There have been a lot of stupid, terrible fad diets that became popular over the years, but thankfully most of them have come and gone. Here are a few of the worst fad diets still around today:
Cabbage Soup Diet
Think of eating nothing but cabbage soup for 7 to 10 days, all so you can detox your body and hopefully lose weight. Talk about an imbalanced diet that is guaranteed to lead to serious health problems!
The Master Cleanse is also known as the Lemonade Diet, thanks to the fact that you consume nothing more than lemon juice, water, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper for up to 10 days at a time. While lemon juice does have detoxing benefits, it alone is not enough to keep you healthy.
The Grapefruit Diet consists of your eating a bit of normal food (restricted, of course), along with either half a grapefruit or a cup of grapefruit juice with every meal. The low calorie diet can be very harsh on your body, and grapefruit alone isn’t enough to promote weight loss.
No Fat Diet
Imagine trying to cut all of the fat from your life–not exactly impossible, but downright difficult! Plus, your body needs fat in order to stay healthy, making this a less than desirable option for a healthy you.
No Carb Diet
Once again, cutting all carbs from your diet isn’t really possible (considering that you get carbs from all veggies and fruits). Besides, cutting an entire macronutrient from your diet is terrible for your health, and can lead to some pretty serious consequences for your long term wellbeing.
Yes, there are people who need to cut back on gluten, thanks to their celiac disease or non-celiac gluten intolerance. But for the average person, eliminating gluten is just a silly thing to do. Gluten is a perfectly normal and healthy protein for most people, so making an effort to cut it from your diet is just overcomplicating things.
Special K Diet
Special K is a brand of cereal that promotes the “Special K Diet”, involving eating two bowls of its cereal in place of two of your daily meals. It has been known to work, but it’s a terrible diet because it’s all about getting you to buy their cereal. Pretty much any cereal will do, provided it’s healthy, contains very little sugar, and helps you eat less.
The Subway Diet
Do you really think you could lose weight by eating nothing but Subway sandwiches? Yes, there are a few healthy Sub options, but the combination of bread, processed meat and cheese, and dressings and sauces are not the healthiest choice. Plus, it’s bloody expensive!
The Hollywood Diet
This is a liquid diet, one involving high priced juices that you are supposed to consume four times per day. It’s a bloody expensive diet, and one that can lead to some pretty nasty side effects! Your body NEEDS solid food, so an all-liquid diet is only going to make you lose water weight rather than the fat you really want to burn in order to lose weight properly.
This is a diet that is overcomplicated, designed to get you to buy into the creator’s “scheme” of a “perfect diet”. Basically, all of your meals are divided into “blocks” or “zones” throughout the day, and you can only eat certain things during that time of day. It’s a confusing diet that’s very hard to follow, and there’s very little science to prove that it actually works.