Although diets and dieting have been around for centuries; the word diet is derived from the Greek work diatia, which described a whole way of life. Dieting for aesthetic reasons is a more modern concept that has only been around since the early 20th century.
Lets look at some of the more popular diets of the past 100+ years:
Fletcherism, early 1900’s
This diet involved eating as much as you liked but each mouthful had to be chewed a minimum of 100 times.
This was to ensure the food became liquid, and would therefore not cause weight gain.
Calorie counting, 1920’s
In the 1920’s the fashion for thinner more boyish figures took hold, along with fad diets such as the cigarette diet.
Calorie counting also took off around this time thanks to the publication of the book Diet & Health: With Key to the Calories, which sold millions of copies throughout the 1920’s.
The author Doctor Lulu Hunt Peters wanted women to view food as calories and that not more than 1200 should be consumed each day.
Hay diet, 1930’s
This became one of the most famous early fad diets, with the idea behind it that food was either protein, starch or neutral.
The author of this diet, William Hay believed that the protein and starch should not be eaten together in the same meal.
One of the more famous followers of this diet was Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Company.
Cabbage soup diet, 1950’s
Although the creator of this diet is unknown it has continued to be popular even to the present day.
This 7-day diet plan consists of mainly cabbage soup, though you can supplement this with fruit, vegetables and a little meat.
The Atkins diet, 1972
In 1972 after years of research Robert Atkins published Dr Atkins’ Diet Revolution that would go on to sell tens of millions of copies.
The Atkins diet is still popular to this day, with numerous celebrities still claiming its weight loss benefits.
The Beverly Hills diet, 1981
The author of this diet Judy Mazel believed that the order we ate food was what was causing weight gain.
This diet involved eating a lot of pineapples, with only fruit allowed over the first 10 days of the diet. Gradually other foods were allowed although protein and carbohydrates were never to be eaten together.
Following the publication of her diet Judy became a Hollywood diet guru with fans such as Linda Gray and Liza Minnelli.
Blood type diet, 1997
Peter D’Adamo the author of Eat Right for Your Type claimed that people should only eat the food compatible for their own blood type.
He believed that those with O blood for example would be best following a high protein/low carb diet, with those with A blood eating mostly vegetarian meals.
The Dukan diet, 2000’s
Although Pierre Dukan had been developing this diet since the 1970’s it was only in the year 2000 when his book was published did the diet gain popularity.
The Dukan diet is similar to the Atkins diet as it involves 4 stages of weight loss, followed by a diet for life that involves eating only protein for one day of the week.
The Fasting diet, 2012
The Fasting or 5:2 diet as it is often known involves eating a normal diet five days of the week, with a fast on the remaining two.
On the fast days you must not consume more than 500 calories if you are female, and 600 if you are male.
This diet is claimed to help reduce the risk of both cancer and heart disease.
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<p>History of diets – An infographic by the team at <a href=”http://www.yourweightlossaid.com/”>Your Weight Loss Aid</a></p>