When it comes to losing weight and getting fit, finding the right diet is key. Throughout the years, there have been diets to fit just about every lifestyle and food group. While they may promise riveting results, they just don’t live up to the hype. In fact, some are just downright silly!
Here’s a look at the 10 worst diets of all time. See if you’ve ever tried one (or two!):
- Baby Food Diet– The idea here is that if you eat baby food you’ll lose weight. You eat baby food for breakfast and lunch and then have a small balanced meal for dinner. There are a lot of downsides to this diet including malnutrition and hunger.
- Blood Type Diets– With this diet, you customize your meals according to your blood type. Apparently your blood type reveals character traits which in turn reveal what types of food you should eat.
- The Cabbage Soup Diet– If you like cabbage soup, then this one is not that bad for you. You’re also allowed veggies, fruit, skim milk, tea, coffee, and low-fat yogurt. You can add bananas a few days in and then lean meat and brown rice. The downsides here include low energy levels and sugar cravings.
- The Dukan Diet-This diet claims you can lose up to ten pounds in the first week, followed by up to four pounds every week thereafter. You can eat as much as you want, but the food has to be on the approved list. Foods have to be high in protein. Many say there are just too many rules to follow with this diet.
- The Master Cleanse– This liquid diet consists of water, lemon or lime juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. You drink this concoction six to twelve times a day to lose weight. There are obvious questions about nutritional deficiencies, not to mention a lot of trips to the bathroom.
- The Grapefruit Diet– Obviously the basics of this plan are grapefruit and grapefruit juice…and lots of it. Although this diet may produce quick results, skeptics warn it will be difficult to maintain.
- The Air Diet– For this diet, you hold food to your mouth, but you don’t actually eat it. Instead you survive on water and a salt soup mixture.
- Sleeping Beauty Diet-You can’t eat if you’re sleeping, right? People trying this diet out are actually sedated so they can try to sleep the pounds off.
- Paleo Diet– While many people swear by this diet, there are concerns that you are losing vital nutrients by cutting out dairy and grains. People on this diet eat lots of protein and leafy vegetables
- The Cookie Diet– This sounds great, right? Who wouldn’t want to eat cookies to lose weight? Hold on to your Oreos. These are not the types of cookies you’re thinking of. Dieters with this plan need to eat special fiber packed cookies instead of a regular breakfast and lunch. Obviously there are concerns because you’re trading in a balanced meal for a “magic cookie”.
No matter what type of diet you’re thinking of trying, always check with your doctor first. Be sure you are getting the right nutrients and vitamins that are essential for your body. Chances are if it’s too good to be true, than it is.
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