Fad Diets 2013: Dangerous Dieting

Fad Diets 2013: Dangerous Diet Methods

Fad Diets 2013: Dangerous Dieting…

Fad Diets 2013: Dangerous Dieting

Some companies are like sharks. All they want is one thing – your money

With more and more people becoming interested in their fitness and health, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that companies are trying to capitalize on that recent boom in the industry. From fad diets to questionable weight loss pills and so-called slimming teas, there’s no telling which products are truly worth the time and money. Certain methods can cause serious health hazards, and there are definitely a few that should be completely ruled out altogether. Here’s a quick rundown of fad diets from 2013:

FAD DIET 1: The Cotton Ball Diet

The name itself already sounds ridiculous. This diet involves consuming five cotton balls dipped in various juices and smoothies before a regular meal to help one feel full faster and for longer. The younger generation, particularly those in their early teens, have caught on to this dangerous fad diet, which is why it is more important than ever to raise awareness on how to properly burn fat.

Eating cotton balls can cause choking, severe malnutrition, intestinal tract obstruction, constipation and more. These dangers are life threatening and can ultimately cause death.

 FAD DIET 2: The Master Cleanse

Can you see yourself consuming the same thing multiple times a day, day in and day out, for weeks on end? How does a mixture of water, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and organic maple syrup sound?

Fad diets such as the Master Cleanse are based on the premise that the body needs help eliminating waste, which couldn’t be further from the truth. The body manages fine on its own, and rapid weight loss diets such as the Master Cleanse only serve to damage your metabolism and deprive the body of much-needed essential nutrients. If that isn’t alarming enough, an investigation conducted by the FDA found that nearly 60 people have died as a result of liquid diets.

FAD DIET 3: The Drunkorexia Diet


Yes, there is such a thing and it involves replacing your calories from food with calories from alcohol.

Many celebrities and top models reportedly follow this diet, but common sense should tell you that it’s far better to consume whole foods than it is to consume copious amounts of alcohol. Alcohol has little nutritional benefit and aside from the occasional glass of wine, it’s best to steer clear of binge-drinking in the hopes of losing weight or burning fat.

FAD DIET 4: The Breatharian Diet

If you think replacing real, nutritious food with alcohol is outrageous, what do you think about taking gigantic gulps of air instead?

Followers of the Breatharian Diet believe that they can survive on air alone. When faced with a steaming plate of delicious food, they pretend to consume it but fill themselves up by gulping down air instead. Actress Michelle Pfeiffer has admitted to following the Breatharian Diet, along with many others. One can expect rapid weight loss when trying to exist on something that contains no calories, but this would also be accompanied by severe malnutrition and extreme cases, death.

FAD 5: The hCG Diet

A.T.W. Simeons created this diet in the 1950s with the assumption that a 500-calorie diet coupled with daily injections of the hormone human choriogonadotropin (hCG) can promote weight loss.

Like any other crash diet with an extremely restricted caloric intake, one is guaranteed to lose weight on a low caloric intake, but there is no evidence that the hormone human choriogonadotropin (hCG) is the cause of it. Some followers of the hCG Diet have reported side effects that include depression, migraines and even blood clots to name a few.

Fad Diet 2013 Conclusion

These are just some of the dangerous fat-burning methods that stole the spotlight in 2013. Some have been around for longer, but have only picked up recently or have seen a sudden boost in popularity through promotions of celebrities or other famous personalities. Regardless of who is doing what, remember that there is no substitute for a balanced diet and an active lifestyle for sustainable fat loss, and you’re better off with a proper method than a quick fix.

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