Fad diets throughout the decades

Fad diets throughout the decades

Different diets have come in and out of fashion, ranging from Atkins, Keto and high protein (just to name a few!), diets have circulated society for as long as we can remember. 

Everyone is different and some diets will work better for some than others, but how much do you know about different diets throughout the decades? Keep reading and take a step back in time with us to see how diets have changed over the years and what’s worked and what hasn’t…

1. 1920s cigarette diet

This one may surprise you, especially with the taboo around smoking in modern society, but in the 1920s, the cigarette diet was extremely popular in the peak of the flapper era when smoking was rampant. American cigarette fanatic, Lucky Strike, launched a new campaign which promoted the idea that smoking suppresses your appetite. The idea that smoking could have any health benefits is unheard of today, but in 20th century advertising smoking was big business and extremely fashionable. More often than not people smoked, (whether they enjoyed it or not is a different question!) but it’s popularity certainly grew with this fad diet!

2. 1940’s The Master Cleanse

 An unappetising concoction of hot water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper, was the top of the menu in the 1940’s. Originally created by Stanley Burroughs in the 1940s, this fad resurfaced again in 2006 when Beyoncé claimed it was the key to her 20 pound weight loss for the film Dreamgirls. We don’t think this will be making an appearance any time soon!

3. 1960’s The Drinking Man’s Diet

 This boozy diet, primarily aimed at men, promoted weight loss by eating very little carbs but drinking as much alcohol as you wanted. A typical dinner was made up of steak, veggies and an array of cocktails. It’s surprising that an alcohol based diet was promoted and that alcohol was considered a good carb, although it’s unlikely that this fad will resurface!

4. 1980’s The Scarsdale Diet

Created by a cardiologist named Dr. Herman Tarnower, the Scarsdale diet gained popularity through promising a 20 pound weight loss in just 2 weeks! Consuming less than 1000 calories a day on a two weeks on, two weeks off cycle was all the rage in the 80’s. However, a restrictive diet led to malnutrition and is definitely one to leave in the past!

5. 2000’s The Baby Food Diet 

We’ll finish off this blast from the past with the 2000’s. The start of the decade prompted the baby food diet as a way to lose weight quickly by eating up to 14 jars of baby food a day rather than meals and snacks. Despite being good for portion control and low in calories, it’s no replacement for a well-balanced, nutritional meal, this food is for babies for a reason!

Now we’re back to reality and diets still exist today, they are definitely less outrageous! We definitely wouldn’t recommend any of the above diets, all you need is a healthy balanced diet and exercise to lead a healthy life!

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