Diets You Should Never Try

Posted on April 29, 2012


With Graduation, summer and maybe a holiday coming up, this is the time of year that the terrible diets appear. The New Year’s Resolution to go the gym has gone out of the window and we ladies want to get slimmer fast. Rather than eating healthily and going for a jog we look to the ‘get-thin-quick’ diets. Usually telling you to cut out one or more of the food groups, or dramatically cut down on calories, not only are these diets almost impossible to maintain, they can actually be very damaging to your body.

Sleeping Beauty Diet

This diet is simple, just sleep instead of eating. The dieters often sedate themselves so they can sleep for long periods of time. Apparently Elvis was a follower of this diet. Obviously it is not a good idea as you are basically just starving yourself.

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Baby Food Diet

This involves swapping one or two meals, and snacks for baby food. Baby food was invented for babies and doesn’t have enough nutrition for an adult. But still, celebrities like Cheryl Cole and Jennifer Anniston have tried it. How long could you possibly eat slush for?

Find out more about it here.

Cabbage Soup Diet

It sounds like living with the Buckets in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This is one that I definitely will not be trying as I don’t like cabbage at the best of times. It has to be one of the most tasteless vegetables in the world. But still, some people swear by it.

Here is a quote directly from, “Some people find the soup bland. Others report feeling light-headed, weak, and have suffered from decreased concentration (although I hear that many people think the diet is worth the effort anyway, since they lose so much weight!).”

Is it me or does that sound crazy?  Feeling light-headed and weak is NEVER a good sign.

Master Cleanse

Another popular one with the celebrities, this is one of those detox diets where you don’t really get to eat. It is a completely liquid diet where you can only consume water, lemon or lime juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper. There is no way that you wouldn’t go a bit crazy on this diet. Beyoncé said it made her ‘evil.’ See here.

Grapefruit Diet

This diet works on the pretence that, when eaten with proteins, Grapefruit helps weight loss by burning fat (which hasn’t been confirmed). According to this article on, during this low-carbohydrate diet you can only consume between 800 to 1,000 calories a day. That is about half the amount of calories you need.  Grapefruits are very good for you, but they are not magic.

Paleolithic Diet

This is basically a caveman diet, which involves eating what was available back in the days when we all lived in caves and hunted animals. This means you can eat meat, fish, nuts, fruits and vegetables, but no dairy or whole grains. Cutting out food groups is never a good idea as you won’t get all of the vitamins and minerals you need. Obviously some of us haven’t evolved.

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These are just some of the crazy diets out there. If you click on some of the links above you will see more. I suggest you don’t try any of them. There’s nothing wrong with eating a healthy, balanced diet and doing a bit of exercise. So maybe we students aren’t always the best at doing this, but quick-fixes don’t work in the long run.

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