5 Most Dangerous Diet Scams of All Time

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It is never a bad idea to be mindful of the body. Yes, especially as the number of obesity cases continue to skyrocket in spectacular fashion, it definitely pays off to keep our bodies healthy and in perfect tune with the weighing scale.

Over the course of the last 50 years, since the industrial revolution, the world has put on more than its fair share of weight thanks to our consumption of fake food-like products that are ultimately alien to the body. It is because of products like synthetic cheese, fiber-free juice, and 5-minute noodles that obesity continues to run wild across the globe like a fat ugly monster. In America alone, almost two-thirds of the entire population are unable to escape the clutches of obesity and its many dire complications such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Although, hope is far from being lost.

Now, more than ever, there is a growing awareness among people about the correlation between maintaining a healthy diet and physical fitness. As such, when you watch late night TV, or leaf through a magazine, chances are you’ll see a series of advertisements or products that call out for healthier and more responsible eating. This is good news that the world needs, if only it did not come without a few marketing ploys/dietary scams that piggyback on people’s desire to shed off some pounds. Aside from being ultimately ineffective, these products/scams might potentially cause serious repercussions to your health. With this said, here is our list of the
top 5 Most Dangerous Diet Scams of All Time.

5. Diuretics Heavy Supplement/ Weight Loss Teas

Everybody wants a magic bullet that makes them instantly lighter on the scale. There is no such thing, though there are diuretic-products that sell that illusion.

A diuretic is any substance that forces the release of water in the body. Needless to say, by forcing the body to reduce normal water levels, it is able to go down by a few points on the scale. This is ultimately pointless, as no true weight loss is actually achieved. Once the body yields to thirst, after a glass of water, this illusion of being lighter is gone.

weight loss tea scam

Among the most popular diuretic substances is caffeine which is found in many thermogenic pills and weight loss teas. The real danger in going overboard in these diuretics products is dehydration. Even worse, with water loss, diuretic substances also flush essential electrolytes out of the body.

4. Fat/Carbohydrate Blocking Pill

carb/fat blocking pills

These supposedly scientifically advanced diet pills that block the body’s absorption of fat, and most recently carbohydrates, are among the most popular diet scams in the market. Most of the supposedly science behind the product is unfounded. In fact, researchers say that the current technology that makes this fat/carb blocking possible is, at best, useless. The more unpleasant part is how these fat/carb blockers potentially cause dangerous effects to the body.

Registered dietician Althea Zanecosky says that these products essentially block the natural fat/carbohydrate content of food by putting the body in a state similar to lactose intolerance. This way the body is unable to metabolize nutrients the right way which in effect causes an array of gastrointestinal problems and even malnourishment.

3. Japanese Weight Loss Pill

japan rapid weight loss pill

In April 2012, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to consumers regarding a weight loss supplement that is imported from Japan called Japan Rapid Weight Loss Pill.

Popularly marketed as blue, green, and yellow weight loss pills, this weight loss product is especially dangerous as it is clinically formulated with undeclared phenolphthalein, sibutramine, and ephedrine alkaloids. Phenolphtalein is a suspected carcinogen. While previously used in the active treatment of obesity, sibutramine is a banned substance that is suspected to cause heart attack and stroke. And ephedrine has been reported to induce an elevated and abnormal beating of the heart.

In addition to these, Japan Rapid Weight Loss Pills have been reported to induce a disturbing array of side effects that include abnormal heart beat, sleep deprivation, constipation, facial flushing, skin rash and gastrointestinal bleeding.

2. Ipecac-Syrup

ipecac syrup

More popularly known just as ipecac, ipecac syrup comes from the roots of the ipecacuana plant. First introduced in the 18th century, ipecac syrup was used in cough medications to induce vomiting. As such, ipecac syrup was once considered as a first aid emetic in cases of accidental poisoning. However, as there was no conclusive evidence that supports its medical efficacy, the use of ipecac as a first aid emetic was eventually abandoned.

It was not until the modern media’s obsession with the bony and the skinny that ipecac once again found its way to popularity. The use of ipecac is considered extremely unhealthy and is directly linked to an eating disorder called bulimia nervosa. Frequent use of ipecac is known to cause systemic toxicity and generally weakens the heart, and potentially results death. In fact, it is believed that the death of famous 1970’s music icon Karen Carpenter has been caused by overused of ipecac.

Among others, common side effects of ipecac include abnormal heart beats, severe chest pains, breathing difficulties, cardiac arrest, seizures, and coma.

1. K-E Diet

feeding tube diet

Otherwise known as the “feeding tube diet” or “nose drip diet”, this easily tops the list because it requires the regular insertion of naso-gastric tube through the nose. Unparalleled in promoting caloric deficit, it limits daily caloric intake to 800 calories. The K-E diets popularity feeds on the weight loss obsession of people who are looking for an instant 10 pound drop in one week, except this is one even closer to borderline crazy as it promises 20 pound drop within 10 days.

Aside from basically starving yourself, which is never truly healthy in any way, the K-E diet is especially dangerous as the frequent insertion of naso-gastric tube can very much cause all sorts of infection and inflammation. Furthermore, as the K-E diet is essentially designed use prolonged ketosis (which simply means, burning fat instead of glucose to fuel the body), ketone levels in the blood an elevated to unhealthy levels that stresses both the liver and the kidney.

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