To round out our 6-part Weight Loss Wisdom series, I thought we’d take a look at some of the worst diets ever to grace the face of planet Earth.
From the bizarre to the downright disgusting, these diet plans should cause each of us to think twice before we jump onto the next diet fad bandwagon! And believe me when I say that some of these diets may indeed work – if for no other reason than their ability to kill your appetite!
Wash away the Fat!
The slimming soap diet is an intriguing little diet fad that uses seaweed-based soap to wash away the pounds. Apparently, reducing calories is a silly idea to some people, and somehow reducing weight from the outside makes more sense.
At $20 per bar of soap, the creators of this gem of a plan have at least succeeded in washing money out of the pockets of their customers.
Chew, chew, chew!
And then there’s the chewing diet – an oldie but don’t let that fool you! Created by Horace Fletcher back in the time of King Edward, this stroke of brilliance relies upon your ability to count higher than your fingers and toes combined.
In it, the dieter must chew his or her food at least 32 times, and then allow the food to trickle down their throat. The really attractive aspect of this particular diet is that you get to spit out any chunks too big to swallow.
Mmm! The diet plan made for people who eat in public!
As the worm turns
How about the so-called tapeworm or “jockey’s diet”?
Dating back to early in the last century, some people evidently decided that it would be a good idea to introduce tapeworms into their digestive systems for dieting purposes.
Eating for two, anyone?
When you think about it, having tapeworm inside your digestive track to help you eat all of that scrumptious food you love can’t be a bad thing, can it? I mean, apart from the nausea, infections, and possible death, it sure sounds like a great idea.
And you can never have enough parasites living inside of you, right?
The look … the TASTE … of cotton
Leave it to Hollywood to come up with this one.
How about gelatin-soaked cotton balls for dinner? Or just plain old cotton balls? Evidently, some in the land of make-believe have concocted this hare-brained idea in the belief that the cotton will give you a full feeling and reduce hunger pangs.
Of course, for reducing hunger pangs, nothing beats the last one on our list:
Close your eyes – go to sleep…
Try this one on for size!
Sleeping pills and other medications to keep you sedated and away from the dinner table can actually keep you from eating and gaining weight. Hey, if you can manage to eat in your sleep, those few extra pounds you’re worried about are the least of your concerns!
Unfortunately, both heavy sedation and complete starvation can result in minor complications like death.
Then again, if it was good enough for Elvis maybe I should give it a try!
Still want to try a fad diet?
The whole point of this exercise is to remind us of the most basic weight loss wisdom of all: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! To really lose weight, avoid the tricks and traps and focus on common sense methods to burn the fat and feed the muscle!
Weight Loss Tips
When you hear expressions like “negative calorie foods”, examine such claims with a hefty amount of skepticism.
The idea that foods can contain fewer calories than they expend during digestion has yet to be demonstrated – and many of the foods cited as examples are actually fruits that contain high amounts of sugar.
Stick to what you know you to be true, and your discipline and dedication to weight loss will help you to turn your body into a fat burning furnace!
A Fast -And Fun – Fact
After checking on this, the celebrities in Hollywood are right.
1 serving of cotton balls DOES contain fewer calories than a Big Mac!
Q: Are you saying that none of the diet programs or books I see on the market can be trusted?
A: Absolutely not! There are a number of quality diet programs and resources available on the internet and elsewhere, and many of them are quite good.
From programs involving fasting techniques to those dealing with the reduction of fat around the male chest, good information can be found if you are willing to do your homework.
The wisdom you should take away from this look at the worst diets in history is simply to judge all diet claims with a critical mind, and never allow your dieting efforts to be confounded by some huckster with a bottle of snake oil to sell!