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Selected Milestones in the History of Dieting

Not unlike fashion trends, the history of dieting reveals the emergence and popularity of specific diets, which over time are cast aside in favor of different approaches but then are recycled and resurface as "new and miraculous." The first low-carbohydrate diet to earn popular acclaim was described by William Banting in the 1860s. In his Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public (London: Harisson and Sons, 2nd edition, 1863), Banting, then sixty-six years old, claimed that by adhering to his low-carbohydrate regimen he was never hungry and had lost forty-six of his initial 202 pounds in one year.

The early 1900s marked the beginning of diets that restricted calories. The 1918 bestseller Diet and Health by Dr. Lulu Hunt Peters advised readers to think in terms of consuming calories rather than food items and remained in print for twenty years...

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