Crazy Diets of 2010
As long as there are people desperate to lose weight, there will be new diets popping up to aid them in their quest. Some, like the Weight Watchers program, will stand the test of time and prove effective for the long haul. Others, however, see a surge in popularity when they’re first introduced (or reintroduced), then taper off as the logistics of adhering to certain restrictions become more than most dieters can handle.
We’re looking at five of the zanier diets that have made headlines this year. Have you tried any? And did you stick with it?
Ice Cube Diet
The Ice Cube Diet is pretty much exactly what you think: When you feel the urge to snack, simply pop an ice cube into your mouth. But not just any ice cube — this one is infused with hoodia and designed to quell cravings. After all, if you’re paying $64.95 (plus shipping) for 40 days’ worth of ice cubes, they’d better do something other than cool you down.
Relying on a single type of food in order to lose weight is nothing new. However, a surprising number of these diets grabbed headlines this year. From a professor losing 27 pounds eating convenience store foods on the Twinkie Diet to a Florida man dropping 24 pounds eating pizza, we couldn’t cross the street without hearing about another strange single-food diet.
Freeze Off the Fat
For the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a noninvasive technology for fat reduction. Zeltiq and Zerona both work by freezing and destroying fat cells in a particular area. They’re suitable for small problem areas like love handles but not for the seriously overweight or obese. In other words, this isn’t a perfect solution, but if you’ve got a few thousand dollars to spare, it might help you trim down your nearly flat tummy.
According to Pierre Dukan, French women don’t stay slim by nibbling on cheese and walking to boutiques. Rather, they follow the Dukan Diet, a protein-heavy diet that’s been around France for a decade but is just now making its way to the English-speaking world. Like other low-carb diets, it has several stages, with varying levels of strictness, but once you reach the maintenance phase, you’re required to have two totally indulgent meals a week. Besides mandatory indulgences, you also eat only protein for one day a week; Dukan recommends Thursdays.
While BluePrint has been around for a few years, it claimed endless headlines in 2010 after various celebrities were seen carrying its bottles. The liquid diet is available in three levels — beginner, intermediate and expert — the main difference being the number of green juices versus fruit juices you consume each day. Each level, which you can do for three, five or 10 days, offers between 900 and 1,100 calories per day, though the founders of the cleanse stress that 500 calories of juice is all usable and not comparable to 500 calories of, say, a sandwich or a bagel. Like other cleanses and limited-calorie diets, you’re sure to drops some weight when eating only 1,000 calories a day. However, the majority of doctors still warn against cleanses.