Lots of people want or need to lose weight, but the time-proven method of moderation and exercise just isn’t fast enough. Enter fad diets. Many rely on “science” to come up with the logic of how their plan works miracles. In reality not only do such fad diets fail, they can be dangerous, too. Here’s ten of the worst fad diets. 1.
Sometimes called the “werewolf diet” due to its dependency on the lunar cycle, this revolves around fasting based on the phases of the moon, including total fasting on new or full moons. Though advocates say you can lose six pounds in a single day following this, it’s simply not feasible, and any weight lost this way will be gained back shortly after you stop.
Blood Type Diet
No, blood type doesn’t determine how your body reacts to certain foods, though this diet is based on restricting what you eat based on your blood type. Arbitrary restrictions, a running theme of fad diets, are a bad idea.
Though the title gives it a nice official-sounding ring, there’s no evidence suggesting that any military utilizes this diet. It’s simply extreme calorie restrictions for three days. How restrictive? One meal suggestion is cottage cheese, an egg, and five saltines.
Sometimes pitched as a cleanse, consuming nothing but juice even one day out of the week is risky business. Sure, you’ll (temporarily) lose water weight, but may also lose muscle mass. You know, the stuff you need.
Cotton Ball Diet
We’re sure you don’t need us to tell you this, but here it goes: eating cotton balls just to feel full is stupid. Like, really stupid. Have you ever experience intestinal blockage? Did you know that most cotton balls are actually dipped in bleach? Do you really need much convincing not to do this?