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5 "OMG" Diets You Should Never Try

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Have you tried every diet in the book, but still can’t manage to lose weight? Well you are not alone. Since early 1800’s, OMG fad diets have come and gone with the periodicity of a locust invasion leaving a path of nutritional destruction that only fat could survive.

The following is a sampling of 5 “OMG!” diets you should never try recently revealed in the current issue of Dr. Oz—The Good Life that may have you wondering whether what diets we are trying today might be ridiculed tomorrow.

OMG Diet #1: The Vinegar and Water Diet (1820)

According to Dr. Oz—The Good Life, the vinegar and water diet was made popular by the British poet Lord Byron who reportedly sought to lose weight by surviving for days on a diet of vinegar, potatoes and cigars. Whether this really worked for him remains in question as he would then go on a food binge afterward.

However, this diet may not be as far-fetched as it sounds (except for the potato part) as any smoker can attest that smoking does suppress your craving for food. In addition, in past episodes of The Dr. Oz Show, two of Dr. Oz’s diet tricks are to take two tablespoons of white vinegar as a fat flusher or two tablespoons of pomegranate vinegar after every meal while taking the Meratrim weight loss supplement. The vinegars reportedly help balance blood sugar levels and thereby prevent insulin spikes.

OMG Diet #2: The Fletcherizing Diet (1903)

While we know that chewing your food aids digestion and can help with weight loss by taking the time to enjoy each bite and give our hunger hormones time to respond, Mr. Horace Fletcher came up with the idea of chewing each bite 32 times—and then spitting it out. His claim was that it would boost nutrition and result in weight loss.

Dr. Oz—The Good Life tells readers that celebrities John D. Rockefeller and writer Henry James were disciples of this dieting method.

OMG Diet #3: The Grapefruit Diet (1950)

The grapefruit diet is one that emerges in slightly different variations every few decades. In the 50’s it was a 12-day plan where dieters ate a grapefruit before every meal mistakenly believing that grapefruit contains enzymes that burn fat.

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Eating 3 grapefruits a day can be considered healthy due to its high vitamin C and fiber content as long as care is taken to brush your teeth after every grapefruit. Some health experts warn that eating acidic fruits can be damaging to teeth. However, while there are no fat-burning enzymes in grapefruit, eating fruit with a high water content does fit within Dr. Oz’s recommendations of belly fat burning foods.

OMG Diet #4: The Sleeping Beauty Diet (1976)

Taking sedatives is a time-honored, but self-destructive way to lose weight by literally sleeping your life away. Dr. Oz—The Good Life tells readers that Elvis was infamous for this type of dieting that ultimately failed because it lead to excessive overeating due to his feeling famished after waking up from a sedated state of mind.

On the other hand, research is repeatedly showing that not getting enough restful sleep is one of the reasons so many people are overweight or obese. Dr. Oz and Dr. Andrew Weil offer some natural sleep aid advice every now and then to help viewers avoid sedatives and still get plenty of sleep that will help with their weight loss efforts. However, research also shows that too much sleep can lead to weight gain as well.

OMG Diet #5: The Baby Food Diet (2010)

In this diet, dieters made portion-controlled dieting easier by eating 2 jars of any baby food they desired during the day, followed by a normal dinner every day. While baby food is just as healthy as adult food, babies tend to be fed more often. The caloric restriction of two jars of baby food per day for an adult is doomed to fail as it will likely lead to overeating on the meal that experts say should be the lightest—your dinner.

However, potion control done the correct way can lead to weight loss. Dr. Joel Furlman has stated that his patients lose an average of 15 pounds the first month, and then about 8 to 10 pounds a month thereafter when dieters follow the portions recommended in his diet pyramid.

For dieting that is not a fad and more likely to result in permanent weight loss, here is what the American Journal of Medicine revealed for overweight and obese individuals who want to lose 20 pounds.

For more diet fads that you should not try, check out the March/April 2014 issue of Dr. Oz—The Good Life.

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Reference: Dr. Oz—The Good Life March/April 2014 issue