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July 03, 2012
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Live to 105 on the Mediterranean Grain Diet.
Drink cabbage soup.
This low fat diet is the diet to end all diets.
High fat diet changes the Body Clock.
Diets have been around for a while. In 1087, William the Conqueror, too fat to get on his horse, invented the liquid diet. Unfortunately it consisted solely of alcohol. He died the following year from a fall from said horse, so we can assume his diet was successful. In a manner of speaking.
We drifted along in diet ignorance for about 800 years.
William Banting’s breakthrough book in 1859, the first Low-Carb Diet book ever, was called a “Letter on Corpulence.” He dropped fifty pounds at the rate of about one pound per week. But doctors, who thought obesity was incurable and caused by lack of thyroid hormone, ignored him.
In 1896, the first advertisements for weight loss products appeared consisting of purgatives like arsenic, strychnine, washing soda, and Epsom salts.
The cure might have been worse than the disease.
It wasn't until the early 1900s that chemists Wilbur Atwater and Russell Chittenden did the initial work of measuring food as units of heat that could be produced by burning it. They were called calories.
So for the first time we had a scientific measure to inflict on us.
Armed with that information, a spiritualist named Howard Carrington advocated eating only raw fruits and vegetables. While Horace Fletcher, known as the Great Masticator, didn’t care what you ate, as long as you chewed and, well, chewed.
Gayelord Hauser's book, “Look Younger, Live Longer” was mainly fruit and nuts and it attracted film stars like Paulette Goddard and Gloria Swanson.
The low-calorie diet is a humbug, declared Dr. Herman Taller in his best-selling 1961 book, “Calories Don't Count,” until the FDA counted him out.
Then there’s a new study confirming that dietary change, specifically eating less fat, produces more weight loss than working out.
So what have we learned since William fell off his horse?
If I knew, I’d come out with the J. Peterman Diet book because if you put diet in the title, you sell an immediate 40,00 copies.
I usually subscribe to the Thoreau’s “Everything in Moderation,"except when I’m in France, Italy, Spain, India or any restaurant, in any country, that serves good food.
And you? Whether you're maintaining, watching your weight, or trying to lose it, what do you subscribe to? Diet? Exercise? Both?