10 Ridiculous Fad Diets and Why They Bit the Dust

You won’t believe some of the things people have tried to lose weight

Wearing shaded lenses, believe it or not, won't result in weight loss.

There’s no way around eating. It’s a prerequisite for survival, and at some point throughout the day it needs to happen. (We’re assuming that you aren’t currently practicing The Air Diet.) Topics like when, where, and what people should eat can inspire considerable controversy.

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For instance, there’s a large camp that believes that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (it revs up your metabolism, right?), but just because you’re eating breakfast doesn’t mean you’re eating what everyone else is. Are you a crêpe person or a meat-lover? If you chose crêpes, do you prefer them sweet or savory? Maybe you'd rather have a nice chia seed smoothie to start your day. If you haven’t gotten the point yet, we’ll just say it plainly: There are endless permutations of food choice and countless opinions about how you should or should not eat. Some beliefs about food, however, are a little more farfetched than the rest.         

Everyone approaches food in his or her own way. We have our own opinions on what constitutes healthy eating, and we’re sure that you do, too. Sometimes, however, everyone falls off of the healthy eating train and looks to the internet for a quick way to lose weight. The tactic of the week varies but, regardless of the current trend, the fads tend to fade as quickly as they pop up. Why do fad diets exit the public mind as quickly as they enter? Some of these diets are too bizarre to last and others, as you’ll see, just don’t have enough meat to survive. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain weight, fad diets are never the healthy choice.         


For example, take the Israeli Army Diet. A year ago, our very own Senior Eat/Dine Editor Dan Myers had this to say about it: “This diet actually has nothing to do with the Israeli Army. On this eight-day diet, only apples are eaten on the first two days, cheese for the next two, chicken for the next two, and salad for the final two.” Weird, right? It seems that most of these fad diets are based around singular and, more often than not, strange food choices and restrictions. While the Israeli Army Diet had a special place on our 7 Fad Diets You Never Heard Of list, it holds no special place in our team’s culinary practices. Neither do the following 10 ridiculous fad diets. Read on and we’ll tell you why.