Does it Work? - down memory lane: fad diets from the 60s and 70s




Suzanne 3FC
11-07-2004, 09:42 PM
Who remembers old fad diets from the 60s and 70s?

Does anyone remember Ayds? A chocolate or caramel candy appetite suppressant. Ayds hit the market in the 50s, and I think it went defunct when the disease AIDS appeared.

How about Slender? It was a pre-SlimFast drink, and also came in bars. I seem to recall the tv commercials from the 60s and early 70s, then I don't recall seeing it anymore.

Do you remember the vibrating belts that were supposed to jiggle your fat away?

Vinyl slim suits that you attached to a vacuum to suck the air out, so you sweat your excess weight away?

I also have a very vague recollection of urine shots. I think you had injections of urine from pregnant women, or something like that.

Lecithin and kelp? I think that was a 70s fad that might have extended into the 80s.


Jog your memories, ask your moms, or show your age by sharing funny diet ideas from the past :)


jansan
11-07-2004, 11:50 PM
METRACAL, remember that one from the 60's? They had both canned shake drinks, and also these dry cookies. In the dorms in college, the gal next door went on a metracal diet. She ate nothing at all during the day, and 2 metracal cookies and a diet coke for dinner. I wonder what ever happened to her.

I also remember Ayds, but never tried them. In retrospect, I like the idea of candy as a weight loss aid (no pun intented)

I remember the Stillman diet too. Precursor to Atkins. All protein, no carbs at all - none. no veggies, but if I recall, abit of limited catsup and pickle relish. After about 4 days on this thing, I got on my bike, headed home, and ate a burger sandwich because I felt so very shakey. Or was it a candy bar?

Jan

VermontMom
11-08-2004, 09:53 AM
Yes, I remember the Ayds ads - I think they were full-page testimonials in magazines such as Woman's Day. They always had before/after pics, and a great story. I loved to read as a kid, and was chubby, so I devoured the stories :lol:

In the late '70's the Scarsdale diet appeared (and look what happened to Dr. Tarnower :eek:) and I admit I went on that. I always loved the "plenty of steak" days :lol:

Also circa in the late '70's, early '80's were the Elaine Powers Salons. The exercise/aerobics awakening was beginning, but there were still those jiggly-belt machines in the Salons.

I did buy one of those rope/pulley-over-the-doorknob deals, and actually tried to use it. I remember pulling really hard to get my legs up, too bad I didn't realize I had to use the power of my legs to do any good :devil:

Another blast from the past - Mark Eden ads. Who else remembers them

:lol:


featherz
11-08-2004, 10:13 AM
I did stillman and scarsdale. YUCK!!!

My dad wore faithfully (every day!) one of those rubber belts - not the one that attached to the vacuum, but one that went from underarm to hip and was supposed to sweat away the fat. :P

Ruthxxx
11-08-2004, 11:03 AM
I think I got started on my weight problem by chowing down on Ayds!
And then there was the Drinking Man's Diet - basically Atkins. That was fun but sure led to some miserable mornings!

MrsJim
11-08-2004, 11:33 AM
Stillman's diet ("The Doctor's Quick Weight Loss Diet") was the first one I remember my parents putting me on - I was 7 years old.

Yup my parents bought those Ayds candies for me too - I ate like the whole box in a couple days - I'd sneak some out.

We did Atkins back in the early-mid 70's. Dad got REALLY turned off from Atkins back in, oh, around 1980 or so when he met Dr. Atkins at a medical convention - they're about the same age and according to Dad, Atkins looked a good 20 years older than him. That pretty much did Atkins in for Dad. Although by then I was way beyond Atkins and probably doing Scarsdale or Beverly Hills at that point in time!

Back in 1978, I was going to Diet Center - remember them? They had you come in EVERY SINGLE DAY (except Sunday) to weigh in. It was a total starvation diet - instead of breakfast, you'd have a cup of hot water with lemon juice and a potassium tablet. I would pretty much starve myself, trying to lose every day of the week - until after Saturday's weigh-in, when I would binge until Sunday morning. That's also when I started using laxatives (Ex-Lax) to try and lose weight. I was SO sick - it's been, what, 26 years and I STILL get nauseous whenever I think of Ex Lax. During that summer, I actually fainted in a used record store - it's the only time in my whole LIFE I've fainted. The owner of the store found me in the back room, had me sit down with my head between my legs and made me drink a (regular) Coke before I left.

