Tapeworm Diet: Using Beef Tapeworms in Humans

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

tapeworm-dietIt is undeniable that people will resort to extreme measures in a desperate attempt to shed those extra pounds, but ingesting tapeworms in order to lose weight is not only a radical  fad diet method but also an extremely dangerous one.

Thankfully the use of tapeworms as a diet aid is illegal in the US and for good reason.

Tapeworm infestation can result in:

  • The formation of cysts in the liver, eyes, brain, and spinal cord with potentially lethal consequences.
  • Intestinal Blockages
  • Malnutrition

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Tapeworm Diet Basics


Although it is not possible to attempt the Tapeworm diet in most countries, it is being offered at some places in Mexico. When you arrive at the treatment location you are given beef tapeworm cysts that have been identified microscopically. This is vitally important because some cows may host pig tapeworms, which are very dangerous.

The tapeworm interferes with your digestion and absorption of nutrients, which means that you can consume more calories and still lose weight. However the parasite also competes for vitamins and other important nutrients, which may result in a nutritional deficiency.

According to some scientists, tapeworm infestation can result in a loss of one to two pounds per week. Once the target weight loss is reached, an deworming agent is given, which kills the tapeworm so it can be expelled.

Costs and Expenses

It appears that the treatment is only available in Mexico at the time of this review and the approximate cost is $1500.

Pros of the Tapeworm Diet

  • Weight loss is very likely.
  • Some scientists believe that tapeworms can also help to alleviate allergies such as hay fever.

Dangers

  • Extremely dangerous, can cause unpleasant side effects and in some cases can be lethal.
  • Does not appear to be adequate protection for consumers in regard to regulation and safety analysis.
  • Rebound weight gain is most likely once the tapeworm is expelled.
  • Tapeworms can cause a swollen stomach which is not physically attractive and goes against the desired result.
  • Not available in most countries.
  • Treatment is expensive and will also need to include travel expenses.

An Extremely Risky Weight Loss Approach

It goes without saying that the Tapeworm Diet is extremely risky and can cause a wide rage of undesirable side effects including death. In addition to this, dieters will probably regain all the weight that is lost if they continue with the same eating habits after the tapeworm is expelled.

Dieters are advised to stick with proven weight loss methods such as consuming less calories and increasing physical activity, rather than risking their lives with a technique that is harmful and unlikely to yield positive long term results by trying the tapeworm diet.

This diet is dangerous and is not recommended!

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
  • Rahma

    Seriously ? tapeworm for diet !? Some peaple have many of them in their system and its not something good at all and they eat medicaments to get rid of them . And you try to buy them ? Put them into your system ? Only because you are too lazy to practise sport and you want the easiest way to lose some pounds ? Let you know that tapewormcan speard in all over your body and they may cause you side effects you wont like . Stop playing with your health !

  • Scott

    Does anyone have the links to the websites where you can purchase the Beef Tapeworm eggs or the links for the Clinics in Mexico that offer this great dieting option?

  • Chrisy chris

    Its ok i do this everyday super safe

  • mb

    this is deadly! why on earth would you do this to yourself!? like just read the dang article. if you do this you put your life at risk, seriously just exercise if you are so insecure about your body image.

  • KK

    If you think it’s disgusting to want to try these, maybe you should step back and look at what society is saying that makes people so desperate to lose weight that they want to resort to using life threatening tape worms instead of being comfortable with what they look like. I think a lot of people feel uncomfortable exercising out of their own home because of what people say about them, and so they look for more drastic measures that will help them lose the weight.
    In the end, it’s all because of society. So when you say you don’t understand, just look at the anorexic examples put out by Victoria Secrets.

    • Gail

      What a load of rot. I lost half my bodyweight, people need to grow up, man up and take responsibiity. I was morbidly obese, lost half my body weight. Reason I was fat- I ate rubbsh, did no exercise. How I lost the weight, paleo diet and lifting weights!

  • steve

    AND BY THE WAY FOLKS, TAPEWORMS ARE ALIVE IN YOUR SYSTEM AND GET THEIR THROUGH NOT PREPAIRING FOODS PROERLY, THEY DO NOT COME IN TABLET FORM SO DON’T GET CONNED, I/VE HAD ONE AND I KNOW NOW THAT I DID.NT KNOW I HAD ONE, UNTIL JUST BEFORE I GOT RID OF IT. DONT BE SHY TO ASK

  • steve

    THE PICTURE AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE IS SPOT ON AND IS WHAT I SAW ………….

