What would you do to shed a few pounds? Inject yourself with syringes? Stop swallowing your food? Give yourself a parasite? There are plenty of ridiculous fad diets out there, but the ones on this list are some of the worst. Click through to check out some of the most insane fad diets around.
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1. The Tapeworm Diet
How’s this for the perfect diet: eat as much as you want and still lose weight! Oh, the downside? Yeah, that includes swallowing a tapeworm, a parasite that feeds off of your nutrients. You’ll probably shed pounds, sure, but you’ll also be losing vital nutrients, potentially develop brain damage or even die. You can actually gain weight, too, if the tapeworm gets big enough. They can grow up to 30 feet. Ew!
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2. The Sleeping Beauty Diet
You can’t eat when you’re asleep, right? Elvis Presley was a fan of this diet, where you are heavily sedated for several days in order to “sleep off” weight. This will certainly be effective in terms of pure weight loss, but in terms of health, yeah, not so much.
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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.
4. The Chewing Diet
You can enjoy all the food you want as long as you don’t swallow it. Throw hygiene out the window and chew your food 30-80 times for each bite before spitting it out. Forget about those essential vitamins and minerals!
5. The Baby Food Diet
Popular with celebrities, the baby food diet consists of, well, adults eating food meant for babies without teeth. Eat up to 14 jars a day of pureed carrots or peas. How can you resist?!