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  • 9 Fad Diets of 2012

    Injecting hCG, a pregnancy hormone, is supposed to help you shed pounds effortlessly. You also restrict yourself to a totally unsustainable 500 calories a day, which Hartley said is the real reason you lose weight.
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  • 9 Fad Diets of 2012

    The KEN (ketogenic enteral nutrition) diet is a Euro import that involves shoving a feeding tube down your throat to deliver a low cal liquid diet directly to your tummy. If you like hunger, raw nostrils and sinus infections, Hartley said this is the diet for you.
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  • 2012 Crazy Fad Diets

    Hold the salt. Sprinkling Sensa flakes on your food is supposed to trick your brain into thinking you've eaten a full meal. According to Hartley, there's absolutely no evidence it works.
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  • 2012 Crazy Fad Diets

    Snacking on up to 14 jars of baby food throughout the day holds your calorie intake down to about 1,000 calories. Hartley said it's the perfect eating plan for anyone who wants to get down to their original weight … of 7 pounds, 3 ounces.
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  • 2012 Crazy Fad Diets

    Whether Xenadrine, Slim Quick or Skinny Fiber, diet drugs have made a comeback among dieters this year. But Hartley cautioned against using unregulated, over-the-counter supplements or popping pills without consulting a doctor first.
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  • 2012 Crazy Fad Diets

    Every time a Victoria's Secret model went on a diet this year, she seemed to tweet about it. While some lost weight sensibly, others subsisted on juice fasts and liquid diets. Hartley's take? Never take diet advice from a model.
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  • 2012 Crazy Fad Diets

    Miley Cyrus extolled the virtues of a gluten-free diet for weight loss. But, Hartley said, unless you have celiac disease such a diet is pointless. As for Beyonce's alleged reliance on the Master Cleanse juice fast, Hartley said not to even go there.
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  • 2012 Crazy Fad Diets

    Believing in the magical fat burning properties of the acai berry is so last year, Hartley said. Believing in the fruity weight-loss supplement of the moment -- raspberry ketones -- is just nuts.
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  • 2012 Crazy Fad Diets

    When you're ready to get real about weight loss, Hartley recommended shifting the focus away from quick-fix diet schemes and sticking with healthy lifestyle behaviors you can live with long-term.
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