Five Weight-Loss Diets That Work

The DL on five popular weight loss trends that give healthy and lasting results.


Oil Pulling

An ancient Ayurvedic remedy, oil pulling has become a widespread alternative for teeth brushing. Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow swear by this method for oral health, teeth whitening, detoxification, weight loss, and pain relief. It is even said to relieve migraines, reduce inflammation, prevent insomnia, support kidney function, reduce allergies, correct hormone imbalances, reduce allergies and cure hangovers!

Oil pulling could theoretically reduce the fluid retention and bloating that contribute to feelings of puffiness and lead to a loss of a few extra pounds on the scale. Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides, which, when included as part of your diet, may help diminish your appetite so you eat fewer calories and lose weight, reported a paper published in a 2013 issue of Nutrition Review. Supplementing a reduced-calorie diet with coconut oil helped reduce belly fat in premenopausal women, according to a small study published in Lipids in 2009.
Five Weight-Loss Diets That Work

How does it work?

The process involves swishing coconut oil (which is antibacterial) in the mouth for about 20 minutes, until it thickens, followed by spitting it out along with all of the toxins and bacteria it has collected. Oil pulling gets your mouth squeaky clean and kills the bad bacteria in your mouth. When your oral health is immaculate, your body can put its energy toward healing other things and thus making you look and feel better.

“When we improve our oral health, we improve so many other things in our body. Everything is connected” says Dr. Sanda Moldovan, a Beverly Hills periodontist and nutritionist. She also claims that “people with bad oral hygiene have a higher incidence of cardiovascular disease and strokes.”

If your body isn’t trying to constantly fight the bacteria in your mouth, it can function more efficiently and keep your organs in check. Not to mention, the bad bacteria in your mouth can migrate to your organs, causing a whole host of serious health issues.

What’s the downside?

Don’t expect to lose a lot of weight from oil pulling, unless you combine it with some of the other diets in this list. For best results, you must swish the oil in your mouth for 20 minutes every day, morning and night. This can be difficult to fit into your morning routine, and certainly isn’t the most convenient when you’re exhausted before bed. Additionally, doing it too vigorously can result in jaw soreness. If you can commit to 20 minutes of oil pulling a day, use it as a substitute for mouthwash (and remember that store-bought mouthwash can have detrimental health effects). Replacing teeth-brushing altogether with this isn’t a good idea though. 😉

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 58 Comments

  1. May Baker

    Controlling what you eat and drink is the only diet that works. Stuffing your face with anything you can eat will most likely make you round

  2. Miya Hartford

    how about weight gain? I’m seriously asking here. I don’t seem to gain weight. I already tried letting go of my self and eating only junk for 3 months. gained a habit of eating and craving greasy stuff and that’s about it. didn’t gain weight and didn’t make me happy. please help

  3. Jessika Hag

    I thought I will dislike the article because of my bad attitude towards the ways of dieting. I have read lots of articles which state the same, that one will lose weight the natural way by doing this or that. Then I read that you’ve tried all of them, and was curious to know what’s it about. I will recommend the teatox to my cousin. Oil pulling is the great aid for sleeping better because some ingredients found in toothpaste are energizing, but I would never try it because of the silly 20 minutes of swishing, as you have written, can result in jaw soreness.

  4. Ketty Ben

    I love tea and its help in weight-loss. Green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet. It is loaded with antioxidants and various substances that are beneficial for health.

  5. Jenny Permel

    Amazing tips! I agree juicing is a very effective, nutritional way to lose get rid of those nasty toxins while shedding away those extra pounds. Most people lose weight within first two weeks.

  6. Issabell Symon

    Plant based diets are really helpful for weight-loss. I am dieting and i try one new food each week, which makes me feel really good. I suggest everyone should do this.

  7. Lulia Jan

    An outstanding share! It’s amazing what some healthy juice will do for not only your body ,but your mind too! Make sure juicing as part of your diet when you go back to eating solids. Thanks for the post

  8. Andrea Mitchell

    Fantastic post and a great way to get the diet back to normal after a summer of splurging. One of my favorites to date. Its so easy to get in a rut with every day eating and so this post served for great inspiration. Would love more posts like this. Thanks 🙂

  9. Amelia Beckons

    Thanks for such a great post Hilary! I’m sure this took a ton of work! I have already sent this to one of my coworkers who was needing a reboot after vacation. I really appreciate it!

  10. Camila Hilhorst

    I love this post!!! I’m a (control freak) meal planner, so I love love love new ideas for balancing the days. And your tips sound perfect for someone needing a little change in their diet!

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