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Weight Loss Advice from 1951

Uncategorized Oct 08, 2019

I was watching a short clip the other day of a weight loss video I saw made in 1951. The narrator referred to a "reducing diet" instead of a "weight loss diet." He even referred to a "slimming diet." I had to chuckle.

What I noticed was this:

The weight loss advice offered in this video was as good if not better than the weight loss advice offered today. It said that women should eat enough to be satisfied but no more, that they should eat meat, starch and milk (this video was made by the National Dairy Board, after all, but dairy does have a roll in most people's diet.), and cut down on the sweets.

It featured a few college women in Michigan who were looking to get "slender." The desire to be slender goes back to the 1920's for various reasons, although the standard has shifted a lot since then.

The narrator cautioned against eating too many sweets or desserts.

All the ladies did was eat a little less and kept doing that for an extended period of time.

The narrator said that too much weight would "spoil the figure." I love the nostalgia!

The ladies weighed themselves on mechanical scales once a week, not every day.

The narrator warned against emotional eating and for eating for any other reason then pure hunger.

It emphasized three meals a day.

After a few months of consistency, they had all lost weight, although some more than others (they didn't offer reasons why but there are reasons).

Here's my question: is there anything unreasonable about any of this? Eat according to hunger, eat whole meals, eat real meals, eat a variety, don't eat too much.

These days, you see popular YouTube channels telling people that eating one meal a day is optimal for health; that calories don't matter; that you shouldn't count or track anything (hyperintuitive eating); insulin is what matters, not calories; eating nothing but fruit is healthy; that you can be healthy at any size; that prolonged fasting is the best way to lose weight.

Where did we go wrong? Simply follow basic fundamentals and you'll be healthier than most health quacks, gurus, and YouTubers who are promoting the latest fad. There is nothing left to be said about a healthy diet. As Ecclesiastes said, "there is nothing new under the sun." He was right 2,000 years ago and he's still right today. It's all the same.

I would rather follow diet advice from 1951 than most YouTube channels today.


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