Diets are commonly being reinvented and thought about all throughout time since society places such a heavy importance on the size of your body and losing weight as well as the fact that many diets can be incredibly helpful for your health and well-being. Every single way of eating out there advertises itself as the best, and often will pass through mainstream media as a new and improved fad that “makes you live long” or “helps lose weight”. But what of these diets actually doesn’t work, or was so unlucky to be unpopular? Here are some of the least popular diet fads, typically because they aren’t healthy or safe for most people.
First becoming a popular concept in the 1950s, and returning to the spotlight in recent years, the HCG diet essentially suggests you maintain an eating routine of less than 500 calories per day while supplementing with a hormone called HCG. It was promoted as a weight loss and fat redistribution technique, but is ultimately unhealthy and unstable. This way of eating reduces your body’s ability to function massively as well as HCG is not suggested as a general supplement by most professionals. The conclusion is you will lose weight, but usually from muscle tissue being degraded.
Five Bite Diet
Created in 2007, the five bite diet seems pretty nice on the surface. You get to not restrict what types of foods you eat and don’t have to exercise to see results. It has simple rules. Easy, right? Well, those rules are to not eat breakfast then to only eat five bites of your meal for lunch and for dinner. This is only 10 bites of food a day. It’s obviously going to lose you a lot of weight, but similarly to the HCG diet you’d be losing weight from malnutrition and probably be a miserable hungry human 90% of the time. Needless to say, it dropped off in popularity pretty quick.
Eating sugar free has been a fad off and on for many decades now as it’s supposed to have wonderful results. It’s kind of similar to concepts like the keto diet, but more restrictive and less focused on improving your other areas of eating. This cuts out entire food groups and often includes no fruits. While it can be a good health option for those that have acute sugar issues, it also has been shown to reduce important nutrients and be difficult for most people. It also just isn’t popular because not eating sugar, even healthy for you sugars, is a pretty unhappy lifestyle.
We’re not going to tell you what to or not to follow when it comes to choosing a new diet from the ones in the media and suggested out there. But, it is important to consider your own health needs as well as look into ideas like these when you want to select a new way of eating for yourself or your family so that you can be as informed as possible. Some of these diet fads simply passed on without getting much notice from lack of demand, results, cost issues, or so on. But some also were downright unsafe and typically not something you’d want in your body. Either way, we hope this information proves interesting and possibly useful in your future and wish you luck.