Losing weight is quite often a matter of consuming fewer calories than you burn. How you get this to happen is a whole lot more complicated, as these diets prove. Take the Twinkie, Starbucks or Taco Bell Drive Thru diet for example. All three promote eating foods that wouldn't necessarily be considered healthy but at a caloric deficit which inspires weight loss. If calories in are fewer than calories out, regardless of where those calories come from, you'll likely lose weight.
Other fad diets are straight up dangerous, though effective. Those which rely on fasting, like the cotton ball diet (yes, people eat cotton balls on this one), the Breatharian diet (where cult members... followers, consume only sunlight) and the lemon detox diet (because who says mixing cayenne pepper, lemon juice and maple syrup isn't delicious) all work, since followers are not eating real food, causing a huge (and pretty unhealthy when done in excess) caloric deficit.
Like all things you read on the Internet, all strange dieting advice, especially for weird fad diets, should be reviewed by a medical professional before taking them as the gospel. While many of these weird diets actually work, some are straight up dangerous as well. Stay healthy, folks.
Negative Calorie Diet
The theory of the negative calorie diet is simple, stick to foods that (allegedly) contain fewer calories than the body uses to digest those foods and you'll lose weight. According to the inventors of the diet, foods like celery, lettuce, cucumber, apples, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, lemons, oranges and beets, among others, all are negative calorie foods and perfectly acceptable to eat on this diet. Since all of those foods contain fewer calories than the body takes to digest them, you will essentially lose weight in the eating process.If the idea of negative calories sounds hokey, it kind of is. Few studies can confirm the negative calorie theory and those who tout the diet have some questionable connections to various industry groups. Withstanding all of the doubt though, eating only nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables in moderation is a great way to lose weight without all of the miracle claims.
While more of a philosophy than a diet, this weight loss has been around since 1895 when dietician Horace Fletcher developed the principles. According to Fletcherism, one can eat anything they desire, but only eat when truly hungry and never when anxious, depressed or otherwise busy. Additionally, each bit must be chewed roughly 30 times or until it liquifies, after which it can be swallowed and followed by a sip of water. Other versions, the really weird ones, include only chewing, no swallowing and thus not consuming anything more than the lucky liquid that falls down the throat in the process. Yum.Aside from the crazy chewing mandate, the principles of Fletcherism are not that different from healthy eating habits. Removing emotional eating plus eating slowly and drinking a lot of water are all great tips to eating less, which in turn inspires weight loss.
Beer and Sausage Diet
Many diets will restrict calories from alcohol and fatty processed meats but not this one! The beer and sausage diet is just like it sounds. Those following the diet consume high quality sausage, sometimes with a bun or toppings like peppers, onions or mustard, and craft beer. The protein-heavy sausages are filling while the beer can help speed up the metabolism.But like everything, moderation is key. In this success story, an Arizona man lost nearly 20 pounds in 30 days on the beer and sausage diet, though he enjoyed both in moderation. The man consumed only an average of 1,500 calories per day, which was enough to cause a calorie deficit which inspired weight loss. While this is a weird diet, any diet that includes beer and sausage at every meal might just be brilliant too.
Eggs and Dessert Diet
While the egg and dessert diet isn't that weird, it does fall on this for the fact that it encourages indulging in sweets like cakes, cookies and brownies… for breakfast. While the actual science behind the weight loss might be more psychological than anything substantial, according to a 2012 study, those who ate one sugary treat with breakfast lost more weight over a 32 week period than those who didn't.The diet maintains that those who indulge during their first meal of the day are less likely to indulge later plus the serotonin rush at breakfast leads to a happier rest of the day with fewer cravings. Like any diet though, one cannot simply eat eggs and cake for breakfast then whatever they want the rest of the day. A caloric deficit and exercise are required.