16 Scariest Diets in History

I know, I know… all diets are “the worst,” if only because they prevent you from eating the things that you really, really love. Also, they usually don’t work. Whether they’re too limiting to realistically keep up, too much work to maintain or just too darn bland to enjoy, there’s a reason most nutritionists consider “diet” a dirty word. Because a healthy diet is about moderation, smart choices and exercise… not starving yourself, little white pills or saran wrap.

Today on Healthversed.com, we explore the obscure, the strange and the worst diets of all time:

The Sleeping Beauty Diet

If you ever catch yourself staring longingly at old pictures of Elvis Presley thinking, “I wonder how he stayed so thin,” then this one is for you.

The secret behind the Sleeping Beauty diet is sedation. The more time spent sleeping, the less time spent eating. Craving cake? Just pop a sedative and transport your mind to a dream land built of milkshakes and sour candies.

Hey… it worked for Elvis, right?

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Tuomas Lehtinen / Shutterstock.com

The Cabbage Soup Diet

The Cabbage Soup Diet is as straightforward as it sounds and as bad as fad diets get. The idea is that you limit your daily caloric intake to cabbage soup and cabbage soup only.

Don’t get me wrong, soup can be extremely healthy, versatile and delicious. And cabbage soup can be great too, if prepared well. But cabbage lacks the protein, fat and nutrients that your body requires to function properly. Plus, limiting yourself to just one food source for the rest of your life is absurd.

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farmer’s daughter / Shutterstock.com

The Tapeworm Diet

This one gave me the shivers. The Tapeworm Diet dates all the way back to the 1800’s. Women looking to lose a few extra inches would swallow a capsule filled with the eggs or head of a beef tapeworm. The parasite would grow and then consume all of the individual’s calories throughout the day.

The plus side is that you can eat all of the sweets and carbohydrates that you want. And the downside? Well… you know… YOU HAVE A PARASITE GROWING INSIDE OF YOU.

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