When phoning it in at the gym and a pasta-filled diet finally catch up to you, some people turn to extreme diets to get a bikini body (quickly)!
We all know the fundamentals: exercise and a balanced diet are the most manageable and sustainable ways to get a Candice Swanepoele-esq bikini body. But, when you’ve neglected your Pilates class and have a pool party looming on the horizon—that may involve an ex-boyfriend sighting—an extreme (and ridiculous) diet may seem like a prodigious idea to get ready for summer.
We were shocked to learn of the latest craze amongst brides-to-be, the K-E diet. This extreme diet uses a feeding tube—inserted into patient’s nasal passage—to administer a fluid (packed with protein, fat and water) over a 10-day period. The idea of toting a drip bag in our Chloé cross body turned us off this diet but spiked our curiosity to see what other extreme diets were out there.
Stressed out about getting a bikini body? We breakdown some of the most extreme diets trends and give them a ranking out of 5 (1 = if you try this, you’re fit for a straight jacket; 5 = foolish and wacky, but most likely harmless).
Extreme diet: Full of hot air
The skinny: Rumoured to have originated in France, women control their food intake by pretending to eat meals. That’s right, we said pretend. The act of physically lifting a fork to your mouth, taking the fictitious bite, chewing and swallowing can trick your mind into thinking you are consuming calories, triggering your brain to release hormones that make you feel full and satisfied. Basically, we’re like Pavlov’s dog. For added effect, try cutting your imaginary food and load your fork with different fantasy arrangements from your plate.
Our ranking: 3/5
The verdict: This dietary practice may serve as a huge red flag on a first date and cause public embarrassment (be prepared for pointing, whispering, gasps and people gapping at you). On the plus side, you will be a charades champion.
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