Losing weight can be hard. Especially when there is a lot of weight to lose, or when there are only a few pounds left after a significant amount of weight loss. This can make it very frustrating and can make us want to go to some rather extreme measures to be able to reach that coveted goal weight. A number of diets have become quite popular with their promises of fast and easy weight loss.
However, it is important to note that just because a diet is popular, it doesn’t mean that it is effective, healthy, or even safe. The following are some of the diets that have managed to reach popularity despite the fact that they are not at all healthy and can even put your health in danger or your life at risk.
• The Tapeworm Diet – yes, it’s exactly what you’re thinking. This first became popular at the start of the 20th century, when people would swallow pills full of tapeworm cysts. This allowed the parasites to grow and develop within the user’s intestines, where it would consume the foods that the dieter was eating until they reached their goal weight. Then, they would taken an anti-parasitic drug to help to kill the tape worms so that they can be sent out with the rest of the body waste. This was exceptionally dangerous and could cause other types of side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, and even epilepsy. This, on top of the fact that a person then has to try to expel a worm of up to thirty feet in length, could prove to be deadly if things go wrong.
• The Feeding-Tube Diet – also known as the K-E diet, this has become especially popular among brides who want to lose a lot of weight before their weddings. It is a doctor monitored fad diet that uses a feeding tube for food and that’s it. It’s a very low calorie diet that is rich in fats and proteins. It is meant to force the body into a state of ketosis so that fat will be burned more quickly. However, complications are common and sometimes dangerous, including kidney stones, dizziness, dehydration, constipation, and headaches.
• Sleeping-Beauty Diet – the idea behind this diet is to sedate yourself with supplements and medications so that you will be able to skip a number of meals without feeling hunger. This one gained popular in the 1960’s after it had been mentioned in “Valley of the Dolls”, a popular novel from the time. It is rumored that even Elvis Presley gave it a try. The concept is simply to drug yourself so that you will remain unconscious until you wake up a new and thinner you. The idea is, of course, ridiculous as it is highly dangerous, slows down the metabolism, risks high levels of dehydration, and could even cause the organs of the body to start shutting down. This diet could prove fatal.