After all the Christmas cookies and holiday cocktails we enjoyed last month, many of us would like to shed a few pounds before anyone sees us in a bathing suit. And a crash diet might sound pretty appealing, but it’s definitely not the way to go. We’ve heard it before, but there is no instant fix for weight loss, it takes time. So just in case you’re tempted, here are a few crash diets you definitely shouldn’t try.
The Master Cleanse - You might have heard that Beyoncé used it to drop pounds for her part in “Dreamgirls,” but this diet can be dangerous. This quick-fix cleanse involves drinking a mix of lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper for days and while you might shed some pounds on this “cleanse,” keep in mind that Stanley Burroughs, the man who created the Master Cleanse, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter when a patient died while doing it under his care.
The Cabbage Soup Diet - Not only does eating cabbage soup, veggies, and plain chicken for a week sound boring, it’s got to be bad for gassiness, and nobody wants that! It’s far from the worst crash diet, but you’re better off with a variety of nutrients, like darker greens.
The Grapefruit Diet - This fad diet is from way back in the 1930s and claims eating grapefruit before every meal will help melt your fat away. But it’s definitely one of those things that sounds too good to be true and isn’t. As delicious as grapefruit is, it doesn’t burn fat, according to the smarties at WebMD.
The Cookie Diet - Anyone with a sweet tooth might think that swapping out two meals a day with packaged protein “cookies” sounds like a yummy diet, but don’t fall for it. This diet also advises eating only about 1,000 calories a day, and docs say that’s about half of what we should actually be eating. Experts say it’s just not worth the risk.
The Martha’s Vineyard Diet - This one might appeal to people who love their morning green juice because it’s basically just drinking vegetable juice, broth, and herbal tea for three weeks straight. But with extreme cleanses like this, you lose fluid weight initially, but when you start eating regular food again, you’ll probably gain it all back, warns Dr David T. Derrer of WebMD.