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10 Weirdest Diets and Weight Loss Plans


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I came across this, and it gave me a good chuckle.

 

10 Weirdest Diets and Weight Loss Plans

(http://www.docshop.com/2008/04/30/top-10-weir dest-diets-and-weight-loss-plans/)

By Amy Teeple

Published on April 30, 2008

Many Americans crave instant gratification. This need has most likely attributed to the obesity epidemic in the United States. The desire for instant results also prompts Americans to look for easy and quick weight loss solutions. Because of this, fad diets and diet scams have continued to flourish.

You might be amazed at some of the crazy ways people try to lose weight. I've come across methods that range from the sensible to the downright bizarre. Here's my list of top 10 weirdest ways people try to lose weight:

#10 - All Celery Diet

Celery is considered a "negative-calorie food" (the process of eating celery burns more calories than the celery contains), so it seems only natural that you can lose weight by eating this wonder food. However, it's not that simple. The difference in calories consumed and calories expended is very small, so you'd have to eat hundreds, if not thousands, of celery stalks to burn the 3,500 calories it takes to lose a pound. By the way, you need to eat the stalks plain. Slathering celery with cream cheese, peanut butter, cheese whiz, or some other topping will ruin the negative-calorie effect.

#9 - Cabbage Soup Diet

Eat all the cabbage soup that you want! Well, that doesn't sound very appealing to me, but many people must love cabbage soup. Many try the cabbage soup diet, which promotes weight loss through a seven-day diet that switches what you can eat each day. Here's a sample - on day four you can eat eight bananas, two glasses of milk, and (of course) all the cabbage soup you want.

#8 - Diet Patches

There are nicotine patches to help you quit smoking and birth control patches to keep you from getting pregnant. Touting the same concept, diet patches are supposed to transmit key weight loss ingredients through the skin, supposedly suppressing appetite or controlling metabolism. What's the difference between nicotine and birth control patches and diet patches? For one thing, the former are FDA-approved, but diet patches are not. As with diet pills, there are no regulations to make sure these patches are safe and effective. In most cases, you can get the same effect from diet patches as you will get from that free tattoo in the bottom of your Cracker Jacks.

#7 - Lemonade Diet

First, do you love lemonade? Second, are you okay with the idea of not eating anything solid for ten days? Finally, are you up for drinking laxative tea? If you answered "no" to any of these questions, this diet isn't for you. But some people want to "flush out their system" by consuming only a special lemonade mixture, a salt water flush, and herbal laxative tea for ten days. You might want to save yourself the time and just pour the ingredients directly into the toilet.

#6 - Diet Sunglasses

These blue-tinted sunglasses are supposed to make your food look less appealing so you will eat less of it. Personally, I wouldn't want to walk around all day with these not-so-fashionable sunglasses. Besides, if you are craving a hamburger and you can smell its tantalizing aroma as it sits in front of you, I don't think blue lenses are going to stop you from indulging.

#5 - Diet Fork

The diet fork is a plastic fork that supposedly helps control your food intake because it is smaller, duller, and more uncomfortable than your average fork. (Sounds like all they did was raid a fast food joint's supply of utensils.) Variations on this diet gadget include weight loss chopsticks and a fork that has a light that signals when you can take another bite.

#4 - Ear Stapling

The promise of this weight loss technique is that a metal staple pierced into the cartilage of your ear will help suppress your appetite. Don't try this in Florida; the practice is illegal. Many other states have placed strict regulations on this practice since it has caused many infections. (Maybe the trick is to lose weight while you are sick ... or in jail for getting caught in an undercover ear-stapling sting.)

#3 - Slimming Soap

If only you could wash your fat away. Apparently some people believe that you can because they are spending about $20 per bar to get some seaweed slimming soap. According to manufacturers, the algae extract in the soap penetrates the skin and breaks down fat, tightens skin, increases metabolism, and reduces cellulite. This "ancient Chinese weight loss method" probably won't decrease your fat, but at least that's $20 you won't spend at the drive-thru.

#2 - Eating Cotton Balls

Inspired by certain celebrities, some people have turned to soaking cotton balls in gelatin and eating them. Others try to eat cotton balls dry (maybe the gelatin calories were too much). The theory behind this is that the cotton balls, which are apparently low in calories but high in fiber, will fill you up and keep you from wanting to eat anything "fattening" (like actual food). In addition to the obvious negatives of the taste and texture of cotton balls, this diet can be hazardous to your health. Replacing food with cotton balls can not only deprive your body of needed nutrients, but it can also cause issues with your digestive tract. Besides, imagine the hairball-like effects it could produce.

#1 - Tapeworms

Just the thought of this makes me squirm, but there are people who believe that purposely ingesting a tapeworm will allow them to eat whatever they want and still lose weight. People believe that the tapeworm will ingest their food and save them from gaining the weight, but it doesn't work that way. In case you were wondering, a tapeworm is a parasite, and it can cause a whole host of problems. The tapeworm will eat some of the food, but it will also take your vital nutrients. The parasite could cause diarrhea, nausea, and bloating. Also, the tapeworm will ingest that food and produce its own waste, and could even shed itself as it grows. To increase the fun of hosting a parasite, the tapeworm could reproduce, and its larvae could spread throughout your system causing anything from seizures to meningitis. It's hard to believe that some people would rather risk their lives with a tapeworm rather than go to the gym or eat a salad now and then.

