The good ol’ juice cleanse is old news, crazy as it was. But there are crazier diets out there. Try them only if you can stomach them.
In this diet, a tapeworm is ingested via a tablet. The thinking: it will make its way to your intestines and digest the calories for you. Comes with a side dose of nausea, weakness, headache and more.
Bullshit meter: Infinity/10
Baby food diet
Want to lose weight, eat like a baby. This means baby food—all 16 jars of it per day, instead of regular meals and snacks. You are allowed one regular meal a day. And no, you can’t throw a tantrum. Bullshit meter: 80/10
Hungry kya? Don blue-tinted glasses before you dive in to your plate. Apparently, red/yellow-coloured foods are the most palatable and blue glasses make your food look less appetising. So, you will eat less.
Bullshit meter: 10/10
Ice cream cleanse
You eat five pints of special ice cream (Kippy’s diet ice-cream made from coconut cream and honey) a day. It controls your calories for a deficit that produces weight loss, and you get to eat ice cream every day. Please, let it be true.
Bullshit meter: 20/10
Eat six to nine special 80- to 90-calorie cookies per day. The idea is the same as ice-cream diet: control your overall intake. Short-term results are guaranteed but are nine cookies enough for the rest of your life?
Bullshit meter: 35/10
Cotton ball/tissue paper diet
Who needs food when you can ingest five cotton balls (or the equivalent amount of tissue paper) dipped in orange juice, lemonade, or a smoothie in one sitting? Apparently this fills your stomach with no calories. If you practice this, there’s a fall-winter trend that’s right up your alley: the straitjacket!
Bullshit meter: 70/10
Cabbage soup diet
As it’s called, the cabbage soup diet is all about drinking the said soup—all day, every day, for a week (or longer), plus a minimal selection of low calorie fruits, veggies and protein.
Bullshit meter: 45/10
Sleeping beauty diet
Not enough sleep is associated with obesity. So it was a matter of time when someone came up with the bright idea of sedating yourself to make up for it. And when you sleep, you are not going to eat. Right? Problem solved.
Bullshit meter: 100/10