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Tapeworm Diet

This dangerous parasite is banned in the U.S.

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Eating cabbage soup for two weeks. Exercising three times day. Drinking water with lemon juice and cayenne pepper for 10 days. We can all admit to going to great lengths, even if just once, to lose those unwanted pounds. But the Tapeworm Diet has to get as extreme and desperate as the world of dieting tricks and methods come. The good news is that importing or selling tapeworms in the U.S. is illegal. Tapeworms though, do occur in undercooked beef or raw meat dishes which are prone to contamination.

So what does a tapeworm in your gut actually do? It secretes proteins in our intestinal tract that make our digestion of food much less efficient. A less efficient digestive systems means that you can consume more calories through your food since your "body guest" is also noshing on them for his own growth purposes. Some scientists estimate that those infected with a single tapeworm can lose up to one or two pounds each week. Certain tapeworms can be downright lethal like a pork tapeworm, but for beef tapeworms, you can clear up an infection by taking a dose of antibiotics.

Some diet gimmicks have created tapeworm pills but since then the FDA has intervened and banned these unsubstantiated and dangerous products.

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  • Weight loss is pretty much guaranteed
  • A scientist in Japan believes that tapeworms can also help clear up allergies like hay fever
  • Can be deadly
  • Banned by the FDA
  • Medical intervention may be needed to get rid of the tapeworm
  • There are side effects to having a tapeworm
  • Can't purchase or import one
  • Once you get rid of the tapeworm, you risk putting weight back if you continue eating like you have a tapeworm

The Tapeworm Diet is anything but a diet. Since a sizable percentage of what you eat goes to the tapeworm, it's a virtual dieter's dream: eat whatever you want and lose weight. Taking extra vitamins during an infection might help to prevent the massive nutrient loss. Following an infection, all those lost pounds can be easily put back on if you don't follow a healthy eating plan for just you and not your parasite.


Treatment for getting rid of a tapeworm varies from grotesque to the less grotesque. A strong course of antibiotics is prescribed to get rid of the tapeworm.


Let us truly be thankful for the great strides in the hygienic practices of our farms and slaughterhouses and in our water supply. Even though our bodies have evolutionarily become used to being hosts to a myriad of parasites, our modern day ways have no doubt helped us to stay healthier and live longer. Voluntarily ingesting a tapeworm to lose weight is legally a difficult thing to pull off, not to mention dangerous. Your safer and less uncomfortable way to shed some pounds is probably heeding the advice of science and research: Consume less calories and stay active. Needless to say, this is one approach to weight loss that is not smart nor safe and should not be persued by anyone.

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Another one of these fad diets that Hollywood promotes.

Sounds interesting, however. I just wonder how you can buy a tapeworm and do yo swallow it or what?

I going to do more research since this is becoming popular!

posted Jul 16th, 2010 3:40 am


This is so weird. Ewwwwww.

posted Jul 15th, 2010 1:11 pm


I am a CVT at a veterinary hospital and encounter different species of tapeworms every other week so if anyone needs an egg or segment let me know!----Kidding, those things are disgusting. However if one is truly desperate might I suggest sifting through farm cat feces, you will probably find some.

posted Jul 11th, 2010 8:21 pm



How do you get a tapeworm?
I'll tell you what I had to learn the hard way.
Tapeworms live in animals, dogs, cattle, pigs.
You get them through ingesting under- cooked meats that are infected,or feces (poop) and not washing right away. Or like myself, eating at a restaurant in a border town in Mexico, probably thru the water. The larvae are very small. OR you can get them illegally by con artists trying to make a buck under the guise of loosing weight. What a joke! My tapeworm is gone (thanks be to God) but my colon and pancreas are damaged. I hope I got it out in time before the damage was too much. I still have pain, bloading, and dont digest things normally. Oh yeah, I'm heavier than I ever have been but I am so relieved to have it gone. Dont deliberately ingest one or you will regret it for the rest of your (possibly very short) life. And then the joke will be on you.

posted Jun 17th, 2010 4:42 pm



How do you get a tapeworm?

posted Jun 11th, 2010 4:38 pm


Yes, I'm the one that had the tapeworm. It was horrible and I would not wish the experience on my worst enemy.
Jay sounds as if he is just trying to make a buck.

It CAN mutate and it CAN and HAS caused serious complications, even DEATH. Look up tapeworms on the Mayo Clinic site if you dont believe me. Respect yourself. Take care of yourself. This diet will only make your life more unbearable.

posted Jun 2nd, 2010 3:35 pm



Although this diet is risky It has around the same risk as those otc weight loss pills. Most of you posters havent actually researched this diet before posting. All I see is ewwww nasty a worm s***.

Tapeworms do not eat anything they have no mouth. The food you eat is absorbed through their skin when it passes through you. Your given a specific tapeworm that is tested. It stays in your intestines and will not migrate anywhere else. Yes you will experience weakness and few stomach aches from time to time as it grows bigger but nothing instantly lethal. After about the 1 1/2 year mark you probably notice it. And even if their complications, They will give you a pill that will easily flush out the worm.

posted May 13th, 2010 1:57 am


I don't think anyone should judge someone for considering a treatment or procedure that they don't agree with. While I think worms are yucky, some folks do not. I know from personal experience that eating less than 1,600 calories a day and walking for a half hour every evening did NOTHING for me. I don't eat junk, I eat salad, grilled chicken, soups, and sometimes sandwiches on whole grain bread. I work 40+ hours a week and chase around my three year old. I GAIN weight if anything, but NEVER lose a single pound. When I drank beer all the time and ate junk I weighed less! Age and metabolism have alot to do with it as well. Some people are just not blessed with great metabolisms. I have thyroid disease which also effects the way I do or don't lose weight. Some people do not have the time to get 1-2 hour workouts in their day unless they abandon their jobs, kids, or sleep. I'm also not a candidate for any gastric bypass surgery, which wont help me anyway, since I only take in about 1,600 calories a day! DO NOT judge others because they don't want to accept their overweight status. Its people like you that make people like US so miserable, the media adds to it. If you really want to do this diet, despite the warnings then it is your choice, and if you think its not for you, then STOP READING about it and shut up. Im considering it. Im scared to death to try it, but Im on my last limb.

posted May 7th, 2010 9:48 am



I'm doing a research project on this diet, and I really need to speak to someone either who has done this diet, who knows someone who has, or who has seriously considered this.

