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Crazy Diets You've Never Heard Of

Every week it seems as if there is some crazy new diet coming out of Hollywood that promises massive weight loss in no time and minimal effort, a miracle cure for any and all weight challenges. Some diets, such as the Atkins diet, became universally popular whereas others have taken a little longer to catch on, due maybe to their difficulty or for being just plain weird.

Celebrity Diets

Celebrities are always raving about the latest diets, telling of its benefits and detox qualities. Some of the most popular at the moment include:

Maple Syrup Diet/Lemon Detox Diet

Celebrity Dieters - Beyonce Knowles and Ashanti

Basically the Maple Syrup Diet and Lemon Detox Diet are two forms of the same principle that is supposed to work with the body's natural cleansing process to flush out toxins and burn fat naturally. Beyonc Knowles claims she lost 9 kilos by only drinking a mix of maple syrup, lemon juice, water and cayenne pepper. Of course it's not just any maple syrup but an organic 'Madal Bal Natural Tree' syrup.

Blood Type Diet/GenoType Diet

Celebrity Dieters - Liz Hurley, Courtney Cox and Oprah Winfrey

The blood type diet is a diet advocated by Peter D'Adamo, a naturopathic physician, who claims that a person's diet should be determined by their blood type. Disputing in scientific circles, the Blood Type Diet is meant to be a recommendation of what foods suit which blood types for better nutrition and digestion. Type A is essentially a vegetarian diet, Type B are recommended to eliminate corn, wheat, buckwheat, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts and sesame seeds, Type O to focus on lean, organic meats, vegetables and fruits and avoid wheat and dairy while Type AB should focus on foods such as tofu, seafood, dairy and green vegetables.

The Geno Type diet is a further extension of the blood type diet and creates a customised program that works with your genetic makeup to maximize health and weight loss, as well as prevent or even reverse disease. People are divided into one of the following categories: Hunter, Gatherer, Teacher, Explorer, Warrior or Nomad.

Dr Joshi's Holistic Detox Diet

Celebrity Dieters - Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett and Kate Moss

This is a 21-day detox that eliminates a great many foods from the person's diet in order to flush out toxins. Foods that are to be avoided include dairy, red meat, fruit, wheat, gluten and yeast, spreads, coffee alcohol, nuts, potatoes, non-herbal tea, sugar and chocolate. Those who do chose this diet will have 21 days of drinking at least two litres of water daily and have to chew their food eight to 12 times before swallowing. The end result is supposed to be no more cravings for many foods.

Five-Factor Diet

Celebrity Dieters - Jessica Simpson, Alicia Keyes, Kanye West and Eva Mendes

Based on the work of celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, the five factor diet consists of eating five daily meals that are made of five ingredients. These ingredients must be protein, good fat, healthy carbs, fibre, and a sugar-free beverage. One of the few diets to bring exercise into it, it is also required that you do 25-minute workouts, five times weekly. This diet also comes with a cheat day where the dieter can eat whatever they wish.

Macrobiotic Diet

Celebrity Dieters - Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Joe Pesci

The macrobiotic diet is a diet that is meant to encapsulate physical, spiritual, and planetary health. This diet has a focus on low-fat, high fiber foods and is predominantly vegetarian with a strong basis in whole grains, vegetables and soy products.

And if these celebrity diets weren't extreme enough, there are for those that like to go too even further on the crazy stakes...

The Cotton Ball Diet

The cotton ball diet is based on the idea that cotton balls are low in calories but are very filling, meaning that the dieter will not be hungry and indulge in other choices like actual food. With an option to eat them dry and others soak them in gelatine first, the cotton ball diet is meant to be high in fibre, it's just the wrong type of fibre.

Ear Stapling

Not really a nutrition diet per say, the Ear Stapling option is certainly taking weight loss to the extreme with the individual stapling the external cartilage of the ear, where it supposedly suppresses your appetite in the same manner as acupuncture treats stress. While there are many people who swear by this, it is illegal in many states around the world due to serious possible side effects such as infection or nerve damage and is only a viable short term option with records showing that effectiveness declines after six weeks to three months because once your body gets used to the staple.

The Sleeping Beauty Diet

Actually used by Elvis in his later years, the mentality behind the Sleep Beauty diet is simple - you can't eat if you're asleep. Involving sedation, the individual can choose to simply sleep over the period of several days, whereby forcing their body into starvation mode. Of course, this only means that once you start eating again the food will have greater impact as your body's metabolism will have slowed dramatically. Not to mention the dangers in sedation and sleeping pills.

The Vision Diet

Ranking right up there on the crazy diets stakes is the Vision Diet. Individuals opt to wear blue sunglasses during meals, and even all day, in an effort to curb their appetite. Scientifically speaking, blue is meant to be an appetite suppressant, meaning they will eat less.

Of course, the nature of such extreme fad diets is that they are not sustainable with many people reverting back to their old ways once it's seen as too hard to continue, as opposed to the rational choices of healthy eating and exercise.