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The Tapeworm Diet: Anyone who has ever had the misfortune of coming into contact with a tapeworm will tell you that these parasites are just gross. So it may come as a surprise that, in the name of losing weight, some less-than-health-conscious dieters have tried the so-called tapeworm diet to lose weight.
The concept is pretty simple, albeit entirely flawed. The dieter ingests a tapeworm, which will then turn that person's insides into a cozy home, growing larger everyday on the food that person ingests. By nurturing this parasite, you're not digesting the calories that would otherwise go straight to your thighs - at least that's the idea.
Yes, the diet will undoubtedly cause weight loss. It can also lead to nutritional deficiency and result in cysts on the brain, eyes, liver and spinal cord. Selling tapeworms is illegal in the United States, but the parasites can still be acquired in Mexico.
Fen Phen: If you lived in the United States during the mid-1990s and happened to turn on a television or radio during that time, chances are at one point or another you heard an advertisement for fen-phen. Fen-phen was probably the most notorious catastrophe of the diet pill craze in the 1990s.