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11 Of The Craziest Vintage Diet Fads That Folks Actually Thought Would Work

Weight can be a lifelong struggle for some people. Sometimes it’s genetics that make it so difficult to maintain a healthy weight; sometimes it’s bad eating habits that are seemingly impossible to break.

Regardless, it can be quiteeasy to lose hope. Being uncomfortable in your own skin can reallyweigh down on general happiness, and people in the past have been known to do some pretty crazy things in the name of beauty.

It mightseemappealing to turn to fad diets that promise a slimmer figure with minimal effort and time, but these ideas are often unhealthy and unsuccessful. And these trendy diets are nothing new.

These 11 fadsfrom previous decadeswill make you happy that they’re in the past, and might even make you laugh out loud at how ridiculous they are. I can’t believe an all-pineapple diet was actually a thing!

Which one of these vintage diet fads do you find most ridiculous? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments!


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1. Smoke More


Cigarette companies have used staying thin as a major angle for years. The idea is that you reach for a cigarette instead of a snack, the downfall obviously being all of the deadly effects of smoking.

2. Eat Meat Nonstop


Meat for breakfast, meat for lunch, meat for supper. All meat all the time for a slimmer figure!

3. Eat Only Beans


In the late thirties, a product called Bile Beans claimed they would make you skinner. They were essentially laxatives.

4. Load Up On Ice Cream


The mid forties brought along a diet that included two helpings of ice cream a day!

5. Binge On Sugar


One sugar company in 1955 claimed that their sugar would keep you slim and give you an energy boost. As we all know now, sugar is a key factor in weightgain.

6. Ingest A Tapeworm


It’s illegal in the states, but in the ’50s, after opera singer Maria Callas lost 65 pounds from one, it became popular for women to swallow pills full of tapeworms to eat their food for them. It was incredibly unsafe.

7. Eat Only Pineapple


In 1976, eating pineapples all day apparently made you skinny. It may have worked, but so would depriving yourself of proteins and fats while shoving any other fruit down your gullet.

8. Drink Tons Of Milk


Dairy farmers in 1975 boasted that guzzling milk would help you slim down.

9. Eat Cookies Every Few Hours


Specially formulated cookies were made to eat every two hours during the day, followed by a 500-700 calorie dinner.

10. Put Steak On Your Peanut Butter Sandwich


Elizabeth Taylor had somestrange dietaryideas, and this was one of them. Folks followed her ways, though, in the hopes of looking like she did.

11. Eat Grapefruit Before Every Meal


In the ’50s, eating half a grapefruit before every single meal with no snacks was quite the craze.

Do you remember any of these fads? Did we leave any off the list? Let us know in the comments and

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