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8 dangerous diets to avoid

From the irrational to the bizarre, there are some diets that you should avoid. One of these is the raw food diet. The problem with this diet is that it is totally impractical as it requires dieters to juice, blend, cut, chop and dehydrate all of which is labour intensive. In addition, cooking food can actually enhance nutrients and kill bacteria compared to eating raw foods.

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The tapeworm diet is a form of diet that takes it to the extreme. You would have to swallow or ingest tapeworm infested eggs and allow the worms to eat the food you consume inside your body. Once you lose enough weight, you can ask the doctor for deworming medication.

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Another weird form of dieting is consuming cotton balls soaked in orange juice that is meant to suppress appetites. The problem is this is an incredibly dangerous way of depriving your body of nutrients and can actually block your intestines.

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Another weird form of dieting is consuming cotton balls soaked in orange juice that is meant to suppress appetites. The problem is this is an incredibly dangerous way of depriving your body of nutrients and can actually block your intestines.

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Similarly, taking HCG or human chorionic gonadotropin to kill off appetites is not healthy. These injections are given to women who have fertility problems. They will make you lose weight, but only because of the calorie restriction. But why bother injecting HCG when there are other healthier ways to cut down on your calories?

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The sleeping diet is another popular yet strange method of shaving pounds. True, if you sleep, then you don't eat. However, you cannot possibly spend more time sleeping than you need to and you will eventually resort to artificial methods to induce slumber. Consuming sedatives and sleeping pills is not only addictive and dangerous, you might not wake up at all.

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You must also have heard of the werewolf diet where you fast for a day during a new or full moon. Juice and water are all you are allowed to consume. It is supposed to make you lose up to 3 kilos in a day. Sure, you will lose some weight, but it has certainly nothing to do with the moon as you can do the same without the following the lunar calendar.

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You must also have heard of the werewolf diet where you fast for a day during a new or full moon. Juice and water are all you are allowed to consume. It is supposed to make you lose up to 3 kilos in a day. Sure, you will lose some weight, but it has certainly nothing to do with the moon as you can do the same without the following the lunar calendar.

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The cookie diet might sound tempting and easy, but it is a sure way to make you go bingeing once the day is over since you are depriving yourself. You get to eat a high-fibre high-protein cookie that is only worth 500 calories during the day and then eat a 1000-1500 calories dinner.

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The master cleanse/lemonade diet has been around for a long time. It involves consuming lemonade sometimes mixed with cayenne and maple syrup. You will shed off weight as it serves as a diuretic. However, once solids are consumed again, the weight you lost will just be quickly gained.

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The master cleanse/lemonade diet has been around for a long time. It involves consuming lemonade sometimes mixed with cayenne and maple syrup. You will shed off weight as it serves as a diuretic. However, once solids are consumed again, the weight you lost will just be quickly gained.

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