Chicago – It’s rumored Victorian women had their ribs removed to look slim. Who can forget Scarlett O’Hara’s corset, pulled so painfully tight?
Desperate dieters have even turned to tape worms, inserting a sometimes deadly parasite in their bodies, to lose weight.
But the newest, most extreme diet to hit the scene is the “feeding tube diet.” Brides to be are doing it for their big day, eating only liquids through a feeding tube until they’re ready to walk down the aisle.
FOX Chicago News Medical contributor Dr. Mona Khanna is disturbed by the fact that doctors are going along with this extreme diet.
“I think any doctor who inserts a feeding tube into someone who is well, strictly for the purpose of weight loss, should have their license taken away,” Khanna said.
Northwestern registered dietitian Heather Harrington said the “feeding tube diet” is not medically safe to do as wedding and bathing suit season approaches.
Search “rapid weight loss” on Google, and you’ll get 10 million results, and many of them are not recommended by doctors.
Expectations are high, and the public is constantly fed images of celebrities with great bodies.
Singer Beyonce famously did the Master Cleanse, dropping 20 lbs. for the movie musical “Dreamgirls,” for which Chicago native Jennifer Hudson won an Academy Award. The Kardashian sisters boast that diet pills work for them.
Thinspo, short for “thin” and inspiration,” is a huge blog forum currently gaining traction online where where gaunt looking women often post pictures of themselves. They promote what’s known at the “air diet,” where they pretend to eat, but are really only taking in air.
Maybe you know someone who’s tried the HCG Diet, which isn’t as extreme as the others. This one dates back to the 1950′s, but is seeing a real resurgence today. HCG involves daily doses of the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonado-tropin.
“I’ve done Weight Watchers,” Chicagoan Laurie Davis said. “It’s definitely not for me.”
Davis runs Lulu’s Designer Consignment on the North Side. She’s trying HCG, and while it’s not for everyone, she said it’s working for her.
“I’ve lost 13 lbs. but it’s not just the number,” Davis said. “I don’t really go by that. It’s what you lose along your hips and stomach.”
Davis points out that the diet involves eating just 500 calories a day, so working out could be dangerous. The hormone is not FDA approved for weight loss, but Davis has found that it curbs her appetite.
A new diet has come out that is selling a lot of books.
Diet guru to the stars Venice Fulton promises to get readers “Skinnier than All Your Friends” in no time – “Six Weeks to OMG” – to be precise. One thing you’ll need to do is bathe in icy cold water with the hope it will shift your metabolic rate.
Dr. Khanna said at the end of the day, the best diet is the one we hear all the time: maintain proper nutrition without gluttony and keep a healthy body weight.
Eating “Superfoods” can also help shed pounds in a healthy way, with key ingredients that are as powerful as they are tasty.