The Most Overrated Diets Over the Years

No matter how many times doctors come out and say that sensible eating and exercise are the way to a healthy, fit lifestyle, there seems to be a new fad diet to hit the market every few months. While there has been some back-and-forth about what is best (fat or no fat? Is sugar the worst thing we can consume now?), people love a strict set of rules that they can follow. Simply telling someone to control portion sizes and not to overindulge in any one ingredient or item isn't enough. Dieters love crazy regimens. Here are a few from over the years that people went bonkers for. Sure, some of them work — at least for a short while — but very few can be sustained over time.

Which ones have you tried?

The Grapefruit Diet

This diet requires you to seriously cut back on calories and to avoid many foods (high-starch items like sugar, pasta, and potatoes), increase your protein intake, and, of course, to consume a grapefruit with every meal. While you're getting lots of vitamin C as a result, this diet just doesn't work past the short-term. Plus you get really sick of grapefruits really fast.

The Cabbage Soup Diet

No one said that losing weight would be fun or satisfying to your palate. For this one, you have to eat a few bowls of fat-free cabbage soup every day. Yum. You can slowly add in other foods, like leafy vegetables, baked chicken, and skim milk. But your body doesn't necessarily get the nutrients it needs. You might shed a bunch of pounds quickly, but you'll end up binging in no time to replenish what your body's been lacking.


Everyone remember Richard Simmons and his little cards? People went nutso for this. When you ate something from the stack of cards, you moved it to the other side of your little card holder. When you went through all the cards, you were done for the day. The diet allowed for about 1,200 calories a day. Simmons, of course, recommended doing the regimen along with his workout routine. Sweatin' to the Oldies anyone?