Tapeworm diet not recommended for New Year's Resolutions

Jenny Decker RN's picture

It is that time of year again when we all look at the various areas of our lives that need to be worked on. One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is weight loss. Naturally, one will want to find a diet where eating anything you want and still lose weight is the most perfect answer. However, be careful. The latest fad seems to be the tapeworm diet. The tapeworm diet is not recommended for New Year’s resolutions.

The tapeworm diet includes injesting a parasite so that one can eat anything and as much as wanted. The tapeworm then takes nutrients and calories for itself. There are those who will say that if this is so, eating whatever calories one wants, the tapeworm will allow weight loss by utilizing these for its own growth. Do not forget that the parasite also take nutrients resulting in malnourishment. The tapeworm diet has more cons than pros.


The pros include almost guaranteed weight loss. However, it stops there. Here is a list of cons that should be highly considered: the parasite can be deadly and the tapeworm diet has been banned by the FDA, so even if you want a tapeworm, it is almost impossible to get one. Other cons include the need for medical intervention to get rid of the tapeworm and some dangerous side effects from the tapeworm. Finally, as with all diets, weight gain is guaranteed once the tapeworm is gone and eating is continued in the same manner.

According to Diets in Review, the tapeworm is not a diet. It is an extremely dangerous and desperate way to lose weight. When pondering how you will lose weight this year, be mindful of the best advice that is given by doctors and scientists alike: eat less and exercise more!

New Year’s resolutions do not have to be dangerous and desperate. The tapeworm diet has been considered to be just that. It is also illegal for anyone to import or sell a tapeworm in the United States, creating another factor in the ability to ingest the parasite. Eating a healthy diet and exercising more is a great way to start the new year!