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5 Instances Where Bizarre Fad Diets Have Gone Horribly Wrong

Dieting is an integral part of our society today. Fad diets are introduced regularly and promoted by everyone from celebrities to your neighbors. For the most part these diets provide a quick and easy — though usually not sustainable — solution to our weight problems. What people don’t realize is that the body can only take so much before you’re put in danger. Here are 5 instances of extreme dieting that went too far.

Soy Sauce Cleanse

An internet hoax gone too far left a woman brain dead after consuming a liter of soy sauce in 2 hours. The soy sauce cleanse claims that because water flows towards sodium in the body it would drive toxin filled water to her colon and flush it out. YouTube medical star Bernard of Chubbyemu reported that she drank so much sodium it sucked the water from her brain, muscles, and organs. This led to irreversible brain damage as a result of acute hypernatremia — a high concentration of sodium in the blood. 

Dehydration Diet

18 year old girl Jessica Lindsay died after dehydrating her body to cut weight before a Muay Thai kickboxing fight in Australia. It is common in combat sports for fighters to attempt to cut weight before a fight so they can compete in a lower weight division. Saunas and sweat suits, as well as high intensity exercise, are used to rid the body of excess water weight. In Lindsay’s case, she was running with her 14-year old sister when she collapsed from dehydration. She was then rushed to intensive care where tests showed her heart racing at 189BPMs. Unfortunately, it was too late for doctors to do anything to save her and her organs shut down one by one. A report conducted by the California State Athletic Commission in 2016 reported that extreme weight cutting is linked to concussions and traumatic brain injury. Lindsay was the second athlete to die in 2017 due to weight cutting following Scottish professional Jordan Coe who died in Thailand. Since her death, Lindsay’s parents have been campaigning against weight-cutting in Australia, resulting in Australia’s combat sports authority, WA Combat Sports Commission, drafting a strategy to regulate the practice.

Water, Ginger, and Slaps

Chinese practitioner Hong Chi Xao and parents of a 12-year-old boy are currently facing charges for forcing the young child to undergo a slapping and stretching workshop that was meant to cure him of his diabetes. In disturbing detail it was revealed that the child was forced to drink nothing but water and ginger for three days before an intense stretching and slapping session. His parents stopped administering his insulin injection for 5 days leading him to vomit black and yellow substances as a result of diabetic ketoacidosis which ultimately resulted in his death. Xiao claimed that this was toxins leaving the body and that this alternative medicine, known as paida-lajin, would “activate the body’s self-healing powers and unlock energy channels capable of curing cancer and diabetes” reported Guardian News. Both the parents and Xiao are pleading not guilty and the trial continues on.

Vegan Children

Veganism is growing in popularity and for the most part promotes an overall healthy lifestyle that can provide plenty of health benefits. This is a decision adults can make on their own and and adapt their lifestyles to with little problems. On the other hand, children are far more susceptible to illnesses as their development depends on certain nutrients. One Glasgow, Ireland couple faced questioning when it was discovered that their 12-year-old daughter had the spine of an 80-year old woman. Since birth the child was never allowed to consume meat or dairy, thus causing a  severe form of rickets. Rickets are caused by a lack of Vitamin D that softens the bones and results in fractures and deformities. Dr. Faisal Ahmed of Gasglow’s Royal Hospital for Children told The Telegraph “that the risks involved in forcing a child to adhere to a vegan diet ought to be made clear.”

Ma-Pi Diet

Italian macrobiotic guru, Mario Pianesi, is under investigation for allegations that his wife’s death was caused by him putting her on an extreme form of the Ma-Pi Diet. The unorthodox diet consists primarily of carbohydrates, whole grains, and vegetables while eliminating animal fat, protein, and added sugar. His wife, Gabriella Monti, died in 2001 after suffering from acute hepatitis caused by aflatoxins, a fungal poison sometimes found in grains or nuts, reported The Guardian. Thousands of people are known to follow Pianesi’s diet almost religiously and he has also been accused of manipulating people to avoid the outside world and behave as slaves to him and his diet. His wife Gabriella suffered from a stroke and instead of seeking help, Pianesi kept her hidden at home and attempted to cure her with the Ma-Pi diet. Allegedly, Pianesi wished to keep her illness a secret so it wouldn’t appear that his diet had failed.


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13 Cheat Meals That Will Tempt the Strictest of Diets

No matter how many times you hashtag #fitspo on Instagram or assert that your Kardashian-esque diet is changing your life, sometimes all you want is a pizza (or sundae/ cheeseburger/ fried butter, etc.)

The key to life is ~balance~  and even aspiring Fit Tea modes shouldn’t give up the good stuff completely.

