Monday, April 18, 2011

O = Outrageous Diets

Outrageous diets are as effective as get-rich-quick schemes. Neither work because you can't get results without hard work. But no matter how many people fail at either, more line up thinking it will work out differently for them. So far I have yet to meet anyone who lost weight or got rich doing either, but I won't put it down as never.

Today, I wanted to highlight a few of the more outrageous diets I've heard of:

1) The Cabbage Soup Diet - The name says it all, literally. The only thing you eat for 7 days is cabbage soup. Yuk!

2) The Tapeworm Diet - Again with the name being literal. This one does actually have you swallow a tapeworm that lives inside you for 10 weeks. After the 10 weeks, you take prescription medicine to kill the littler bugger.

3) The Weight Loss Cure They Don't Want You To Know About - This gem of a "diet" has you getting injections of pregnant women's pee. Yeah, I'm thinking I wish I didn't know about this one.

So anyone try any of these? Know anyone who did? Or maybe you've got something more outrageous to share!


  1. I draw the line at the tapeworm diet. Unless they're battered and deep fried, then smothered in chocolate.

  2. My parents and my cousin have both tried the HCG (#3) diet. My parents lost a lot of weight that way, but I think it has more to do with the low calorie diet you follow along with it.

    My husband has done the lemonade diet a few times. I hate it. He lost a lot of weight the first time he did it, but he didn't keep it off and it's less effective each time he tries. I vote for plain healthy eating.

  3. My vote would be for healthy eating and exercise, I know, crazy right?? :)

  4. I agree-these are all outrageous! I do like Stephen's chocolate idea! Julie

  5. Oh my gosh, I've never heard of any of these. I can't believe the Tapeworm Diet!

  6. As much as I hate to admit this, but I have actually done the cabbage soup diet. I actually did lose weight on this. Mostly because I hate cabbage and basically didn't eat for a week and then when I did start eating I gained all I had lost back and then some. No surprise there right?

    I am from the south and we batter everything and deep fry but there is no way you could serve up that tapeworm that I would eat it. I don't care how much batter you put on it. Yuck!

  7. ooohhh, people actually try the tapeworm diet? Sheesh.

  8. Ewwww! I can't believe people would be so desperate to not exercise that they would actually eat a tapeworm!

  9. I think the baby food diet was a little ridiculous. You get your nutrients, but you lose your dignity.

    I'm vegan, and it helped me lose weight at first, but you can still gain weight if you eat a lot of carbs. They're my nemesis.