How do thin people stay so skinny? When it comes to losing weight, very few options 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 go to whatever lengths necessary to shed a couple extra pounds. Unfortunately, fad diets 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.
Popular in France, where it has become known as “l’air fooding,” the air diet is basically a fancy term for starving yourself. However, in an attempt to trick your brain into thinking it has eaten, you must still go through the motions of preparing a meal, setting the table, and smelling the food.
Disregarding the fact that it just plain won’t work, many people have tried injecting insulin in an attempt to lower blood sugar and break down fat instead of carbohydrates. Insulin injections are extremely dangerous, however, and if unmonitored, they can lead to the development of diabetes in non-diabetic users or even put abusers in a comatose state.
Apples and Coffee
The apples and coffee diet is about what it sounds like; eat nothing but apples and coffee for as long as possible. In theory, the coffee acts as a diuretic to thin you out while the apples provide your body with energy and nutrients to keep you moving. In reality, you’re unlikely to lose much weight and more likely to just have a really miserable time.
Waist wrapping or stomach wrapping is the practice of wrapping your belly in plastic saran wrap in order to sweat out excess liquid weight. Excess sweating, however, can be very bad for you and can result in severe dehydration, nausea, and even heatstroke.
Sleeping Beauty Diet
Designed to help people who struggle with dieting, the sleeping beauty diet suggests that whenever you begin to get cravings just pop some sleeping pills and pass out for a couple of days. While it’s true that when you’re sleeping you can’t eat, this practice can cause your muscles to atrophy, your body to become dehydrated, and there is a high possibility of overdosing on the dangerous medication.
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