Weight loss, in the context of medicine, health, or physical fitness, refers to a reduction of the total body mass, due to a mean loss of fluid, body fat or adipose tissue. This can occur due to voluntary causes like diets and exercise, or involuntary causes like undernourishment or illness.
The recommended way to lose weight is to make adjustments to your diet, while simultaneously following a work-out regime. If you do only one of them, it won’t show much improvement, as eating right and exercising well go hand in hand.
Some people don’t focus much on keeping a proper diet plan and think that only exercising will cause weight loss. But, a diet plan is as important as your work-out regime, as it controls your calorie intake according to the calories burnt, so you can achieve your weight goals faster.
Your weight loss diet will depend on a number of factors, like your gender, age, work-out plan, your metabolism rate, and more. So, it is recommended that you consult a dietician or a nutritionist rather than relying on other sources, as it won’t be effective, and sometimes may even be harmful.
Nevertheless, here are 5 unique diet plans followed by people that you can read about:
1. The Cotton Ball Diet
Yes, you read it right. People go to insane lengths when it comes to weight loss. The cotton ball diet is no less. A person on this diet would ingest cotton balls. Like for real! This strange diet involves soaking up to 4-5 cotton balls in juice before swallowing them in hopes to curb hunger.
Cotton balls may have zero calories and maybe bite-sized, but they have dangerous medical repercussions. To make things worse, this diet can deprive the person of nutrients. In such a state, the skin and hair suffer too.
2. The Cabbage Soup Diet
The cabbage soup diet may not sound as bizarre as the previous diet, but if you like variety, then this diet is definitely not for you.
On this 7-day meal plan, you are bound to lose weight as it is a low-calorie and low-fat diet. But keep in mind, it is low in nutrition too. Not only can it malnourished your body, but it’s bland and this makes it harder to stay on this diet, leading to self-doubt and self-hate.
3. The Baby Food Diet
Come on, you aren’t a baby anymore. An average woman must consume 1500 calories a day while an average man should consume 2000 calories a day, making this diet plan a bad idea as it not only brings down the normal intake requirements but also lacks in fibers needed for digestion. The baby food diet calls for little to no chewing at all, which can cause dental problems too.
4. Tongue Patch Diet
Don’t even think about it! It’s one of those scary procedures doctors conduct to make money and promote unhealthy methods of weight loss.
According to ABC news, a doctor in Venezuela has done 800 of these procedures which involves sewing a patch of plastic mesh onto their tongues. The patch makes it difficult to eat or swallow once attached.
The procedure comes with an 800 calorie diet for a day that includes only liquids until the patch comes off.
5. HCG Diet
The HCG Diet has been around for years. Its protocol is a 500 calorie per day diet combined with injections of a drug called Human Chorionic Gonadatropin. This injection is actually a fertility drug which is extracted from pregnant women’s urine.
This diet has many supporters but like all crazy diet plans, this one too has side effects – fatigue, irritability, and depression. Not to mention, swelling of the breasts in men.