Carbs, cheese, and the occasional bacon wrapped donut, may not be the most nutritious, but they still feed the soul in a way kale never could.

So to prep for any upcoming cheat days you already have on the calendar, here’s the top 13 meals to indulge in.


Serendipity 3 – Golden Opulence Sundae

If you’ve got a raging sweet tooth as well as $1000 dollars burning a hole in your pocket, make your way over to Serendipity 3. Located in New York City, Serendipity is home to the Golden Opulence Sundae, a dessert so #extra it needs to be ordered two days in advance.  The sundae is comprised of Tahitian Vanilla ice cream, drizzled with Amedei Porcelana chocolate, gold-coated almonds, candied fruit flown in from Paris, ‘sweet grand passion caviar’ and covered in 23-carat gold leaf.  

Katz’s Delicatessen – Pastrami Sandwich

Established in 1888, Katz’s Delicatessen has become one of the world’s most famous restaurants. The legendary deli is known for many things from its cranky staff to its late night crowd, but most importantly for its mile high, unreal pastrami sandwiches. Yet it’s not just the sandwiches’ absurd size that has made them so iconic. Since its inception, the restaurant has utilized old school cooking methods using no chemicals or additives which accounts for the pastrami on rye’s utter perfection.

Flour Shop – Mini Sprinkle Explosion Cake

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NYC’s Flour Shop knows just how much everybody loves surprises and incorporates such in their latest crazy creation. Meet their Mini Sprinkle Explosion Cake, an eye-popping treat that reveals a treasure trove of sprinkles and candy once sliced into. If cheat days are already a gift to ourselves, why not sneak in a bonus surprise like this sugar dream?

Bakers & Baristas – Fruity Pebbles Tres Leches Cake

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Rub your eyes all you want, but trust, you didn’t not misread the headline for this entry. Yes, a tres leches cake with Fruity Pebbles exists, and you can get it at Bakers & Baristas in Artesia, CA. This wild dessert is such a creative and fun play on cereal and milk, while also providing your feed with ample aesthetics.

Maison Pickle – 24 Layer Chocolate Cake

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Because everyone knows 23 just isn’t enough,  NYC’s Maison Pickle created a chocoholics’ wet dream by making a 24 layer chocolate cake. This notorious monstrosity of sweet is made with 12 layers of thin chocolate cake and 12 layers of smooth chocolate filling. Perfect for sharing, but it really wouldn’t be a cheat day if you did, now would it?

Myeong-Dong Market – Footlong Soft Serve

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When exploring through Myeong-Dong in Korea, make sure to fill your IG feed and tummy with the absolutely bonkers footlong soft serve cone. It’s a great way to chill out after shopping through the famous luxury shops and marketplace. That’s treatin’ yoself times two!

Black Tap –  Crazy Shakes

Though the freak shake trend may have peaked in 2016, it’s really never too late to indulge in a comically decadent milkshake. These aptly named, outrageous desserts can be found in a number of places, but Black Tap is perhaps the most famous. Sweet, massive and still super #instaworthy, Black Tap’s shakes are a must try.

Caked Up – Bacon Croissant

A wise man probably once said, “everything’s better with bacon.” Caked Up Cafe in New York City clearly got this memo because they created bacon stuffed croissants that are absolutely amazing. More things in life should be stuffed with bacon. Maybe even bacon.

Jaburritos – Jachos

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You know that feeling when you’re hungry and can’t decide between nachos and sushi? We’ve all been there. Luckily, Jaburritos in Las Vegas offers the ultimate (and delicious) solution to this universal problem. “Jachos” are tortilla chips doused with spicy tuna, crab, shrimp tempura, and chipotle mayo. Yeah, get you a dish that can do both.

Pizza Barn – Giant Slices

If you wanna do cheat day proper with pizza, head on over to Pizza Barn in Yonkers, NY. A good indicator of a pizza that qualifies as a proper cheat meal is if it’s practically half the size of you. Check. Pizza Barn passes that test with flying colors.

Clinton Hall – Doughnut Grilled Cheese

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In what may be a triumph in #foodporn, Clinton Hall’s Doughnut Grilled Cheese should be a go-to when you’re looking to collect some calories for the heck of it. Picture this indulgent scene: a glazed doughnut fashioned as a grilled cheese sandwich, hung up on a hook that dangles itself precariously over a steaming bowl of creamy tomato soup. Ugh. Excuse me while I go fan myself.

Café du Monde // Beignets

The beignets served at Cafe du Monde are like a childhood fantasy come true. Made with only two ingredients, fried dough and literal mountains of powdered sugar, the famous pastries are a heavenly sugar rush waiting to happen. Not to mention, these beignets have delighted the taste buds of many a celebrity ,so if you wanna feel ~famous~ I’d recommend getting to NOLA as fast as you can!

