In general terms, weight loss is the total reduction of body fats or body mass for physical fitness. it may be intentional through controlled diet or involuntary due to health complications. For most people nowadays, weight loss has become a mandatory practice to maintain the well being of the body.
Losing weight is very tough exercise and most people common feel like they are not losing weight fast enough yet they doing everything right, others what to lose weight without working towards it and this has lead people into “weight loss shortcuts“, which have proven to very risky and unsafe.
For instance in South Africa a product called, ‘The Secret Fat Burner‘, has caused overactive thyroids to many of its users which could actually cause death if not treated.
The following ways have been vindicated to be clear pathways to death in the name of “weight loses shortcuts“.
Tapeworm tablets are pills containing eggs of tapeworms which once swallowed they hatch in the body of the dieter, enabling him/her to eat without worrying about calorie or sugary foods intake. The tapeworm consumes all your meal while living in your digestive system. The tapeworms still reproduce millions of eggs in your intestine which soon through the blood vessels, gain access to the eyes or the brain and the spinal cord this makes it’s a very risky method. Once a person reached their desired weight they then took an anti-parasitic pill to remove the tapeworms,
The cotton ball diet
According to the Encyclopedia of Diet Fads: Understanding Science and Society, 2nd Edition: Understanding Science and Society (25 November 2014), this method of diet control is not backed up by science. A Cotton ball dipped in juice is forced down the digestive tract to settle in the stomach making it feel full hence significantly reducing the amount of eating. However, most cotton balls are made of bleached polyester which is hazardous to the human body which triggers nutrition disorders like dehydration, chocking (when swallowing the cotton ball) or damage to internal organs.
Lord Byron a famous poet in the 1820s spent most of his time composing poems. He barely had time for exercises and the thought of being fat really terrified him. After trying numerous methods to remain physically fit he realized that the combination of the acidic vinegar and fruit pectin is brought about “fat burning effects”, which is a simpler way for weight loss. The repercussion in this method is that it leads to gastroparesis, a serious stomach problem and also potassium imbalance
The slimming soap
In the 1930s the soap’s unique features were described as the “magical fat-dissolving properties. When the sliming soap comes into contact with the body it infiltrates the skin by osmosis and targets adipose tissues that lie under your skin and breaks them down. the soap lacked enough scientific explanations hence not really workable
The cigarette diet
This method was initially just an advertising campaign to promote cigarette smoking instead of food eating. It uses cigarettes to subdue appetite and hence lower weight. Smoking is seriously cancerous and addictive and causes cardiovascular disease. It is no solution to lower weight
The cabbage soup diet
Cabbage soup combined is eaten with other vegetables and fruits for seven days while limiting other meals. It’s only effective in solving bloat. It excludes important nutrients such as carbohydrates and proteins
The ‘Sleeping Beauty’ diet
Using sleeping pills and sedative to induce sleep to hider appetite. It is most useful to those with excessive eating habits and people suffering from obesity. The “beauty in sleeping“, is not as beautiful as it may seem to the body as it deprives the body nutrients and exposes the body to sides effects that come as a result of the pills and sedatives
Baby food diet
Tracy Anderson a celebrity trainer diet plan to lose weight was a funny diet to eat 14 jugs of baby food and a single meal a day to regulate metabolism and keep the body no toss hence no fat accumulation in the skin. The diet also involves minimal intake of alcohol. The fad diet recommended is fiber deficient, and fiber is essential for an adult digestive tract to keep on operating efficiency.
The grapefruit juice diet.
Dieters were expected to restrict food intake to a particular amount of calories per day, and every meal should be accompanied by either half a glass of grapefruit juice. A grapefruit contains enzymes that are taken into the body before other foods, therefore, burning off fats. It’s a healthy method but extreme reduction in kilojoules makes it scientifically wrong method of weight loss. Arsenic diet pills
Arsenic diet pills
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