44A412A8-4D4B-4A54-B89B-5B952D9315B4Atkins, South Beach, The Zone. No matter what the name, there are certain diets that everyone knows and recognizes. Some people love them, others hate them, but most have a proven plan of success that isn’t threatening to your health. (even if you disagree with the strategy) A real diet is one that is sustainable and easy to maintain within your lifestyle preferences. And then there are those other diets. Call them fads or quick fixes, but they are the last thing your body needs. Here are 11 of the worst diets ever created and their over-the-top approaches to help you lose weight.

The Tape Worm Diet

We promise that this one is very real—and very disturbing. Starting in the early 20th Century, tapeworms were marketed as the dieting fix for people who struggled with losing weight. The diet is fairly self-explanatory: You eat a worm (or a pill that helps a worm grow in your body) and then the worm helps reduce your appetite and allows you to drop weight. Once you reach your goal, you take medicine to kill the worm. That’s not a diet—it’s a disease. Thankfully this approach—and the pills that help create tapeworms in your body—was banned by the FDA. (although some people still eat the worms as a quick and dangerous fix)

source: LiveStrong by Adam Dornstein


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