Just when Dr. Cynthia Sass said she thought she’d seen it all, another quick fix weight-loss method would pop up. Here are seven tactics that doctors hope you’ll never, ever try. (ABCNews)
This yet-to-be FDA-approved patch is sewn onto the tongue at a cost of roughly $2,000. The device and sutures make eating solid food so painful, wearers are forced to stick to a liquid-only diet, which supplies about 800 calories a day.
To lose weight, women are having a feeding tube inserted through their noses. For 10 days, eating is avoided completely, and a high protein, low carb formula is fed through the tube, delivering roughly 800 daily calories. (ABCNews photo)
The pattern can involve: restricting calories to "save them up" for alcohol; drinking to the point of throwing up as a way to purge; overexercising before drinking or the following day; or starving the day after a night of binge drinking.
While possessing tapeworms is illegal in the U.S., people seek them out for weight loss. The reality is many people who unintentionally become infected with tapeworms suffer from serious dangers, even death.
When needed fuel doesn’t show up, or you consume less than your body requires, the deficits trigger a cascade of side effects. Even semi-starvation can lead to fatigue, depression, suppressed immunity, hair loss, sleep disturbances, and more.
Some take up smoking to lose weight, fully knowing the consequences. Smoking dulls taste buds, suppresses appetite and slightly increases metabolism. But the health risks are so great that experts estimate they're equal to gaining 100 pounds.
Even without dependence, over-the-counter, prescription or illegal stimulants are risky, with potential side effects ranging from poor judgment, impulsivity and mood swings, to dangerously high blood pressure, seizures and stroke.