The majority of them may be tempting to give a try – even the all-juice (no solid food) diet, which claims you can go down a dress size in just two weeks.
But what does going to these extremes do for your organs, your metabolism and your long-term weight loss success?
Unfortunately, it has more of a chance to set you up for failure than anything else.
When you give your power away to the newest fad diet on the market, what you’re really doing is giving away the idea that you can do it alone, successfully.
If you’ve ever wondered how a chocolate diet, banana diet or chewing diet has the ability to get you back into your skinny jeans, or have you primed and looking your best for next month’s big party, know it’s all flash in the pan.
Those extreme diets fill an immediate weight-loss need with weird and downright unhealthy methods.
In other words, desperate times call for desperate measures.
But if you are a forward-thinking individual, you may come to this startling realization yourself.
No extreme diet is realistic to participate in every day of the rest of your life.
Most of these whacky diets will push you to your breaking point by week three, and then where are you left? You’ll be smaller, but you’ll also be starving and stressed out.
Chances are that by a month into your diet, your body will be depleted of essential nutrients that a well-balanced meal plan offers, and you’ll be in a daze, seeking an abundance of sugar, fat and simple carbs.
Then you’ll gain that weight back (that you lost unnaturally quickly) and feel worse off than before you started.
If you want to know which weight-loss plans to steer clear from, here are five diets to avoid at all costs.
Perhaps the strangest diet of all, the Sleeping Beauty diet works along the premise that when you’re asleep, you don’t eat.
Sedate yourself for up to three days at a time, sleeping around the clock, and wake up feeling a few pounds lighter.
However, what happens when you wake up feeling rested but also weak and starved?
Even if your work schedule permits them to lose weight in this extremist way, it’s not good for your muscles, your heart or your waistline.
This is because, while you may be rested as you wake up and recover from such a lengthy sleep, you’ll have neglected to intake nutrients that boost your health.
It’s not a solution for anyone who wants to lose weight and keep it off, and this extreme starvation method can pose more risk for your health, your energy and your confidence than it can help.
NO!!! NO!!! 2. The Morning Banana Diet
Everyone knows that a banana can give the potassium and essential vitamins you need to fill you up, and can be a great addition to oatmeal, yogurt, or a piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter.
But can an excess of bananas help you achieve long-lasting weight loss?
This diet is tempting since it’s very easy to follow.
Eat a banana in the morning, along with room-temperature water, and then eat whatever you want for the rest of the day and evening, until 8 pm.
As long as you don’t eat past 8 at night, drink tepid water with every meal and snack, and eliminate alcohol, ice cream and dairy, you can lose weight quickly.
Bananas in moderation are extremely healthy.
They are certainly a power food alongside a balanced diet, but there is no proof that you can lose consistent weight over the long term simply by eating one on a daily basis.
NO!!! NO!!! 3. The Chewing Food Diet
There’s truth in the underlying premise of this diet: Most of us don’t chew our food as thoroughly as we should before swallowing.
Blame Horace Fletcher for this extreme diet.
He believed that unless you chew each bit of food roughly 100 times per minute, you aren’t extracting the powerful nutrients even the healthiest food offers.
Once you chew your each bite 100 times, tilt your head back and let the juices from your food run down your throat.
Whatever else is left in your mouth must be spat out. The same chewing extremist rule applies to drinks.
Even more than that, he believes that when you don’t chew your food extensively, you’re setting yourself up to overeat.
NO!!! NO!!! 4. The Tapeworm Diet
If you’re desperate enough to lose weight (roughly 1-2 lbs. a week) and swallowing a real live tapeworm doesn’t make you cringe, you may be tempted to try this whacky diet!
The tapeworm diet doesn’t require that you change your eating habits, or increase your cardio workouts.
All you need to do is swallow a tapeworm, which attaches to your digestive tract. But what is it doing to the rest of your body? Since it’s a parasite, you can be sure it’s not doing anything good.
NO!!! NO!!! 5. The Baby Food Diet
Baby food is for babies who don’t yet have the capacity to chew like adults can.
They don’t have a full set of teeth, their gagging reflex is heightened, and if you gave a six-month-old a piece of turkey, for example, they would choke.
You, on the other hand, have had a lifetime of practice chewing and swallowing food so why revert to eating patterns you had as an infant?
If you restrict your diet to one baby food jar per sitting, you will limit your calories. However, the thing to remember about jarred baby food is that it also contains added sugar and some even contain chemicals.
When you chew your food properly, you burn calories and get the nutrients you need as an adult. Growing babies have very different nutritional requirements than adults, and eating their food won’t satisfy your diet sufficiently.
Eat in a sensible way. Eat in moderation. And by all means, eat in a way that works for your life, realistically!