Dieting and Weight Loss
Patent No. 4,344,424
, granted to Lucy L. Barmby of Sacramento, California in 1982. From the patent description:
a primary object of this invention is to provide a new and novel device for preventing the consumption of food by an individual.
It goes into more detail about who the invention might benefit:
The temptation to eat which leads one to eat excessively is ever present and the ready availability of attractively prepared, taste-tempting foods makes the temptation to eat and therefore to over eat virtually irresistible. Frequently, this temptation is so great that compulsive eating is not uncommon and many persons are virtually without the strength of will to resist overeating. The average person, therefore, does have a problem as to the over consumption of food but, even worse, when certain individuals are exposed to food constantly such as chefs, cooks, restaurant personnel or the like, it is a foregone conclusion that these individuals will consume far more food than is proper particularly when such food is usually readily available at no cost. Typical of such groups of individuals is the housewife who must frequently cook meals during the day which generally includes the preparation of such fattening foods such as pies, pastries, and the like. During the preparation of such meals not only is there the temptation to nibble on the food being prepared but it is generally necessary that the food be tasted during preparation thereby constantly stimulating the appetite and promoting the consumption of large quantities of food.
I'm imagining a husband preparing to go to work and strapping the anti-eating face mask on his wife before he leaves.
But couldn't the wearer just lift the mask off? Nope. It's locked on, though "under emergency conditions, the strap may be cut and the face mask of the invention removed."
Edmonton Journal - Oct 8, 2006
The invention reminds me of the Scold's Bridle, aka 'muzzle for ladies,'
that some women were forced to wear back in olden times.
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
A scriptural approach to a trim and attractive body… working with the Lord, you’ll harness the POWER of your body’s own computer system to make you eat the kinds of foods you should and in the right amounts.
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
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