Being thin has become a human obsession since old times. People willing to do anything to lose weight, even in the most absurd ones. Here is a list of the strangest diets from around the world from different period. Remember, this list is NOT to be imitated!
1727: Stay away from the swamp
In 1727, Thomas Short wrote a thesis about how obese people tend to live near the swamp. His advice, people who are overweight should be moved to the drier areas to avoid the impact of swamp life. This may not be the best diet strategy, but at least the suggestion to choose the right housing
In the mid-19th century, middle-class and aristocratic circles of Western Europe alive in famine in order to meet the standards of thinness Victorian era, which is associated with purity and femininity.
1820: Diet vinegar
Poet who suffered from anorexia and bulimia, Lord Byron, vinegar diet popularized in 1820. To clear himself, he would drink lots of vinegar and water every day, plus a glass of tea with raw eggs. The effect is vomiting and diarrhea. No wonder he was so skinny.
1903: Just chew
An art dealer Horace Fletcher of San Francisco known as the ‘King of Chewing’ after successfully lost 20 kgs to chew … and do not swallow. After getting too skinny, he changed his method to be chewed 32 times and then dispose of the waste. According to Horace, his body will absorb the nutrients it needs without adding weight.
1925: Diet Rooms
It’s hard to imagine that cigarettes are used as a diet, but in the past, several cigarette companies promote cigarettes to reduce hunger. A Lucky Strike ad even says “Turn on Lucky and you’ll never miss sweets that make you fat.”
1928: Diet of meat and fat
Arctic explorer, Vilhjalmur Stefansson very impressed by the soundness of the Inuit caribou although only eat meat, raw fish, and rarely eat vegetables or fruit. Stefansson claimed he had tried this diet and prove its effectiveness. Doctors checked his health for several months and he was declared healthy.
Beginning in 1930: Slimming Soap
Remove fat with water? It sounded so beautiful! In early 1930, emerging products such as “Fatoff,” “Fat-O-NO” and “La-Mar Reducing Soap” that can make the wearer thin menglaim only with shower. But this soap does not have a magic spell. They just plain soap from potassium chloride and other materials.
1954: Diet tapeworm
You may be disgusted by parasitic worms that live in the intestines and absorb nutrients from the body. But for some people, this is even used as a way to weight loss. A group of people began to eat the worm cysts to be able to eat without getting fat. Side effects including tapeworms maintain that the worms can grow in the yards of intestine, causing meningitis or dementia.
1960: Diet sleep
The logic behind this diet is: you do not eat while sleeping. So if you sleep more, your weight will drop. Followers of this diet (such as Elvis Presley) will try to sleep for days to lose weight.
1980-2000: Diet breath
Most diets recommend us to reduce certain foods, like meat, kabohidrat or sugar. But diet breath demanded his followers to leave EVERYTHING. You should only eat air. Diet breath believe that if humans live in harmony, then you no longer need food or sleep.
2000: Diet eye
Ever noticed how many fast food restaurants use red and yellow in their logos? That said, the color stimulates appetite. Instead of blue is able to reduce appetite. A Japanese company, created a bluish-colored glasses diet that makes the food look unattractive and makes you not want to eat.
2000: ear clamp
Methods suppress appetite by clamping the inner ear cartilage is based on Chinese acupuncture, where needles left on the ear for one week. Then the clamps left for 6 weeks to three months, after that your body will get used and lose their effectiveness. This method is not proven effective, even it can cause infection and ear damage.
2000: Diet cotton
Who needs to eat if cotton is not calorie can make you full? Followers of this diet is to eat it dry, or dyed gelatin. Cotton fibers contain many, unfortunately, not the fiber that humans need.