20 Terrifying Crash Diet Horror Stories 

Jessica Lawshe
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In the quest to be thin, women (and men) will do anything to achieve their goals. Often this means turning to "fad diets" or "crash diets" that insist you'll be thin in no time! As long as you only eat grapefruit juice or guzzle their brand of low-calorie shake. It's maddening! But it's also extremely dangerous.

Our list covers some of the worst weight loss horror stories caused by crash dieting. From embarrassing but less intense problems like uncontrollable diarrhea, to programs and pills that sent dieters to the psych ward, these crash diet horror stories will make you think twice about popping that weight loss supplement. And that's not even the scariest outcome. Some people died from their diets!

Let's just say that diet pills, or any pills that promise rapid weight loss, are bad news. And any diet that requires you to restrict your caloric intake to under 500 calories is probably not one you want to do - even if you do have fit into your wedding dress or prom dress in two weeks. After reading these stories you'll think twice about the Master Cleanse, the Grapefruit diet, and just about every other diet pill that's being sold. 

Another lesson learned: if you start to feel dizzy, nauseous, or happen to pass out while at work, chances are the diet you're doing is not healthy. And of course, you'll want to consult a doctor before making any crazy changes to your diet. Bottom line: diet and exercise are still the way to go. We know it sucks!

Check out this list of the worst things that can go wrong on a crash diet, and let us know which horror stories will keep you away from dieting forever!

Vegan Breastfeeding Kills Baby
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Sergine Le Moaligou  called an ambulance in March 2008 after her 11-month old daughter started sweating profusely, crying, and had no energy. The baby was suffering from vitamin deficiency as a result of only being fed her mother's breast milk. The couple did not provide the child with other food sources due to their strict vegan diet. When the baby passed away, the couple was charged with neglect. 


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Woman Dies from Addiction to Herbalife Shakes
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Lorena Peralta Baltazar was rushed to hospital after complaining of kidney pains. According to family and friends, she had "become addicted" to Herbalife shakes in an attempt to lose weight. After examining her body, doctors discovered large amounts of lead in her blood, which caused kidney failure and may have damaged her liver. 
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Student Dies After Taking Diet Pills
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Eloise Aimee Parry died after taking diet pills she had purchased online. The pills are believed to have contained dinitrophenol (DNP),  which is a highly toxic industrial chemical and is not fit for human consumption.

 "As the drug kicked in and started to make her metabolism soar, they attempted to cool her down, but they were fighting an uphill battle," said her mother. Police are investigating the online company that sold the girl the pills.

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Tainted Diet Pill Leads to Insanity Ward
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Sainah Theodore decided to take Natural Lipo-X pills to help her with weight loss and her combat job of serving in the Army Reserves. According to the lawsuit she brought against the company, the pills contained illegal chemicals not listed on their label. These chemicals prevented her from sleeping for six days and caused a psychological rage that cost her her career aspirations of becoming an officer.

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