The world of fad diets is a weird one and often almost dogmatic. People seem to follow these diets though they go against the most fundamental of traditional health conventions.

At NuBeginnings, we do like to put things in perspective and find it interesting to look at the bizarre ways we humans have been trying to lose weight for millennia. As you’ll see from our extreme examples, fad dieting is not something born in the 21st century.

For thousands of years people have followed weird nutritional quirks in the hope of losing some pounds. So, if you’re looking for some ways to maybe lose weight quickly and temporarily and to definitely do so unhealthily – please discount these ones very quickly. These are the weird diets that make the cabbage soup and Atkins diets seem like a walk in the park.

Tapeworm Diet

From the 1900s until the 1920s, this fad diet was actually quite popular. The diet involved eating a tapeworm sold inside a pill. The worm was ingested in the hope it would eat some of the food in your stomach before you digested it. Of course, tapeworms are renowned as a scourge in the Third world and cause stomach pains, diarrhoea and even brain problems. Really not one we’d recommend.

Sleeping Beauty Diet

A simple fact of life is that when you are asleep you can’t eat. Advocates of the Sleeping Beauty Diet take sedation to ensure they sleep for prolonged periods of time – often up to a week. Of course, they lose weight, but on the downside there is a high chance of drug addiction and you also wake up starving, meaning you almost instantaneously put the weight back on.

Hallelujah Diet

God said ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.’ Dieters said, this is a sure fire way to lose weight and followed this extreme version of a vegan, raw food based diet involving only food with seeds. Unfortunately, it doesn’t meet nutritional requirements and so involves the purchasing of expensive supplements. It also takes that diet dogma we mentioned earlier, very literally.

Shangri-La Diet

This ‘science’ backed diet, pushed by motivational speakers and authors who appeared out of the woodwork became very popular in the mid – 2000s. The diet claimed there was a link between food flavours and calorie intake. Advocates claimed drinking water and sugar and oil before meals was the way to losing weight easily – ummmm.

Alcohol Diet

We’ve all come across the comic ‘Gin Diet’, with its mantra ‘I started a gin diet five days ago; I’ve lost two days’. However, once upon a time an alcohol only diet was seen as a certain way to lose weight. The diet was purportedly used by William the Conqueror around 1086, though not to long term success as he died overweight. There’s always the liver failure to think about as well.

However, though these diets seem off the wall; they are just an example of the guff that people will try and convince you of when you’re trying to lose weight. All of the aforementioned have had numerous celebrity endorsers – one even had a king.

At NuBeginnings we believe that balance is the only way to lose weight, feel happier and look great – something we can safely say the above diets won’t help you achieve.