Diet fads are a part of our lives. Let’s face it, there are a lot of nutty people coming up with a lot of nutty ideas. Keep in mind, if it seems too good to be true, it most likely isn’t true. Some of the diet fads can be seriously dangerous to your health. Always discuss any diet plan you are considering with your doctor before proceeding, no matter how crazy the concept is. You may be saving your life…or at least prolonging it.
The Tapeworm Diet
Okay, first of all, the name says it all for me. This diet consists of infecting your body with a parasite that not only consumes calories, but nutrients. It causes vitamin deficiencies, and can potentially travel to other parts of the body through the bloodstream. You must ingest the eggs of the worm and there is a chance of the parasite reaching your brain. Therefore, it can be deadly. This doesn’t even take into consideration that it is illegal and must be expressed from the body at some point. Ewwww.
The Ear Stapling Diet
Similar to the concept of acupuncture, this consists of piercing a piece of inner cartilage of one or both ears with staples. It supposedly suppresses appetite for 6 weeks to 3 months, but the staples need to be repositioned periodically. This practice is unregulated, and there it a serious risk of infection if not performed in a sanitary atmosphere. Plus, there is absolutely no proof of success.
The Cotton Ball Diet
Eat cotton balls to fill yourself up. They supposedly provide fiber. Enough said.
The Twinkie Diet
This sounds like a dream come true for those of us who are junk food junkies. Eat all of our favorite high calorie foods that are full of preservatives? PERFECT! The problem are, the weight loss only happens because you consume less calories than you would eating a healthy diet, you add dangerous amounts of preservatives to your body, and there is no sustainability unless you plan on sticking to only eating a certain number of Ding Dongs or Twinkies per day for the rest of your life.
The Sleeping Beauty Diet
This is the one Elvis made popular for a brief time. It consists of sleeping 24/7 for several days at a time. It also consists of being heavily sedated during that time to enable you to stay asleep. So, what are you really doing? You are starving yourself. It’s not practical for many people. Most of us have to work, go to school, feed the kids, and walk the dogs. Plus, relieving yourself is pretty important. So, be sure to cleanse that system before going under.
There are some crazy ideas out there for weight loss. Make sure you take them with a grain of salt and use your common sense.