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  • jschin

    It’s very misleading to include the Zen Diet, the Magnetic Diet, and the Paleolithic Diet on this list. The others are definitely unhealthy (except for maybe the chicken soup diet? If it was made with lots of vegetables, I don’t really see how it’s super unhealthy for you, as long as you keep the sodium down), but those are examples of how we should be eating. Even though there’s an editor’s note for the paleolithic diet, at the very least you should take it off the list. I mean, you could keep this a running list and keep updating as crazy fad diets pop up (and get rid of the ones that are on here that ARE healthy).

  • KWalk

    You completely discredited yourself when you put the paleolithic diet right at the top. You very obviously either lack research skills or decided it wasn’t worth the time to find support for your claims and wrote your article off intuition. Diet and nutrition are vital things; especially with obesity being the issue it is. Give them some weight (heh).

    • Agreed, we wrote this list to poke fun at some diets that seemed absurd. The Paleolithic diet is an honest diet to try.

  • Rochelle R

    I have friends that have successfully lost weight on the grape fruit diet- but I hate the taste of grapefruit.
    The blood type diet also works, eat for your blood type- it has worked for me.
    Otherwise- the rest definitely sound too good to be true, pasta and chocolate diet would be like heaven for me. two greatest things- chocolate and Pasta!

    • Jo

      three day diet works. 🙂

      • peggy

        back in the ’70’s some rock stars were saying they stayed thin by using cocaine and therefore fasting two or three days a week.. Does that mean we should snort or smoke?

        Also as others have said a diet is not about weight loss, it is about health.

  • Jo

    The three day diet has worked for many people though and it is also allowed to be repeated ( three days on four days off rule) research on this diet shows no harm? For a quick kick start for people it seems to have had a positive outcome. Cant comment on the other’s as I have never even heard of most of them. And that last one is just outrageous!!!!.

  • asdf

    Their lifespan was short in the paleo days because of disease and non-existent medical care, not their diet.

    • peggy

      I agree, and a possible modified paleo diet is quite good, or strict if you please. I eliminated all processed foods, sugar, alcohol, grains, etc. not to loose weight, but because my immune system doesn’t tolerate these foods. I have chronic Lyme disease and Celiac which has created other auto immune diseases.. Eliminating gluten is not enough. Also I don’t tolerate most raw foods, recently, but I have heard of others having to do this as well.

      Recently I have gone back on some whole grain, non processed. Like wild rice. I need some carbs because I became so underweight, not a desired outcome for an already skinny person. pumpkin, etc. is a good and healthy source of carbs

  • Ian

    the zen diet is completely fine. i don’t eat meat and i get plenty of protein. do your research before making false claims.

  • Sarah

    Don’t be idiots people…you can get protein without meat. Check all your facts before you think your super smart and publish something in a list that is 100% false. More research has shown the benefits of living WITHOUT meat then with it.

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