There was actually an advertisement for the tapeworm diet, in the late 1800s which suggested that you swallow a sanitized tapeworm as opposed to what, a dirty unwashed tapeworm? The ad shows a slim well-dressed woman who has reached her desired weight level.
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Yuck! Tapeworms as a diet aid... "In fact, the tapeworm is the modern era’s first diet aid. The tapeworm diet got its start in the Victorian era when wealthy fashionistas began to look for ways to string those corsets tighter and tighter. Later, this weight loss method really picked up steam in the 1920′s when Flappers started to look for ways to get rid of those pesky, feminine curves."
A century ago, the tapeworm diet was in. Our grandmas swore by the cabbage soup diet while our moms turned to Atkins. Luckily, recent research has debunked all the claims that made these wacky eating trends enticing. But our kids will likely look back at some of our trends and simply say, "SMH." So which nosh norms are more fiction than fact? We turned to the pros for the skinny. - Fitnessmagazine.com
Tapeworm Diet This diet might seem disgusting; however, there are theories that prove it can be effective. This diet involves ingesting a tapeworm by eating contaminated food or taking tablets with the larvae. The science behind it is that once the tapeworm is in the digestive system, it will absorb some of the calories from the foods consumed and it'll eventually comes out of the body with bowel movements. Processing tapeworms is illegal in America and this diet posses some risks and…
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