Extreme Weight Loss Techniques: Almost Half Of Female Dieters Use Laxatives To Lose Weight

Ah the perfect female body: so often dangled in front of regular women like a leggy, supermodel-shaped, uber-airbrushed, completely-and-utterly-unattainable carrot.

And while we’d hope that we’d have all got wise to the endless advertising, fashion magazines and sample sizes (there’s no way my plentiful derrire will ever look like Cara Delevingne’s and I’m fine with that), it seems many women still are adopting desperate – and not to mention dangerous – weight loss measures.

According to a recent study, 71% of women regularly turn to weird weight loss techniques – and by weird we mean deviating by the old fail safe of regular exercise and eating sensibly, or weight-loss tablets.

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Taking laxatives was top of the list, with almost half of respondents admitting to using them in a bid to lose weight.

Of those who claimed to take laxatives to lose weight, 56% admitted that they thought the measure was bad for their health yet employed the measure anyway. While three quarters (77%) admitted that the move had never produced lasting weight loss results for them.

Weirdest Weight Loss Techniques

  • Laxatives (taking laxative tablets to lose weight)- 47%
  • Fasting (skipping meals altogether) – 45%
  • Cabbage soup diet (substituting usual meals for cabbage soup) – 39%
  • Liquid diet (substituting all solid food for liquid) – 35%
  • Body wraps (beauty treatments using body wraps, designed to aid weight loss)- 29%
  • Cereal diet (substituting usual meals for cereal)- 26%
  • Baby food diet (substituting usual meals for baby food jars) – 26%
  • Raw food diet (substituting usual meals for raw fruit/ veg)- 24%
  • Small crockery (eating meals using smaller dinnerware/ plates)- 18%
  • Eating foods known to disagree with you/ make you ill- 14%

Just over half, 52%, of the women taking part admitted that they would try a weight loss technique that piqued their interest, even if it was outlined that it may negatively impact their health. Of these, three quarters, 76%, explained that they prioritised weight loss results over the potential of a negative impact on health.

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When asked if they believed that fad diets really worked as a lasting weight loss measure, just a third, 34%, of respondents said yes. Despite this, 81% claimed to have tried a fad diet in the past. Furthermore, the study also revealed that 45% of women would try a diet if theyd read that a celebrity had done so.

The study was conducted by www.UKMedix.com as part of research into the attitudes of women across the UK towards diet and weight loss, given that the site specialises in weight loss remedies. 1,911 women aged 18 and over subsequently took part.

  • Dessert For Breakfast

    It sounds too good to be true, but a group of scientists reckon they’ve figured out how to prevent weight-gain and food cravings – and it involves adding a cookie or a slice of cake to your breakfast. Researchers from Tel Aviv University’s Wolfson Medical Center in Israel believe that dieters would have less trouble fighting off pesky hunger pangs throughout the day if they ate a carbohydrate-rich, protein-packed breakfast – with a helping of dessert. Read more here.

  • ‘Time’ To Diet?

    Weight may depend as much on when you eat as what, research suggests. The body clock’s effect on metabolism could be an overlooked factor driving obesity, say scientists. New evidence from studies of mice suggests that 24-hour snacking, especially at night, can pile on the pounds. Restricting eating to sensible meal times, on the other hand, may help fight the flab – even with big helpings. Read more here.

  • Weight-Loss Glasses

    Japanese inventors have designed a hi-tech (and slightly bonkers) device that claims to help people lose weight – and it involves a pair of ‘slimming spectacles’ that trick the brain into thinking that food is 50% bigger than it really is. The ‘Meta Cookie+’ gadget has been developed by a team of researchers from Tokyo University, Japan and was showcased at Tokyo’s Digital Content Expo. Read more here.

  • Nose Drip Diet

    An American doctor has sparked a potentially dangerous diet trend by creating a drastic, quick fix weight-loss programme that involves the dieter feeding through a nose drip. The ‘K-E Diet’ (or the Ketogenic Enteral Nutrition diet), created by Florida-based Dr Oliver Di Pietro, promises to shed 20lbs in just 10 days and has so far proved popular with brides-to-be wanting to shift weight leading up to their wedding. Read more here.

