And now, a new entry for the "Don't try this at home, folks" guidebook of living. An Iowa woman decided to go for the fastest method available for losing weight: Tapeworms, reported NBC News on August 16. Purchasing the supposed weight loss wonder from the Internet, she swallowed it and waited for the magic to happen.
The only magic was that she succeeded in creating her very own diet fad, termed the Iowa tapeworm diet. As for her success in creating her very best body ever, as the ads promise? Didn't happen. Instead, her doctor contacted Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, the medical director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, who promptly sent out a warning to state public health workers.
“Ingesting tapeworms is extremely risky and can cause a wide range of undesirable side effects, including rare deaths,” Dr. Quinlisk cautioned. “Those desiring to lose weight are advised to stick with proven weight loss methods — consuming fewer calories and increasing physical activity.” Boring, but true.
If you're hoping to lose weight via a method that doesn't involve ingesting tapeworms, we recommend:
- "American Heart Association No-Fad Diet: A Personal Plan for Healthy Weight Loss" - click for details on the AHA's sensible approach for taking off the pounds without sacrificing your health.
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As for the possibility that this might become a new weight loss fad? Slimming scheme historian Susan Yager is dubious. She surveyed the heavyset history of diets in our nation for her book “The Hundred Year Diet: America’s Voracious Appetite for Losing Weight" (click for details).
“Probably, some people have done it. I have no question in my mind that people have done everything in the world to try to lose weight,” Susan says. “But I don’t think it was ever widespread." And she doubts that it will become popular, given the danger. Instead, she points to the HCG diet as the newest extreme plan,. It involves regular injections and an extremely restricted diet as described in "HCG Diet 800 Calorie Protocol."