I remember something like those Elaine Powers Salons - I think here they were called Gloria Marshall. I went to one to check it out around the same time I was doing Diet Center, but my mom didn't want me to join - I would have easily been the youngest there, it was all ladies in their 40s and 50s using all those old weight reducing machines that you never see anymore! :lol: Mom already had me in a couple of 'slimnastics' classes, which were run by our old ballet/tap teacher. Just your basic 70's low low low impact aerobics - I'm sure I burnt more calories riding my bike to and from the class!

Suzanne 3FC
11-08-2004, 01:34 PM
I did buy one of those rope/pulley-over-the-doorknob deals, and actually tried to use it. I remember pulling really hard to get my legs up, too bad I didn't realize I had to use the power of my legs to do any good :devil:

Another blast from the past - Mark Eden ads. Who else remembers them

:lol:

The Mark Eden Bust Developer!!!!!!!!!! LOL, I had forgotten those!

Oooh, the pulley/doorknob thing, I think Mom still has one of those, along with the little wheel that you roll on the floor to flatten your abs. Of course those have gone high tech now, and cost 20 times more than their original 4.99 version.

MrsJim
11-08-2004, 02:37 PM
LOL!

So of COURSE I had to google Mark Eden Bust Developer - yup I remember those ads too! - and they're apparently a fairly hot collectors item.

http://www.tackytreasures.com/tackyhtml/tackyimages/mebd1693.jpg

Hmmmm...kind of reminds one of the Suzanne Somer's Thighmaster - the same theory anyway! :lol:

Here's an interesting tidbit - the Mark Eden inventors are also responsible for the famous Cambridge Diet and "Slim Skins".

Remember the "Mark Eden Bust Developer"? Other Mark Eden products included Trim Jean (inflatable shorts to be used for slimming the hips), Astro Jogger, Slim-Skins, Sauna Belt Waistline Reducer, Vacuum Pants, "nutritionally fortified junk food", and the very successful (and deadly!) Cambridge Diet.

The Postal Service sued Mark Eden, alleging that the bust developer was ineffective and the advertising was fraudulent. The Service won a $1.1 million settlement. The Cambridge Diet was investigated by the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission, California Department of Public Health, and various law enforcement agencies.

Mark Eden owned an Excalibur roadster, Rolls Royce, Mercedes, Lincoln, Oldsmobile, Porsche, LTD Ford station wagon, and a Cessna airplane. Mark Eden was a corporation owned by Jack and Eileen Feather. Neither Jack nor Eileen individually owned any vehicles. Nor did they own a home. In 1973, the corporation purchased a 19-room oceanside house in Pebble Beach, California for $475,000.

IRS sought to impose an accumulated earnings tax. But the Tax Court ruled that the $1.1 million settlement with the Postal Service, and the capital required for the Cambridge Diet (over $5 million for inventory alone) entitled them to accumulate those earnings for the reasonable needs of the business. It disallowed 80% of most of the expenses associated with the Pebble Beach house. However, the Court allowed all the automobile expenses because IRS only questioned the Excalibur, which was proven strictly business.

http://www.starkman.com/bestof/bestof8.html

MrsJim
11-08-2004, 02:44 PM
We had that wheel with the handles on either side too! Almost killed me a couple of times (not from doing the exercise, but from tripping over the dang thing...)

jansan
11-10-2004, 01:45 AM
What about those protein-sparing fasts from about 20 years ago? Optifast or something? The one similar to what Oprah went on years ago. I went on one of those, doctor supervised and all. (That particular doctor got in trouble for having an affair with one of his anorexic patients --she rightfully sued him-- Us plumps were indignant that he didnt have the decency to have an affair with one of us fatties, not that we were interested - we were the ones he was making all the money on.). All you could eat was afew protein packets that tasted horrid, plus a lean cuisine for dinner. Less than 500 cals for the day. And I was exercising on this starvation diet. Egads. I was so hungry I almost ate the plastic plate too -I certainly licked it clean enough. On that regime I used to wake up so hungry in the night I couldnt sleep. I had to roll over and double my fists into my stomach to lessen the extreme pain of hunger.

Didnt Richard Simmons have a bunch of exercise salons back then? And Jane Fonda?

Jan

MrsJim
11-10-2004, 01:30 PM
What about those protein-sparing fasts from about 20 years ago? Optifast or something? The one similar to what Oprah went on years ago. I went on one of those, doctor supervised and all. (That particular doctor got in trouble for having an affair with one of his anorexic patients --she rightfully sued him-- Us plumps were indignant that he didnt have the decency to have an affair with one of us fatties, not that we were interested - we were the ones he was making all the money on.). All you could eat was afew protein packets that tasted horrid, plus a lean cuisine for dinner. Less than 500 cals for the day. And I was exercising on this starvation diet. Egads. I was so hungry I almost ate the plastic plate too -I certainly licked it clean enough. On that regime I used to wake up so hungry in the night I couldnt sleep. I had to roll over and double my fists into my stomach to lessen the extreme pain of hunger.

