01 April 2009

1930s-’40s : smoking and the Master Cleanse
Where’s the idea ”smoking keeps you thin“ came from? Lucky Strike used the line “Reach for a Lucky Instead of a Sweet.” Do you know the side effect of cigarrete? You got your weight loss but for sure you got this : infertility, heart disease, lung cancer, etc. Smoking is one of the unhealthiest habits.

Women looking for a quicker fix opted for the lemonade diet, or Master Cleanse. This diet allowed only lemon juice, cayenne pepper and maple syrup. Nearly 70 years later, Beyoncé reportedly used the same program to shed pounds for her role in 2006’s “Dreamgirls.”

1950s : prayer
Pray for weight loss? in the 1950s, the Christian dieting industry exploded. After losing 100 pounds, Reverend Charlie Shedd wrote the book “Pray Your Weight Away,” which was published in 1957. The best-seller set the trend for future titles such as “I Prayed Myself Slim” (1960), “Help Lord,” “The Devil Wants Me Fat!” (1978) and “The Weigh Down Diet” (1997), which advised readers not to confuse physical hunger for what was really spiritual hunger. Think this trend has died? Think again. In 2002, Don Colbert, M.D., published What “Would Jesus Eat?” and “The What Would Jesus Eat Cookbook.”

One thing for sure, you’ll never acomplished anything, carrier, wish, boyfriend or even losing weight, only with praying without do anything. Do something!

1960s : support groups and cabbage soup
The ’60s is the era about sharing love and the concept even applied to dieting. Dieters began forming support organizations. Early in the decade, a group of compulsive eaters formed Overeaters Anonymous. And in 1961, Jean Nidetch invited friends into her New York City home to talk about weight loss. Two years later, after losing 72 pounds, she launched Weight Watchers. But dieting wasn’t always so friendly.

The Cabbage Soup Diet was published in a book during this time. It promised dieters they would lose 17 pounds, but users mentioned the gassy side effects not exactly conducive to close encounters, huh?

1970s: Diet Pills
Some claimed to stop the body’s absorption of carbs. In essence, they promised you could stuff your face with pizza and bread without consequences. After reports of vomiting and abdominal pain, however, the FDA pulled the pills in 1983 to investigate the long-term side effects. This turned out to be a good thing because researchers found that the undigested starch was going straight to the colon. Dexatrim was another pill of the era. The appetite suppressant contained the drug PPA (phenylpropanolamine), and in 2000, it too was pulled from the market. The pill was eventually reincarnated as Dexatrim Natural Ephedrine-Free, though some critics still aren’t convinced it’s safe. Pills are almost never a good idea, except if they’re prescribed by your doctor.

1980s : Scarsdale Diet
Scarsdale Diet was a two-week high-protein, low-carb and super-low-calorie diet (1,000 calories or fewer per day!). Author Herman Tarnower, M.D., claimed that by going on and off the diet every two weeks, followers could lose up to 20 pounds per week without any long-term deprivation of any vitamins or minerals. But the food list was restrictive: no butter, no salad dressing (except lemon and vinegar) and no alcohol. Your snack choices were either raw carrots or celery. For most people, consuming fewer than 1,200 calories a day is considered a starvation diet.

1990s : Low-carb Atkins
The ’80s, people thought carbohydrates were the answer to a longer life. “The medical knowledge at any given time gets reflected in diets prescribed. In the ’80s, the popularity of lean chicken also exploded. And in the ’90s, the Atkins diet was a reaction against ideas in the 1980s that said you need a high-carb diet. Although he’d been around before the ’90s, his popularity soared after the book “Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution” was released in 1992.


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