Ridiculous weight-loss and exercise trends you probably shouldn’t jump on (20 Photos)
We have exactly 12 days until the beginning of summer, so your beach body better be ready, right?
We don’t recommend these tactics if you’re a little behind.
First up, Doga… It’s yoga… with your dog. It allows yoga lovers to share their passion with their furry friends, who even do their own poses. Downward dog is probably a real hit.
The treadmill bike is for people who want to run in place but don’t want to…stay in the same place. It’s a scooter powered by a person running on a treadmill belt on top of it.
Prancercising lets you dance around like a horse. In public. You strap weights to your ankles and wrists and trot around as long as your heart desires.
WWJE, or “What Would Jesus Eat” is the basis of the Hallelujah Diet, which tells followers to only eat foods available during biblical times including fruits, veggies, grains, nuts, seeds, oils and fats. However no meat or alcohol are allowed, which were both around in biblical times.
If you prefer to sit while exercising, The Hawaii Chair is for you. The seat moves in a hula dancing motion, which supposedly tones muscles while you relax.
Is lying down more your thing? The Molby Revolving Hammock from the 1920s promised a lot of things: a full chest, slim waist, and young spine. And the “keen relish of a healthful existence.”
In the early 1900s people used to drink Radithol, a “cure-all tonic” advertised as “perpetual sunshine.” It was really just water heavily-laced with radium. The fad ended after a man named Eben Byers drank over 1400 bottles.
Elvis was rumored to love the Sleeping Beauty Diet to lose weight. If you’re sleeping, you’re not eating, right? Don’t try this at home.
According to the Blood Type Diet, the stuff in your veins should dictate what kind of foods will help you lose weight. Type Os should eat a protein-heavy diet, Type As should go vegetarian, Type Bs should eat a lot of grain and ABs should eat tofu, seaweed, dairy and green veggies. None of this is true.
The color blue is supposed to have a calming effect, and the makers of Blue Diet Glasses claim they help with weight loss. They say users are so relaxed while looking through the colored lenses that they eat less.
An advertisement for the 1970s Air Shorts read: “Slip into these astounding new slenderizing shorts and inflate them with the little hand pump we provide.” They were supposed to provide pneumatic support and massage to help slenderize the waist and other problem areas.
There’s also the Boneless Belt. It looks like a plastic soda ring and is designed to divide belly, side and back fat into separate blobs.
Allegedly this is supposed to increase blood flow and burn more fat. But are “separate blobs” really worth it? Does the fact that it’s lavender-rose-scented?
I didn’t think so.
The Baby Food Diet involves eating 14 jars of baby food instead of breakfast and lunch, followed with a sensible dinner.
Athletic wheels used to be all the rage. In the 1930s and 40s, hamsters weren’t the only ones running around in a loop. They were so popular that more than 120 of them were featured in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
All you need for the Shovelglove workout is a sledgehammer and an old sweater. Wrap the sweater around the sledgehammer head and
pretend to perform tasks such as shoveling, butter churning and woodchopping for exactly 14 minutes. Because doing actual manual labor is so last century.
Before the cool rollerblades we all know and love there were cycle skates. Back in the 1930s people in Paris exercised by strapping wheels on their feet with metal braces. There weren’t any braking mechanisms, so they had to use ski poles to maneuver and stop.
Even scarier, Edvard Patrini’s 1905 take on skating required users to strap a pump-action bicycle to each foot. At least it had brakes.
Breatharians believe that humans are capable of living on nothing but sunlight and water. However, founder Wiley Brooks said it’s okay to eat a double quarter pounder with cheese with a Diet Coke because “they’re the only things that are not radioactive.”
Horace Fletcher said that thoroughly chewing food (called Fletcherizing) would prevent obesity. He loved to say “Nature will castigate those who don’t masticate,” and he once reported that 1/5th of a ounce of a shallot took him 722 chews before it “disappeared through involuntary swallowing.” Easy there, killer.
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