Here is a list of the top 10 dangerous diet plans and the common health risks linked with each one. You are advised to avoid these extreme and highly dangerous diet plans….
1. Tapeworm Diet
The concept behind this diet is to allow the tapeworm to minimize the calorie absorbed by your body without limiting the calories that you take in. For this weight loss plan, dieters ingest tablets that contain tapeworms. Once inside the body, the worms make their way inside the digestive tract, and they cling and feed into various components in it. Soon, tapeworms exit the body with every bowel movement, which can occur quite frequently in a day. Thus, it can be a rather uncomfortable experience.
Primarily, tapeworms are parasites that are usually acquired by consuming undercooked or raw animal meats. However, these worms can also get into your body when you drink contaminated water or beverages. The dangers involved in this diet include bloating, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal pains and vitamin deficiencies. Furthermore, those infected with the Taenia solium, a type of tapeworm, may suffer from cysticercosis. This condition occurs once the eggs of the worm penetrate into your intestinal wall and scatter into various parts of the body through the bloodstream. Over time, cysts can form and result to seizures, confusion and even death once they affect the brain.
2. Diet Patch
Diet patches are medications designed to release nutrients from herbs through your skin. Although the diet patch has become popular in the latter part of the 2000s, there is a lack of scientific evidence to prove its effectiveness. Nevertheless, manufacturers of these patches claim that the ingredients in these products help suppress appetite, boost metabolism and burn body fat quickly.
The idea is to wear a trans dermal patch for a longer period of time, so that the herbal ingredients in it can take effect. However, there are several dangers associated with this product. High levels of iodine are usually key components of diet patches, and this can lead to side effects including low blood sugar levels, stomach irritation, abnormal bleeding and skin lesions. There are also diet patches that use yerba mate, a type of herb used as a stimulant, anti-depressant and diuretic. With constant use, you may suffer from nasty physical symptoms such as irregular heartbeat, stomach pains, muscle twitching and fever.
3. Yo-yo Diet
Yo-yo dieting or weight cycling refers to an ongoing losing and regaining of weight. For instance, this form of diet can result to minimal weight losses and gains of up to 10 pounds for each cycle, to an adverse change in weight that reaches at least 50 pounds in a cycle. Based on studies, though, yo-yo diet has no impact to your metabolic rate. You are also most likely to increase your chances of developing various health risks by going through a constant cycle of losing and gaining weight.
According to health experts, yo-yo dieting can increase your chances of suffering from high cholesterol levels, gallbladder disorder and high blood pressure. There is also a negative psychological impact to dieters including depression and anxieties after regaining weight. With this mind, you are better off with a tried and tested weight loss program that does not pose hazards to your health.
4. Master Cleanse
Popular among Hollywood celebrities, the master cleanse or lemonade diet pertains to an intake of liquid-only food products to promote weight loss. These liquids include herbal laxative teas, salt-water and beverages similar to lemonade. Advocates of this diet claim to shed pounds after going through this diet for at least 10 days. They also state how energetic, healthy and vital they feel after being capable of suppressing their appetite and eliminating cravings for fatty food.
Although you CAN lose weight due to restricted calorie intake, you are also losing water, bone and muscle over a period of time. During the initial 10 days with this diet, you are only recommended to drink lemonade, herbal teas with laxative effect and salt-water. Once the 10-day period is over, you can begin adding solids into your diet, as long as there is no dairy or too much meat content. As a result, you can suffer from intense cravings, headaches, fatigue and malnutrition because of this strict diet. Weight loss is also temporary, and there is a high risk of regaining weight once you go back to your usual diet.
5. Cabbage Soup Diet
Just like most fad diets that hardly ever work, the cabbage soup is intended to restrict your calorie intake to lose weight quickly. This is a type of modified fasting, and there are no scientific claims on the effectiveness and benefits of this diet. It only gives the premise that by consuming more cabbage soup each time you experience hunger, your body will remain satiated to last this week-long diet plan.
