The Worst Diets Ever: Diets That Don't Work

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9 International Fad Diets Too Wacky to Believe
Avoid becoming the laughingstock of the next generation—stick to whole, natural foods and good old fashioned exercise. Take inventory of what you're doing now and identify your "weakest link. Before long, you grow weary of eating the same foods every day, and cravings for favorite foods lead you back to your former eating behavior. Looking for sweet cookie recipes , the latest fashion trends and inspo , or a way to up your calligraphy game? In China and in some places in the US you can have a doctor or acupuncturist staple a pressure point in your ear associated with appetite suppression. This leads to feelings of failure that can help send them right back to their unhealthy lifestyles.

1. The Hollywood Diet

Top 10 Craziest Diets Ever

Scrub hard, because they turned out to be hand soaps. In the s, people who were hungry were encouraged to grab a cigarette instead. Too much food may kill you, but cigarettes will only give you lung cancer. Have a steak and wash it down with a martini. Alcohol is required at every meal and no restrictions on gin and vodka. Within two years he'd sold more than 2 million copies, a best seller.

Cameron's work is known as the first of low-carbohydrate diets, even though the Harvard School of Public Health declared it unhealthful. You can't eat when you're sleeping.

Elvis was a proponent of this weight-loss method, encouraging people to sleep through most of the s, sedated.

Lord Byron was accused of anorexia and bulimia, but that didn't stop him from popularizing the vinegar diet in the s. Drink plenty of vinegar daily, plus one cup of tea and one raw egg. Side effects include vomiting and diarrhea.

In , Sylvester Graham was a Presbyterian minister and early vegetarian who believed people were fat because they had too much sex. Although his diet of abstinence and veggies didn't last long, he's known today as the father of graham crackers.

The color blue is supposed to suppress appetite. So if you want to eat less, wear blue glasses. Just think of your life as one long 3D movie.

In Horace Fletcher became known as "The Great Masticator" after his stunning pound weight loss. Being denied health insurance due to his weight. Chew each bite 32 times and spit out the remains. This diet's motto was so catchy it's hard to imagine why it didn't gain more popularity: Avoid becoming the laughingstock of the next generation—stick to whole, natural foods and good old fashioned exercise.

Eat right and perform better. Find a nutrition plan for you. Vanessa Rodriguez is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, an ultra-endurance athlete, and an online editor for Active.

Look for this banner for recommended activities. Join Active or Sign In. While the diet does reportedly lead to some weight loss not eating will do that , experts worry this could spark an eating disorder and hurt your eyes!

So sit this one out in the shade. Latin ladies looking to drop a few pounds may follow the Werewolf Diet , also known as the Moon Diet , which advises people eat according to the moon's phases. The idea is that since the human body is mostly made up of water true and the moon has been shown to affect water true, for large bodies of water , then we can take advantage of the gravitational pull of the moon on the water in our bodies to detoxify and lose weight um, what?

The plan starts with a hour fast during the full moon with an extended version offering instructions of what to eat during each moon phase. While some of the advice is legit—"eat fresh, whole, seasonal fruits and vegetables"—tying it to the moon seems, well, way, way out there. Ready, set, run for your life! The wacky Brits behind the Paintball Diet know that nothing gets your heart rate up and burns calories like, oh, being shot at.

People are encouraged to eat a healthy, low-calorie meal plan—but the real meat of the diet is herding people into a paintball stadium and telling them to run. The company says four professional marksmen are employed to take aim at slackers and make sure everyone keeps moving.

And if you've ever been shot with a paintball gun, you know those things sting! The group even removes all traditional shelters from the stadium so there's nowhere to hide. This reportedly allows people to burn to 1, calories per hour-long, terrifying session. For six weeks, the device makes it incredibly painful to eat solid foods, so dieters are restricted to a liquid diet of just calories a day.

Chugay said the genius of the device isn't the pain, but rather the reminder to be conscious of what you eat, adding that he's done nearly 1, procedures. After the patch is removed, he says that people remember the feeling and pay more attention to what they put in their mouths. Experts are not impressed , calling the surgery outrageous, dangerous, and desperate.

French women are famously svelte despite being surrounded by French bread and pastries. But according to health guru Valerie Orsoni , French women have "le petit secret": Sandwiches are not generally considered "diet food. Yet Spanish women swear by their bocadillos , replacing one meal a day with a single sandwich. Everything you eat for that meal has to fit between two pieces of whole-grain bread. So no chips, soda, pickles, coleslaw, or fries—and especially no desserts.

And who doesn't want to eat more tasty sandwiches? You'd think that Australians would love kangaroos; it's the national animal! And they do—for dinner. People say they prefer the meat because kangaroos are easy to raise, kill, and process, so they have a small impact on the environment unlike cows, which produce more greenhouse gasses than cars. Plus 'roo meat is high in protein and low in calories, making it a popular choice for dieters.

And it's pretty tasty. OCD is popular among Indonesian dieters, but it doesn't have anything to do with anxiety. Basically, it's a form of intermittent fasting in which you limit your eating to a small window of four, six, or eight hours.

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