11 Most Extreme Weight Loss Diets That People Actually Follow

Extreme diet: The Strawberry Diet

This includes eating (you read that right), literally eating cotton balls. 

Ever thought, something used to clean makeup can also clean body fat? Apparently, few people actually make use of cotton balls to get rid of their extra kilos. The recipe to this crazy diet is, chewing one plate of cotton balls dipped in your favourite fruit juice for a week till your body gets deprived of all the basic nutrients.

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The chemical diet consists of forcing yourself to only eat lean, unfried meat, water, eggs and vegetables, with no fat and just a tiny bit of bread or fruit – hardly a laugh a minute! Apparently the combination of foods is supposed to interact chemically to burn fat.

We’ll admit that this diet may be a quick fix for that upcoming wedding or holiday but an extreme diet plan like the chemical diet is not nutritionally balanced and does not contain enough calories for a healthy lifestyle.
Extreme factor: 5/10

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This one sounds very uncomfortable… Presented as an alternative to surgery, for those struggling to lose weight you can now have a tiny balloon inserted into your stomach to help with portion control.

The balloon only takes 30 minutes to be inserted in the person’s stomach, and it’s inflated with saline once it’s in place.

The device, called Orbera, was designed for people considered morbidly obese, with a body mass index of 30 to 40, who have failed to lose weight with other diets and exercise. It lasts for six months so manufacturers promise rapid weight loss. But we’re not sure how a balloon in our tummy sounds…
Extreme factor: 9/10

Here’s a diet that Cheryl’s said to have used when she was worried about putting on weight. The diet became famous when Beyoncé used it to shed 20 pounds for her role in Dreamgirls.

It’s also been tested on Channel Four’s programme, How To Lose Weight Well which got us thinking about how an earth we’d survive on maple syrup…

It’s pretty simple; mix Madal Bal Natural Tree Syrup with water, lemon juice and cayenne pepper, then drink the concoction instead of eating meals. This is a very radical way to lose weight and the list of side effects is long, from diarrhoea to headaches, nausea and mental irritability – we think we’ll give this one a miss!
Extreme factor: 8/10

On the raw food diet you can eat anything that is unprocessed and uncooked, so knock yourself out with your choice of organic fruit and veg, nuts, seeds, beans, seaweed and purified water. The creators of this diet are very strict about one thing, that only 75% of food must be heated over 116°C.

Yes, this is exactly what you think it is. A nice fatty blob of butter in your coffee alongside a glug of oil. Really! The latest diet fad involves taking a tablespoon of butter and stirring in two dollops along with a dash of oil (medium-chain triglyceride, to be precise) which makes a cup of Bulletproof Coffee.

Despite the fact that this unappealing brew contains a massive 500 calories, its creator Dave Asprey, once 21 stone and now ‘slimline’ swears by the formula. But we’re not convinced, and neither is Dr Sally Norton, an NHS surgeon and leading UK weight-loss consultant who spoke to the Telegraph.

Ok so it’s not quite as terrifying as we’d first thought (no, it doesn’t actually choke you if you eat too much!). This contraption sits around your neck and by monitoring vibrations in your throat with a clever sensor, it can send an alert to you phone which buzzes if you go over your daily, or even the wrong kind of food.

While it’s undoubtedly smart, we’re not sure it looks at all comfortable, plus our other half and kids might be alarmed if we started walking around with this around our neck!
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Known as the clay cleanse, this has gathered a few celebrity followers lately including Divergent star, Shailene Woodley. The idea behind it is that clay has binding properties that cleanse your digestive system by sticking all the bad stuff together and removing it when you go to the loo, absorbing toxins, and also expanding in the stomach to make you feel full.

People take the clay either in tablet form or mixing powdered clay in a drink. We don’t know about you, but swallowing clay just doesn’t sound all that appetising to us. Not to mention the fact that it’s also the key ingredient in cat litter, and some clay products have been found to contain arsenic, which can be poisonous to humans and is used in pesticides.
Extreme factor: 9/10

There are two versions of this diet: one is where you supplement healthy, daily meals with strawberries, for their natural health benefits (they contain high levels of vitamin C, folic acid and potassium), but the more extreme version of the diet is the strawberry fast, in which the person lives on nothing but strawberries to lose weight quickly.

