Extreme ways in which people try to stay thin

Extreme ways in which people try to stay thin

People go to extreme lengths to keep their weight in check but some of these methods can be really dangerous as well.

People go to extreme lengths to make sure they look slim and thin. They exercise, change their diets, and do practically anything which can help them look the way they want to. But some of these practices are not only weird, they are also dangerous. The methods should not be used unless specifically recommended by your doctor.

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#1 Tongue Patch

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This is one of the most dangerous practices and should be avoided completely. The practice had people sowing patches on their tongues making it extremely painful for them to eat solid food and they had no other option but to have a liquid diet. Irrespective of the results, the practice is extremely harmful for the body.

#2 The Master Cleanse

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This diet involves drinking a mix of lemon juice, maple syrup, and pepper. The aim is to cleanse the body of all toxins but the results are not at all good and people end up suffering, with no tangible benefits.

#3 The Cabbage Soup Diet

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The cabbage soup diet involves eating nothing but cabbage soup which could have less than half of the required calories. Needless to say, it does more harm as it leaves the body weak and devoid of the required nutrients.

#4 Ipecac Syrup

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This syrup is used by doctors to empty the stomachs of patients who may have ingested poison. It makes one throw up and hence, was thought of as a cleansing method. Turns out, it did no good and the effects of throwing up were bad.

#5 The Tapeworm Diet

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This bizarre method included having a tapeworm lodged into the lower intestines in order for it to consume most of the food rather than the body. Needless to say, it was a stupid thing to do as it led to multiple parasitic problems for the people who did it.

#6 Wear a Corset

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Corsets have been traditionally worn in the Victorian societies but they are extremely uncomfortable clothes. They are tight at the waist and are worn in a way that keeps the body tightly wrapped. The practice of physically tying your body so that it doesn't enlarge can be really bad for your body.

#7 The Cotton Ball Diet

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This was one of the most dangerous trends that somehow fooled people into an extreme situation. People following this diet would soak cotton balls in water and eat them in order to trick the mind. But, obviously, the cotton soo lodged into the intestine causing trouble. Should never be tried.

#8 Drugs

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This is one of the oldest practices by people who wish to lose weight. There are numerous drugs which claim to help you lose weight as well as those which may be prescribed by your dietician but they usually come with side-effects which may not be healthy at all.

#9 The Spoon Diet

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The spoon diet basically means that the person is supposed to eat only those items which may fit into a spoon like a yogurt, cereal etc. While there is no evidence of this diet having the desired effect, it can actually lead you to eat way lesser than your body's minimum requirement.

#10 Air Diet

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This diet got famous in France where people had this idea that they can trick the body into thinking it has been fed without actually feeding it. The concept says that one should cook the food, set the table, smell it but not eat it. Another form of fasting, but with the additional effort of cooking.

#11 Ana Boot Camp

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There occurred a trend wherein some websites actively promoted the anorexia lifestyle. The members were supposed to actually starve themselves and feed as little as 100 calories a day. Not only was it highly unethical but also dangerous.

#12 Sleeping Beauty Diet

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This trend proposed that when you face cravings of some sort, it is best to sleep and hence avoid eating. An extreme version of it also suggested taking sleeping pills. Not recommended at all, this method does more harm to your body than reducing your weight.

#13 Drunkorexia

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It is exactly as it sounds. In order to lose weight, people replace a large part of their diet with alcohol. It is something like anorexia where you starve yourself but with alcohol. This practice can be extremely dangerous and not at all recommended.

#14 Gummy Bear Cleanse

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The gummy bears contain a chemical called Lycasin which is a potent laxative. The idea is to consume as much as these possible and wait for your stomach to expel things that should be expelled. Not the best or the healthiest way to cleanse.

#15 Apples and Coffee

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This diet suggests that you eat and drink nothing else except apples and coffee. It is based on the idea that coffee would help you stay thin while the apples would provide you the nutrients required to go through the day. Needless to say, it can only cause fatigue and cannot be healthy at all.

#16 Stomach Stapling

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This medical procedure staples parts of your stomach in order to have less food pass through. Usually, it is undertaken by people who are morbidly obese and need this process in order to save their lives.

#17 Bee Pollen

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There was a trend in which some people claimed bee pollen to be the ultimate superfood. They believed it to contain the necessary nutrients to get them healthy. As it turned out, it does not do that but can actually lead to pollen allergies.

#18 Insulin

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Some people, who clearly have no idea about how the human body works, inject insulin into their bodies hoping that it would break down the fats instead of the carbohydrates. The fact is that injecting insulin is highly unsafe if not adviced by a doctor and may result in the development of diabetes which would be even worse.

#19 Baby Food Diet

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This was one trend in which people were kidding themselves. They believed that since baby food typically contains just 30-100 calories, it would help them lose weight. But clearly, it leads to bad dietary practice as baby food does not contain the nutrients which an adult body needs.

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