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The Tapeworm Diet

Worst Diets of All Time

To follow the tapeworm diet, one must swallow a living tapeworm, which then lives inside the digestive track. People following the tapeworm diet can eat a large number of calories and still lose weight because the parasite is also eating what the host consumes, making their digestion less efficient.

Not only is having a tapeworm in your body unhealthy because it leads to malnutrition, it can in some cases be lethal. The U.S. has made tapeworm pills illegal, as is importing or selling tapeworms. Because the "diet" involves no change in eating habits, the weight will be regained once the tapeworm is removed. In many cases, the tapeworm can be killed with an antibiotic, but in some cases a more invasive medical intervention is required.

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