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In their quest for a physique and a slim waist, people have tried many diet regimes over the centuries in an effort to shed extra pounds. And they all work to some degree to limit the amount and types of your food.
But when a healthy diet and exercise aren’t enough, people can resort to any method or trick, no matter how strange or crazy, in the hope that they will achieve their goal.
From chewing instead of swallowing to dieting cigarettes, in this report, learn about the strangest diet regimens people have followed to lose weight over the centuries.
Excessive appetite and inability to stop eating may be the main causes of weight gain. But some seem to have found a solution to this by swallowing something that eats you food you’ve ingested, tapeworm eggs!
In the 1800s, pills that supposedly contained tapeworms that would eat the food in your stomach began to be promoted. The idea behind this diet method was that the tapeworm would eat the food that was absorbed into a person’s gut, preventing them from gaining weight, the BBC said.
When these pills started causing seizures, muscle spasms, and meningitis, the US government banned their sale.
Chew and spit diet
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the American nutritionist Horace Fletcher devised a new method to improve digestion and maintain weight.
In fact, the original philosophy behind his invented diet wasn’t all bad. It was based on taking the time to eat, paying attention to what you eat, and only eating when you’re hungry.
But Fletcher’s main principle was to chew everything you ate at least 32 times or until it was runny and tasteless and then spit out the remaining food.
There are cells in the small intestine that respond to food by releasing a hormone that suppresses hunger and tells your brain it’s full, called PYY.
The food you eat can take up to an hour to get from your stomach to these cells, so eating quickly will make you eat more. Also, a lot of chewing speeds up the breakdown of food in the stomach, allowing it to reach the receptors for this hormone more quickly.
The magic drink “Proline”
In the 1970s, Dr. Roger Lynn’s magic weight loss drink with less than 400 calories, “Proline”. And the doctor asked for nothing to eat at all, except for him.
What’s even weirder than the idea of consuming just one drink is the ingredients; Proline is made from ground animal horns, hooves, leather, tendons, bones and other products that have been processed with artificial flavors, colors and enzymes to break them down and contains no nutrients.
So it’s not surprising that at least 58 people who tried this diet had heart attacks; Besides causing many cases of malnutrition, Womansday reports.
Cigarettes to curb appetite
Today we are well aware of the many health problems associated with smoking, but in the 1920s, cigarette manufacturers did their best to promote their products in every possible way. One of her tactics was to market cigarettes as a weight loss aid.
Cigarettes were marketed to suppress your appetite and keep you away from the temptations of food. American cigarette brand Lucky Strike has launched advertising campaigns to encourage people to buy their cigarettes instead of candy, notes the Washington Post.
Certainly, the proven health risks of smoking completely outweigh any effects on appetite suppression and weight loss.
Arsenic Capsules For Weight Loss
Before we knew about its risks as a poison, arsenic was used in many ways, including in cosmetics and weight loss treatments. Victorian diet pills often contained a mixture of questionable ingredients, including arsenic, with people completely oblivious to what they were eating.
Although arsenic has medical uses, especially in the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia. But it is definitely not safe as a way to lose weight.
Until the 1880s, there was no general agreement among physicians that arsenic had serious side effects when poisonings and murders increased with its use. For example, around 1920, companies began to discontinue using it in their products, notes The Atlantic.
Fat Burning Rubber Clothing
Fashion can be as dangerous as food. In the mid-1800s, American inventor Charles Goodyear invented the vulcanization process, which allowed the commercial use of rubber.
When this revolutionary material was mass-produced, inventors tried to take advantage of it by inventing new ways in which it could be used, including clothing for weight loss.
One of the things they did with rubber was to make corsets and stockings; It was believed that rubber would reduce fat while making you sweat, helping you lose weight.
But what the material actually did was crack the wearer’s skin, leaving them vulnerable to sores and infections.
In the 1920s, a company claimed to have made a soap that could remove “fat” from the body. The ad for La-Mar soap said it “works like a charm” and can be used on any part of the body — from the chin to the ankles.
Soon, other companies were making similar products, arguing that it was the safest way to go without the need for dangerous drugs, diet, or exercise.
The Sleeping Beauty Diet.
The only time we can’t eat is when we sleep. This was the main tenet of the Sleeping Beauty system, or “sleeping belle”, which became popular in the 1960s because it did not arrive.
Although sleep is healthy and necessary for the body, people have started taking sleeping pills and sedatives to help them sleep, sometimes for up to 20 hours a day.
Even celebrities were fans of this “diet”.