September 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm

It frustrates me to no end not only that this diet actually exists, but that it has so many well respected celebrities pushing it. It really shows that they are not experts in health or weight loss, and that they will attach themselves to virtually anything. If you were to really practice this to the letter, you may as well call this the “buy a coffin” diet.


Dave November 3, 2012 at 1:43 pm

To me, this just shows that a lot of people are willing to try things without even using their brains. They just hear that something works, and they don’t actually think about it. They just believe it and that’s it.


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