You may be intrigued to learn about some of the faddier diets on the planet. Here at Distance Dieters we in no way endorse the strange ideas you are about to read.
The Pregnant Pee Regime
Dieters drink or inject themselves with a pregnant woman’s urine, believing that hCG, the hormone it contains, will help them burn more fat and less muscle. There are claims of 1lb weight loss a day, but that’s when combined with a 500-calorie-a-day diet. Ummmm, not so yummy!
Available at health-food stores, activated charcoal powder is sprinkled on food or dissolved in water and taken three times a day to ‘deactivate’ toxins. Pioneered by the ancient Egyptians, it now has a celebrity fan base, including Sarah Harding of Girls Aloud.
Mind Over Matter
Recent research suggests that if you imagine eating large amounts of your favourite food, you will actually eat less of it. A passing thought isn’t enough: participants in the study had to visualise chewing and swallowing 30 M&M’s in vivid detail to reduce the number of sweets they ate later.
Glacial Shell Therapy
This is the latest in cryotherapy (the vogue for cold treatments such as snow rooms). Your legs and stomach are massaged with one heated and one chilled shell. The combination is meant to ‘aid the breakdown of fat’.
There seems to be a detox solution for every parental anxiety. Techno-junkie kids? On the Ambassadors of the Environment programme at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, they will go Xbox cold turkey and learn to be at one with nature.
Some fat fearing American ‘moms’ are apparently diluting baby food to keep the little ones skinny!
The Hibernation Diet
An easy option, on the link between good sleep and weight loss. It’s creator, Mike McInnes, advocates two spoonfuls of honey before bed to aid sleep and fuel the liver. Unsurprisingly results also depend on a calorie-controlled diet and regular exercise.
There’s also a hard-core honey fast. You consume nothing but honey dissolved in water or tea for three days.
Bentonite Clay Capsules
Some detox clinics advise clients to take clay capsules during juice fasts. The clay is said to generate an electric charge that attracts toxins, impurities and heavy metals, locks them in and removes them from the body.