It seems that losing weight is one of the most desired things in the modern world. People want to be slim and they’ll do some crazy things to achieve that. Somehow, people believe that being slim will automatically attract beauty and health. Sure, being slim will decrease your risk of developing diabetes and heart disease, but if you don’t eat a balanced and healthy diet and you exercise regularly, you’re not going to have a very healthy body. First, take a look at some of the most consumed foods in the world and then come back because we have some freaky and weird diet fads that are going to make your skin crawl and even put a smile on your face.
This is marketed as a detox regime that is supposed to cleanse your body of the toxins it accumulated. It’s basically lemon water with maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Yes, it’s a water diet and if you’re crazy enough to go on it, know that your best friend will become the toilet. Beyoncé went on it to lose some quick pounds and that’s what it is really for, losing 5-10 pounds in a very quick period of time. Don’t worry, you’ll gain them back as soon as you start eating solids (the type of food human being were designed to eat).
If I see another cabbage soup I think I will die! It was all the rage in the 90’s and 00’s and it tasted awful. Indeed, you would lose weight, but as soon as you started eating like a regular person, you would gain everything back. Also, another downside of the diet is that cabbage soup is a powerful diuretic, meaning that it makes you pee like a horse, all day long.
The grapefruit diet started gaining popularity back in the 1930’s. It’s not about eating only grapefruits (thank the Lord!), but also foods rich in fat and protein, such as meats and fish. They thought that grapefruits could burn fat like no other fruit. Now we know that they although they are good for you, in no way would eating a bucket of grapefruits get you the body you’ve always dreamed of.
This one is probably the most insane weight loss diet there is! The people are sedated or encouraged to sleep for long periods of time (sometimes even for days) so that the body will consume stored up fat during that time. While the math is simple: no eating while sleeping, the idea is simply crazy. Rumor has it that Elvis was a big fan, but if you looked at video from his final days, you’ll know that the diet wasn’t much of a success.
Yes, now we know how bad cigarettes are for us, but back in the 20’s it was thought that they were God’s gift to mankind. Many companies would market their cigarettes as great helpers in losing weight and they would go so far as to say that they’re good for your health. Just goes to show that you should never trust commercials.
The Breatharianism Diet is the one of the most weird diet fads ever, if not the weirdest! People are supposed to deny themselves food and water and just live on air and sunlight, or Prana, as it is called in Hinduism, the vital life force. Many have died practicing this lifestyle and it’s no surprise that they have.
Horace Fletcher is an American man who, in the late 19th century, promoted a technique that was dubbed Fletcherism. He thought that chewing your food at least 32 times (or until it became liquid) would help you lose weight. Guess people back then didn’t know about calories, because if they had, they would have known that you’d still be putting the same amount of calories in your body, no matter how much you chewed your food. Mr. Fletcher was called the great masticator for obvious reasons.
If the Sleeping Beauty diet is the most insane, the Cookie Diet has to be the most stupid. We’re sorry if this offends Dr. Sanford Siegal, the man who created it back in the 70’s, but it’s the truth. Dieters are given a number of cookies, along with a meal for a total of around 1,200 calories each day. If you consume that number of calories, with or without cookies, you’d still lose weight, so the cookies are just fluff!
Luigi Cornaro was an Italian man who published one of the first diet books ever; it was called The Art of Living Long (1558). The man only ate 400 grams of food every day and drank 500 grams of wine (my kind of man!). Later in life he stuck to one egg per day. Yes, only one egg! The incredible thing about Luigi is that he lived until 98, which in the 1550’s was something very unusual.
This is not a joke; the tapeworm diet was a real thing a while back. People would ingest tapeworm eggs, they would hatch and would grow inside the stomach, eating away the food and consuming the calories. Of course, the infested person would lose weight, but they would also feel very, very sick… from having a 50 foot worm inside them! Not to mention that if the tapeworm stays inside your body for too long, it can affect your brain and nervous system.
Have you tried any of these weird diet fads? I remember the Cabbage Diet was pretty big a decade ago. Do you know of any other weird diet fads? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.