  • steve

    I’VE ACTUALLY HAD A TAPEWORM IN MY YOUNGER DAYS UNKNOWINGLY AND HAD IT FOR SOME TIME, I WAS FIT AS A FIDDLE AND ATE LIKE A HORSE FOR YEARS, ONE DAY I WENT TO THE BATHROOM FOR A 2 AND AFTER A WIPE GLANCED IN THE BOWL BEFORE THE TISSUE WAS THROWN IN, I SAW A LONG WHITE THING WITH SEGMENTS WHICH WAS;NT PAPER, IT WAS WHITE I PRUSUMED DEAD AND NOT MOVING, I FINISHED MY VISIT AND NEXT DAY WHEN TO THE CHEMIST, I EXPLAIN TO THE BLOKE WHAT HAPPENED GOT TABLETS FOR A WEEK FOR THE KILLING OF IT AND THAT WAS THAT, I SUFFERED NO SIDE EFFECTS TO THIS DAY BUT HAVE PUT ON A FEW POUNDS BUT I PUT THAT DOWN TO MY AGE HA.

    • steve

      i’ve just spotted the picture at the top of this page and the chemist was correct 100% from my discription to him.

  • mauude

    So are beef taperworm the same as human taperworm or not ?

  • Bob

    I tried it. And I am going to die!!!!

    • joe

      yes

    • glory

      what do you mean

  • Angie

    As horrible and as gross as it sounds….I would totally do it if someone can get for me! Hell. I’ll take it on the talk show, and Ill even do a return segment to show results! (Unless I end up in the hospital, then we will have to do the talk show from my hospital bed!) But seriously… I am all for trying anything once! I can’t wait til’ I get my hands on some tapeworm!

    • Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

      I hope you are kidding. What about trying to eat right and exercise?

    • Debbie

      did you every get hold of a tapeworm? i am looking for one

      • Connor

        I would only hope she didn’t, and I don’t suggest you try this method of losing weight either.

  • Sara

    I find it strange that people would actually do this diet. I’m overweight.. BUT I am trying to lose weight the healthy way, not some bad diet way.. I am sure it’ll work better than this diet.

  • chheeesse

    Why……..Are people born lacking common sense

    • BBall

      Naw….These things are delicious!!! Who wouldn’t want such a tasty breakfast to start their day?

  • meagan villegas

    i think this diet is stupid! Why would you ever eat a worm to lose weight! Nobody!! Is that desperate to lose weight!!!

    • Chelsea

      Yes a lot of models do it.. where do you get the worm from?

  • T. Cobert

    So what if you went to a country with the tape worm diet legally, and you bought it, (understanding the side effects) what if you were in the hospital for the whole process would’nt they be able to make sure those side effects to would’nt happen, or at least made sure it did’nt kill you? Like, could they? [PLEASE REPLY]

    • Patricia

      though yo umay be in a hospital, they wouldn’t be able to prevent side effects, they are inevitable, and they may be able to keep you from dying, but as mentioned above it would be a hefty $1500 for the worm itself, than they expenses of the hospital would be massive. go for a walk everyday and eat some salad… wwaayyy easier, more effective, and very cheap… this diet is literally, similar to poisoning yourself, completely unhealthy, and doesnt even work, its incredible hearing people even consider blowing out thier assholes ( one side effect) to get skinny…. sad really

    • chheeesse

      Really????It can still kill you. thats distgusting

    • http://www.everydiet.org ted

      No, they could not. Tapeworm larve are microscopic so there would be no way they could detect if the larve were embedding in muscle tissue. Some advertise that they use steril non-reproductive worms, but this would be next to impossible to verify. There are a million other better ways to lose weight.

  • S. Phoenix

    What has always worked best for me is cutting on carbs while eliminating any processed or fast foods, and especially eliminating high fructose corn syrup and any hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils… read the labels on every single thing you eat. Most peanut butter especially will make you fat because it contains hydrogenated oil.

    I can cut weight soooo quickly when I go on a baked chicken legs diet. Leg quarters are $0.88/lb, and if you season them with salt garlic and paprika, then bake them for 90 minutes on 350 F… delicious

  • LyRaC

    The use of tapeworms as diet aid is illegal

  • Melissa, RN.

    Tapeworms do not lay eggs. Tapeworms belong to the class of segmented worms.They reproduce by breaking off segments which grow into a new parasite. A tapeworm segment looks like a little square flattened white thing.

    • http://www.everydiet.org ted

      Wrong, better go back and study your biology again. Tapeworms are flatworms and the reproduce sexually by producing eggs or asexually by fragmentation and then growing into a new worm. The eggs hatch into larve that enter the blood stream and then form a cyst in muscle tissue.

