The 5 WORST diet fads that DUPED American consumers
07/01/2018 // S.D. Wells // Views

How do you go from bad to worse quickly when trying to lose weight? Just go on YouTube and watch videos of popular diets, without doing any research or consulting a nutritionist. It's even getting tougher to trust medical doctors and dietitians these days, as many of them are pushing chemical-based pharmaceuticals and even saying good things about insane diet fads that simply should never be tried. You know the saying, "there's safety in numbers," right? Well, forget it. Just because something is popular on social media or because some celebrities swear by it, that doesn't mean you should try it.

Let's take a look at the top five fad diets that can lead your health right off a steep cliff and maybe even help you lose all of your weight, when you're six feet under.

#1. The Ketogenic Diet or "Keto"

Most people don't know the dark side of the Keto diet and they'll be shocked to find out the scary facts are science-based. The Keto diet basically mimics starvation, except for the part where you eat enough calories to stay alive. The basis of the diet relies on about 75 percent fat intake, 20 percent protein, and only 5 percent carbohydrates.

Want to try it? Start sucking back some highly acidic foods like meat, dairy, and oil (with only a few plants on the side). Here come just some of the dangerous reactions (also known as adverse affects) that can erupt from the Keto fad diet, and this is all according to Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, or "Paleo Mom," a nutritional researcher: Gastrointestinal disturbances, kidney stones (including in children), hypoglycemia, impaired cognition, nutrient deficiency, poor growth in children, bacteria overgrowth, pneumonia, low platelet count, acute pancreatitis, heart arrhythmia, and of course, death (remember, a highly acidic body is prone to cancer too).


Wait, is this a drug commercial or a diet? Most naturopathic physicians know the fact that there are over 900 known diseases and disorders that stem from nutrient deficiencies (just watch "Dead Doctors Don't Lie" by Dr. Joel Wallach).

If you're "Keto" isn't working for you, it's not because you're not counting carbs, or not tracking the protein, or not consuming enough calories, or not testing blood ketone levels. One of the major issues is that your fasting cholesterol is probably near 400 (deadly level) from all the eggs, meat, oil and butter. Don't even start trying to blame genetics here, because a plant-based diet would change that dramatically within weeks. You might also blame cortisol (your stress hormone) which skyrockets on Keto. Heart disease development won't be helping you out either (think saturated fat overload here). Can't get motivated? Got dark circles under your eyes? Feel lethargic all day? Stop wondering why.

#2. The "Low Fat" Diet

This is the diet where you buy anything with the words "low fat" on the label, which comprises nearly all of the processed, genetically mutated, junk science food out there. People often jump on the high carb bandwagons here, abusing bread, pasta, crackers, you name it. Can anyone say "diabetic" without staring at the big pretzel they just bought? Watch out for those sugar crashes and all that fat storage. You may need to rent a "U-Haul" to tug that stored fat around when your "low fat" diet fails you miserably. Plus, many low fat products contain artificial sweeteners, like aspartame, which lead to weight gain, because the body thinks it's eating sugar, making you crave it that much more.

#3. The Cotton Ball Diet

Here's where you eat cotton balls instead of food so you'll get that "full" feeling and skip some meals during the day. Wow! Revolutionary. Or you could just drill a hole in your stomach and let all the food leak out right after you eat. Since cotton balls are "high in fiber" you might think that's a good thing (that is, if you just got a flu shot, drink tap water, take psych meds and had a recent lobotomy). Can you say "bowel blockage" while chewing on toxic cotton balls?

Some pro-cotton-ball-diet idiots suggest dipping them in your diet soda or orange juice and chewing for quite a while, or, what's much simpler, putting the cotton balls in gelatin, since they're so dry and hard to swallow otherwise. Sounds really keen. And, since the craze is all over Facebook and Twitter, it must work! Maybe you should also make a mud and sand smoothie with toilet water to help wash it all down. Who really cares about taste, as long as you lose weight, right?

Plus, Marta Wright, a real dietitian with the Kettering health network, says it's a "real diet" that "models especially are using right now." Wait, what? A dietitian is recommending eating cotton balls? Marta does finally say that the diet will eventually put your body in starvation mode. Oh yeah, is that all we need to worry about? Someone please remove the graduation diploma plaque from her wall on your next visit.

By the way, if you don't believe this cotton ball diet is really happening all over the country, watch below as some idiots partake and get "stuffed."

#4. The Tape Worm Diet

Here's where you take a capsule with a live tapeworm or two inside it. The worm eats the food you eat, and you lose weight! You can pretty much eat anything you want whenever you want. Cut those calories and simply wait for the worm to leave your body when it's fat and tired of your infested body. Don't worry about the worm being a parasite that moves around inside your body and can grow to be 9 feet long. Can you say "raw sushi" without gagging? Why not just eat undercooked beef, pork and fish regularly and take your chances there? Got nausea, weakness, diarrhea and severe abdominal pain? You might want to get those parasitic tape worms surgically removed before they decide on a permanent "vacation" inside your body.

#5. The Clay Diet

This one's almost as easy at the cotton ball diet. All you do is mix some clay with water at eat away. Instead of consuming nutrient-dense food, you remove all the nutrients from your body while lining your intestines with clay. What could go wrong? Sure, Bentonite clay or green clay can remove bacteria, heavy metals and toxins from your digestive system and colon, but how much should you consume? This was never meant as a meal replacement plan, but some people simply don't listen to nutritionists or read the right research, if any at all. Therefore, it's not really a diet but a detoxification program. The correct terminology is key here. Be sure to source from reputable suppliers who test for purity, if you're buying clay for detoxification purposes.

Really want to lose weight and maintain ideal health? Drink lots of spring water, exercise, and look into plant-based, organic and raw foods. Check for more information on superfoods and herbal medicine.

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