Nowadays everyone strives for a perfect diet, the one that is like no other before and that promises you a revolutionary solution to your problem. Having heard about many of them, one cannot even hide his/her surprise at what can be “sold” to a person who is gullible enough. So here is a list of some of the weirdest “weight programs”, somewhat outdated, though.
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY DIET
This diet’s approach is very simple, instead of eating you should be sleeping, since when you are asleep, you’re not hungry. Believe it or not, this diet has gained numerous advocates in the 1970s, but the idea was abandoned soon.
HORACE FLETCHER DIET
A famous American art dealer, Horace Fletcher, created a dramatic diet that in many ways conflicts with the principles of health dietary practice, but it did help him to lose 40 pounds. The secret of this diet lied in chewing each piece of food exactly 32 times (which corresponds to the number of teeth adults have) and then not swallowing it. He was governed by the logic that 32 times for chewing food is enough for the body to absorb most of the nutrients contained in it without taking in any bulk of the food, the one that actually makes you gain weight. This weight loss method has made him earn the nickname “the Great Masticator”.
INUIT DIET (ESKIMO-DIET)
One Canadian scientist was surprised to see how healthy Eskimo people were, given the fact that their diet is high-fat, so he suggested an extreme version of the so-called Atkinson diet. He decided to take a radical step and under the supervision of a physician eat only raw fish like whale meat, which is actually high in fat. After several months of extensive research, the doctors declared him healthy.
What?!!! You are probably wondering what this is all about. Well, let me tell you, this is one of those things that are too good to be true. However, this “invention” that guaranteed weight loss, i.e. adipose tissue reduction, has made a number of women in the 1930s spend as much time as possible in the shower. Of course, this had no effect whatsoever, after all, these were just regular hand soaps.
Translation: G. Dujmović