From juice fasts to cling film wraps, there is a range of weird and wonderful techniques used by people trying to shift a few pounds.
The latest effort is possibly one of the strangest yet - weight loss shorts lined with a material that 'eats your skin' to help you lose weight.
The bizarre shorts cost £$65, and its designers claim that wearing them will help you to shift up to 2.5cm from your legs in just two months.
The Mass & Slim Leggings were revealed by Lanaform at the IFA conference in Berlin today, reports the Daily Mail.
The shorts are lined with hundreds of beads made from Tourmaline - a crystalline mineral compounded with elements such as aluminium, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium.
A spokesperson for Lanaform told MailOnline: "The Tourmaline dots effectively eat your skin, helping you to lose weight quickly."
The shorts work in two main phases, according to Lanaform.
Immediately, they help to slim the thighs, hips and stomach, providing comfortable support.
And in the long term, the Tourmaline beads correct unfavourable areas.
The beads - which MailOnline can confirm are very rough on the skin - create friction and heat the skin, helping to improve circulation and fight cellulite.
Lanaform also says that the beads have a "micro-massage effect" on the skin, increasing the flow of both blood and lymph to the area.
After just two months of wearing the shorts, Lanaform says that women should expect to lose up to 3.2 centimetres on their stomach, and 2.3 centimetres on their thighs.
While you might think that the idea of fat-eating shorts is slightly terrifying, a survey of women trialling the shorts revealed that 90 per cent were satisfied with the product.
The shorts, which only come in grey, are available worldwide, and cost $65.
The news comes after a major study earlier this week found that low-fat diets, adopted by many in their quest to lose weight, could increase the risk of an early death.
Global research of 135,000 people, by Canadian scientists, revealed that people who eat the least fat have the highest mortality rates.
The findings, presented at the world's largest heart conference, challenged decades of dietary advice which have focused on persuading people to cut fat.