Diets are a concern for many of us. Crazy weight loss techniques, such as those listed below are not only hilarious and unbelievably silly, but potentially dangerous as well. Why anyone would rather ingest a worm and endure the consequences of it, rather than going to a gym 3 times a week is a big mystery for me. Maybe such traditional methods are not trendy enough for some people. Or maybe those people are simply insane. If you want to take a look of some of the crazy weight loss techniques that are used these days, here they are:
1. Eating Cotton Balls
Have you ever heard that eating cotton balls helps you lose weight? No? That’s ok, you are not alone! However, there are many people who believe it. Some people eat them dry and others soak them in gelatin first. Yummy! The idea is that the cotton balls are low in calories but filling, and hence, you won’t feel the need of eating a long while after a cotton balls meal. Also, the cotton balls are rich in fibers, which are helpful in any diet and very healthy in general .The only problem is that cotton balls do not contain THAT kind of fibers…
2. The Jesus Diet
This diet has a double purpose: losing weight and gaining divine favor. Following the principle ‘what was good for Jesus is good for me as well’, the adepts of this new trend only eat aliments which are mentioned in the Bible. Apparently, there is even a book on this subject, written by a certain Dr. Colbert. He claims that encouraging patients with obesity to get close to religion will strangely help them change their lifestyle and adopt a different view on what the fridge should contain. Eating what Jesus ate (mostly fish, vegetables beans and lentils) may be boring but at least you’ll be rewarded with a slim figure and with a place in Heaven.
3. The Tapeworm Diet
This crazy weight loss technique is not a new thing. Back in the 19th century, ladies would swallow tapeworms in order to lose those extra pounds we all complain about. Sometimes, they would get sick with diarrhea, headaches, belly aches, even infections, which would occasionally cause their death. It seems like there’s indeed nothing a woman wouldn’t do for beauty! Today, the tapeworm diet is once again promoted. People believe that besides eating a part of the calories you ingest (couldn’t one just ingest LESS calories than feeding worms inside his body?!) the tapeworms actually balance human’s immune system. This is based on a dubious theory which suggests that humans used to have worms in the past and now the body is missing its parasites. Huh?!
Simple, isn’t it? If you don’t eat a thing, then you will most certainly lose weight. This is a method promoted by a cult called ‘Breatharians who, as the name suggest, try to live with air only. They do so in order to achieve some wacky spiritual goals. The thing is that their leader (Wiley Brooks) appeared in a TV show and tried to persuade people to stop eating so as to cure obesity. While his naïve adepts try to do so, he was seen at 7-eleven late at night eating hot-dogs and Twinkies and hoping no one would see him. Tough luck!
5. Hungry? Go to sleep!
One of the many crazy weight loss techniques out there that may endanger one’s health, ‘the sleeping beauty’ diet was actually popular a while ago. It implies sedating yourself several days in a row so that you may sleep instead of eating. Starvation is the main idea here also. Elvis was one of the adepts of this diet in the last period of his life. Besides from side effects such as nausea, headache, fatigue, one may even die from sedative abuse or starvation, so you might consider a less dramatic way to lose that belly!
6. Raw Food Diet
This type of diet gained a lot of popularity lately and became a real trend. There are restaurants that strictly prepare row menus and lots of complicated recipes are circulating on the internet, featuring raw delights. Rawists believe that cooking aliments will affect their nutritional value , while adding in the same time unwanted calories. Hence they stopped cooking their food and spend hours instead preparing meals which are similar in taste and aspect (really now?!) to the cooked ones. Well, at least these people do eat something and it is food too.
7. The Cleansing Diet of Beyonce
Beyonce was not the inventor of this diet, but she is its most famous adept. This crazy weight loss technique consists in only drinking a cocktail made of maple syrup, cayenne pepper, lemon juice and water for two weeks. What will happen is that you will lose lots of weight. But you will also be in danger of getting seriously sick because of severe lacking such nutritional elements as proteins and vitamins. Moreover, you will probably gain those pounds back, because of the yo-yo effect which is famous among the professional dieters.
8. Diet Sunglasses
This is a crazy weight loss technique but this much is true: if food is ugly you won’t eat it! This is why the sunglasses were invented: they are supposed to make food look less appealing, in the hope that the gourmands will be able to control their appetite. Well, these silly, blue sunglasses won’t have much success when you are hungry and some deliciously smelling dish is waiting in front of you!
9.The Chugay Tongue Patch
This is a postage stamp-sized piece of mesh that the inventor, dr. Nikolas Chugay, may surgically attach to your tongue. This weird device will make eating so painful that you’ll have to stick to liquids instead. Chugay reports that people using it lost up to 30 kg (30 pounds) in week. If you are crazy enough to try such a thing, than you should also know that the mesh is removable, so you’ll be able to eat again in no time…and put those kilos back in no time, most probably.
10. The Slimming Soap
If pain is not for you (that’s only normal), than, here’s another crazy weight loss technique to try, which does not include the help of a surgeon, this time. The algae contained by of this soap will theoretically penetrate your skin and will break down fat, tighten your skin, increase metabolism, and reduce cellulite. It is most probably ineffective, but at least is pain free , and pretty safe (if you are not allergic to its ingredients), so you might as well try it.