If you follow dieting at all, you know that there are some extremely weird fad diets out there. Some of them having me seriously scratching my head. Who would submit to these kinds of things?
When it comes to getting healthy and losing weight, stick with what works: diet and exercise. And by diet, I don’t mean the newest fads. Follow a proper, balanced diet that has all the food groups and is rich in nutrients. Don’t believe whatever social media tells you. You may lose some weight, but you’ll eventually tire of it, and balloon back to where you started.
With that rant out of the way, I figured today I’d share some of the weirdest fad diets that I’ve come across, and dispel any notion that they are the right choice for you (if you aren’t scared off from them by the description in the first place). I get that losing weight is of high importance to many people. Sometimes, desperate times call for desperate measures. But I would absolutely steer clear of trying out any of these, or any other similar diet challenges, I list below.
What Are the Most Bizarre Fad Diets?
Here are a few that I’ve found when scouring the web, presented in no particular order.
The Lambchop and Pineapple Diet
Just to illustrate that fad diets aren’t just a thing of today’s times, this is a diet that was popular among Hollywood actresses in the early days of film in the 1920s. Yes, there were celebrity diets back then! As you can guess by the name, this diet consisted of eating lamb chops and pineapples. I’m not talking about replacing a meal every once in a while with these foods. No, these two foods were the entirety of your diet.
The rationale behind this diet is that the acidity of the pineapple would counteract the fat in the lamb chops. As you can guess, it doesn’t quite work that way. While weight will be lost on this diet, merely due to the fact that your calories are pretty restricted, the big issue with it is malnutrition. Any diet that restricts you to only a few foods neglects all of the vitamins and minerals that are lacking from other food sources.
The Morning Banana Diet
Another one with bananas! This diet isn’t very well-known, as it was more of a fad in Japan, so much so that it became nearly impossible to find a banana at the supermarket in the country in 2008.
The guidelines of this diet are rather straightforward.
As opposed to the diet mentioned above when all meals consist of those foods, this one only replaces one meal (as you can guess by the name, it is breakfast). Each day’s breakfast consists of eating an unlimited amount of bananas, and only bananas, along with a glass of water. Your lunch and dinner can be anything of your choosing.
The creator of this diet, a pharmacist by the name of Sumiko Watanabe, said she concocted it as a way for her obese husband to lose weight. She reports that he lost 37 pounds with it. It became so popular that nearly three-quarter of a million copies of this diet book were sold. However, ultimately, a change to just one meal per day isn’t going to do you any good if you aren’t disciplined with the remainder of your meals.
The Feeding Tube Diet
Saving the best (or worst) for last. Yeah… about this one. It’s exactly like it sounds, and it does not sound good. With this diet, a feeding tube is inserted through the nose of the dieter whereby a smoothie (or a slurry, you might call it) of proteins, fats, and nutrients is pumped through. The total intake for the day is around 800 calories.
Why, why, why would you ever do this? And why not just drink it like a shake rather than have it pumped through a feeding tube? I can’t believe this one. There are so many things wrong with this one, I don’t know where to begin. For one, there are no carbohydrates involved. It’s almost like a liquid keto diet in that sense. Not to mention the risk of aspiration and lung infections and damage to the nose and throat from the feeding tube. Don’t try this diet. Just don’t.