You’ll never believe the lengths to which people will go to lose weight.
Weight gain is a problem that has plagued humans for quite a while now, and knowing how creative we can get when we’re desperate, it’s no surprise to hear that we’ve come up with a lot of weird solutions over the years. As odd as they are, I would be totally be willing to try out a few of these, merely out of curiosity. Others however, I would not touch with a ten foot pole!
What would you be willing to do to lose those extra pounds?
1. The Grapefruit Juice Diet
This fad diet has been around for a long time. It was made popular originally in 1930s, but has remained trendy on and off through the 2000s. The diet usually last about 12 days, and claims that participants could lose up to 10 lbs.
Don’t worry, you’re not expected to live off nothing but grapefruit juice for 2 weeks. You can eat other food but try to cap your daily caloric intake at 1,000. Meals that are rich in protein are best. And the most important part of this of course is that every meal should be accompanied by either half a grapefruit or 8 oz of fresh juice.
The theory behind this diet is that grapefruit supposedly contains fat burning enzymes, that combined with some calorie restriction, could result in some serious weight loss.
The hardest part would be to maintain a healthy enough diet after the fact to not gain all the weigh back again!
2. The Cabbage Soup Diet
The Cabbage Soup Diet has been around for almost a century, believe it or not. But it is not know for its variety. The approach to this diet is the idea of combining intermittent fasting with the superfood that is cabbage.
Cabbage is high in nutrients, and very high in fiber. The extra fiber helps boost your metabolism, and keeps you feeling pretty full while you’re fasting. Not to mention giving your body a bit of a cleanse from processed foods by eating this one whole food for several days.
This diet is low on calories, but also low on protein so you shouldn’t do it for longer than a week or so, and you can expect to have dips in energy while being on it.
3. The Baby Food Diet
The Baby Food Diet, reported to have been created by the celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson, is an odd one. There is no official record of the diets rules, so guidelines vary depending on where you get your information, but as I’m sure you can guess, it involves replacing your regular meals and snacks with jars of baby food instead.
It’s rumored that celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Lady Gaga, and Reese Witherspoon have all made use of this diet. However this diet is seriously lacking in a lot of key nutrients, particularly fiber, which is one of the things that make you feel full, so expect to feel hungry pretty much all the time while on this diet!
Apparently the goal of this diet is not to lose weight necessarily, but to keep off unwanted weight, implying that one would go on this diet indefinitely. I know that I wouldn’t last very long! How long do you think you would last?
4. The Blood Type Diet
The Blood Type Diet is a really interesting system devised by the naturopathic physician Dr. Peter D’Adamo. The concept is that your optimal nutritional needs can be determined by your blood type.
For example some one with Type O’s should lean towards animal protein, intense exercise, and should avoid dairy and grains, while Type A’s need a fresh, organic and vegetarian diet.
This idea is a potential explanation as to why some people lose weight, and others don’t, while following the same diet.
Participants have claimed, within two weeks of being on the diet, to experience not only weight loss, but also an increase in energy, better digestive health, and a reduction in the symptoms sometimes associated with asthma, headaches, and heartburn.
Research and testimonials are controversial, but it remains an intriguing idea! Have any of you guys tried it?
5. The HCG Diet
This one has been pretty controversial. This bizarre weight loss method involves being injected with the hormone HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), which occurs naturally in the body, if you become pregnant. Along with the injections, followers of this diet are given a 500 calorie a day restriction. Now some of you might be thinking “Well it’s the calorie restricting that makes you lose weight, not the injections!” BUT, what the injections do is they considerably suppress your appetite, so that you can comfortably reduce your caloric intake by so much.
Keep in mind, only HCG injections, which are administered by a health care professional, are certified by the FDA, and HCG drops, pellets and sprays are not, and should probably be avoided.
Unfortunately, participants have reported some side effects, including fatigue, irritability, depression and swelling of the breasts in boys and men!
Again, this diet isn’t a long-term solution; it can only jump start weight loss. You have to find a way to maintain the weight loss it on your own.
6. Cotton Ball Diet
Now we get into some of the really weird things that people have resorted to, to lose weight. This diet comes straight from the skinniest of industries; the modeling business. The Cotton Ball Diet is basically just a result of people trying to straight up starve themselves, and then resorting to desperate measures to curb their hunger.