  • Cold Baths, No Breakfast and Coffee

    According to the author of Six Weeks To OMG: Get Skinnier Than All Your Friends skipping breakfast, drinking coffee and taking cold baths – really help you get thin. Venice A Fulton is well prepared to challenge his critics and says that many health professionals are already on his side. “I’ve already had doctors say they find it refreshing and useful for them,” Fulton told Huffpost Lifestyle. Read more here.

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References

  1. ^ Weight Loss Time-Lapse GIF: Woman Shares Low-Carb, High Fat Diet Tips (www.huffingtonpost.co.uk)
  2. ^ Cambridge Diet: Slimmer Explains How She Dropped 12 Dress Sizes (www.huffingtonpost.co.uk)

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  1. Reply

    What Is Are Some Of Your Favorite Weight Loss Tips? What are some of your most succesfull weight loss tips?? I have my few that I live by, but I am looking for some tips on cutting down. Please only share different/ unique tips.
    I know about all the common ones…. lots of water lots of rest six small meals etc.

    thank you so much in advance!

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      • HealthNut
      • October 3, 2013
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      Hi CollegeGirl

      In my opinion, no weight loss tips are truly successful on their own. Lots of water is not necessarily a good way, because how much water a person needs depends on the BMI of the person. 6 small meals maybe hard at times, especially when you are stuck at school or office and have no chance to eat, and then you need to eat more when you have the chance. Well, dieting is a good way to lose weight, but then it is hard to stick to a diet. For example, something like this:

      Breakfast:
      2 egg, low fat Cheddar cheese omelette – 320 calories
      2 slices wholemeal toast with thin smear butter – 200 calories
      Large slice melon – 47 calories

      Lunch:
      Spicy Turkey Salad recipe – 304 calories

      Snack:
      Muesli or honey nut Health Bar “Sainsbury” – 180 calories

      Dinner:
      Baked potato with 100g “Heinz” baked beans &/or Cottage cheese if desired – 300 – 400 calories (350 average)
      Large helping salad fruits &/or vegetables – 100 calories

      Another weight loss tip is to do interval and turbulence exercise.

      Turbulence Training is a fresh plan that requires finishing three 45-minute exercise sessions each week with marginal equipment. It is an increasingly trend-setting fitness plan with the intention of helping you in the reduction of weight.

      Interval training is the fitness world’s equivalent of a visit to the in-laws. The shorter and more intense the visit, the better. An interval is a short period of exercise performed at a given intensity for a specific length of time. Each interval is separated from the next interval by a short rest or lighter activity. There are no strict rules on how long or how intense the interval must be, however, changing the interval length or intensity changes the way your body works and responds to exercise.

      But people have a short willpower. It may be strong at the beginning but will eventually fade as time goes on- as they realize that going on a diet is not actually as easy as they think it is. Of course, the strength of willpower differs from one person to another. This is the reason why there are people who can actually maintain a diet and exercise program for 1 year and there are people who can only maintain it for few months. Nonetheless, willpower is a big factor that dictates someone whether to continue losing weight or not.

      And in my opinion, besides sticking to a diet and exercise plan, it is the ultimate willpower to stop yourself from overeating that is the #1 tip to lose weight. But that is the hardest part if you are accustomed to eating lots of food even though your body does not need it. It is partly because of the delicious taste of the food causing a craving for more. There are certain ways to fight this craving ad I found one that maybe helpful. It is a type of chocolate that can actually suppress your appetite. It will can provide Good Energy that promotes a healthy weight by providing energy while burning fat. And it helps suppress cravings for sugary snacks.

      Good luck!

      PS: Information on the Special Chocolate that I mentioned can be found on the website in the source box. Recently, they are giving away a one month free trial.

