A fad diet often claims a person can lose a substantial amount of weight in a short period of time — as such, it can become very popular: a fad. Some examples of fad diets include the Cabbage Soup Diet, Grapefruit Diet, Lemonade Diet, and Tapeworm Diet. Typically, the fad diets are meant as a quick fix, not to be followed for the long haul. An individual will generally gain the weight back after stopping the fad diet.
The Cabbage Soup Diet is generally meant to be followed for seven days. This diet claims by eating mostly unlimited amounts of cabbage soup for a week, a person can lose up to 15 pounds (6.8 kilograms). Recipes for the cabbage soup diet may differ, but generally the plan calls for vegetables that are low in calories, including cabbage, tomatoes, and onions. To give the soup flavor, bouillon, chili pepper, and onion soup mix may be added. The program also calls for a dieter to eat certain foods, such as baked potatoes, rice, and beef on specific days.
Another one of the diet fads includes the Grapefruit Diet, also referred to as the Hollywood Diet. Unlike the Cabbage Soup Diet, cabbage is not allowed with the Grapefruit Diet. The premise of the diet is to keep within a daily allowance of 800 calories per day, drink 64 ounces (1.8 l) daily, and consume half a grapefruit or eight ounces (around 2.5 dl) of grapefruit juice with each meal. The premise of the diet is that the grapefruit encourages burning body fat when a person consumes fatty foods such as meat. A person stays on the Grapefruit Diet for 12 days, stops for two days, and then repeats the diet for another 12 days.
A strictly liquid diet, the Lemonade Diet entails consuming a special drink for about two weeks straight. Often called the Master Cleanse, the Lemonade Diet is easy to learn. A person simply drinks at least six servings a day of a concoction made up of lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper, and filtered water. During this fad diet, solid foods are avoided completely. When done with the diet, a person slowly weans himself back onto solid food.
One of the more radical fad diets is the Tapeworm Diet. This method, banned in some countries including the United States, involves putting a tapeworm in a person’s stomach. The tapeworm helps to consume some of the food a person eats. However, the creatures can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and anemia.