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How fad liquid diets changed how we think about death

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Fad liquid diets are one of the most dangerous ways to lose weight. This type of crash diet can leave you without essential nutrients that you need to maintain your health. Researchers have also traced multiple deaths to liquid diets. Dr. Robert Linn’s the Last Chance Diet has been linked to 58 deaths, and variations of his methods are still dangerous.


The Last Chance Diet

The Last Chance Diet was created by Dr. Robert Linn, and it originally became popular in the 1970s. The dangerous diet forced you to drink 300 to 400 calories a day and rely on Dr. Linn’s formula. Prolinn, his liquid beverage, was filled with low quality proteins and lacked nutrients. Although dieters often associate fad programs with failure or other problems, Dr. Linn’s ideas changed how people think about death.

The Last Change Diet caused 58 deaths, and it forced people to reconsider their views on fad diets. These extreme weight loss methods often promise a quick fix. Dr. Linn’s program helped people lose 10 percent or more of their body weight. However, it came with dangerous side effects that left the dieters in starvation mode and malnourished. Many of them suffered from electrolyte imbalances, abnormal heart rhythms and died after following his plan. The program started important conversations about extreme dieting and death.

The dangers of liquid diets

Liquid diets have been linked to sudden cardiac death, and the low calorie requirements are not safe. Researchers point out that 300 to 400 calories a day is not enough for the body to function normally. These types of diets often lack magnesium, potassium, sodium and other essential nutrients that are required for health.

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Although fad liquid diets can result in rapid weight loss, they are associated with high risks. In some cases, liquid diets may be prescribed for patients with serious health problems and who cannot digest solids. However, the patients are carefully monitored, and their vitamin, mineral and nutrient levels are usually kept at a high level to prevent issues.

Liquid confusion

The Prolinn formula touted by Dr. Linn promised a healthy, protein liquid drink. However, dieters actually received a beverage filled with collagen that was made from animal hooves and other byproducts. Dr. Linn also added artificial ingredients and citrus flavors to make the drink more palatable.

Unfortunately, history has not taught many dieters a lesson, and some are following dangerous diets today that have mysterious liquid drinks. The allure of quick weight loss blinds many people to the risks. There are still liquid diet followers, but current culture often calls these diets cleanses or detoxes.

The Food and Drug Administration received multiple complaints about Dr. Linn’s diet and was able to trace the deaths. He was eventually involved in a lawsuit that dragged on for several years after the family of a woman who followed his program died. Liquid diets often lack a sufficient amount of calories, protein, carbohydrates, fats and other essential nutrients. They can leave you in starvation mode and lacking the building blocks to have a healthy body.

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