Usually if you want to lose a few pounds you would hit the gym or cut back on the junk food. But now a more worrying craze has arisen, eating cotton wool balls soaked in orange juice in an attempt to curb hunger.
Bria Murphy, the 23-year-old daughter of Eddie Murphy, the actor of films such as Beverly Hills Cop speaking on Good Morning America has described how she would often see models attempting to stay thin using this dangerous method.
“I’ve heard of people eating the cotton balls with the orange juice . . . they dip it in the orange juice and then they eat the cotton balls to help them feel full, because the cotton’s not doing anything. It’s just dissolving. And it makes you think you’re full, but you’re not”
Let us look at this controversial diet in more detail, explaining why you must not attempt it if you value your health.
What does the Cotton Wool Diet involve?
The Cotton Wool Diet simply involves eating cotton wool balls, which are usually soaked in orange juice to make them easier to eat and to taste better I would imagine.
The idea behind doing this is to simply ‘fill up’ on these balls, so you wont have to suffer from any food cravings.
Dangers of the Cotton Wool Diet?
For a start not consuming enough calories may initially help with your weight loss efforts, but after a while your metabolism will slow.
This means that fewer calories will be burnt as your body desperately tries to hold onto its fat reserves.
You will find that once you start eating properly again any weight initially lost will quickly return.
Choking and malnutrition are also major risks of this diet.
The most worrying risk of the Cotton Wool Diet is that swallowing indigestible material such as cotton wool can cause a blockage in your intestinal tract.
These so called bezoars can be life threatening.
How to lose weight safely?
If you want to lose weight without risking your life then a healthy diet with regular exercise is the best option.
It may be slow and require work on your behalf but to keep the weight off long term it is certainly the preferred method.
Start by cutting back on the junk food and takeaways while increasing the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables you consume daily.
The amount of protein you consume should also increase as it is slow to digest so will keep you full for longer.
Water is also important for weight loss, as sometimes your body will mistake thirst for hunger.
Finally, to burn off those calories and stored fat you will need to increase your activity levels.
Obviously going to the gym a few times a week is a good idea. Although if the gym is too expensive then there are many different workouts and activities you can perform away from the gym, perhaps even in the comfort of your own home.
Whatever you do, do not fall into the trap of trying a dangerous fad diet such as the Cotton Wool Diet. Your life depends on it.