Diet Historia wrote about the most incredible diets known in history.
Celebrity diet with wool and vinegar
Lord Byron, a 19th-century poet, kept himself slender by drinking water and eating vinegar or potatoes soaked in vinegar. He also wore thick woolen clothes to sweat off excess fat. Byron claimed that such "treatment" not only reduced the waist but also boosted the intellect.
Other times it happened that he was still empty and then smoked a cigar. From time to time he also did a cleansing course of the digestive system and ate magnesium with a laxative effect. The method worked. Between 1806 and 1811 he lost 31 kg of body weight. According to modern knowledge, Byron is likely to have suffered from bulimia or anorexia.
Slim with alcohol
Historically known, William the Conqueror was experimenting with a diet that was designed to lose a few pounds quickly. It is known that by 1086 the brave warrior had eaten a little skittish and could no longer ride comfortably.
The king of France mocked him and said he looked a little pregnant. William reacted radically and only started drinking alcohol before going to bed. It is not known exactly how many kilos he lost by this method, but it is known that he still sat on the knight's back and, unfortunately, died in 1087 after falling off a horse.
However, he apparently did not lose too many kilos because his large body did not want to fit very well in the coffin.
Such a diet has been known since about 1900. The so-called "cleaned gut eggs" could be bought and swallowed. Worms could grow up to 6 meters in the stomach and live there for several years. The side effects of the diet were often nausea, diarrhea and headaches. However, it is not known whether such a radical diet had any effect.
The ideal woman of the 19th century Victorian era was not only slim, but also pale, weak and suffering from syncope. All this could be achieved with a corset so tight that no space was left for food in the stomach and breathing was also difficult. Women of this age were often anorectic, but the disease was not considered very dangerous at that time.
Eat food 32 times and do not swallow
It was the year 1906 when American health fanatic Horace Fletcher published a popular diet book in the nation. Fletcher's main message in the book was, "Bite the food 32 times, then tilt your head and let the food drain down your throat without swallowing." What didn't slip down had to be spit out. Fletcher also recommended limiting protein and fiber intake and being physically active. The method had many followers, including writer Henry James and industrial magnate John D. Rockefeller.
In the 1920s, smoking also reached women. Previously it was considered to be unsuitable for ladies. The ladies and ladies of that era cut their hair short, threw off the corset and began to look for other ways to get a slender waist.
The cigarette industry did not miss this opportunity and launched advertising campaigns for women. In 1925, cigarette brand Lucky Strike advertised the slogan "Reach for a Lucky in a Steady Sweet". The ad was published in various fashion magazines and hired a pilot, Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly alone across the Atlantic.
Later, other campaigns followed the same message but targeted men. The campaign was a success as Lucky Strike sales were booming. Women had embraced tobacco and became a symbol of freedom. It is known that nicotine really suppresses appetite and speeds up metabolism, but it also accelerates skin aging and takes more lives than HIV, drugs, alcohol, car accidents, suicides and murders!
Between 1920 and 1930 it was thought that fat could be washed off with seaweed extract soap. It was believed to penetrate the skin and break down fat. Allegedly, the soap had to miraculously remove the fat from the right, that is, the thickest places. However, this did not prove to be true and soap did not contribute to weight loss.
Red Wine Instead of Beer
This diet came on the market in 1964 and was quite popular. Slimming had to keep carbohydrate intake under control and drink liqueur or red wine instead of beer. Jean Mayer, a nutritionist in the United States, considered the diet very bad and considered it a mass murder of middle-aged Americans.
Around 1970, a diet came to market that required more sleep because there was no time to eat. No one but Elvis Presley reportedly followed the diet. For the diet to succeed, sleeping pills were needed, but with side effects such as nausea and chronic fatigue. Therefore, it never became very popular with the public.
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