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ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (201,203)
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10/9/13 10:37 A

I remember the cookie diet. You had to buy special high fiber cookies that supposedly helped keep a person full for longer. I know someone who tried it. They said the cookies were gross.
the problem ? Everyone thought they were getting to eat these kinds of cookies ! oops.


NAUSIKAA, I remember reading about the tape worm diet. That totally blew my mind. How could anyone think that swallowing a tape worm was a health way to lose weight ?

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 10/9/2013 (10:38)
NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
10/9/13 7:53 A

Protein Power
Carbohydrate Addicts Diet
the tapeworm diet (!!)
the Abs Diet
Fat Smash, and Extreme Fat Smash
Chris Powell's carbohydrate cycling diet
fruitarian diet
Whole 30
Fat Flush ? was that a diet?

what was that one where you drank a gallon of juice (a specific one you had to buy) only for a few days...

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,309
10/9/13 7:31 A

I know the op wanted us to come up with the diets we could remember off the top of our heads. So I'd add Eat Right 4 Your Type (where what foods you're restricted to, are determined by your blood type). My boss swears by some diet where you never eat carbs with protein, but seeing as how she's gained weight this year-- I wouldn't say it's effective and I don't know what it's called.

There is a website-- that lists a bazillion different diets, basically describes the plan, gives pros and cons. It's eye-opening. Seems like just about everyone and his dog has come up with a diet plan.

SUZIEQUE77 SparkPoints: (9,271)
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10/9/13 7:19 A

Weight Watchers or just counting calories and trying to balance my nutrients are the only diets I have ever really tried as an adult! I will confess to buying some questionable weight loss remedies I hoped would help me stick with it, and control my appetite.

And since I am successful with keeping off the weight (I have lost over 80 lbs from my highest weight over 200 at age 29, after having my third child), I do promote my philosophy of moderation, good nutrition, and YES calories count! Fad diets and really restrictive diets that you could not basically live with for very long, are not recommended because even if you lose some weight, you are not likely to keep it off with those methods.

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10/9/13 12:45 A

Weight Watchers, jenny craig, medical weight loss, liquid diet, grapefruit & eggs, detox diet, South beach, la weight loss, soup diet, fruit & milk diet.

Edited by: GENRE009 at: 10/9/2013 (00:46)
LILLITH32 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/8/13 11:45 P

Primal (Paleo with dairy). Raw diet. I wouldn't consider them fad diets though. Also, was the Zone mentioned, and SlimFast shakes?

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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10/8/13 9:16 P

Have not heard of the micro diet (Do you eat really small portions?) or Diet Chef. There is something similar to Diet Chef where they deliver food to your home ....
There's Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem.

I've counted approx. 48 diets so far! And I know there are more...

Edited by: LADYCJM at: 10/8/2013 (21:18)
WRFTAZ SparkPoints: (13,070)
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10/8/13 8:57 A

Rotation diet

Edited by: WRFTAZ at: 10/8/2013 (08:58)
FAITHP44 Posts: 8,842
10/8/13 3:14 A

Back again as an advert for Diet Chef popped up on my screen. Do you have that one in US? I bought a month's supply with a groupon - the meals are all ready made and calorie counted but it's taking me for ever to get through a month's supply because it's not how I want to eat. (Also other 'diet' foods like Slimfast are fortified with extra vits and mins but I've no idea how nutritious these diet chef meals are except for fat, protein and carb content.)

FAITHP44 Posts: 8,842
10/8/13 3:09 A

And has anyone mentioned the fasting diet?
And the hoards of books on the low GI diet.

FAITHP44 Posts: 8,842
10/8/13 3:08 A

Is Micro Diet still around in US? I think it was also called Univite. We used to have it in UK but I haven't heard of it for years. Their bars were yummy, especially the yogurt orange ones.

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10/8/13 12:40 A


My grandfather used to make a very bad joke about being on a see-food diet. This confused me a lot around age 2/3 because he did eat a lot of seafood and he was already skinny :)

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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10/7/13 11:41 P

How did I miss the Cookie Diet??? I could have succeeded on that one! emoticon

I agree that most of these diets seem to want to help us lose our money by buying their products.

MAGWINA Posts: 101
10/7/13 11:06 P

Oh my, too many to even remember

ETHELMERZ Posts: 21,114
10/7/13 11:00 P

Those Metrecal "cookies" had pieces of wood cellulose in them, to make you feel full, hated the texture of them, and the fake spice taste. The chocolate drink powder was not too bad, if you put ice cubes in it, lol......years ago, oh my!

