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    17 Horrific Fad Diets Of Yore

    People have done some really gross things to lose weight over the past two centuries. Please, don't eat tapeworms or baby food to fulfill your New Year's weight-loss resolution.

    1. 1087: The Alcohol-Only Diet

    2. 1820: The Vinegar and Water Diet

    3. 1829: The Graham Diet

    4. 1864: Low-Carb Enters the Scene

    In 1864 William Banting published his Letter on Corpulence about how going low-carb helped him lose 50 pounds. Banting's sample meal plan:

    For breakfast, at 9.00 A.M., I take five to six ounces of either beef mutton, kidneys, broiled fish, bacon, or cold meat of any kind except pork or veal; a large cup of tea or coffee (without milk or sugar), a little biscuit, or one ounce of dry toast; making together six ounces solid, nine liquid.

    For dinner, at 2.00 P.M., Five or six ounces of any fish except salmon, herrings, or eels, any meat except pork or veal, any vegetable except potato, parsnip, beetroot, turnip, or carrot, one ounce of dry toast, fruit out of a pudding not sweetened any kind of poultry or game, and two or three glasses of good claret, sherry, or Madeira — Champagne, port, and beer forbidden; making together ten to twelve ounces solid, and ten liquid.

    For tea, at 6.00 P.M., Two or three ounces of cooked fruit, a rusk or two, and a cup of tea without milk or sugar; making two to four ounces solid, nine liquid.

    For supper, at 9.00 P.M. Three or four ounces of meat or fish, similar to dinner, with a glass or two of claret or sherry and water; making four ounces solid and seven liquid.

    5. Early 1900s: The Tapeworm Diet

    6. 1930s: Grapefruit (or "Hollywood") Diet Emerges

    7. 1940: Bile Beans

    8. 1950s: More Weight Loss Supplements Emerge

    9. And cleverly packaged canned fruit.

    10. 1960s: Cigarettes

    11. 1961: The 'Calories Don't Count' Diet

    12. 1971: Sugar Touted as Diet Suppressant

    13. 1972: Atkins Diet Becomes a Thing

    14. 1981: The Beverly Hills Diet

    15. 1990ish: Cabbage Soup Diet

    16. 2010: Baby Food Diet

    17. 2012: Gluten-Free Eating Becomes a Huge Fad

    If these diets seem silly/nasty to you, imagine how silly and gross all of our current fad diets will look in a few decades.