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Fad Diets & Unusual Weight Loss Methods

vintage-diet-ad-family-circle-1977-byjbcurio.jpg When it comes to diet plans, you’ve probably already heard of these:







But I bet you haven’t heard of most of these…


Our Fad Diet Of Choice

On those rare occasions when Jim and I try to incorporate a diet into our lives, it is usually what we call a destination diet (a.k.a. quick weight loss with the intention of looking thin for an upcoming event or activity). Our destination diet of choice?… The Atkins Diet!

But I realize that there is no one diet for all people. In fact, a lot of people have managed to lose a significant amount of weight in some rather unusual ways.

What follows are some of the more unique diets ever.

Many of these weight-loss approaches are commonly referred to as “weight loss fads” or “fad diets.” You be the judge!


Funny Diets & Weight Loss Methods To Help You Lose Weight:

#1 Laugh & Lose Weight — The Laughing Diet claims that 100 to 200 times per day is the cardiovascular equivalent of rowing for 10 minutes.

Hearty laughter burns up to 40 calories in 15 minutes & increases metabolism by 10-20% according to researchers at Vanderbilt University. Okay, at that rate, giggling won’t replace jogging as a weight-loss tool, but it’s a fun way to burn about 4 pounds a year! — Good Housekeeping


#2 Walk Your Dog & Lose Weight — It’s been proven that dog walking is more effective than dieting. Who knew there’d be a Dog Walking Diet?!

#3 Eat 3 Apples A Day & Lose Weight — When contestants (346 people lost 6,126 pounds in 12 weeks) lost an average of 20 lbs. of fat, significantly more than in previous contests, and the only change was the apples, it was clear that Tammi Flynn had discovered something big.

#4 Lying Could Help You Lose Weight — The next Atkins?… New diet might trade in ribs for fibs. Lying researchers devise way to turn people off ice cream.

#5 Eat Backwards & Lose Weight — The Reverse Diet has you reversing the order of what you eat: a heavy dinner for breakfast, regular meal for lunch, then a light breakfast for dinner.

#6 Eat At Subway & Lose Weight — The Subway Diet was made famous by Jared Fogle after he said a regular diet of Subway sandwiches helped him lose 245 pounds in a year.

#7 The 3-Day Diet — The 3 Day Diet is essentially “fasting” via a modified meal plan for 3 days in a row. They claim that you can lose 10 pounds in 3 days.

#8 Be Religious & Lose Weight — Gwen Shamblin, founder of the Remnant Fellowship Church (and the Weigh Down Diet) is the pioneer of faith-based weight loss.

#9 Drink Liquids & Lose Weight — Shakes are the main ingredient in The Liquid Diet, no matter which version you choose. Some of the more common liquid diets are the Optifast Diet, Medifast Diet, and Cambridge Diet, among others.

#10 Drink Beer, Eat Ice Cream & Lose Weight — According to the Beer & Ice Cream Diet, if you eat a very cold dessert (generally consisting of water in large part), the natural processes which raise the consumed dessert to body temperature during the digestive cycle literally sucks the calories out of the only available source: your body fat.

#11 The 7-Day Diet Plan — The 7-Day Diet allows people to indulge in certain foods on specific days. The diet claims to detoxify the body and lead to weight loss (more here)

#12 Drink Coffee & Lose Weight – The Coffee Diet consists of drinking coffee, as much as possible, as often as possible. One cup of coffee contains about 100 mg of caffeine. After drinking a cup, a person’s resting metabolic rate increases by as much as 10%. For those unused to drinking coffee, the rise can be even larger.

Regardless of how outlandish some of these might seem, we all know that there is no ONE diet plan that works for everyone. So whatever works for you in terms of dieting… I say, go for it! And you never know what will work for you until you try something new.

If you are able to latch onto one or more of the key ideas inside one (or a combination) of these novel weight-loss approaches, then more power to ya.

….Stay healthy!


And Just For The Fun Of It…

Have you heard about The Genesis Diet?

“And God populated the earth with broccoli and cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives. And Satan created McDonald’s.”


What about The Toddler Diet?

“Eat 2 bites of egg, using your fingers; dump the rest on the floor. Take 1 bite of toast, then smear the jelly over your face.”


The Holiday Diet is right up my alley:

“If you fatten up every
one else around you then you look thinner.”


One I don’t recommend is The Beer Diet:

“The alcohol in beer is a diuretic, which causes the water to flush out almost immediately, leading to a consistent workout regimen including deep knee bends (getting out of the chair), fast walking (very good for your heart) and squats (as the case may be).”

…though I’ve seen a number of people do it, with success.


More About Diets And Humor

  • Mind Over Muscle “…Thinking about your muscles can make them bigger.”
  • Animated Exercise Examples “…See how to do all types of exercises.”
  • The Funny Side Of Dieting “…100 laughs are equal to the same calories burned in a 10-minute jog.”
  • Health Benefits of Humor & Laughter “…Not only does laughter give your midsection a workout, it can benefit digestion and absorption functioning as well.”
  • Food Foolery “…Can phony beliefs alter your behavior? In politics, the question answers itself. But can false beliefs about your personal history affect something as vital as food choice? Apparently.”