You may lose as much as 15 pounds in a week, but much of the weight you shed is from fluids. This diet also restricts your daily calorie intake to 800 to 1,050, which is considered as dangerously low and unsafe, according to health specialists. Various symptoms are common among those who follow this diet program including lack of energy, flatulence and abdominal pains. Eventually, your body will start using up muscle mass instead of body fat. The metabolic rate is also altered, and you can regain so much weight rapidly once your body has readjusted itself to your normal diet.
6. Grapefruit Diet
Practiced by numerous TV personalities and diet fanatics since 1950, the grapefruit diet revolves around the concept that this fruit contains enzymes that increase fat metabolism. There have also been claims that after 12 days on this diet program, you can lose as much as 10 pounds. The idea is to consume one cup of grapefruit juice (unsweetened) or half of this fruit before meals. This diet program is also low in carbs, and you should not exceed the 800 calorie limit a day.
Since meat is the main source of energy in this diet, this limits the nutrients you get from food. There is also a lack of structure, and you may end up eating high-fat meats that will cause higher chances of regaining weight while on this diet. Drug interactions also occur due to the consumption of too much grapefruit. Toxicity from drugs is increased, particularly when you are under certain medications such as calcium channel blockers, statins, and anti-arrhythmic medications.
7. Cotton Ball Diet
This may seem absurd to an average person, but there are actual people who consume cotton balls before meals to suppress their appetite and reduce their intake of food. Proponents of this rather strange and dangerous diet eat at least 5 pieces of cotton balls that are dipped in lemonade or smoothie. After dining on cotton, they experience a feeling of satiety that prevents them from eating too much.
However, health experts argue that most cotton balls sold in the market are made of polyester fibers, which are bleached and loaded with chemicals. This does not make it different from swallowing cloth or even coins, considering the toxic components of cotton balls. Health risks include malnutrition and choking, and this can also lead to a bezoar or trapped mass in your intestinal tract. With several blockages built up in your intestines over a period of time, this condition can be fatal.
8. Feeding Tube Diet
Another weight loss program that has become popular among obese and overweight individuals is the feeding tube or K-E diet. This involves the insertion of nasogastric feeding tubes to deliver water, protein and fat into your body. There are no carbs included, and the goal is to limit your intake of calories to only 800 per day over the 10-day diet plan. Hence, your body undergoes ketosis where fat is burned instead of carbs. When prolonged, this condition can stress your kidneys and liver, as well as fatigue and constipation.
It is also worth noting that weight gain can be rapid once you go back to your regular diet. This practice also has nothing to do with staying healthy, and it only puts you into greater danger over time due to limited calorie intake and malnutrition. The quick weight regain also causes frustration, and you may only find yourself back in the cycle of losing and regaining pounds.
9. HCG Diet
This diet fad was introduced in the 1950s, but it was never approved by the FDA as a safe and effective means of losing weight. Nevertheless, there are some people who take HCG with the hopes of shedding a few pounds despite the lack of scientific evidences on this diet program. In fact, there were studies that those who take placebo (and under a low-calorie diet) have the same weight loss effects as those who were given HCG supplementation.
People who use high levels of HCG are also putting themselves at risk of numerous side effects such as depression, restlessness, blood clots and headaches. They may also go through similar pregnancy symptoms that include swelling of the breasts and water retention. Ovarian Hyper Stimulaton Syndrome can also result among a few users of HCG in massive amounts. Most importantly, there is no assurance that you can keep the weight off at the end of this diet program.
10. Sleeping Beauty Diet
As long as you are asleep, you are least likely to eat anything, right? This is exactly what the Sleeping Beauty Diet tries to prove. However, the entire process that you need to go through can be hazardous to your health – plus the fact that it can lead to further problems later on. There is also little science to back up these positive claims on your health and weight, and the diet seems unrealistic for those who have a regular job and daily routine to follow.
Dieters take sedatives that allow them to sleep 20 hours per day, which limit their food intake to one tiny meal. Not only are you depriving yourself from nutrients, but you can also become addicted to the drug that is designed to put you to sleep. Several other symptoms can arise including mood swings, impaired cognitive ability, auditory hallucinations, headaches, and inability to sleep without the use of sedatives.