Since the early 1800s, the public has been deluged with “sure-to-work” diets. The following is a chronological list, ranging from the ridiculous to sensible, courtesy of the American Dietetic Association.
1820 — Vinegar and Water Diet (Used by the ancient Egyptians).
1825 — Low-Carbohydrate Diet (Now considered a dietary truism).
1830 — Reverend Sylvester Graham's Diet (Creator of the Graham Cracker).
1917 — Calorie Counting Diet (Had a 1,200-calorie limit and advocated chewing each bite 32 times).
1925 — The Cigarette Diet (“Reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet”).
1930 — Dr. Stoll's Liquid Diet (On sale in beauty parlors).
1934 — Bananas and Skim Milk Diet (Backed by United Fruit Co., which had a lot of bananas to sell).
1950 — Cabbage Soup Diet (Intestinal gas was the main result).
1950 — Grapefruit Diet (Required in the high-protein diet).
1960 — Zen Macobistic Diet (Created by a Japanese philosopher; promoted organic foods).
1964 — Drinking Man's Diet (Era of alcohol-friendly low-carb regimens).
1970 — Sleeping Beauty Diet (Individuals were heavily sedated for several days).
1972 — The Atkins Diet (Dr. Robert Atkins advocates plenty of meat and fat; carbohydrates are limited).
1978 — The Scarsdale Diet (A high-protein diet, limited to just 700 calories daily).
1981 — The Beverly Hills Diet (Includes large quantities of pineapples, mangoes and papayas).
1986 — Rotation Diet (Rotating number of calories consumed from week to week).
1996 — Eat Right for Your Type Diet (Based on blood type).
2003 — The South Beach Diet (A sensible, moderate diet that avoids extremes).
2004 — Coconut Diet (Dietary fats replaced with coconut oil).
2005 — “Reward Diet” (Cheating is required on the weekends; many nutritionists snort at this idea).
2006 — Maple Syrup Diet (Features a syrup-lemon drink).