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The most dangerous diets in the world

Losing weight the healthy way: it doesn’t work that way!

People who want to lose weight and want to lose weight quickly often resort to completely unsuitable means. Radical diets and extreme hunger diets lead to short-term success on the scales, but sometimes cause great harm. Aside from the health risks and dangerous side effects of irresponsible crash diets, such extreme diets are never sustainable. Anyone who has painstakingly starved the pounds off often hits him twice again a few months later, the yo-yo effect sends her goodbyes. If you want to lose weight in a sustainable and healthy way, you should stay away from weight loss pills, preparations or laxatives and focus on a balanced diet with enough exercise, sports and a conscious lifestyle. Although losing weight takes longer, it is natural and usually much more effective and long-lasting than dangerous crash diets. We present the worst diets here.

Tapeworm diet

In terms of creativity, shamelessness and neglect, the tapeworm “diet” is definitely the queen of the most dangerous slimming trends. Here it is hoped that oral intake or seeding of tapeworm larvae “eat away” food and calories in the gastrointestinal tract, which should lead to weight loss. However, this is not based on any scientific basis and may even be serious consequences such as inflammation in the brain and muscles to have. Definitely stay away from it – no matter how many pounds of weight loss without a lifestyle change it promises!

Thonon diet

This Thonon trend, which is popular in Hollywood, is similar to most other crash diets: With an extreme calorie deficit, the extra pounds are said to drop within a few weeks. The Thonon diet consumes a maximum of 800 calories per day and, like the keto diet, consumes mainly fat and protein. Unfortunately, this diet also quickly leads to a deficiency of vitamins, minerals and secondary plant substances. Furthermore, the rigorous reduction in calories leads to a reduction in muscle mass: this not only makes you unsuitable, but also lowers your daily basal metabolic rate, which means that the yo-yo effect is inevitable. Nutritional deficiencies and muscle loss have serious and sometimes permanent consequences, making the Thonon diet one of the most dangerous methods.

Cabbage Soup Diet

The classic among radical diets – who doesn’t know them? The cabbage soup diet was – and in some cases still is – quite popular among those who want to lose weight quickly. Unfortunately, it’s too one-sided and can lead to a lack of nutrients and energy after a few weeks, which promotes muscle breakdown and infections. Furthermore, the “customer success” of this diet is usually nullified by the subsequent yo-yo effect, as the person does not change anything in his or her basic diet. Ultimately, any diet that focuses on just one or a few foods is doomed to fail. Here, nutritional and energy deficiencies are inevitable, not to mention mental stress.

meat-based diet

Followers of the “carnivorous diet” swear they need only or most of animal meat to feel better and get all the nutrients they need. It is even said that there are isolated cases where the symptoms of chronic diseases have been cured with it. However, all large-scale studies paint a different picture: excessive consumption of meat and especially processed sausages is associated with increased risk of lifestyle diseases and a shorter life. Because in addition to the high salt and fat content of sausages, fresh meat in large quantities is also questionable: it contains the so-called purines, which can damage joints and cause or worsen gout. Beef and cow’s milk also contain pro-inflammatory factors suspected of promoting cancer. In addition, meat does not contain fiber, which is beneficial for intestinal health and for maintaining a normal weight. Not to mention the lack of secondary plant substances.

Blood group diet

This curious form of nutrition has its own menu for each blood group. For example, in the blood type diet, people with blood type 0 should eat meat every day but avoid grains. Those with blood type B, on the other hand, should avoid legumes and eat mainly dairy products, fruits and vegetables. However, there is no scientific evidence or data for this classification. A rather creative and harmless dietary idea, but it doesn’t make sense.

zero diet

Sometimes it is good for the human body to go without solid food for a few hours or days. Intermittent fasting in the style of 16: 8 (hours) or 5: 2 (days) is also healthy because it stimulates cellular cleansing processes. Additionally, our body can recover from the constant spikes in blood sugar and insulin that occur from constant eating and snacking in between. However, it should in the long run total fasting – also called zero diet – always medically accompanied and is only suitable for people with morbid obesity who need to lose weight quickly for health reasons. As muscle mass is also rapidly broken down here, which in extreme cases can also affect the heart muscles, caution is advised. For healthy weight loss, stick to gentler intermittent fasting.

Book tips for losing weight

In our book recommendations you can find out how to radically change your diet, beyond any dietary trend, to maintain your desired weight over the long term. These include Bas Kast’s “The Nutritional Compass” and “How Not to Diet” by physician and best-selling author Dr. Michele Greger. Recommended for those who want to age healthy and fit.