Need to lose some weight fast? You may be tempted to go on a fad diet to drop pounds quickly, and if you do, you won’t have any trouble finding one. From the cabbage soup diet to a detox cleanse, countless diets promise a substantial weight loss lickety split.
Of course, if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is—and fad diets are no exception. Since losing weight is an unpleasant struggle for most people, dieters typically look for the quickest, least painful way to slim down. That’s why fad diets have endured for decades. And yes, pretty much any program will work if you burn more calories than you take in, but chances are you’ll be a cranky mess and immediately gain the weight back once you go off the diet.
Two-thirds of the U.S. population is overweight or obese, but fad diets aren’t the ticket to ending the obesity epidemic. Talk to your doctor and go on a sensible plan of eating balanced meals, and be sure to exercise. No, it’s not a magic pill, but we guarantee you’ll be happier and healthier. Click through the gallery to see an array of silly fad diets, some of which you may have already tried. It’s OK. We won’t tell.
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