Fads and Techniques

Quick weight loss diets promise rapid results by using strange methods which can often be risky. Here’s how to choose wisely for lasting results.

The Fat Jiggling Machine – Legacy of Dr. Kellogg

The Fat Jiggling Machine aka roller massager was a vintage weight loss device that promised to shake fat away. Did this strange equipment actually work?


Chewing Gum for Weight Loss?

Can chewing gum really help you burn calories and lose weight? Does exercising jaw muscles really make a difference or is it linked to something else.

Lipo-Dissolve: Can Injections Really Melt Fat?

Lipodissolve promises to melt fat away but does this less invasive procedure really work and what are the risks associated with this cosmetic surgery.

New Diet Pill: The Expanding Blob

There have been attempts to make diet pills that expand into gelatinous blobs to prevent overeating. What are they made of and why aren’t they available.

Diet Water

Diet water is real, but no stranger than fitness water or skinny water that’s found on American shelves. Why do we need all this enhanced water anyway?

Tapeworm Diet: History, Methods, and Dangers

Sanitized tapeworms were once advertised as a way to lose weight but it turns out people are still wanting to try this dangerous method today.

Adderall as a Weight Loss Drug?

Adderall is an amphetamine used to treat ADD/ADHD. Its side effects include weight loss and appetite suppression, but should it be prescribed for dieters?

The Beer Drinkers Diet

The majority of Americans drink alcoholic beverages, but many may give up this habit when on a diet – too many empty calories.

The Oxo Diet

The Oxo Diet may seem like a quick way to lose weight, but there may be undesirable consequences with these soup based diets.

The Maple Syrup Diet Fad

We debunk the Maple Syrup Diet fad. It worked for Beyonce–briefly. Will it work for you?

The Ayds Diet Pill

Thanks to the proliferation of Internet video a number of commercials from the early 1980s have made a reappearance – one of which is for the unfortunately named “AYDS”.