The Australian cricketer died last Friday after a suspected heart attack. He was 52 years old.
According reports, the star athlete had embarked on a 14 day juice cleanse diet prior to his death. He also documented his various weight loss and fitness fixes.
SHANE WARNE HISTORY WITH CRASH DIETS
As a retired world-class cricketer, and as someone who experienced “fluctuating weight gain”, Shane Warne was vocal about his desire to “get into shape again”. For him, this meant losing weight, through various methods.
The star’s last Instagram post was about his latest health journey called “operation shred”, in which he set himself a timeline.
Sharing an old, shirtless picture of himself, he wrote: “Operation shred has started (10 days in) & the goal by July is to get back to this shape from a few years ago! Let’s go”.
According to his manager, Shane Warne had endured a liquids-only diet for 14 consecutive days prior to his death.
Last year, Shane also admitted to losing 14 kgs from a combination of using Chinese medicines and physical training.
He added to Triple M’s Hot Breakfast in May 2021: “I’m trying to lose another three or four more to get down to 80kg”.
Shane Warne was also a fan of detox tea diets. In 2020, his son Jackson told Daily Mail Australia: “Dad’s always starting and finishing these 30-day fasting tea diets. Because when he looks in the mirror and doesn’t like what he looks like, instead of doing a diet and stuff, he tries this tea and loses weight like that.”
In August 2021, Shane and Jackson would go on to front the cover of Men’s Health Australia.
The father-of-three defended his “obsession” with his appearance and claims that he was “vain”. He told the publication: “I take pride in my appearance, whether that be my clothes, my teeth, my hair.
“Now, people can take the mickey out of me. They can call me vain because it doesn’t worry me in the slightest. Because in my mind it’s always been look good, feel good”.
In 2003, Shane Warne was infamously banned from playing after taking a slimming pill that resulted in him testing positive for banned diuretic drugs.
HEALTH EXPERTS WEIGH IN WITH CONCERNS
Meanwhile several health experts have expressed their concerns on how crash diets can detrimentally affect the overall health of individuals
In some cases, they can prove fatal.
Unlike Shane Warne’s two week stint, juice diets are meant to be a “short term” practise, said Australian nutritionist Leilani Finau.
She told news.com.au: “Juice cleanses are typically only used, or advised to be used, for 1-3 days”.
Extended use beyond this can take a toll on the body due to a lack of nutrients being consumed and lead to dehydration, weakness, fainting, and headaches.
She added: “A juice cleanse is not sustainable because it creates yo-yo dieting habits. This long term can create damage to your metabolism at a cellular level because your body doesn’t like being in a big calorie deficit, so it slows everything down for your body to cope.”
To add to her concerns, there is a lack of research of the long-term effects of detox diets on your physical wellbeing, claimed the nutritionist.
Professor Gordian Fulde, a emergency medicine specialist claims that Shane Warne could have experienced a loss of electrolytes following the juice diet.
He told the Australian Financial Review: “The danger behind only drinking a lot of fluid and water for days on end, and/or taking diuretics, is that you quickly deplete vital electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium.
“Potassium depletion can cause cardiac arrhythmia, which can be fatal.”