We’ve all heard of weight loss diet scams from time to time; claims like ‘Lose weight fast without making an effort’ are a dime a dozen these days.
Sadly, many people get lured by such slogans every day. Quick weight loss schemes like these are nothing but weight loss diet scams waiting to be busted. What makes it tricky are the fake testimonials from seemingly happy and glowing people claiming to have lost 10-100 kilos by simply signing up. Today, we will unearth five of the most common weight loss diet scams that are not only too good to be true, but also illogical and bizarre. Let’s begin…
Parasitic worm diet
A diet straight out of a horror movie. The parasitic worm diet propagates the belief that ingested tapeworms, which will chew on the carb content, can help you lose weight.
If this isn’t gross enough for you, then note that these creepy crawlies living inside you will also be laying eggs and cause nutrient loss in your body (especially vitamin B12).
Baby food diet
Best left for babies, the baby food diet propagates unsalted, mashed, mushy food, served in pre-packed portions. Some consider this a great way to stay satiated for long periods of time. The press tells us that Reese Witherspoon has mentioned trying this diet successfully. However, we think differently.
Dieticians negate the benefits of the baby food diet as it can often lead to overeating as there is no specific quantity and days defined for the plan. In fact, we say that eating an apple or a carrot or any of the seasonal fruits is a much more beneficial snack item than baby food mulch. And what about adequate lean protein intake? Sounds like an incomplete meal plan.
Japanese banana diet
Discovered by Hitoshi Watanabe, this diet has gained fame by word of mouth and its observers have reported real weight loss results. The morning diet is a pretty simple plan and all it requires is for you to eat bananas in the morning, which are kept at room temperature. As far as the other three main meals of the day are concerned, you can eat anything.
Again, we would like to emphasise that what matters is the number and quality of calories one consumes regardless of the time of the day. A diet, which does not consist of healthy food items and moreover doesn’t encourage any kind of physical activity is not a healthy weight loss diet.
The master cleanser diet
The celebrity lemon diet is also called the ‘master cleanser’ diet. In this diet, one has to observe a 10 day long fast, which supposedly aids in flushing out toxins from one’s body. The observer of the diet consumes around 6 to 12 glasses of lemon juice mixed with sea salt.
The mixture of lemon juice involves maple syrup, filtered water, pepper and lime juice. The person may not eat any solid foods. The diet is pretty tough and it is said that eating crushed ice helps. One is advised not to exercise or do any kind of activity in which the person is most likely to get tired.
Many experts believe that this diet does not work as a complete solution to weight loss. Though the Vitamin C found in lemon helps in amplifying fat oxidation, which leads to sudden weight loss, the diet is devoid of the right balance of nutrients such as carbohydrates and proteins. This diet can be best compartmentalized as a model diet and works best for people who need to look thin fast.
The lemon diet in no way promotes a healthy lifestyle and is a happy part of fad diets which may or may not work. Though, including a bit of lime juice in your everyday diet ensures a good supply of much needed Vitamin C, it is simply not the best solution for your weight loss.
People who follow this diet have to guzzle down only 500 calories in a day and inject themselves with the HCG hormone. When following this diet, one might get a feeling of water retention, breast tenderness and swelling even when not pregnant.
The HCG diet also leads to a potential life-threatening condition called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), in which ovaries can leak fluid in the abdomen. This diet can further lead to abdominal pain, weight gain, fluid build-up, blood clots and kidney failure in some unfortunate cases. Best avoided.