      • nemo

        Pork tape worms can cause muscle eye and brain cysts not beef. So need to be sure provider has confirmed id of worm

      • Considering

        According to wikipedia, they are sexually hermapohroditic, and self-fertilization is extremely rare, unlike other flatworms.

  • kaj

    Being obese is a serious issue,trying and failing to lose weight is a natural response of our body, but seriously swallowing parasite is mortal…i hav heard Big on beauty..but parasite in stomach to get slim…? i strongly decline this diet.

    • musab

      i agree:)

  • Graham Duffy

    One of my deepest fears is being infested by a tapeworm. I am horrified of the concept of having such a monstrocity in my gut. That some people consume a tapeworm intentionally is just unthinkable.

  • melvin flax

    guys i did this tapworm diet i few years ago and it worked out good for me i purchased some tapeworm worm fat begone diet pills and 3 weeks later i lost a lot of weight i went to my doctor he gave me some pills and just like that it was gone i had to learn how to maintain a diet and eat right but im thin and great so i c nothing wrong with this

    • Elizabeth

      I am very interested, where did u get them?

    • Stacia

      where do you live how did you obtain it what is it called after you lost what you wanted who and what did they give you to get rid of them could you please email me regular way and not thru this site and is this for real

      • http://www.everydiet.org ted

        Hi Stacia, I wanted to let you know that emails aren’t shared or published on this website. We would greatly discourage you from trying this type of weight loss method. We have reviewed many safe and effective methods on our site, and we would encourage you to try one of those… Here’s an inspiring story from someone who lost a lot of weight in a healthy way. http://www.diet-blog.com/13/theresa-lost-267-pounds-and-changed-her-life.php

    • Miranda

      can you tell me where you got them…Thanks Miranda

      • jace

        miranda serously this can kill you dont do this, just start exerciseing. One trick is to cut up your food and spread it out on your plate, it tricks the mind into thinking that its alot of food so you will be full faster

  • Greg

    This may make you loose weight for a little while but you would most likely gain it all back because your having help for a little while but then your body will see it as an infestation and try and get rid of it. studies also show that this can lead to yo-yo dieting and other health related issues. My Professor at University of Oregon just lead the class in fad diets and this was the one i researched the most. There are other side effects including: it can eat its way to the brain, eat through your stomach which lets the stomach acid through which then the acid eats your other organs which is very lethal ( which i hope is a no brainer). So if your planing on going though with this think twice before you do. Just saying. Not being mean or anything just giving you the facts.

  • Bree

    I think that everyone needs to stop judging.
    We are all adults, right? Adults have the right to make their own choices.
    For the people who want this treatment, more power to you. You know the risks and the benefits. It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks. They aren’t you, and they most certainly don’t know what you are dealing with.
    For the people who are against it… Why are you even commenting? It’s already illegal in the united states, so their no point complaining about that. All you are doing here is making people feel worse about themselves, and their decisions. Does it make you feel better? Oppressing people with your penniless opinions?
    Worthless opinions at that. Leave these people alone.

    • kat

      could you imaging that thing coming up your esophagus at night and you choking on it?

    • miss Kitty

      It’s not about judging anyone, it’s about trying to point out to these people and future visitors that this is insane, and you need serious help if you are considering/doing these insane diets.

      • ashley

        There’s an immense sense of judgement. It’s exactly the same as telling a smoker that they’re killing their lungs today. 100 years ago no one was sure or even knew how to get lung cancer or mouth cancer or even throat cancer. Today, we know these things are easily contracted by smoking. That’s like saying you can get fat from eating fried food. Duh. We know. But is that gonna stop people from frying food or smoking one after they do? Hell no! So, lay off the criticism. Grown people do what they want 100% of the time. Especially if it effects different people different ways.

      • Mike

        Is it any more insane as having part of your stomach stapled? Parts of your digestive system surgically rearranged? Plastic balls placed in your stomach? Large amounts of fat sucked out of your body? Swallowing weird chemicals? Those are all legitimate medical procedures, and have frequent and serious side effects, including death.

  • Andy

    what happens when you have a tapeworm does it hurt or something

    • Yumm

      you’ll feel the tapeworm going in and out of your butthole. it will slither down your leg and throughout your whole body, looking for food. It can also eat part of your organs. Yummy! How wonderful it is to have a living worm that can grow up to 100 feet long tickling my skin, only for me to be unable to scratch it!

