If you’re feeling desperate, spare some time to give this article a read, and see whether you’re feeling a little more positive about holding onto your love handles afterwards. Some people really take dieting that step too far!
From the chemical diet to eating nothing but raw foods, we round up some of the craziest, most extreme diets out there. And no, we don’t suggest you try them!
1) The Chemical Diet
This diet consists of forcing yourself to only eat lean, unfried meat, water, eggs and vegetables, with no fat and just a tiny bit of bread or fruit – hardly a laugh a minute! Apparently the combination of foods is supposed to interact chemically to burn fat. We’ll admit that this diet may be a quick fix for that upcoming wedding or holiday but an extreme diet plan like the chemical diet is not nutritionally balanced and does not contain enough calories for a healthy lifestyle.
2) Stomach balloon
This one sounds very uncomfortable… Presented as an alternative to surgery, for those struggling to lose weight you can now have a tiny balloon inserted into your stomach to help with portion control.
The balloon only takes 30 minutes to be inserted in the person’s stomach, and it’s inflated with saline once it’s in place.
The device, called Orbera, was designed for people considered morbidly obese, with a body mass index of 30 to 40, who have failed to lose weight with other diets and exercise. It lasts for six months so manufacturers promise rapid weight loss. But we’re not sure how a balloon in our tummy sounds…
3) Freeze-Dried Poop Pills
Yes, unfortunately you read that right… freeze-dried poop pills are being tested to treat obesity, and it’s got us worrying that this will become a new weight loss trend in the near future.
Apparently they’re trialling it in Massachusetts to see if feces from lean and healthy people can have an impact on insulin sensitivity and body weight, with 21 obese participants taking the tablets for six weeks.
And although the leader of the study told People magazine that the capsules are ‘odorless, tasteless, double-encapsulated’, and that the screening process for donors is more rigorous than for blood donation, it’s still someone else’s poop! We wouldn’t even do it if it was our own…
4) Maple Syrup Diet
Here’s a diet that Cheryl’s said to have used when she was worried about putting on weight. The diet became famous when Beyoncé used it to shed 20 pounds for her role in Dreamgirls.
It’s also been tested on Channel Four’s programme, How To Lose Weight Well which got us thinking about how an earth we’d survive on maple syrup…
It’s pretty simple; mix Madal Bal Natural Tree Syrup with water, lemon juice and cayenne pepper, then drink the concoction instead of eating meals. This is a very radical way to lose weight and the list of side effects is long, from diarrhoea to headaches, nausea and mental irritability – we think we’ll give this one a miss!
5) The Raw Food Diet
On the raw food diet you can eat anything that is unprocessed and uncooked, so knock yourself out with your choice of organic fruit and veg, nuts, seeds, beans, seaweed and purified water. The creators of this diet are very strict about one thing, that only 75% of food must be heated over 116°C. Fancy living on a diet of only raw vegetables? No, neither do we!
6) The Bulletproof Coffee Diet
Yes, this is exactly what you think it is. A nice fatty blob of butter in your coffee alongside a glug of oil. Really! The latest diet fad involves taking a tablespoon of butter and stirring in two dollops along with a dash of oil (medium-chain triglyceride, to be precise) which makes a cup of Bulletproof Coffee. Despite the fact that this unappealing brew contains a massive 500 calories, its creator Dave Asprey, once 21 stone and now ‘slimline’ swears by the formula. But we’re not convinced, and neither is Dr Sally Norton, an NHS surgeon and leading UK weight-loss consultant who spoke to the Telegraph. ‘There is no science that would back this up as a weight-loss tool’.
7) The Diet Choker
Ok so it’s not quite as terrifying as we’d first thought (no, it doesn’t actually choke you if you eat too much!). This contraption sits around your neck and by monitoring vibrations in your throat with a clever sensor, it can send an alert to you phone which buzzes if you go over your daily, or even the wrong kind of food. The WearSens, a metal ring developed by engineers in LA, has been tested on 30 people so far who all say it does work.
While it’s undoubtedly smart, we’re not sure it looks at all comfortable, plus our other half and kids might be alarmed if we started walking around with this around our neck!
8) The Clay Diet
Known as the clay cleanse, this has gathered a few celebrity followers lately including Divergent star, Shailene Woodley. The idea behind it is that clay has binding properties that cleanse your digestive system by sticking all the bad stuff together and removing it when you go to the loo, absorbing toxins, and also expanding in the stomach to make you feel full. People take the clay either in tablet form or mixing powdered clay in a drink. We don’t know about you, but swallowing clay just doesn’t sound all that appetising to us. Not to mention the fact that it’s also the key ingredient in cat litter, and some clay products have been found to contain arsenic, which can be poisonous to humans and is used in pesticides.
9) The Strawberry Diet
There are two versions of this diet: one is where you supplement healthy, daily meals with strawberries, for their natural health benefits (they contain high levels of vitamin C, folic acid and potassium), but the more extreme version of the diet is the strawberry fast, in which the person lives on nothing but strawberries to lose weight quickly. While strawberries are very healthy, eating them alone means that you miss out on other vital ingredients you get from a balanced diet. Strawberries are also very high in sugar, just 100g of strawberries contains about 7g of sugar – that’s almost two teaspoons. And after Kim Kardashian was reported to be trying the strawberries-only diet, we’re sure there’ll be a few people ready to follow in her slimming footsteps…
10) The Egg Diet
Can you guess what this diet involves? That’s right, eggs and lots of them. Nigella Lawson’s ex-husband, Charles Saatchi, reportedly lost four stone in 10 months by eating nothing but eggs. If the thought of eating only eggs has you reaching for the sick bucket, you could also add some low carbohydrate vegetables and lean protein. We think this is definitely one to avoid, after all, we all know what happens after one too many eggs…