Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

12 Bizarre Weight-Loss Methods From The Past.

Losing weight is easier said than done, which is funny because at the same time, it's the easiest thing to do. You just eat healthy and stay active and you're set for life, (unless you have an underlying condition that forbids you from losing the extra pounds)

But a lot of people crave food that doesn't necessarily help their cause when they're trying to lose weight. And this isn't exactly a problem that only recently popped up. People have been looking for ways to lose weight throughout history, and if you thought that today's methods are bordering on the edge of extreme, wait until you read about the unsettling ways people tried to lose a few pounds in the past. In most cases, the side effects were painful, and in others, it was fatal.

When you ingest a tapeworm, your body won't get the necessary nutrients, and you won't gain weight.

It's rumored that in Victorian times, people ate tapeworm eggs for weight loss. Once the parasites grew to adulthood, these folks would notice a dramatic drop in weight. But eventually, a doctor would have to ram a metal instrument down their throat to get the darn thing out. Patients also developed dementia, epilepsy, and abdominal distress.

When you ingest a tapeworm, your body won't get the necessary nutrients, and you won't gain weight.

Folks in the Victorian age did whatever it took to lose weight, even if it meant poisoning themselves.

In the 19th century, arsenic was used to beat the battle of the bulge. In fact, a lot of medicines included arsenic. The chemical's ability to allegedly speed up the metabolism to help burn off calories was advertised, but no one mentioned that arsenic was a poison with deadly consequences.

Folks in the Victorian age did whatever it took to lose weight, even if it meant poisoning themselves.

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A special enema designed for weight loss was invented by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg—sound familiar?

He's the founder of cereal brands like Froot Loops and Frosted Flakes. Dr. Kellogg also ran a sanitarium and treated people with water therapy. But he always wanted his patients to have healthy guts, so he inserted yogurt enemas to perform a colon cleansing.

A special enema designed for weight loss was invented by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg—sound familiar?

You didn't have to be Froot Loop cray-cray to get inside John Harvey Kellogg's sanitarium either.

During the early 1900s, you could visit him to go on a strict regimen intended to improve your overall well-being, and that included a monitored diet and...electrocution! (Ouch!) But the yogurt enema's purpose was supposed to stimulate the development of flora inside his patient's guts.

You didn't have to be Froot Loop cray-cray to get inside John Harvey Kellogg's sanitarium either.

Ancient Hindus believed that living on air and sunlight was the best diet to shed a few pounds.

Breatharianism comes from Buddhist and Hindu beliefs that people can survive by getting everything they need from air and sunlight instead of food. But by not taking in nutrients, people risked damaging their metabolism and becoming dehydrated. People ultimately lost their lives by embracing this lifestyle.

Ancient Hindus believed that living on air and sunlight was the best diet to shed a few pounds.

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