Sexy Pineapple Diet

This diet from 1970 was simple. Just eat only pineapple for two days every week. On the other days you can eat whatever you want. The book is apparently quite a rarity, because I haven't been able to find any used copies for sale.

Over at, a guy recently tried the diet and claims that he lost 1 kilogram (2.2 lbs) in three days. Which, actually, isn't a lot. Evidently, he was able to find a copy of the book. He also discovered that one of its authors, Sten Hegeler, was still alive, 93 years old. When contacted, Hegeler admitted that not a lot of deep thought went into the concept of the diet:

"Pineapple with whipped cream was the preferred dessert back then, so I thought, 'My god, I can have as much pineapple as I want for two days,' and that sounded splendid."

And a bonus for linguaphiles: The word "erogetic" appears to have been invented for this book. I'm not sure what it means.

Fort Myers News-Press - Sep 16, 1970

Chicago Tribune - Nov 5, 1970

     Posted By: Alex - Wed Aug 09, 2017
     Category: Food | 1970s | Dieting and Weight Loss

My parents followed a similar fad diet around the same time involving grapefruit. They inflicted that misery on us kids as well. To this day I have no desire to eat a grapefruit.
Posted by KDP on 08/09/17 at 07:50 AM
[face slap]

I've only been eating the non-sexy type of pineapples.

The details always get me...
Posted by crc on 08/09/17 at 08:33 AM
The Chewing Diet

Simply chew each bite 32 times and spit out the remains.

And remember the diet's motto: "Nature will castigate those who don't masticate."

Posted by Virtual on 08/09/17 at 06:48 PM
I remember the grapefruit diet... though I remember jokes about it more than people actually being on it.
Posted by Brian on 08/10/17 at 09:15 AM
The best thing you can do when you have no food is call it dieting!
Posted by BMN on 08/10/17 at 09:46 AM
We all know the real reason for eating a lot of pineapple, it makes your $ shot sweet 😉
Posted by Ron J. on 08/12/17 at 08:07 AM
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