Dumbest Diet Trends In History: The Tapeworm Diet
The tapeworm diet shows just how far a person will go to resemble a rail. Gaining popularity at the beginning of the 20th century, “scientists” presented women with an alternative way to lose weight without altering their eating habits: ingesting pills containing parasites known as tapeworms. These parasites live within a person’s intestines and feast on all nutrients that enter their hosts.
Despite the disgusting facts that they can grow to be 25 feet long during their stay in their intestinal lair, can cause seizures, meningitis or dementia, the tapeworm diet is still relatively popular among dieters of the more desperate ilk. Famed opera singer Maria Callas and supermodel Claudia Schiffer are rumored to have tried the tapeworm diet.
The Sleeping Beauty Diet
There is an old French proverb that says, “Il qui dort, mange” or “he who sleeps, eats”. While this saying came into use during a time when many parents couldn’t afford to feed their children and therefore tried to convince them that sleeping was a kind of ‘eating’, it has received a new, modern meaning for those of us fortunate enough to be able to overindulge. Known as the Sleeping Beauty diet, followers of this slim-down technique sedate themselves for days in order to avoid eating. Elvis Presley, ardent fan of deep-fried anything, was a proponent of this weight loss trend.