When simply flipping through the pages of our favorite magazines, it always seems as though the latest fashions hang off celebrities' bodies so perfectly, as if designed and moulded just for them, and amongst all these beauties, photoshopped into flawlessness, celebrity fitness gurus describe to us the most recent diet fad that is sure to aid us in our quest for a Jennifer Lopez-esque physique. The 21st century society is constantly bombarded with this concept of flawlessness, provided with the illusion that perfection comes so naturally to the celebrity elite. However, with extreme perfection comes extreme circumstance and this world of glamour is tainted by the darkness of ‘perfection’. How far are our favourite celebrities willing to go to preserve their status as the “world’s most beautiful people”? From grapefruits to parasites, we count down the top ten weirdest, deadly diets – and the celebrities who made them famous. From the butterfly-inducing to the just downright disgusting - what ever happened to just eating healthy and working out?
7 The Baby Food Diet: Jennifer Aniston; Lady Gaga
Pureed peas anyone? Just like its title suggests, on The Baby Food Diet dieters indulge in a selection of pureed fruits and vegetables 14 times a day, paired with extensive cardio. At 25-75 calories a jar, the chances of getting through the day without a stomach rumble are slim to none, however, the diet plan does allow for an ‘adult’ dinner. What’s the problem with this diet? Baby food is not formulated for adult digestive systems and, while it’s packed full of nutrients needed for infants, it doesn't really meet all the nutrient standards for an adult meal. Rumor has it that, by following the strict restrictions, Jennifer Aniston wow’ed on the set of Just Go With It alongside Sports Illustrated model, Brooklyn Decker. But how much pureed carrots can one eat?
6 The Grapefruit Diet: Kylie Minogue, Brooke Shields
5 The Cookie Diet: Madonna, Snookie
4 HCG Diet: Laura Prepon
3 The Master Cleanse: Beyoncé
2 The Sleeping Beauty Diet: Elvis Presley
1 The Breatharian Diet: Michelle Pfeiffer
Tyra Banks made this diet famous by exposing it on her talk show. Thankfully, even celebrities don’t seem crazy enough to try it - but we couldn't resist adding it to the list – and at number 1!
The craziest, most dangerous diet does not involve food at all. In fact, this diet allows followers to eat whatever, and whenever they like. The only catch? They must ingest a parasitic tapeworm first. The long, ring-like tapeworms, often taken in the form of a pill, will live inside the dietary tract and indulge on all the food that enters the body, preventing host weight gain. Once satisfied, dieters take a pill that kills the parasite – however, tapeworms can live up to 20 years and grow to be 15-30 feet. Surprisingly, this diet has been around for a hundred years, and while it is illegal in North America, the Internet has made gaining access to these tapeworm pills, easier then ever.
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