What a Bizarre Concept

Although there are many people who swear by the above weight loss tricks, I don't recommend any of them. Here's a wild idea: if you want to lose weight, reduce your calorie intake (but be sure to get enough to stay healthy), eat a balanced diet, and exercise. That's so crazy it just might work!

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These blue-tinted sunglasses are supposed to make your food look less appealing so you will eat less of it.

That made me laugh, haha, I don't know anyone who loses an apetitte that way. =P

All of those were pretty funny though, lol. Tapeworms, eww.

Lmao, I hadn't heard of many of these, but they are hilarious. I'm sure if you were truly mad you could combine them to have some kind of ear staples-celeryandcabbagesoup-cottonball diet where everything is consumed with a special fork, whilst wearing the sunglasses (imagining how I would look carrying on with this diet has brightened my day).

some of them sound so weird... and yet, just a few days ago, a friend was telling me that he lost over 20 pounds on the cabbage soup diet (he did it for much longer than the recommended 7 days), and has been more or less maintaining that weight ever since (that is, for the past 2 years)...

I see that no one has commented on the fact that the "Master Cleanse" is in there (aka the lemonade diet). To me, that one should be at the head of the list because so many people buy into it.

I wish the "Master Cleanse" would just vanish from the face of the planet along with the morons who came up with it.

They all sound silly except for number 5... that one i kinda like! I want the fork with the light signal!
Thanks for sharing these.  Many of them I have never even heard of.  The tapeworm and the cottonballs totally made my stomach hurt just thinking about them!

I wonder if the stapling thing is what Joy from the View just got?  Especially since they are illegal and she admitted and showed it in her ear on TV (she had two friends that did it as well, and were also shown on the show.)

i'm guilty of the cabbage soup diet. and i have to say it worked. the soup wasn't terrible, and i lost 5 pounds in seven days.

and then i gained 7 back.

at my school suddenly it became popular to follow the "syrup" diet. Ten days, with nothing but a few cups of vegetables and this "syrup" dilluted in water. You could see everyone totting around their bottles of syrup on day one. By day three they were fainting in the hallways.

I think those 'diet cookies' are a weird diet. I don't really understand how anyone thinks they can stick to all cookies for the rest of their lives.

Wow---tapeworm, very crazy indeed.  I just want to know who's actually done it and hear their experience.  If they're still alive, that is.

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As for tapeworms, read the book Seabiscuit.  Jockeys back in the day did tons of crazy things to stay under the weight limit--yes, including swallowing tapeworms!  Some of their other favorite strategies: running around the track in horse blankets, sitting in the pile of manure to "sweat it off", and other crazy things.

ohhh mann....  *sighhh*

This list was fun to read!I can't believe people actually fall for some of those crazy gimick diets... diet patch? please! LOL

Hey the ear stapling thing is ligit.   It utlizes a pressure point in the ear that with direct constant stimulation actually helps you lose weight.  Its an accupuncture techneique.  I have an aunt who has degenterative disk desease.  She can't get out of a chair on her own much less exercise.   She is one of those people that no matter how little she eats she is going to gain weight if shes not exercising.  So she had her ear stapled and lost 45 lbs.  

The only problem with the ear stapling is the staples will eventually fall out.  once the staples come out, if you can't do anything to change your situation, then you will gain the weight back.  Which is what happened to my aunt.  She went back several times to have her ears restapled but finally decided it was to much of a hassle.  Shes gained back all shes lost and has even more trouble moving around.    I think she would have been better off keeping the staples in.  But, thats just my opinon.

 

Original Post by techdog:

I see that no one has commented on the fact that the "Master Cleanse" is in there (aka the lemonade diet). To me, that one should be at the head of the list because so many people buy into it.

I wish the "Master Cleanse" would just vanish from the face of the planet along with the morons who came up with it.

There's a Master Cleanse diet thread alive and well at this very moment. It makes me sad that people are so gullible and desperate that they will delude themselves into thinking this is healthy. They believe this to the point that they get angry when you challenge them with simple logic.

I can't believe no ones mentioned the soap as the funniestone there

Who the hell is that stupid!
Original Post by doedoebird:

some of them sound so weird... and yet, just a few days ago, a friend was telling me that he lost over 20 pounds on the cabbage soup diet (he did it for much longer than the recommended 7 days), and has been more or less maintaining that weight ever since (that is, for the past 2 years)...

whoa he must have had some major gas problems, too!

Original Post by doedoebird:

some of them sound so weird... and yet, just a few days ago, a friend was telling me that he lost over 20 pounds on the cabbage soup diet (he did it for much longer than the recommended 7 days), and has been more or less maintaining that weight ever since (that is, for the past 2 years)...

whoa h must have had some major gas problems too!

Thanks for sharing. I burst out laughing at the Diet Sunglasses!!!! Oh gosh.

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