Elbows – Pizza Mac N’ Cheese

Elbows in Los Angeles created a mac n’ cheese pizza hybrid, and it’s just as magical as it sounds. People might say this combo is too much. But don’t listen to them. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.


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Multiple Major Soda Brands Sued Because Their Diet Soda Claims Are ‘Deceptive”

Six different individuals have filed a lawsuit against Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. for misleading advertisements regarding the companies’ diet soda options.

The six individuals, who have all struggled with obesity and looked to diet sodas to help with weight loss, claim that the aspartame, a low-calorie sweetener that’s used in the diet sodas, have made them gain weight instead.

Aspartame, a sugar substitute that’s also sold under the name NutraSweet and Equal, is used heavily in “diet” labeled foods. According to Boston Magazine and a 2016 study from Massachussets General Hospital, when aspartame is ingested, a compound called phenylalanine is produced. Phenylalanine has been proven to interfere with IAP, or intestinal alkaline phosphate, an enzyme that helps prevent diabetes and weight loss. According to that same article, artificial sweeteners have been shown to make consumers hungrier, leading them to binge eat in the long run.

Therefore, with these proven studies, the suits claim that marketing these beverages as “diet” is false, misleading, and unlawful.

Derek Smith, whose law firm is the lead counsel for all three lawsuits, said that their case will focus on aspartame, but noted that all artificial sweeteners behave the same in our bodies.

Coca-Cola and Dr Pepper Snapple has called the lawsuit “meritless” and claims to “vigorously defend against it.” PepsiCo has yet to make an official statement.

Celebrity Grub Health Hit-Or-Miss

The World’s Strongest Man Eats Twice As Much As ‘The Rock’ Daily

There’s only one man in the world who can claim to be the strongest, and Brian Shaw is that man. The 2016 World’s Strongest Man was on Super Training Productions and showed what the world’s strongest diet looks like, as he usually chows down on 7 meals a day, totaling over 12,000 calories.

As you can imagine, his diet is different than a normal man’s diet. Hell, it’s leaps and bounds different than The Rock’s diet, and The Rock is a beast in his own right. As has been documented in the past, The Rock’s typical diet will have him consuming about 5,165 calories a day. Shaw literally eats more than twice as much as The Rock.

The 423-pound, 35-year-old, out of Fort Lupton Colorado  has a dietitian who tells him to grub on bowls of Cinnamon Toast Crunch for breakfast, and cheesecake before bed. That sounds like a diet we can all get behind, everything he eats in between is a little more health conscious.

While dieters often get specific about what times they eat their meals, Shaw was running behind on this particular day and had to squeeze in all seven meals in 13 hours.

It also seems like Shaw isn’t too worried about being specific about every single calorie, carb or gram of protein, and he just ballpark’s it at times.

If you thought cutting out food for a diet was hard, having to add 10,000 calories of food to the recommended daily intake might be even harder.

Check out the breakdown of Shaw’s day below, as his job is to literally eat all day:

Breakfast: 1st Meal


– Bowl of Cereal- Cinnamon Toast Crunch

– 8 eggs

– Tablespoon of peanut butter

Snack: 2nd Meal


– Protein shake, about 80g of protein

– 2 granola bars

– Tablespoon of peanut butter.

Lunch, 3rd Meal: Spaghetti


– 1 lb Organic, grass-fed beef

– Angel Hair pasta

– Pasta sauce

Snack: 4th Meal


– 80g of protein shake, with 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk, cup of blueberries -1tablespoon of peanut butter

Lunch 2.0: 5th Meal


– 1 lb of 93% lean ground turkey

– Uncle Ben’s Jasmine Ready Rice, 8.5 ounces

– 1 bag of Steamfresh brocolli

– Salsa- unmeasured

Dinner, 6th Meal: Pasta, Pasta, Pasta

For dinner, Shaw said he usually eats another pound of beef, potatoes and asparagus, but since he had a big day of training ahead, he changed it up a bit, going with a carb-heavy, pasta meal. Shaw went to an Italian restaurant, and didn’t really go into detail of his meal, but he did say it was a total of about 3,400 calories. From his plates, you can see a huge plate of spaghetti, about four breadsticks, what looks like tortellini, meatballs, and a huge glass of soda.

He doesn’t seem too worried about his macronutrients here, he just knew he had to go heavy on the carbs.