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    I Am A Teenager What Are Some Weight Loss Tips And Ways To Appear Thinner? I am a teenager and I need help so please help me… I’m desperate. I want a higher self esteem.
    Please, can someone give me some weight loss tips like high calorie burning excersices, health food, some sort of plan and also tips to appear thinner. Thanks!

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      • HealthNut
      • October 3, 2013
      Reply

      Some easy weight loss tips :

      Eliminate Eating Junk Food.
      Drink a Lot of Water
      Reduce the Size of Your Portions
      Lower Your Calorie Consumption Without Deprivation
      You Want to Start Exercising Regularly
      Sleep Well- Practice a Good Night Sleep

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    • Jazz
    • October 3, 2013
    Reply

    What Are Some Weight Loss Tips And Ways To Appear Thinner? I am a teenager with a problem and I need help so please help me… I’m  desperate. I have Lupus and when it flares up I have to take prednisone which causes weight gain. I want a higher self esteem. Please, can someone give me some weight loss tips like high calorie burning excersices, health food, some sort of plan and also tips to appear thinner. Thanks!

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      • HealthNut
      • October 3, 2013
      Reply

      There are some good tips listed in the answers, here are a few more. Recent studies have shown that having eggs for breakfast will increase energy during the day and act as a natural weight suppressant. Have listed an article on using eggs as a weight loss food. Tracking your daily food intake and daily exercise will help a lot in determining how much you are really eating and working off each day. Have also noted a article that list a few easy ways to work exercise into your routine.

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  3. Reply

    Where To Find Weight Loss Tips, Programs And Detox Programs For Dummies? Where to find weight loss tips, programs and detox programs for dummies?

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      • HealthNut
      • October 3, 2013
      Reply

      You can try http://detox-programs.net for many weight loss tips and detox programs

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  4. Reply

    Weight Loss Tips And Help On Loosing Weight Ready For Prom? Im 15 and hopefully going to prom in the first week of July, as im British we only get 1 prom so its really important to me that i look nice 🙂
    Im very overweight at the moment, last week i weighed 12stone 9lbs (177 pounds) and now i weigh 12 stone 5lbs (173 pounds) but i know it won’t be like this every week.
    Are there any weight loss tips that can help me? I currently only eat 3 meals a day and 1200 cals as recommened on my app.
    Also what weight roughly should i be in July by your weight loss ideas?
    BQ- Im tanned, fat (hopefully not soon) and has long brown hair any ideas on what the dress could be?

    Thank you so much!

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      • HealthNut
      • October 3, 2013
      Reply

      First off, have a great time at the prom! Secondly, you want to get to that lower weight doing it healthy. 1200 is a reasonable amount of calories, but I’m pretty sure those calories are not coming from all the nutrients your body needs. You don’t want your weight loss coming to a crashing halt! I know all about the crazy diets out there. You don’t have to spend ANY money on a quick fix or gimmick that may not work or work only for a few weeks. I have been on a natural eating plan and I lost 50 pounds in about 5 months. You’re younger, it may be faster. I also incorporated lots of exercise to burn more fat. This way of eating is called Paleo, or the Cave Diet. Eat everything your ancestors ate! If mother nature made it, eat it, if man made it, don’t touch it! It’s as simple as that. Go to the Cave Diet link below. You will lose weight, feel happier, glow from the inside out. Good luck!

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    Can Someone Give Me Some Weight Loss Tips? I do gymnastics and dance. I am a female, 13 yrs, 5’4 and about 130 lbs. I feel gross. I at least want to be 100. I am planning on running in the morning along with an excersize video, at school we run for 5 minutes every day, in the evenings I will take my dogs for a walk, and doing gymnastics/dance stuff downstairs. Can anybody give me any weight loss tips.

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      • HealthNut
      • October 3, 2013
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      Drink more and more water and don’t eat oily and junk food . Walking, gymnastic and dancing are good way to reduce weight. You will achieve your desired weight in some days.. Keep going..

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