Obviously, if you’re not actually consuming food you will lose weight, right? And when the hunger becomes too much, simply dip up to 5 cotton balls in orange juice and swallow them.
Now I’m no expert, but I would strongly discourage you from attempting this diet or anything similar. Ingesting non-food substances can be really dangerous, the risk of choking, obstructing your intestinal tract (having to have the obstructiong surgically removed) or accidentally poisoning yourself is actually quite high as most cotton balls today are artificially synthesized, bleached and full of chemicals.
Not to mention that exclusively eating cotton balls will result in malnutrition as they are devoid of nutrients. Your skin, hair, body and energy will surely suffer and you’ll look a mess.
Why do models do this again?
7. The Air Diet
This one is basically the Cotton Ball Diet… without the cotton balls. Although, you can’t really call this one an actual “diet”, as any real diet still requires you to eat something. But that’s not this one!
This extreme idea comes from the paradigm of Breatharianism, (sometimes referred to as Inedia or Living on Light), a belief that humans can live off of air and sunlight, like a house pant. I’m not kidding. It apparently has something to do with achieving true harmony and peace.
The Ukrainian model, Valeria Lukyanova, claims to be on the Air Diet (ever heard of the “Human Barbie”? That’s her!). Even Madonna is rumored to have been linked to this fad.
Don’t ask me how people can have tried this diet, and lived to tell the tale!
8. The Tapeworm Diet
This next diet is hard to stomach, both metaphorically and literally. Believe it or not, through out the 20th century, dieters were known to swallow a capsule filled with tapeworm eggs as means of trying to lose weight. And in theory, you would lose weight as these intestinal parasites would hatch and grow inside you, absorbing your food, and its nutrients before you do.
Of course, soon after losing some weight, you would develop the symptoms of an intestinal parasitic infection, which includes loss of appetite, nausea, weakness, diarrhea, and malnutrition, and followed by fever, internal infections, and eventual organ and tissue damage, which occurs when the worms eventual migrate out of your intestines. They’ll happily live inside you for up to 30 years!
Are you thoroughly disturbed at the thought of this? Because I know I am!
9. The Tongue Patch Diet
The Tongue Patch Diet is one of the diets that I would not touch with a ten-foot pole. Its incredibly barbaric, especially considering that it’s a quite recent fad. It was originally designed by cosmetic surgeon Dr. Nikolas Chugay, in California in the late 2000s.
Upon request, (and a payment of 2000$), the good doctor would sew a hard, plastic, mesh patch to the top of your tongue, which basically causes you terrible pain any time you try to eat solid food. Yup, you read that right. The Doc sends patients off with instructions to follow a strict liquid 800-calorie-a- day diet, a 45-minute daily workout, and bids them to return in 30 days to have the patch removed.
The psychology behind Dr. Chugay’s experimental weight loss treatment is that it takes 30 days to change a habit. The patch works as a pattern interrupter, drawing the dieter’s attention to what they are doing, and why they shouldn’t be doing it.
Soon after its introduction, this procedure received a lot of flak from fellow doctors, dieters and the media. Why am I not surprised?
10. Gastric Balloon Diet
This last trend may not be the craziest fad on the list, but it is the most recent. It is officially called the Obalon Balloon System. It involves a simple enough procedure, performed in a doctor’s office, where participants swallow a capsule, attached to a micro-catheter, which contains an inflatable balloon. Once the capsule is swallowed, the doctor uses the catheter to inflate the balloon to about the size of an orange.
The idea is that the balloon fills up your stomach, so that you can’t fill it with food, causing you to eat less and lose weight. You can put up to three of these balloons in your stomach at once, and they’re supposed to be removed after 6 months.
This system is so far being praised in the dieting community as being safe, easy and relatively risk-free, as it is non-surgical and does not necessitate anesthesia.
Who knows what the negative side effects might be though? Only time will tell! We’ll just have to wait and see how this latest diet craze turns out!
I did learn one handy weight loss trick from doing all this research though. If you want an easy and convenient way to thoroughly suppress your appetite, just look up all the gross and disturbing ways people have tried to lose weight over the years! It gets you nice and queasy, trust me! Works like a charm.