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The 8 Worst Diet Plans In History

April 09, 2015 3 min read

I know we all want a quick fix to weight loss even though, deep down, we know there is no such thing as immediate results. That sure hasn't stopped some people from trying though! These 8 "magical" diets are most definitely a waste of your time (and willpower!) so please, for the love of god, don't try any of these at home.

The Nazi Diet

Yes, someone was crazy enough to go there. Alex Siry says that we should "honour" the Russian soldiers who were lost to starvation in World War II by consuming the same rations they did: 400 grams of bread and 100 grams of vodka per day. Siry says that although they died, we're missing the point that they lost a lot of weight! Starve your way to a smaller pant size! Um...no thanks.

The Cabbage Soup Diet

So vegetable soups can be an excellent part of any nutrition plan - but eating only broth is going to leave you lacking some serious nutrients. Sure, you may lose weight at an extreme weight but the second you add anything else in to your diet, you'll pack the pounds back on.

The Tapeworm Diet

Swallowing capsules that contained either the head or eggs from a beef tapeworm is one of the first recorded diet fads, dating back to the 1800's. Not only will these little suckers eat the food in your intestine, they'll also cause you to lose vital nutrients, have severe stomach pain and even risk death. Common side effect is little bit of the worm making an appearance out of your butt. Ew.

The Cigarette Diet

Despite nicotine having appetite suppressing powers - is it really worth it to lose your lungs, yellow your teeth and potentially lose you life just to lose a few inches around the waist?

The Fletcherizing Diet

Horace Fletcher took the meaning "chew your food" to a whole new level. He encouraged people to chew your food at least 100 times before swallowing (including liquids). He even claimed that, if done properly, your bowel movements would become "inoffensive". Uh....what? Poop stinks no matter how you do it, bud.

The Cookie Diet

Delightful in theory, however not so successful. Sanford Siegal came up with a blend of amino acid that he would bake in to cookies in order to help weight loss. The prescription was 6 cookies a day and one 300 calorie meal. Yes, people lost weight, however this was most definitely caused by 800 calories total a day they were consuming - not the cookies. I'll still have a cookie though, thanks.

The Baby Food Diet

Tracy Anderson - workout guru to Gwyneth Paltrow- suggested you swap two of your three meals a day for baby food. Yes - the stuff you find in a jar in the baby aisle of the store. The 600 calorie a day diet (when the average adult should consume minimum 1200 calories daily) will leave anyone malnourished in no time. No wonder you lose weight on this diet...

The Breatharian Diet

The idea that you only need sunlight and air to survive. Food and water is not necessary. Instead of eating, Breatharianism focuses on being one with nature. Although some follow it as a type of the Hindu Religion, many have taken this on as simply a diet lifestyle, resulting in hospitalization for dehydration, malnourishment and have even died. When I can live off of air, I want a unicorn too.

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