While strawberries are very healthy, eating them alone means that you miss out on other vital ingredients you get from a balanced diet. Strawberries are also very high in sugar, just 100g of strawberries contains about 7g of sugar – that’s almost two teaspoons.

And after Kim Kardashian was reported to be trying the strawberries-only diet, we’re sure there’ll be a few people ready to follow in her slimming footsteps…
Extreme factor: 8/10

Can you guess what this diet involves? That’s right, eggs and lots of them. Nigella Lawson’s ex-husband, Charles Saatchi, reportedly lost four stone in 10 months by eating nothing but eggs. If the thought of eating only eggs has you reaching for the sick bucket, you could also add some low carbohydrate vegetables and lean protein.

Yes this is a real thing. The tapeworm diet has got to be one of the most extreme, no, stupid concepts we’ve ever come across. It involves swallowing an actual worm (it would probably be in egg form, but it’s still disgusting), the tapeworm then wriggles around in your intestines interfering with your digestion process and eating up all your food, making it possible for you to consume more calories without putting on weight.

Gwyneth Paltrow made the headlines a few years ago when she revealed she was a devotee of this extremely strict diet. The main emphasis of the macrobiotic diet is wholegrains, these are supposed to make up 60% of all meals and the rest should be made up of mostly raw vegetables.

It’s safe to say that the list of what you can’t eat is longer than the list of what you can eat. Say goodbye to anything and everything remotely fun or tasty, for example: Meat, processed foods, dairy products, eggs, sugar, poultry products and alcohol. Boring.
Extreme factor: 7/10

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Apparently there’s a special ingredient in grapefruit that, when eaten with a form of protein, triggers a fat-burning process and therefore results in weight loss. So, the idea is to start each meal with half a grapefruit, eat lots of protein and drink plenty of water and black coffee.

While this diet may help you lose a few pounds, any weight lost will pile straight back on once you return to your normal diet. Such a drastic reduction in your intake of calories can also result in dizziness and an upset stomach, plus it’s so very boring!
Extreme factor: 6/10

The Cabbage Soup Diet works exactly as it sounds – you eat copious amounts of cabbage soup and not a lot else. Basically, the cabbage soup diet works because you are cutting down your calorie intake to near starvation levels.

Some say that it is a complete waste of time because the sudden lack of food forces the body into starvation mode which slows down your metabolism and encourages your body to hang on to fat.
Extreme factor: 6/10

Don’t get too excited, this diet isn’t as fun as it sounds. True, it does consist of eating cookies for breakfast and lunch but these aren’t tasty chocolate chip cookies, they contain a mere 90 calories per cookie and are made with low GI ingredients such as whole wheat flour, bran and oats.

And okay, these cookies aren’t Dr Siegal’s special ones, but they are a low-sugar, healthier alternative, get the recipe here

Extreme factor: 6/10

the potato diet

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6. Jim T. was looking for something to help control his appetite, and Garcinia Cambogia was the perfect way to do it. He said he lost 15 pounds the first month with no change to his diet and exercise. The appetite control was the biggest thing that helped. He was able to control his portions, which is a huge deal when trying to lose weight.

These people truly deserve credit for their transformations. It takes A LOT of hard work in order to commit to losing weight. Anyone can go to the gym for a week and call it good. Sticking with a plan and seeing it through to your goal is something that many can’t do though.

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Kale
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Swiss chard
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Full list here.

Don’t be afraid to load your plate with these low-carb vegetables. You can eat massive amounts of them without going over 20–50 net carbs per day.

A diet based mostly on meat and vegetables contains all the fiber, vitamins and minerals you need to be healthy.

  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Butter

Eat 2–3 meals per day. If you find yourself hungry in the afternoon, add a 4th meal.

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