    • shasta

      no, it just eats half of your fat intake. but it can lay eggs and that would kill you because once those eggs hatch, it might hurt because they would start feeding on your stomach tissue

  • Shasta

    Don’t judge the person for what they want to do with their body. But I’m doing research on this Tapeworm Diet for my senior chemistry class. And what I’ve come up with so far isn’t good. It’s even illegal in the US. That has to say something to you.

  • Erika

    I walk 3 miles a day, I eat six meals carefully measured portions daily, I eat nothing with bleached white flour. My diet is watched over by a trainer and I stick to it like a life line. I am allergic to peanuts and have to avoid so many things. I have been trying to lose weight like this for 1.5 years, I have lost 6 whole pounds eating 900 calories a day. Do not tell me that because I’m fat I’m lazy,I am the mother of 5 kids, do not tell me I’m stupid for not wanting to be fat, do not tell me its my fault that I’m fat. I have spent a lifetime trying to follow your rules. I’m still fat and you still condescend me because of it. You do not know me or my struggles, and you have no place to place your judgements on me. I don’t go around saying I bet she smokes crack she’s so thin. I would never presume to know. How dare you assume my weight is the sum of my intelligence, and character.

    • crystal

      Doing a of that for a year and only losing 6 lbs is not normal. Perhaps something is wrong with your thyroid.

    • S. Phoenix

      Be honest with yourself. If you truly were on a 900 calorie diet, you would be losing an unhealthy amount of weight rapidly. If you eat less calories than you burn, you will lose weight. This is basic physics.

      Lying to yourself won’t help anybody. IF YOU CAN’T ADMIT TO YOURSELF THAT YOU HAVE A PROBLEM, HOW CAN YOU EVER RECTIFY IT?

    • miss Kitty

      Sounds like me, except that i have not been blessed with a family. Fact is, for some people, thin is just not an option, no matter what we do to try to get there. And you know what? That’s just fine. I’m just as valuable a person as the girl who’s 120 lbs soaking wet. And probably better tempered, having had a lifetime of working to get everything I wanted instead of having it handed to me because I was considered pretty or sexy.

    • ali

      Erika,
      Good for you! At least you are doing what you can to lose weight. And congrats on losing a few pounds already! It sounds like you ate well on your way to healthy weight loss. ,Some people such as myself have medical issues that make traditional weight loss difficult. I am about 50 pounds over, and health problems have come with the weight gain. I am about to have my third back surgery, and yesterday suffered my first bout of high blood pressure. I don’t eat a lot, I don’t eat that healthy. I drink 2 cokes a day. And because of some nerve issues and hardware, I am unable to exercise. I am curious about the new weight loss pill, but do not know if I am a candidate. Probably not due to yesterday’s attack of high blood pressure. My thyriod was removed about 8 years ago, and I take meds but I can’t help but wonder if the thyroid (or absence of) is part of my problem. Good luck to you!

    • startwiththefamily

      Erika,

      I completely understand your feelings! I also struggle to balance diet, exercise and serenity time with juggling a family with all that entails. I eat few calories and walk daily, yet my weight makes me feel so out of control. I truly believe our modern food is making us fat.

      change needs to happen in the home at the family level

    • Julie

      Hi Erika! I work for a medical talk show and we are going to be talking about the pros and cons of this diet. Would love to talk to you about participating. Email me! julie.laplaca@cbs.com

  • Lazarus

    If you are so desperate to lose weight I have a suggestion for you (besides ingesting parasites), eat feces! Feces are how tapeworms spread, and if you are eating pre-masticated food or throwing up and what not (eating poo should help you with the vomitting) then go to the next pile of pig, sheep, cow, or human feces you see, fasten your napkin, and dig in! (OR JUST TRY SOMETHING WITHOUT TAPEWORMS!!!!)

    • caleb

      you are the smartest person since einstein, you should have a degree in the science of eating feces.

  • Sulaiman

    Why not, if it been watched closly by the specialist.

    • Julie

      I work for a medical talk show and we are going to be talking about the pros and cons of this diet. Would love to talk to you about participating. Email me! julie.laplaca@cbs.com

  • Host for a Parasitc Alien

    Has anyone ever seen the movie Alien? Stargate maybe? All I need is some tapeworm governing my vote during elections to chose another alien infested leader from the planet tapewormia . . . MUST EAT HAMBURGER!

    • LisaLU

      I really like you sense of humor…LOL!!

  • Rightnow?

    You guys are so stupid! You have to be the most stupid person in the world to eat a tape worm to loss weight, buy a stair master or go to the gym and earn your right to loss weight. These fad diets are so full of it and in my eye the tape worm diet is the most ridiculous die of them all. Tape worms are parasites that LAY EGGS! YOU WILL DIE!

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