7 Diets That Want Us To Hate Food

01/02/2014 10:56 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014
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We at HuffPost Taste understand the need to consciously eat healthy -- especially since downing 15 different kinds of hot dogs in under an hour is just part of a day's work for us. That's why we make sure to eat our leafy greens, and do our best to only eat one dessert a day. But there's a point where healthy eating goes too far, and that's when they turn into crash diets.

We're not one to judge a person for wanting to lose 14 pounds in one week -- to each their own. But what we do have a problem with is how some of these crash diets are ruining perfectly good foods. What did grapefruit ever do to deserve being used as a fat-burner instead of an enjoyable breakfast? Check out the seven crash diets and their crimes and promise us that if you choose to prescribe to one of them, you won't let them turn you against food.

  • Grapefruit Diet
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  • Its crime: destroying all that is good about grapefruit. Since this diet requires you to eat grapefruit before every meal (claiming that it has fat-burning properties), it makes eating this citrus a chore. And eating grapefruit should never, ever be anything but enjoyable.
  • The Dukan Diet
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  • Its crime: turns the simple act of eating into a complicated calculation. There are four phases to this diet. For the first two to seven days you eat low-fat protein (think chicken, turkey, fish, and tofu), drink water, and take one and a half tablespoons of oat BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. We'd rather give up food altogether than have to deal with the arbitrary rules of this regimen.
  • Cabbage Soup Diet
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  • Its crime: destroying cabbage's good name. Not only will you have to eat boiled cabbage -- which is definitely not the best way to enjoy this cruciferous vegetable -- but you'll have to eat it everyday for seven days straight. Go on this diet, and you can kiss coleslaw, and all other great cabbage dishes, good bye. (Also, on day four you're allowed to eat up to 8 bananas. There's something very, very wrong with that.)
  • South Beach Diet
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  • Its crime: this diet tries to convince you that the tasteless, shredded white stuff that's known as part-skim mozzarella is a decent option for cheese. Don't let them fool you. Eat real cheese!
  • Juicing Diet
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  • Its crime: it takes away food's greatest gift to us, which is being able to actually EAT it. Please, just don't stop eating food.
  • The Raw Food Cleanse
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  • Its crime: claims that a brownie made without chocolate can still be called a brownie. It can't.
  • The Slim-Fast Diet
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  • Its crime: giving chocolate shakes a bad name. This is an unforgivable offense. Help right this wrong by drinking a real chocolate shake, with whipped cream on top, and enjoying every single calorie.

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