Pre-bed Snack: 7th Meal


– 80g whey protein

– 4 slices of cheesecake

h/t brobible

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This All-Chicken Crust Pizza Packs 25 Grams Of Protein, 4 Grams Of Carbs

With so many people tweaking their diets to avoid certain types of food, it’s hard to find something that actually feels good to eat, both before and after.

In fact, in 2016, one out of every two people in the U.S. tried lowering their carb intake. Still, for those working hard to maintain a ketogenic diet, or for diabetics looking to keep their blood sugar levels in check, it’s not always easy to indulge in the not-so-healthy foods we all know and love.

With that said, Real Good Pizza is working to change the game for pizza lovers everywhere. It is the first gluten-free and grain-free pizza made with an all-natural hormone and antibiotic free chicken crust and parmesan cheese. And with 25 grams of protein, and only 4 grams of carbs, this is pizza you can actually feel good about eating.

With Real Good Pizza products in more than 2,000 Kroger stores, whether you’re simply looking to carb down, perfect your keto routine, or are just getting into the habit of healthy eating, Real Good Pizza is hacked to be healthy.

Next time you load up your cart at the grocery store, tear down that mental parameter you’ve built around the frozen pizza section and learn to eat pizza once again.

Created in partnership with Real Good Pizza  

Hit-Or-Miss News

Constipated Man Shoves Live Eel Up His Butt To Eat Away Blockage, Here’s What Went Wrong

As we’ve learned as we get older, fiber is essential to our diets. Especially in this line of food-heavy work.

It seems a man in Guangzhou, China needed just a bit more fiber in his lifestyle as he had a pretty bad case of constipation, reports SoraNews.

His solution to this shitty problem? The dude thought it was the best form of treatment to shove a live 20-inch eel up his butt to eat away all of his shit blockage.

Yes, rather than buying laxatives or seeing a physician, he thought it would be a good idea to try this ancient folk remedy he heard about.

Unfortunately, the terrified creature tore through the man’s intestines before getting stuck in his midsection.

The man went to the hospital, yet avoided informing doctors of his newfound friend. Imagine their surprise when they ran tests and discovered this dude’s “home remedy” just sitting in his stomach. Immediate surgery was needed in order to prevent further harm to the man’s life.

Sadly, the eel died while inside the man. He was, however, said to be recovering after the procedure. Check out the recreation of the incident provided by TomoNews in the video above, complete with post-surgery photos.

The takeaway from this? Maybe eat more fiber and shove less eels in your body.


Hit-Or-Miss News

Study Reveals The 20 ‘Fattest’ Cities In The U.S.

Source: WalletHub

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 70.7 percent of Americans over 20 years old were overweight or obese.

A personal finance website named Wallethub decided to chart the cities that have the “fattest” people. By analyzing the 100 most populated U.S. metro areas, they gathered data from physically inactive adults to projected obesity rates by 2030 to healthy-food access within those areas.

It’s also good to point out that a lot of the top cities on this list, such as Memphis, TN and Jackson, MS, are known to be food deserts. Cities like these don’t have easy access to healthy or wholesome food, which may be the leading cause of the rampant obesity.

A lot of the cities that deal with obesity, or have weight-related health problems on this list, seem to be from the South. In fact, the whole top-20 consists of cities in the southern U.S.

Peep the top-20 below, and the whole list of 100 on Wallethub.

The Top 10


No. 11-20

h/t brobible

Celebrity Grub

Chris Pratt Looks Miserable While Dieting For Jurassic World 2 [WATCH]

Before Chris Pratt was an action star and saving families from dinosaurs using nothing more than his rock hard abs, he was a regular looking guy with a dad bod.

With that said, Chris probably still has a chubby kid inside him, so it’s hard to watch him struggle with his diet, especially when he records himself looking like he’s in pain.

While on set for Jurassic World 2, Pratt has been doing little Instagram segments called “What’s my snack,” and while he tries to make it sound like fun, he doesn’t look like he’s having a good time with his Cacao baobab banana chia shake:

#WHATSMYSNACK #JurassicWorld2

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His next snack looked a lot more palatable, but you can tell he wasn’t impressed by the portion sizes, as his caption read, “Watch me eat cat food like a good little boy.”

#JurassicWorld2 #WHATSMYSNACK watch me eat cat food like a good little boy

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His third snack video just sounded like a cry for help. Pratt dug into a late night snack which he technically wasn’t supposed to eat until the following day. Yet he was so hungry, he opened his olive oil pistachio cake, and tortured himself by saying he’d only eat half of it.

Of course, he ended up eating all of it, and I don’t blame him:

Hot new full length episode of #WHATSMYSNACK

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It’s not easy being a super hero, but it looks like Pratt’s trying his best. He’s probably counting down the hours until his cheat meal. I hope he eats a giant slice of pizza.