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5 Crazy Fad Diets (Slideshow)

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3. The HCG Diet

HCG, or†human chorionic gonadotropin, is a hormone that the body naturally produces during pregnancy. Followers of the diet stick to a 500-600 calorie/day meal plan and give themselves injections, typically in the thigh, once a day. The diet plan was popularized in the 1950s, but is currently seeing an upswing in popularity. Critics say that the huge weight loss seen in patients has more to do with the extremely restrictive diet, not with HCG’s supposed appetite-suppressing properties.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and womenís issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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1:08AM PST on Nov 8, 2014

Fad diets aren't a sensible idea.

11:46PM PST on Nov 7, 2014

Thank you!

3:53AM PDT on Jul 5, 2013

Thanks for sharing

7:32AM PDT on Jun 13, 2013

yuck. Just eat right and exercise

11:48PM PDT on May 7, 2013

I just eat a healthy and balanced normal diet and get plenty of exercise. That photo of the limp pizza really looks grim. Would rather make my own than eat that frightening thing. Extremes in diet doesn't help anyone.

11:38PM PDT on May 7, 2013

Yeah, these are ridiculous. People are willing to do some pretty stupid things to lose weight, I guess. I'd also like to point out that none of these are permanent solutions. Sure, you might lose weight by following these, but my bet says you won't be able to keep it off, and you sure as hell won't be healthy.

9:47AM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

1:51AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

For goodness sakes! Eat more veg than carbs or proteins. Eat loads and loads of beautiful, colorful veg and see the difference almost immediately. You won't be hungry and you body will thank you. Make your stomach work for a living. :0

11:28PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

and thought the cabbage soup, peanut butter diets were nuts!

tapeworms???!!! eeek!!!!!!!!!!!!

10:58AM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

I don't think i would go on any of those lol

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