People love the idea that they can reap huge benefits by exerting little to no effort. And guess what: whatever it is you're trying to do probably doesn't work like that. At all. There's no better example than all those trendy diet fads. Want to lose weight? You'll have to do more than tapping that "Try This One Weird Trick To Zap Belly Fat Forever" clickbait ad. And it's not a modern problem, either. Bizarre diet fads have been around for centuries.
Alexandra Caspero, a nutritionist based in Sacramento, summed it up nicely for the Huffington Post: "Most fad diets go something like this: Take a few foods, give them 'magic' power, and set a plan to convince people that eating this way and only this way will promote weight loss." Here are 11 diet fads of the past and (unfortunately) present that will probably make you bang your head against a wall. (It should be said that Curiosity does not endorse any of the following diets. If you're trying to lose weight, talk to your doctor or dietician on how to trim pounds in a healthy way that will work for you.)