There's no shortage of weird diet trends. Whether you want to eat like a caveman, only eat super foods, or cleanse yourself within an inch of godliness, there's some diet out there for you - along with, of course, some annoying friend who has nothing else to talk about besides their latest all-juice fast. But it's not just a modern problem. Although the most common fad diets you've heard about may have been Atkins and gluten-free, you may be surprised to hear what came before. These crazy diets aren't new - and neither is the idea of celebrity trend setters influencing what people eat. There have been plenty of weird diet fads for centuries, some so disgusting they make a maple syrup, lemon, and cayenne pepper drink look downright scrumptious.
Don't get any ideas, because some of the crazy diets on this list are also downright dangerous. What these diets demonstrate is just how far (and how illogical) people will go in order to lose a few pounds. Most of these will make you grateful for Weight Watchers, because counting points is way better than poisoning yourself to speed up your metabolism. (Yup, that really happened.) The search for the miracle diet has been going on for centuries, and it continues. Until it's discovered, we'll all just have to keep suffering through brick-flavored gluten free bread.
Lord Byron's All Vinegar Diet That Nearly Killed A Generation Of Artists
The Eat-All-You-Want-With-A-Tiny-Touch-Of-Arsenic Diet
The Great Masticator's Diet That Nearly Destroyed Everyone's JawsPhoto: Paul Fornier / Library of Congress
The "I Am Banting" Diet That Was The Original Low-Carb Trend
The Graham Cracker Diet That Helped People Get Rid Of Their (Sexual) Excess
The Sherry Diet That Kept Mrs Average Drunk