Tape worm diet, sounds insane and disgusting right? Well, after this article you will understand how this diet actually works, the theories behind the results and maybe even consider a tape worm or two of your own. Or not.
Parasite: Tapeworms feeding on the foods that you eat
Many years ago before the modernization that we have become accustomed to today, it was common for the human body to have a variety of worms. Diet, hygiene and other lifestyle changes have meant that most if not all worms in the body have been removed in developed nations.
Now some believe that our bodies have not evolved to a point where it is accustomed to being free of worms. Consequently, our bodies are still undergoing the process of looking for the worms that our bodies inhabited for so many years. But they’re not there now. What does this mean? This means that the body becomes more sensitive to other foreign material creating an immune system imbalance.
This immune balance is responsible for conditions that are currently rife in society, for example in the common form of allergies such as psoriasis, hay fever etc. This is the theory anyway. And the fix? Introduce not just any old worm back into the human body, but specific worms that help to keep the immune system in balance.
A side effect, which we are focusing on in this article, is that of weight loss.
The way that tapeworms aid in weight loss is reminiscent of urban myth and in fact, the concept of using tape worms for weight loss has been around for almost a century.
The idea is that introducing tapeworm into the body means that the food you eat is split between your own body and that of the tapeworm. You are a host and tapeworm uses you by attaching suckers to your stomach and feeding on the foods that you eat.
To expel calories, we are usually required to expend energy through exercise as an example. The tapeworm is an additional means of reducing the amount of calories that you absorb WITHOUT reducing the calories that you consume. Supporters of the tapeworm will praise this idea of dieters being able to eat whatever they choose to eat while still losing weight.
The traditional way of becoming infected with a tapeworm is by eating raw meat, being in contact with infected faeces and other foods containing tapeworm. However, for the purposes of dieting, methods would include the tablet form.
After being ingested, the tapeworm makes its way through the digestive system, attaching itself and feeding as it goes. Eventually, it will make its way out of the body with bowel movements. This is a very unpleasant experience both physically and psychologically. People have been known to take drugs designed to reduce the lifespan of the tapeworm so that it is already dead when it is removed from the body.
Possessing tapeworms is illegal in America and unavailable as a legitimate treatment for weight loss.
When the tapeworm diet is being promoted, then of course the side effect of weight loss will be at the top of the list. But let us take a look at some of the other potential side effects & symptoms of the tapeworm diet.
The Tapeworm diet made on appearance on the Tyra Banks show late 2009. The aim was not to promote the tapeworm diet, it was more quite the opposite as a doctor bought samples of some flat long tapeworm to the show and discussed the worm while the audience and Tyra Banks squirmed.
This is the question that some people are most interested and in terms of weight loss, yes, the tape worm diet does appear to have some success with quick and significant weight loss. But does this pro outweigh the list of cons? Probably not.
The tapeworm poses a threat to the human body and in addition to this is the potential side effect of bloating, where dieters/infected have reported pot belly appearance.