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
10/7/13 10:57 P

"Diet" just means what one habitually eats, in my opinion. Diets for weight maintenance or loss or health problems or whatever can be sensible or silly. The word "lifestyle" in conjunction with losing weight (or maintaining a loss) doesn't really resonate with me.

Anyway, in the distant past I've tried a lot of "diets" for various reasons and since they all involved a reduction in calories in versus calories expended, they mostly work.

I think WW, South Beach and Sugar Busters were the most sensible ones I've played around with. The first two do market packaged food products and gadgets but the original "diets" are reasonable and work.

I've done Metrical (loved the cookies), Slimfast, and various other things over the years.

Only thing, in the final analysis, that works for me is a sensible (gluten free) diet and exercise.

ETHELMERZ Posts: 21,114
10/7/13 10:50 P

There was a "cookie diet", and you could buy cookies at a store to go with it, and there was a "BOOK", of course. Money always has to be made with these kinds of things..

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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10/7/13 10:43 P

How come there isn't a Cupcake diet?
OR an Eat all the chocolate you want diet?

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10/7/13 10:31 P


ETHELMERZ Posts: 21,114
10/7/13 10:21 P

Even lifestyle changes can grow stale, and a person reverts back to what kept them comfortable before ain't easy!!!

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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10/7/13 10:18 P

Can't believe I forgot the "Paleo: diet!
There was also the boiled egg diet.

What is the liquid diet, medically supervised??? lose a ton of weight then get to start eating again???

I added South Beach and WW because of all of the prepackaged foods etc.

I've never heard of the Slimming System one before, must be a Brit thing :)

10/7/13 10:04 P

Diets fail. Total lifestyle change is what gets it off and KEEPS it off. Not 'diets'.

ETHELMERZ Posts: 21,114
10/7/13 9:31 P

Metrecal powder and those awful cookies, yucky!! Sego canned milkshake drink. Crackers and cheese, hard boiled egg and crackers. Coffee enema plan. Cottage cheese and a hamburger. Drinking oil 4 times a day, to keep you "full feeling". Eating, chewing and then spitting it out. I liked Deal A Meal, I lost the most weight on that one, still have the cards, but just don't feel like deprivation right now, but it worked when I did it for 11 months.

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10/7/13 6:30 P

I don't think that WW or South Beach really fit your criteria...neither are fad diets, neither are unhealthy/unreasonable...

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
10/7/13 6:27 P

the cabbage soup diet. The egg and grapefruit diet.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (201,203)
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10/7/13 1:50 P

rice diet, cabbage diet, grapefruit diet

Pritikin Diet
Beverly Hills Diet
Subway Diet (thanks, jared)
Scarsdale Diet
the Zone

PTREE15 SparkPoints: (8,292)
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10/7/13 1:36 P

I can't remember the name of this diet, but it was three days long (for a jump-start, I guess) and involved eating nothing but green beans, hot dogs and half a cup of ice cream, if I recall correctly.

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10/7/13 12:49 P

Beck Plan
South Beach Diet
Wendy Chant

10/7/13 12:23 P

The Fast Metabolism Diet

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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10/7/13 11:51 A

Weight Watchers.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (255,340)
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10/7/13 11:45 A

master cleanse

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,506
10/7/13 11:37 A

Dukan Diet (the French version of the Paleo Diet)

FAITHP44 Posts: 8,842
10/7/13 11:28 A

Do you have Slimming World in US? It's probably as popular as Weight Watchers in UK and people who've tried both like it better - cos you can eat more!

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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10/6/13 10:46 P

Can we name?

I don't know about you but over the years I have tried many diets/products. I'm sure some of you have too..

Rules: If you have to eat certain foods, eliminate certain foods, take a pill or a powder or a bar or follow a strict regimen it counts.

I'm not counting the DASH or Mediterranean diets as they are basically health eating. Vegan and vegetarian count as you eliminate meat etc. Weight Watchers I could go either way with, I'm not a fan of point counting as I snacked my points away and couldn't eat dinner!
I'm wondering how many we can come up with?

There was the:
Popcorn Diet
Ayds Diet
Grapefruit Diet
South Beach
17 day diet/30 day etc...
Mayo Clinic Diet
Cabbage soup diet
Weigh Watchers ?
Vegan/Raw Food

What others can you think of? No fair searching the internet!

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