The Tapeworm Diet Review

by The Diet Critic on July 12, 2016

The Tapeworm Diet review
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The Tapeworm Diet is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a method for losing weight that involves voluntarily growing a tapeworm in your intestines. The theory is that the parasite will consume some of the food that you eat to help you lose weight. This diet may sound surprising, crazy and downright disgusting, but what may surprise you more is the fact that it first became popular at the start of the 20th century.

To partake in this diet, users would swallow pills full of tapeworm cysts. This enables the parasite to grow and develop within the user’s intestines. As the tapeworm grows, the more food it will consume. The idea is that the food you eat is split between your own body and the tapeworm. Once you’ve reached your goal weight, you take an anti-parasitic drug to help kill the worms so that you can pass them with the rest of your body waste.

Presently, this method for weight loss is illegal in America and considered an illegitimate treatment for weight loss.


Proponents of the Tapeworm diet claim that tapeworms are an ideal way to reduce the amount of calories you absorb without having to lower the amount of calories that you consume. In other words, you can eat whatever you want and still lose weight.


This diet can be exceptionally dangerous. For starters, by ingesting a tapeworm you are infecting your body with a foreign living organism that your body will perceive as an intruder and attempt to fight off. Furthermore, although this parasite generally lives in your intestines, there have been cases where these parasites have traveled through the blood stream and ended up in other parts of the body, including the brain, which can be deadly.

Tapeworms do not only consume calories. They take other nutrients from your body as well, which can lead to vitamin deficiencies. Also, the amount of calories the parasite consumes is not overly significant, so a dieter would still need to observe healthy eating habits and engage in exercise to lose fat.

This diet may cause certain unpleasant side effects including: abdominal pain, weakness, headache, diarrhea, bloating, constipation, nausea, and vomiting. Additionally, due to the fact that the tapeworm is a living organism, the host may also feel it inside their digestive system and when it is being expelled.

Finally, expelling the tapeworm can be just as dangerous as possessing one. The experience may not only be physically and psychologically unpleasant, but some parasites can grow up to 30 feet in length and this could prove deadly if something should go wrong.

Considering the dangers linked to the Tapeworm Diet, it would definitely be in your best interest to avoid this diet as a treatment for weight loss. There are far healthier and safer diet regimens you can follow that can help you achieve you weight loss goals.

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