Dieting and Weight Loss
Last year, New Zealand sausage maker Beehive debuted a line of sausages that it claimed were 'flexitarian'. This term describes a diet that is semi-vegetarian
. So, a plant-based diet that only occasionally includes meat.
What made Beehive's sausages flexitarian? According to the company, it was because they were only 80% meat, and contained 20% plant-based filler.
By that standard, you might qualify as flexitarian if you only eat 4/5 of a sausage, instead of the whole thing.
More info: Beehive on Facebook
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For more details of Lovett's devil-fighting diet regimen, you can borrow and read his 1977 book online for free via archive.org
Orlando Sentinel - Dec 12, 1974
How it works:
You don't eat the lettuce seeds. You stick them in your ears. Your appetite will supposedly disappear.
Los Angeles Times - Aug 29, 1988
In order to raise awareness and funds for the Gibbon Protection Society of Malaysia
, Grace Watson is spending a month eating only what a gibbon would eat. From stuff.co.nz:
Most days Watson will have scrambled eggs for breakfast with spirulina or herbal tea.
Lunch is usually a variation of apples, bananas, mandarin, and edible insects, while dinner is limited to vegetable soups, salads or slaws of grated beetroot, carrot, apple, with a squeeze of lime and some seeds...
Although she would like to entirely commit to the animals' diet in order to draw attention to the endangered primates, she cannot consume leaves like they can. "I'm unable to do that as part of my diet because humans can't break down nutrients like gibbons do from leaves," Watson conceded.
While it seems like a fine cause, it seems to me like it's cheating just a bit to eat cooked food.
Carol Kiebala invented a dieting gadget that would verbally chastise you whenever you opened the refrigerator door.
I guess that would encourage you to eat more potato chips, and other non-perishable snacks.
The Arlington Daily Herald - Sep 22, 1977
Fort Lauderdale News - Nov 6, 1977
Tallahassee Democrat - Sep 21, 1977
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Back in 2010, in order to prove his theory that "in weight loss, pure calorie counting is what matters most — not the nutritional value of the food," Kansas State University professor of human nutrition Mark Haub lived almost entirely on Twinkies for 10 weeks. He ate one every three hours.
Though he added some variety into his diet with side helpings of Doritos, sugary cereals, and Oreos. As well as a multivitamin pill, protein shake, and some vegetables daily.
But by limiting himself to 1800 calories a day he lost 27 pounds, and other measures of health, such as cholesterol levels, all improved.
It describes itself as the diet for "wine lovers that refuse to give up wine while losing weight." It consists of about 10 eggs a day, and wine.
As the site notes, "Wine only have 600 calories per bottle. So compare that to a normal blt sandwich that has about the same. What would you rather have. The sandwich or a whole bottle of wine ?"
Helen Putnam, a performer who went by the stage name "The Ten Ton Fun" (her theme song was 'All of me') was accepted into a weight-loss experiment conducted by Frank Tullis of the University of Tennessee. For the next 11 months she was restricted to a liquid diet consisting of nothing but black coffee, tea, water, and 900 calories a day of a milk and soy-based formula.
Except for an occasional few hours, she and three other women in the experiment were confined to a silent, dead-end wing of the hospital. The monotony was broken by visits and telephone calls from family and friends... the long days were unnerving.
"I thought I was starving. I thought the doctors didn't know what they were doing," she said. She wept. Some days she sulked in her room. On others she ranted and raved and several times threatened to leave.
She dropped from 318 pounds to 151, and in doing so became the first woman to ever complete a metabolism experiment of this kind.
I wonder if she managed to keep it off. I haven't been able to find any follow-up info about her.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Jan 21, 1961
Springfield News Leader - Jan 18, 1961
The town of High Wycombe in England has an ancient custom of weighing their mayors, first upon taking office and again at the end of their term. To have gained weight is taken as evidence that they've grown wealthy at the taxpayer's expense. It's like an ancient form of fat-shaming.
In the 1950s, the mayor of Minneapolis, Eric Hoyer, decided to adopt this custom. He even arranged to have the official scales flown in from High Wycombe. He apparently was pretty confident that he'd lost weight, but according to the scales he had gained some. He blamed the extra weight on the ceremonial costume he was wearing for the occasion.
It's an interesting custom. Perhaps we should weigh more politicians periodically. Such as an annual weighing of senators and the president.
Pleasant Grove Review - Jan 4, 1952
Cincinnati Enquirer - Dec 1, 1951