Top 10 Ridiculous Fad Diets
When many people think of diets, the first
thing they think of is losing weight.
While that is often true, not all diets are
solely about taking off pounds.
A diet is really just the way that someone
tends to eat on a regular basis, when and
what foods they eat and how much.
Some diets are undertaken for moral reasons,
such as is the case with people who sustain
from eating delicious, succulent cuts of meat
that make your mouth water.
Others believe that their strange diet will
make them healthier, even if they aren’t
concerned about losing weight at all.
Of course some diets are mostly about losing
weight, and those are usually the strangest.
The cookie diet.
The cookie diet sounds really stupid when
you first hear about it, because it doesn’t
seem like you are going to have much of a
chance to lose weight eating confections.
However, the diet plan is actually supposed
to be quite good at causing you to lose weight.
The idea is that you eat several specially
formulated cookies throughout the day to control
hunger and keep your caloric intake small
and then have one mid size meal.
While it does help people lose weight, the
problem is that it does so by keeping people
on a caloric restriction of around 1,000 to
1,200 which isn’t exactly enough for a human
to get by on in a healthy manner.
Many people supplement the lack of proper
nutrition with multivitamins, due to not getting
the right nutrition on the lower caloric plans.
The ramen diet.
This one is popular among college students
mainly because it is easy and cheap and many
young people eat far too much of it.
Unfortunately ramen has pretty much no nutritional
value, unless you count an incredible amount
of sodium, reaching as much as 3,000mg in
some flavor packets of ramen.
To make matters even worse, ramen noodles
are really high in fat, especially saturated
While some people suggest leaving out the
seasoning packet and mixing ramen noodles
with something healthier, the noodles themselves
still contain an incredible amount of sodium.
Really people would find more bang for their
buck just buying a dollar box of actual pasta
One of the crazier diet fads that seems to
enjoy a resurgence on a semi-regular basis
and has a strong steady following is the raw
This diet isn’t really focused on losing
weight at all, and isn’t particularly a
moral choice either.
The raw food diet is usually undertaken by
people who have become convinced that eating
food in its raw, natural, unprocessed state
is the best for you.
However, this makes their diets extremely
limited, focused mostly on fruits and vegetables
with certain select kinds of raw fish, meat
and dairy products as well.
The main problem with this diet isn’t necessarily
nutrition but that you will be spending an
incredible amount of time in the kitchen preparing
everything, as the diet is highly specialized.
The Atkins diet.
The Atkins diet is too famous to leave off
this list, and is probably the most controversial
While some people still defend it, it is not
nearly as popular as it was during the height
of its fad popularity.
In fact, while the Atkins diet may not be
as popular as it once was, many people still
embrace a low carb diet.
The problem the Atkins diet was looking to
solve was the fact that most carbohydrates
people were eating were mostly white flour
and white sugar, not very good for you.
However, the Atkins diet eliminates enough
carbohydrates in your diet that it can actually
be bad for you.
A better approach that some people go for
is to use some of the ideas in the Atkins
diet, but still eat carbohydrates, just stick
to good ones made entirely from whole grains.
TV dinner diet.
Another popular diet plan is the TV dinner
diet; many people buy them by the cartful
because they are quick and relatively cheap.
More importantly to those watching their weight
however, is that the TV dinners make portion
control a lot easier and make calorie counting
The problem with these dinners is mainly that
the sodium content is usually astronomical.
Much of the time you’ll be lucky to find
one that has a sodium count per serving that
is less than a 1,000mg and oftentimes it will
be much higher than that.
Unfortunately, it looks like these frozen
meals aren’t a very healthy choice.
Nothing but liquids.
All liquid diets are occasionally prescribed
for medical reasons; however, it is usually
for a very short period of time.
Of course some people saw the potential for
weight loss and a new diet plan was born.
While some companies will peddle various products
for a liquid diet that helps you lose weight,
the main problem is that it is a yo-yo diet.
Specifically this means you may lose a lot
of weight while you are on it, but will find
it hard to not put the weight right back on
after you stop.
Worse yet many people who try to follow such
a diet plan over an extended period of time
develop health problems; it is not good for
you long term.
Fruitarianism is perhaps the strangest and
most restrictive diet plan in the world.
Vegans themselves are considered to be pretty
extreme, taking their diet beyond just the
table and into other aspects of their lives
However, fruitarianism is so extreme that
even vegetables are not allowed.
The idea being that unless something can be
removed from a plant without doing harm to
the plant, they will not eat it.
Some are so extreme that they won’t even
eat seeds or anything that might be able to
create another plant.
But if you thought that was extreme, some
will ensure they only eat fruit that fell
from a tree and will refuse it if it was picked
The diet makes it very difficult to get proper
nutrition and would be very difficult for
most people to maintain.
Some recent studies have supposedly pointed
toward large amounts of dairy in a diet being
great for weight loss; however, the studies
are quite misleading.
Essentially the studies found that those in
their dairy group lost more weight, but those
in the dairy group were getting the nutrients
from taking calcium supplements, not from
actually eating dairy products.
To make matters even more absurd, the study
was supported by the National Dairy Council,
which is like Coke supporting a study saying
that soda is good for you.
The truth is dairy products have some useful
nutrients but should be consumed in moderation
like all foods, as certain forms of dairy
products in large amounts can have negative
For instance, large amounts of cheese are
not particularly great for your cholesterol.
Chocolate cake diet.
This one isn’t exactly a fad diet; however,
with this recent research it’s probably
not long until a company markets their own
special cake diet plan to fit this new idea.
Essentially new research found that those
who eat a confection such as chocolate cake
with well balanced breakfast actually lose
a pretty good amount of weight.
The idea behind it is that eating the sugary
confection in the morning helps speed up the
metabolism, and makes you less likely to crave
the sweets later in the day.
And because you ate the confectionary early
in the day, you don’t really have to worry
about gaining weight from it, your body should
have it all digested well before the day is
Perhaps this one is a decent idea, and it
would be as simple as pairing a small confection
with a balanced breakfast in the morning.
Baby food diet.
One of the most bizarre fad diets is the baby
food diet, many point to a fitness trainer
named Tracy Anderson as the originator, although
she has denied it recently, the diet also
does not have an official set of rules.
However, supposedly some in Hollywood have
cottoned on to the idea and made it into a
Usually the diet involves replacing a couple
of your meals with baby food and keeping your
third meal low in calories.
The other variation involves eating normal
meals but eating baby food instead of snacks
that might otherwise be high in calories through
Nutrition experts have pointed out that baby
food is actually meant for babies, and won’t
necessarily have the right nutrients for a
They also feel that with the wildly varying
calorie content in baby food, and the fact
that the taste and texture will likely never
satisfy an adult, that they can’t see anyone
keeping up with the diet for more than a few