There's a good chance that, even as you read this, you've either dieted in the past or are planning to in the future. Maybe you're carrying a few extra pounds, maybe you decided that enough was enough when your partner told you that you had some butter on your chin and you weren't sure which one they meant. Either way, we're sure that you decided to get back to your target weight in an efficient and responsible manner; which means that you almost certainly won't have tried any of the terrifying dieting fads that we'll be discussing in this article.
For generations, the dieter was happy to rely on the double whammy of sensible exercise and a balanced diet to shift the excess. Then, something changed - for decades now, weird and wacky weight loss plans have been devised and sold to the general public as science's latest miracle. While some of these can be harmlessly eccentric and cute, many are so incredibly harmful to the dieter that it's hard to believe that any sensible individual could have devised them. From injecting yourself with something that belongs in a toilet pan to the world's most irresponsible bootcamp, many of these fads defy belief.
We're responsible folk at The Richest, so it goes without saying that we don't recommend anybody tries the methods discussed in this article; we merely hope to inform and entertain you. Should you be so desperate to lose weight that any of these methods appeal, please seek advice from your GP and remember: we love you just the way you are.
10 Urine Injections
9 Eat Cotton Wool Or Toilet Roll
8 Sleeping Beauty Diet
7 Ipecac Syrup
6 Anorexics Boot Camp
5 Sew A Patch To Your Tongue
4 Take Drugs
3 The Feeding-Tube Diet
2 Abuse Insulin
1 Grow Your Own Tapeworm
They say losing weight is always easier with a friend, though 'they' probably didn't have this in mind. Screaming in at number one with gargantuan levels of 'Nope' is the Tapeworm Diet, which literally involves growing your own beast to lurk in the lower reaches of your intestine. After swallowing a tapeworm cyst pill, foolhardy users grow, mature and maintain a tapeworm in their guts which will feast on the food products you eat until you reach your target weight. The dieter then takes an anti-parasite pill to poop the worm out. It's possible to develop lifelong health problems by using this method, such as epilepsy, while you certainly have vomiting and diarrhea bouts to look forward to in the meantime. Not put off yet? Bear in mind that the tapeworm can grow to as long as 30 feet and leave behind several offspring to grow in your gut. Oh, and the part where you poop it out afterwards? They're not always dead at this point...
Sources: telegraph.co.uk, thedoctorstv.com, dailymail.co.uk, abcnews.go.com, mirror.co.uk
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