Did The Weight Loss Fads of the 1960’s & 1970’s Work? FAT Chance!

By | September 25, 2017

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It’s no secret that among other things, Americans have been obsessed with weight loss for a long time. Ideally, the motivation for most of us is that we want to stay fit and healthy. We can’t overlook the fact, however, that we are a very vane society and really want to look good too! There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to look good. In fact, when you look good, you feel good.  

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Bear with me for a brief history lesson… Early on, in times of Noblemen, being overweight was thought to be a status symbol. If you were overweight, it was a sign that you were wealthy and could afford to be overindulgent. The first documented “restrictive” diet was the brain child of England’s King William, I; also known as William the Conqueror, who ruled between the years of 1066 - 1087. At one point, he was so heavy that he could not even get on his horse, which impeded his ability to display his majesty, not to mention that it was his main means of transportation. In an effort to lose weight, he decided to put himself on a vigilant, all liquid diet. All liquid, meaning all liquor! He attempted to exist on only liquor for nearly a year. Surprisingly, it appeared to help him drop some weight but was not ultimately the answer to his weight problem. When King William, I, passed away, his body needed to be “stuffed” into the coffin because it was so large. Obviously, the first documented diet failed! Sound familiar?

Over the years, weight loss fads have come and gone. A lot of research has been dedicated to finding new breakthroughs for people who are desperate to drop the pounds. Philosophies vary depending on who you talk to. However, whenever some new concept comes along, we are all too eager to jump in and give it a try! After all, all we have to lose is weight, right?