Let's learn from the lessons of weight loss history. You can achieve healthy weight loss without fad diets and fat-burn pills. After one hundred years of weight loss history, the truth remains the same. The best solutions for health and fitness is a combination of regular exercise, healthy nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices.
Here are some facts related to the weight loss industry:
1930’s - Movie stars popularize the Hollywood 18-Day Diet. It consists of grapefruit, melba toast, green vegetables and boiled eggs.
1939 - Miracle diet pills, a.k.a. amphetamines, generate sales of $30 million annually before the FDA steps in. Bathing-suit ad slogan: "Suit by Jantzen. Body by Dexaspan."
1947 - Psychoanalyst Hilde Bruch says the glandular theory of obesity is not true. "The blubbery patient belongs not in the gym, but in the psychiatrist's office."
1951-52 - The New York Times claims obesity is our number one health problem. Reader's Digest admonishes wives to "Stop Killing Your Husband."
1959 - The New York Times now reports that Americans suffer "a dieting neurosis." Gallup Poll finds 72 percent of dieters are women. Metracal, the first liquid diet proclaims: "Not one of the top 50 U.S. corporations has a fat president." Girdle sales reach record highs.
1960 - Stillman Diet, requiring eight glasses of water and filet mignon every day, is introduced.
Overeaters Anonymous, inspired by AA is founded.
1963 - Coca-Cola introduces TAB. However, men won't drink from a pink can!
1966 - Atkins Diet published in Harper's Bazaar. Eggs, bacon and pork rinds allowed. Broccoli is restricted.
1967 - Twiggy, 5'7" and 91 lbs., appears on cover of Vogue four times.
1970 - Seventy percent of American families using low-cal products. Ten billion amphetamines manufactured annually.
1977 - Liquid protein diets banned after three deaths.
1979 – “The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet” becomes a best-seller. Success is
short-lived for creator, Dr. Herman Tarnower.
1982 - John Hopkins University researchers calculate that Americans have swallowed more than 29,068 "theories, treatments and outright schemes to lose weight.