When it comes to losing weight, there are very few options that can beat good old healthy eating and regular exercise; that doesn’t mean people haven’t tried though. Whether it’s due to impatience, desperation, or even a mental disorder such as anorexia and bulimia, some people will go to whatever lengths necessary to shed a couple extra pounds. Unfortunately, a lot of diet fads can cause more harm than good. Here are 25 Crazy And Extreme Ways People Try To Stay Thin that will shock even the most desperate of dieters.
The Cotton Ball Diet
This diet involves soaking cotton balls in water or juice and eating them to trick the body into think you’ve eaten while you continue to starve yourself. In reality, this does little to trick the body, and the cotton wool can collect in the intestinal track to cause severe pain and discomfort.
The Tapeworm Diet
Literally growing a tapeworm in your lower intestines, the tapeworm diet involves ingesting a real tapeworm and letting it grow inside your body where it will feast on anything you eat. In case you are crazy enough to even consider this diet, just remember that they can cause lasting health problems, grow to over 30 feet long, and sometimes don’t want to come out.
The Master Cleanse
Also known as the lemon cleanse, the master cleanse is a liquid diet involving drinking a cocktail of lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup. It’s goal is to cleanse your body of toxins and impurities; however, it is much more akin to downright torturing yourself.
If the master cleanse feels like torture, the tongue patch quite literally is. By sewing a small patch of fabric to the top of your tongue that makes eating solid foods unbearably painful, you will be forced to maintain a completely liquid diet as long as the patch remains. It should go with out saying, but this is definitely not recommended.
Looking for less-crazy, healthier ways to maintain a healthy weight? Check out 25 Awesome And Useful Tips To Help Busy Students Eat Healthier.
Starving oneself until you reach your desired weight will make you skinnier. Although skipping meals will make you skinny quickly, it is terribly easy to go overboard, and doing so will be incredibly bad for your body.
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