Craziest Diet and Fitness Trends

From shocking your abdominal muscles to having patch stitched to your tongue, there are all kinds of extreme measures and new heights that people will go to stay fit or lose weight. Here’s a profile of five of these trends. But really, what happened to good old fashioned healthy eating and a treadmill?

 

Electric Ab Belts

Abdominal stimulating belt make the ab muscles contract without doing a crunch or sit-up at all. Electrical stimulation supposedly helps to get you that six-pack abs and help with weight-loss. A recent ad I saw for one of said products shows a series of before and after style pictures of people who have used the product. Discussed in an online Wall Street Journal article, a 2007 product test commissioned by Contour, users of the ab belts lost an average of four inches off their midsections, but this was in partnership with a rather high-intensity exercise and diet scheme. Thus, the electrical stimulation belt may not be as effective as the ads claim and the thought of shocking your abs seems a little crazy and extreme of an “exercise” idea.

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Source: online.wsj.co

Face Yoga

Claim to induce a face-lift like effect, Danielle Collins created this interesting fitness fad involving a number of facial stretches and exercises. Deemed as “training” that should be conducted six times a week. Doing facial exercises seems like a strange way to counter-act wrinkles and aging but perhaps help with your ability to pull the goofiest faces for snapchat selfies?

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Source: nymag.com

The Tongue Patch

According to an ABC News article from 2009, Dr. Nikolas Chugay in Beverly Hills, CA can stitch a prolene patch to your to tongue to help you lose “20 to 40 pounds” fast. The patch makes it awkward and even painful to eat, which thus resigns the person to a liquid diet for four weeks. This might seem like a sure-fire way to lose some stubborn weight quickly but is obviously not sustainable in the long term and just sounds downright painful.
 

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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The Cotton-ball Diet

This is perhaps the craziest diet idea I’ve come across. This involves soaking cotton balls in liquids such as orange juice and lemonade and replacing them as your daily meals. Not only is this an unsustainable diet, the effects of the cotton-balls on your internal organs and digestive system could be extremely harmful. This is definitely the worst diet or fitness trends to date for a number of blatantly obvious reasons!

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Source: livinggreenmag.com

Hot Yoga and Hot Pilates

Many people may beg to differ on this one, but based on my one experience with hot yoga and a number of others’ opinions surrounding it, this fitness trend seems to a be a little eover the top. Many people experience headaches and dizziness due to the heat and humidity of hot yoga studios. From the hot yoga movement other ideas such as hot weightlifting and hot pilates have emerged. Imagine weight lifting in 40 degree studios? No, thanks. Not to mention, the classes don’t seem to give any different or increased effect in terms of increasing muscle strength, tone or flexibility. So unless you love getting uncomfortable sweaty, you’ll be just fine sticking to regular yoga and pilates classes.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

Source: dailymail.co.uk