Extreme Weight Loss Methods that are Downright Scary

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Extreme weight loss methods and diet plans are designed to produce fast results in half the time. Unfortunately, most of these methods are unhealthy or downright scary!

Apart from the risks and complications, certain extreme weight loss treatments do not provide lasting results. When losing weight is a struggle, some people go to extreme lengths to achieve a slimmer physique. But just how far some people are willing to go to lose weight? Let’s find out:

Urine Injections

This extreme weight loss method involves injecting a patient with a shot of a pregnant woman’s urine to lose weight. The treatment is definitely unorthodox but a few patients swear by it. According to some health experts, the urine shots induce weight loss by tricking the brain into thinking that the body is pregnant. The hCG in the urine triggers faster metabolic rate for efficient fat burning. Some patients claim to have lost an average of 40 pounds within a few months of taking urine shots.

Nasogastric Dripping Tube

This weight loss treatment involves hooking a patient on a feeding tube through the nose. The feeding tube goes all the way to the stomach. A liquid solution drips constantly within the tube to nourish the body without actually eating anything. The liquid is made from a mix of protein, fat, and water.

This very unusual weight loss treatment became popular a few years ago after reports that brides were hooking themselves with feeding tubes to achieve a slimmer frame before their wedding. The treatment works by putting the body in a ketosis state. When the body is at the ketosis stage, it burns off stored fat because of the lack of carbohydrates. This treatment last for about 10 days. Patients are required to carry around nutrient fluid wherever they go.

Hypnosis

A gastric banding surgery involves installing a silicone band on the upper section of the stomach to reduce food intake and induce weight loss. Because the band restricts the amount of food that goes in the stomach, the patient is forced to eat less and lose weight without the intense hunger pangs.

For those who do not want to go through the surgery, there is an alternative: going under hypnosis to trick the brain into believing that a gastric band is inhibiting food consumption. The treatment works by placing a patient in a trance. The hypnotist will create a convincing scenario wherein the patient went through the surgery, complete with the familiar clink of a surgeon’s knife and hospital smells to boost the effect. After the procedure, the patient feels that his or her stomach feels tight and he or she is unable to eat a normal amount of food.

Tongue Patch

This very painful procedure involves stitching a small piece of polyethylene mesh onto a patient’s tongue. The mesh literally makes eating extremely painful, forcing a patient to stick to a low calorie, liquid diet. Most people who get this treatment are very desperate to lose weight and “have tried everything” to control their food consumption.

However, health experts and dietitians do not recommend this procedure.  Forcing one’s self to consume nothing but liquids could lead to malnutrition, increasing the risk of chronic disease. Worse, stitching a mesh patch on the tongue is painful, unnecessary, and traumatizing.


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