We’re now a full month into the New Year. Are you still keeping to your resolution? Did your resolution involve losing weight? According to statistics, in 2014, resolutions about losing weight ranked number 1. Last year, losing weight also ranked number 1. So with all these resolutions to lose weight and with all those diets out there to choose from…which ones should you steer clear of? We found plenty of diets whose effectiveness seems questionable. Others that seem a bit too unhealthy. And then there are these 5 diets you must avoid. These that are just completely insane and yet real. Real and have been attempted.
Blood Type Diet
Conjured up by Peter J. D’Adamo, this diet is based on the idea that your blood type—A, B, AB, or O—is the key to what you should and shouldn’t eat. D’Adamo comes across as roughly the L. Ron Hubbard of dieting. He states that lectins in foods react differently with each ABO blood type and, to a lesser degree, with an individual’s secretor status (???) Using a plethora of unsupported scientific evidence, D’Adamo suggests that O-types are hunters, and therefore should eat a high protein diet; A-types are agrarian and need a lot of vegetables; B-types, he calls nomads, should focus on dairy; and AB-types he said should just combine aspects of A and B-type diets.
The Master Cleanse is actually one of the diets most grounded in reality. If you swear off food and intake only liquids, there’s more than a good chance you’ll lose a lot of weight. But you can do this without buying a bunch of colorful, diluted acid drinks. No toxins are being cleansed in this diet. You’re just fasting.
This regimen is so stupid, so baseless and so beyond belief that it must have been started by a celebrity. The cotton ball diet is exactly what you suspect it is: you eat cotton balls instead of actual food. Besides the fact that you’re eating cotton balls, which are usually bleached polyester fibers and—needless to say—full of chemicals, it takes far more will power to eat cotton balls than just fasting.
Eating only ice cubes would probably cause to some drastic weight loss, but it’s not healthy and not exactly what we’re talking about here. The ice cube diet is based on frozen cubes of hoodia, a succulent plant native to Namibia and South Africa. The San people have eaten it for its supposed appetite suppressant qualities, so maybe there could be some truth here. The big problem: hoodia is a highly protected/restricted plant because of its traditional use by the San people. A lot of those “hoodia” ice cubes being advertised probably aren’t hoodia at all. Not to mention most scientists cannot confirm their appetite suppression ability anyway.
There are more dangerous diets out there, but this one is by far the strangest, weirdest blend of philosophy with ideas of dieting. Basically, breatharians believe that humans do not require food or water. We can draw solely on human will power, or the Hindu prana (a sort of life force drawn mainly from the sun) for sustenance. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is some kind of spiritual, Nietzschesque take on dieting. Just go to their site and notice their site looks like it’s straight outta 1998.
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