If this applies to you, and you would be happy to speak to me, could you please message me.

Thanks, L x

posted May 4th, 2010 5:16 am



i truely loved this i lost like 60% of my body fat and i have still not gained it back although it may have to do with the fact i now live in a mental clinic for the mentally retarded and they only feed us 2 servings of jello a day

posted Apr 23rd, 2010 3:51 pm


Ellen Ashtrick, do you not think that, no offense, her death could have been stopped? If she was that small, not only is she at fault for eating the tape worm, but the family is at fault for not stepping in with her low weight. There is no excuse for a guardian not stepping in, in the situation of her being at such a low weight. None.

posted Apr 16th, 2010 3:13 am


I see all these people posting negative comments about it being gross; question: if it weren't "gross" would you do it? Honestly dieters, take this one thing and eat what you want and lose the weight you want, and in 90 days get a treatment and it'll all be okay! That's what EVERYONE wants. Don't like. People want to lose the weight and are willing to do whatever, don't judge someone because they are going to do this diet.

posted Apr 16th, 2010 3:10 am


so wat do you sugest for thoughes of us that are realy tring to lose weight do when nothing eals seams to work.

posted Apr 8th, 2010 10:25 am



Tapeworm Therapy is not the way! If you want to lose weight, go do it the right way!
This type of parasite will eat away your body and grow new ones and crowd your intestines. There's this picture in my biology book that shows a picture of a sheep intestine overflowing with tapeworms... it was DISGUSTING.
When I was a young, I had a tapeworm in my body. It was painful. I had to pull it out while I crapped. IT WASN'T FUN.

posted Apr 7th, 2010 8:29 pm

Ellen Ashtrick


My sister, Lacie Ashtrick tried this diet because she thought she was overweight. she WAS 14 years old and was supposed to be turning 15 yesterday, April fools day. she was a meer 98 pounds, underweight for her age. she ate some Beef Tapeworm larvae without us knowing. She died about 3 months after they started eating her body alive. She weighed about THIRTY EIGHT pounds when she died. It does cause people to lose weight, but with a COMMON side effect. DEATH. almost everyone Dies from this diet. If your stupid enough to kill yourself, try it.

posted Apr 2nd, 2010 1:21 pm


people need to research their information and get their facts straight before judging other people.

posted Mar 30th, 2010 11:23 am



on 1000 ways to die a woman died of this... if yo udo this... u WILL die...

posted Mar 24th, 2010 1:28 pm


just to clear somethings up. the tapeworm that is supposedly used for this type of diet is from beef and will release eggs into your body after 12 weeks. I'm not going to say that you wont lose weigh, but it is certainly by no mean safe or sanitary. You could infect people that don't want tapeworms without even knowing it. Plus if you get the wrong tapeworm (the swine one is very similar) you can have the larvae travel all over your body and it will mean surgery (if you catch them in time) or worse, death.
if you really want to do this, I suggest you do complete research before even considering the idea.

posted Mar 18th, 2010 11:11 pm


I rarly respond to these things but I couldnt help but see all the negitive remarks made at heavy people.sure this is crazy & dangerous.as tempted as I am to do it Id wouldnt because theres no gate or way to keep this thing where it should be.Excercise sure that works the results are slow & sum times few but the down side is the more you burn the more you work out the more hungry your body becomes from burning those caloriese.trust me Id been thin Id been huge been thing back to being huge again .I cant judge those that wish to try this because a large group of people base them on their looks.lets face it people are jugementAL to bigger people weight wise.often one who is heavy feel ugly & a outsider.can you blame people wanting to take any risk to feel good about themselfs & acepted by the other sex?.being alone stinks.Being on a diet that never works.Best way I got in shape was bike riding six miles a day & droping the season the red meat & soda within a yr u will see results I went from 240 to 170.& I wasnt on a diet I ate alot I just cut down on what speeds up the weight gain also I allowed my body to sweat alot.because when u sweat u loose weight..so lets think using logic all good things take time i wouldnt advise this diet or trying speed to loose weight.slow & steady wins the rAce..

posted Mar 15th, 2010 6:43 pm



LOL i love all the girls on here wanting to eat tapeworms, and yes, it's mostly girls.

You do know that a damn tapeworm can grow in your intestines to 20 feet or more? Did you also know it's possible for larva to get into your blood stream and infect some or ALL your vital organs, including your brain? And if that happens, I don't even think a docs treatment will help you.

ANYBODY WANTING TO EAT A TAPEWORM IS LAZY. GET OFF YOUR LAZY BUTTS AND GO TO THE GYM, less you like the idea of possibly dieing from tapeworms.

Eating tapeworms also comes with many side effects. The vitamin deficiency alone could seriously impair your health


posted Mar 4th, 2010 2:39 am


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