Didnt Richard Simmons have a bunch of exercise salons back then? And Jane Fonda?

Jan

I was on Optifast in 1990 - it was 800 calories a day, and the powder was actually pretty high in protein - derived from eggwhites, as I recall.

I think you might be referring to either the Cambridge Diet or "Prolinn" from back in the late 70's. Prolinn was developed by Dr. Robert Linn who wrote a book titled The Last Chance Diet. What Prolinn consisted of was VERY low-grade protein (ground-up hooves, hides, bones, horns, etc) with a lot of artificial coloring and flavoring (and a hefty price tag!). The recommended amount came to 400 calories a day. After a bunch of people died of heart attacks while on the plan, Prolinn fell from favor.

The Cambridge Diet used to be similar. It's still around, although I don't believe they advocate a very-low-calorie diet anymore - I think it's more like Jenny Craig or NutriSystem - not just a shake, but a bunch of different products.

I don't believe that Richard Simmons ever had a chain of fitness centers - he's always had his one fitness center, Slimmons, in Beverly Hills. (and I think he still does those weight-loss cruises annually?)

I don't know if Jane Fonda had a chain of fitness centers, but I was just watching Camp Beverly Hills a short time ago with my niece - one scene was shot outside a Jane Fonda's Workout. And I do remember getting a Spa Finders magazine and seeing a Jane Fonda Health Spa listed.

SiliconValleyLyn
11-10-2004, 02:54 PM
The rotation diet where you binged every other day....

I did the beverly hills diet too.....mango daily...ewww and pineapple. thats its for a week...

Then the "diet pills" of the 80's made me eat faster...:)

I only dieted in the 80's but i tried them all....

jansan
11-10-2004, 08:25 PM
mrsJim wrote<<I think you might be referring to either the Cambridge Diet or "Prolinn" from back in the late 70's. Prolinn was developed by Dr. Robert Linn who wrote a book titled The Last Chance Diet. What Prolinn consisted of was VERY low-grade protein (ground-up hooves, hides, bones, horns, etc) with a lot of artificial coloring and flavoring (and a hefty price tag!). The recommended amount came to 400 calories a day. After a bunch of people died of heart attacks while on the plan, Prolinn fell from favor.>>

The one I was on briefly in 1984 was none of these (at least I do not recognize those names). Mine was an outgrowth from a UCLA program, or that is what I believed, and the dry protein packets were egg and/or milk based - and I was allergic to milk protein so I couldnt even eat half of them. They came in several flavors, and there were puddings, and soups and other repulsive stuff. I have never been so hungry in my entire life. It was after that diet that I swore I would never diet per se again. Cut back on food and make healthier choices, yes. Diet, no.

The things we did to ourselves......

Jan

TerryT
11-11-2004, 02:25 PM
Oh yeah I rememebr most of these. The thing is in the 70's and early 80"s I was sooooooo skinny. I did not have to diet until starting 1988 or so. I had only gained about 5 or 10 lbs and thought I was so fat. Yeah if I could only be that "fat" now!!! I have tried most all of the fad diets; mayo clinic diet, stewardess diet, fruit fast, herbolife (yuk), hollywood juice diet, some fiber cookie thing that when you ate them it filled your stomach up so you were not hungry. They actually did not taste that bad either, but I did not lose but maybe 3 lbs on them. Been on atkins, ww, south beach and a couple personalized plans. I am still trying to lose but, nothing seems to work for me!

Lenora
11-12-2004, 10:30 PM
I'm new here and haven't properly introduced myself yet, but couldn't resist adding to this one.

When I was in about the 3rd or 4th grade, back in the mid sixties, we had teachers who were over 60, and considered ancient by our standards. They used to drink Sego (spelling?) for lunch. I think it came in a can. Sego's advertisements would talk about being a Sego girl, and used young, hip models as the Sego girls. Our class clown used to talk about our teachers at lunch, saying that they were Sego girls.

Once when my older brother was a teen, he and his friends came over to the house, and no one was there. There wasn't much to snack on that day, and they were really hungry. They found some wrapped squares of chocolate candy in the cupboard, and ate a few of them. They said that it took care of their hunger pretty well. We all know what it was.

