Some weight loss programs can cause serious harm to the body, because their effectiveness from a medical point of view is highly questionable. In our article we talk about the most controversial diets that it is better not to try.
Thanks to models, bloggers and other public figures, the variety of fast diets that allow you to lose weight according to an accelerated program has recently increased. But how useful and safe are they for the body? We analyze the most popular variants of strange diets that exist in the world, together with a family therapist, clinical psychologist, nutritionist, nutritionist Anna Ivashkevich.
If you want to eat, go to sleep, or the “Sleeping Beauty” diet
It is believed that Elvis Presley is at the origin of this diet. Whether this is true or not, we will not know for sure, but the story says the following — the singer took sleeping pills to eat less and sleep more.
He had followers who preferred this option of weight loss. This approach has its own logic, because sleep really helps to lose weight and keep it normal, but it is important not to replace them with a meal, and even more so not to “get hooked” on insomnia pills.
Your body should work independently: sleep should be at least 7-8 hours, and nutrition should be balanced and formed according to a schedule convenient for you. In other words, if you get up early and go to bed at 22.00, then the last meal should be 2-3 hours before bedtime — at 19.00 or 20.00. If you like to work at night, your last meal may be at 21.00 or 22.00.
It is important to note that we are not talking about a fat piece of steak or potatoes — we are talking about a light version of a vegetable salad with the addition of stewed or baked turkey, fish or chicken.
Enjoying the taste, but not the food
This food option, if it can be called that at all, is close to anorexic. You chew your food thoroughly, but you don’t swallow it, you spit it out. Proponents of this approach claim that all the useful substances from the products enter the body, and the lack of food in the stomach relieves it of loads and unnecessary work.
The author of this concept is Fletcher Horace, and his main thesis was that it is necessary to chew food like pulp and drink it. The main thing is not to swallow food. Among those who tried out his method was John Rockefeller.
The only thing Fletcher was right about was that food really needed to be chewed thoroughly so that large chunks would not get into the stomach and it would be easier for him to digest food. But no useful substances from food get into our body if we spit out food.
This mono diet was popular back in the 1950s. Its essence lies in the fact that cabbage becomes the main food:
You can drink water, green and herbal teas. The liquid should be about 1.5 liters per day.
During the diet, you should give up physical exercises, since the body will not receive the right amount of vitamins and minerals.
In addition to cabbage, you can periodically add fresh fruits to your diet.
You can sit on a cabbage diet for no more than 3-4 days.
The frequency of meals per day should be at least 5 times.
What should be considered:
Such a diet option deprives you of getting carbohydrates, so side effects can be weakness, decreased activity and efficiency, cloudy consciousness and apathy.
Restriction of the body in vitamins. Of course, cabbage contains useful trace elements and vitamins from A to PP and E, but also a large amount of potassium, which reduces swelling and can eventually lead to a large loss of fluid. Therefore, it is recommended to drink more water.
Eating cabbage for several days can lead to gas formation, bloating, intestinal problems.
As with any mono diet, you should get out of it gradually and carefully, that is, correctly introduce products into the diet, otherwise all the lost kilograms will return to you after 2-3 days. Problems with the gastrointestinal tract are also quite possible.
Alcoholic diet, or enotherapy
The well-known diet of Johann Schrott, which is based on a drinking regime and fasting. Some days imply the complete exclusion of salt and meat products from the diet, which allows you to drink 1 liter of wine with dried bread.
Let’s start with the fact that your diet, even during a diet, should be balanced — the body wants to receive the necessary amount of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. The diet should not be limited in fiber, vitamins, amino acids and minerals. And in no case should you abruptly change your usual diet without prior consultation with a specialist.
The variant of the wine diet can become extremely dangerous for health. In such an amount, alcohol on an empty stomach can provoke problems with the gastrointestinal tract, intestines, pancreas, lead to migraines, insomnia and a constant feeling of weakness, drowsiness and nausea.