We all have stubborn pounds we're dying to lose. But there are people out there who are literally dying by resorting to ridiculous fad diets. We can't really blame them. These diets are perpetuated by a lot of Hollywood celebrities and the media. Let's face it, who wouldn't want to look like the people you see on TV?
These fad diets or so called "miracle" weight loss strategies are not only extreme, but they are very much detrimental to your health. Here are some whack diets you should never try. Ever.
Cotton Ball Diet
Believe it or not, a lot of people have succumbed to this trend. It is a fad diet that was born in the Internet. You can see it on YouTube videos, online forums, and of course, on Facebook. With this insane diet, you're supposed to soak a cotton ball in orange juice and swallow it whole. Not only does consuming cotton balls instead of food deprive your body of its much needed nutrients, you can also block your intestines. Moreover, most cotton balls you can buy at drugstores aren't even made of cotton. They're usually made of bleached, synthetic fibers.
Baby Food Diet
Some adults think that if babies can survive on squashed things like baby food, they also most certainly can. Ehem, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. But newsflash: you're not a baby. Baby food jars have 20-100 calories. Dieters restrict themselves to 600 calories per day, which calls for meal replacements of baby food jars. Besides the obvious lack of calories this diet gives you, you will also be lacking of your fiber. Having low fiber will then lead to constipation, nausea, fatigue, and even
weight gain. Talk about being counterproductive.
This fad diet has been existing ever since the 1920s, when the cigarette brand Lucky Strike released ads that advertised their products as appetite suppressors. The big idea was to "Reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet", which obviously promotes smoking rather than eating food. It then became common knowledge that nicotine could help you shed some pounds, so a lot of people, especially women, started smoking cigarettes because of this very purpose. While it is true than nicotine can help you lose weight by reducing your appetite, it can also mess up your lungs, teeth, jaw, and overall health. The long-term effects of this diet is just not worth it.
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