A Brief History of Extreme Diets

Tapeworms, cotton balls, and cigarettes—not exactly the breakfast of champions, but at one point these (and a dozen other items) were featured ingredients in the craziest diet menus of all time.

See also the never-eat-again diet.

Weight-loss fads are no recent phenomenon. Quick—and often crazy—tips for shedding pounds fast have been around for hundreds of years.

Click through for 15 particularly bizarre diets.

Slide 2: Photo courtesy of Photo courtesy of Getty Images; Slide 3: Photo courtesy of Stephanie Gonot; Slide 4: Photo courtesy of Getty Images; Slide 5: Photo courtesy of Stephanie Gonot; Slide 6: Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
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