The 3 Craziest Diets Ever?

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You’ve heard of the Grapefruit Diet, you’ve heard of the Cabbage Soup Diet and you’ve heard of the juice only Hollywood Diet.

Think they’re crazy? Well think again!

I’m about to show you some of the most insane diets ever created which will make the above seem like sensible weight loss plans in comparison.

Remember, people all around the world have been dieting for thousands of years, so we’re bound to dig up some corkers.

HCG Diet

Do you know what HCG is?

That’s right, it’s the hormone produced during pregnancy. But don’t worry, this diet isn’t suggesting you get pregnant to lose weight (after all, that would be ridiculous….).  Instead, all it asks you to do is spend $1000 each month on HCG shots.

Oh, well that’s OK then…

Wait, what? $1000 for injections of pregnancy hormones? No thanks.

The diet claims that regular HCG shots can boost metabolism, meaning calories are burned quicker.  Even when you’re just sat on the couch watching TV.

And while there may be a fragment of truth here (see this study, for example), the diet becomes completely laughable when you hear what the shots need to be coupled with…

In conjunction with the HCG shots, followers of this diet need to eat a 500 calorie a day diet.


That’s a starvation diet!

Anyone consuming just 500 calories a day is of course going to lose weight, with or without the HCG supplements. It’s a simple case of calories in vs. calories out.  And 500 calories is not enough to sustain the average person going about their daily business.

Starvation diets are dangerous and are a gateway to the path to anorexia.

You do not want to be around when your body figures out what’s going on and enters starvation mode.

As well as making you feel irritable and fatigued all of the time, the body desperately clings to any fat in the body as a kind of insurance deal – it doesn’t know when it’s going to see its next meal.

Your metabolism slows right down, and weight loss can actually be severely hindered.

While the Food & Drug Administration has banned HCG for weight loss purposes, it’s still widely available as a fertility drug, so until a time when this hormone can only be prescribed by healthcare professionals, this diet is likely to stick around.

Tapeworm Diet

If a new wonder pill came on the market that promised you could lose 2 lbs each week without dieting, but it contained live tapeworms, would you try it?

I’d like to think you wouldn’t, but some women in the early 1900s apparently thought it was a great idea!

Tapeworms can actually cause weight loss or, more accurately, they prevent weight gain, as found in this study on lambs.

If you’re infected with tapeworms, you could be looking at an initial 2 lbs per week weight loss without dieting or making any changes to your lifestyle.

On the surface is sounds good, right? But have you considered how tapeworms cause weight loss?

Tapeworms wreak absolute havoc on your digestive system.

One way they encourage weight loss is by reducing the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food.

While this means fat travels very quickly through the system and isn’t absorbed by the body (great) it also means that all other essential vitamins aren’t absorbed either (not so great).

Now think about what’s going to happen with all that food travelling so rapidly through the digestive system.

Not only that, but simply having the tapeworms inside you can cause severe nausea. Following this diet means you may as well take up residence in the bathroom (we’re talking both ends here people).

Is it really worth it?

Fortunately, the sale and use of tapeworms for weight loss is banned in the USA by the Food and Drug Administration.

Unfortunately, it’s reported that this bizarre diet is popular among young women in China who are going to extreme measures to boost employment chances.

Air Diet

As crazy as the tapeworm diet is, it’s got nothing on the Air Diet.

Wake up, and enjoy a breakfast of a nice steaming hot bowl of… nothing. Sit down to a lunch of… nothing.

And in the evening? That’s right, gather the family round the dinner table for a plateful of… nothing.

This isn’t a diet. It’s a well known but little understood eating disorder called anorexia.

Hands up if you’ve ever eaten because you’re bored, because you’re happy, because you’re sad, or out of habit.

We’re all guilty of it every now and then.

It’s a fact of life that sometimes we eat when our bodies don’t really need food.

This is the basis of the Air Diet, but unfortunately it just goes too far.

It’s all about psychology.  Sometimes, our brain tells us we’re hungry long before the stomach does.

The Air Diet instructs its followers to sit down to all their usual meals, with a plate and cutlery (but without any actual food) and make the normal eating motions, such as bringing the imaginary food up to the mouth, and even mimicking the chewing process.

The Air Diet claims that by satisfying the body’s need for habit, we can also satisfy our need for food.

It seems like a rational idea, but forbidding food of any kind makes this diet not only crazy, it makes it downright dangerous. Of course, I say ‘food of any kind’ because I choose the ignore the diet’s allowance of one bowl of ‘soup’ a day, made up of only water and salt.

Anorexia is a serious eating disorder that can lead to death and affects about 1 in every 200 women, and 1 in every 2000 men. It’s not something that should be encouraged and it’s not something anyone should consider for weight loss. However, the Air Diet has apparently proven very popular in Europe and has even been promoted by a popular French fashion magazine. Shame on them.

 Don’t Go Crazy

They’re not called ‘fad diets’ for nothing.

They’re dangerous, they’re unsustainable, they’re… a fad!

Know of any other crazy fad diets? Click the ‘like’ button to share with your friends and see what other insane weight loss methods are out there. Just be sure not to try them!



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