Fad Diets Throughout the Years

Time DietAmerican Dietetic Association has recently published on their official web site the fad diets list throughout the years.

  • 1820 – Vinegar and Water Diet – Made popular by Lord Byron, it says to take one, two or three teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with a glass of water before every meal
  • 1825 - Low Carbohydrate Diet – First appeared in The Physiology of Taste by Jean Brillat-Savarin
  • 1830 – Graham’s Diet – Only legacy: Invented Graham crackers
  • 1863 – Banting’s Low Carbohydrate Diet – William Banting is its father
  • 1903 – Horace Fletcher promotes “Fletcherizing” – Chew food 32 times
  • 1917 – Calorie Counting – Introduced by Lulu Hunt Peters in her book “Diet and Health, With Key to the Calories”
  • 1925 – Cigarette Diet – “Reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet”
  • 1928 – Inuit Meat-and-Fat Diet – Caribou, raw fish and whale blubber
  • 1930 – Hay Diet – Carbohydrates and proteins not allowed at the same meal
  • ? – Dr. Stoll’s Diet Aid – First of the liquid diet drinks
  • 1934 – Bananas and Skim Milk Diet – Backed by the United Fruit Company
  • 1950 – Cabbage Soup Diet - eat it at every meal, every day
  • ? – Grapefruit Diet – Also known as the Hollywood Diet
  • 1960 – Zen Macrobiotic Diet – Created by Japanese philosopher George Ohsawa
  • 1961 – Calories Don’t Count Diet – FDA filed charges regarding diet’s claims
  • 1964 – Drinking Man’s Diet - Harvard School of Public Health declared diet unhealthful
  • 1970 – Sleeping Beauty Diet – Individuals heavily sedated for several days
  • ? – Liquid Protein Diets – Liquid protein drinks were low in vitamins and minerals
  • 1981 – Beverly Hills Diet – Only fruit for first 10 days but in unlimited amounts
  • 1985 – Fit for Life – Avoid combining protein and carbohydrate foods
  • ? – Caveman Diet – Foods from the Paleolithic Era
  • 1986 - Rotation Diet – Rotating number of calories taken in from week to week
  • 1987 – Scarsdale Diet - Low-carbohydrate, low-calorie diet plan
  • 1990 – Cabbage Soup Diet – Diet from 1950s resurfaces on the Web
  • 1994 – High Protein, Low Carb Diet – Dr. Atkins version
  • 1995 – Sugar Busters — Cut Sugar to Trim Fat – Eliminates refined carbohydrates
  • 1996 – Eat Right for Your Type – Diet based on blood type
  • 1999 – Juice, Fasting and Detoxification – Perennial dieting favorites reappear in combination
  • 2000 – Raw Foods Diet - Focuses on uncooked, unprocessed organic foods
  • 2001 – High Protein, Low Carb Diet – 1994 diet updated
  • 2004 – Coconut Diet – Fats replaced with coconut oil
  • 2005 – Cheater’s Diet – Cheating on the weekend is required
  • 2006 – Maple Syrup Diet – Features a special syrup-lemon drink

I don’t know what’s next, but, unfortunately, I’m sure this list will be updated shortly with more unhealthy diets.



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5 Comments»

  1. manfmnantucket

    23. March 2007 | 05:22 h

    I think there’s a problem with the Cabbage Soup
    diet- in 1990, the web wasn’t around yet!

  2. Nessie

    23. March 2007 | 11:05 h

    I think when American Dietetic Association made the study and came up with this list they really had in mind the chronology of the fad diet and not exactly the year, the month or the day when the diets were created or rediscovered. In my opinion, ADA wanted to show the fact that The Cabbage Diet Soup surfaced on the web between Scarsdale Diet and High Protein, Low Carb Diet and it missed this error. (just like I did, because I focused on the diet sequence and not too much on the years.)
    I’m sending an email regarding this error to American Dietetic Association and I will post their answer as soon as I receive it.

  3. betty clemeno

    8. December 2007 | 06:07 h

    I’m hoping you will be able to help me, I have been searching for a diet called sweet tooth diet, it was printed years ago in a womans mag. the diet had a seven day plan with the promise to lose 30 pds. it might have been in a nov. issue the yr. between the 70′s or 80′s please help me find it I tried it and it worked for me

    thanks

    betty

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