fad diets have appeared in many forms.
To what length will people go to achieve their desired figure?
As a professor of nutrition and eating behaviors – my sense is the history of dieting shows vanity outweighs common sense.
Let’s jump back to 1028 – the year William the Conqueror was born.
Healthy most of his life he became so overweight in later years that he went on a liquid diet consisting of almost nothing but alcohol.
He lost enough weight to resume riding his cherished horse but a riding accident soon led to his untimely death.
We do know of one case in which consuming more alcohol than food allegedly led to longevity.
In 1558 Italian nobleman Luigi Cornaro restricted himself daily to 12 ounces of food and 14 ounces of wine.
Rumor has it he lived to a ripe 102 years of age – earning his approach the nickname The Immortality Diet.
Another alcohol-focused plan The Drinking Man’s Diet was introduced in the 1960s.
This included so-called ‘manly’ foods like steak and fish – along with as much alcohol as desired.
Poet Lord Byron credited his thin pale look to vinegar and water.