We’ve all heard of Atkins, the Grapefruit and the Zone diets, but did you know there are several other, unconventional ways to lose weight?
Here are a selection of crazy weight loss methods, some of which actually make sense and others which are too bizarre to take seriously. Read on, but proceed with caution. Some of these methods may be hazardous to health and are not preferable to a healthy diet and regular exercise regime. It’s always a good idea to consult your health care professional before making any drastic diet changes.
The Back to Front diet
Many fans claim that switching your daily meals, so that you eat a heavy dinner for breakfast, an average sized meal for lunch and a lighter breakfast as your evening meal, will help you to lose weight due to the bulk of your calories being consumed early in the day. This means you’ll have all day to burn off that heavy dinner. The question is would anyone really want to eat Lasagne for breakfast?
The Baby Food Diet
Swap regular meals for jars of baby-food which are low in calories and high in nutrients. We should also point out that most jars of baby-food are unappetizing and have the consistency of gloop!
The Coffee Diet
Drink coffee, lots of coffee, as it increases your resting metabolic rate by up to 10% meaning a greater calorie burn. That’s great for coffee lovers but what about the caffeine withdrawals and side effects?
The Ear-stapling Diet
Although this extremely unusual method has no scientific evidence to prove it works, fans claim that having the cartilage in your ear stapled will suppress the appetite. The risk of infection is high and the practice is now illegal in Florida and other states.
The Cotton Ball Diet
The idea is to eat gelatine-soaked or dry cotton balls which will supposedly fill you up and have no calories. The cotton ball diet is an extremely unsatisfying way to lose weight and may really mess up your digestive system.
Laughter is actually a great form of exercise which can burn up to forty calories in fifteen minutes. Obviously it’s not intense enough to replace regular workouts, but it is a perfectly reasonable way to burn a few more calories every day and will also enhance your mood.
The Raw Food Diet
The Raw Food Diet works by the dieter eating only raw fruits and vegetables. Sounds great in theory, as raw foods supposedly contain higher amounts of nutrients which are lost through cooking and processing, yet this diet is reported to have side effects including; nausea, eye infections and kidney or liver problems.