Extreme Diets to Avoid

Generally, if you hear the word “extreme diet” then you should avoid it. The same goes for “miracle diet” or “crash diet”, along with any diet that involves the use of the words “fad” or “trend”. These are fleeting diets that find traction in celebrity circles, are copied by a few desperate members of the public, and are then forgotten about and replaced by the next one. As I say so often, you can’t beat a healthy, balanced diet, and there are no quick fixes.

In this article I want to expose some of the worst fad, crash and extreme diets. These might help you lose a few pounds, but they might just destroy your body in the process.

Tapeworm Diet

This is often reported as an urban legend, but it really did happen. It wasn’t really “common” as such, but there are several reported instances of it taking place, most of which happened during the 1950s. Basically, the dieter swallowed a pill that contained the eggs of a tapeworm, which would then make a home in their gut.

The idea behind the diet was that the tapeworm would eat all excess calories and was then killed after some time. However, the people who swallowed these pills suffered some serious side effects as the tapeworm grew and grew, and then fought to make it out of the intestine. A tapeworm is a parasite, and that should have been all the warning they needed to not willingly put it into their bodies.

Cotton Ball Diet

This diet involved coating cotton balls in a moderate amount of juice, or something really sweet that would be absorbed by the cotton. The dieter then swallowed the balls, with the intention of making themselves feel full. Sound crazy? Well, that’s because it is, but there are people who tried this, leading to intestinal blockages and malnutrition.

Cabbage Soup Diet

Whilst okay in moderation, this is not going to do you any favors in the long run. There is nothing wrong with cabbage, but in the same way that eating nothing but bread or apples is not good for you, eating nothing but cabbage isn’t either. And that’s what the Cabbage Soup diet revolved around.

This diet was actually quite popular at one time, with proponents suggesting diets lasting as long as 3 or 4 weeks. Weight loss was common, but a lot of this was water and muscle, as their bodies were starved of protein, amino acids and other essentials.

The same applies to any diet that involves eating or drink just one thing. You need variety.

Cayenne Pepper, Lemon Juice

The exact recipe changes from site to site and source to source, but this one was supposed to have been used by Beyonce. Apparently, she mixed several vile substances together with the purpose of speeding up her metabolism. This is not possible, and if you drink nothing but cayenne pepper, lemons and the other nasty substances included in this drink, you will lose weight, but you’ll also lose your mind as you spend day after day on the toilet.

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