10 Most Absurd Fad Diets

Lord Byron maintained his poet’s look with a strict diet -- but it was nutritionally really lacking. ©iStock/Thinkstock

Lord Byron is alleged to have maintained his pale, lean look with some self-imposed strict dietary rules -- thin slice of bread, cup of tea, a few potatoes soaked in vinegar, some seltzer water -- and the Romantic poet is not the only celebrity to cause a weight loss craze in his days. Fast-forward to our own century, and it's pretty clear we, along with our celebrities, will try pretty much anything to drop a few pounds.

Ask Americans on any given week whether or not they're on a diet and about 20 percent will say yes; some dieters hoping for a quick fix try pills, laxatives and diuretics in an effort to lose weight fast [source: Hellmich]. And don't forget the fad dieting -- do we really truly think eating cookies as meal replacements is a good long-term solution to losing weight and keeping it off? Hint: It's not.

The Cookie Diet isn't the only absurd fad diet we've heard about. Here we have 10 more, and we'll begin with how your blood type doesn't determine what foods you should eat.