I received one of those Mark Eden bust developers through the mail once. Trouble was, I didn't order it. :?: It turns out that my sister had ordered for herself and had been too embarrassed to use her own name. Another time, I received a trial package of Pursettes. Again, the sister had ordered something in my name. :mad: :D

sapphire9
11-12-2004, 10:50 PM
Ah, memories. When I was about 12 my mother put me on this diet that required I eat nothing but oranges every other day. Needless to say, that didn't last. In the 60's I took diet pills. I didn't lose anyway, but boy could I clean the house -- until I crashed. The Stillman was my first "name" diet and I still have the book. I also drank Metracal and Sego, which had a strong soy taste. I tried the Last Chance diet, the rice diet and protein-sparing fast. I did the fast in the late '70s under a doctor's supervision. I had to eat 4 ozs of meat 3 times a day. When I just couldn't face a hunk of meat first thing in the morning, I switched to the liquid protein which was a red gel kind of thing with a disgusting taste. As for contraptions, in addition to the vibrating belt there was the steam box (I think there's an episode of "Lucy" where she gets stuck in one. :lol:

cat90
11-14-2004, 03:49 PM
:rofl: I remember the Ayds cuz I used to babysit for a woman who used them and there was always a box in her fridge :lol3: they did'nt taste bad either but I did'nt realise until now that she probably knew how many was in the box and also knew how many I had "sampled" :o :lol:

pyxie
11-14-2004, 08:26 PM
Hi - I'm late to the thread, but I've enjoyed the walk down memory lane.

I do remember the injections from pregnant ladie's urine - My older sister wanted to try it, and didn't want to do it alone and paid for me to do it with her. Seems we did it for a couple months, and I got tired of the shots in the butt.

Yes, the Ayds candies. I did that in college for a while. Along with "The Grapefruit diet". I remember Sego, Stillman, and when Atkins first came out my mom did it for 6 months or so. I remember those liquid protein diets of the late 70's. I tried the stuff, but it was revolting. I even remember Jack Le Lane when he was young and on tv with his exercise show. I remember the YWCA had those belt machines, and then they had the roller machines you leaned up against. OUCH.

I remember way back in the early 60's when it was big news that Tab had only 1 calorie per bottle. It was the first diet soda. It came in the old glass bottles with the little asterisk type stars on the bottle.

I remember the thing on the door knob and the little roller - I had both.

Gosh, what a culture, I'm almost embarassed to know so many of the products and diets. What a vast empire of worthless products. What a great multi-million dollar business it's been for so many years.

Thanks again for the jog to the memory.....Allie

deepfried
11-15-2004, 02:22 PM
Gosh, I remember TAB and it tasted so gross. I also remember Ayds. My mom had them and I'd eat them like candy LOL!

Jack La Lane was the bomb! Remember Elaine La Lane and his german shepard, Happy? I remember watching him every morning as a kid.

MrsJim
11-15-2004, 02:32 PM
Jack LaLanne is STILL the bomb :lol: at least here in the Bay Area - he's a lifelong San Francisco resident - he just celebrated his 90th birthday a few weeks ago:

Jack LaLanne celebrates 90th -- but passes on the cake
- Carolyne Zinko, Chronicle Staff Writer
Monday, October 18, 2004

http://sfgate.com/c/pictures/2004/10/18/dd_jack_lalanne_90th.jpg At his 90th birthday party at John's Grill, Jack LaLanne blows out the candle on his birthday cake, which he eschewed in favor of the mango sorbet. Associated Press photo by Paul Sakuma


Jack LaLanne, who has spread the gospel of nutrition and exercise for more than 70 years, spread it some more on Saturday and did not even have to open his mouth to do it.

Family, friends and other fans, including California's most physically fit governor, did it for him by sharing memories in person -- and in videotaped greetings -- at a birthday party at John's Grill, an iconic setting for a fitness icon born in San Francisco.

LaLanne attained worldwide fame through his TV exercise show, which originated in San Francisco in 1951 and spread across the nation and to Europe decades later. He lived in Hollywood for years but now resides in Morro Bay and sells a juicer on TV infomercials.

Via videotape, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger drew laughs from the crowd when he lauded the much smaller LaLanne for besting him and Franco Columbo years ago in an impromptu exercise contest at Venice Beach. He praised him for inspiring millions of people around the world to get in shape.

"This is unbelievable," Schwarzenegger said. "I never thought, when I met you in 1968 at Venice Beach, that I'd be wishing you 'Happy Birthday' on your 90th birthday and I'd be governor ... You are giving energy to the people, and I want to congratulate you ... and on your 95th, 100th, your 110th, we'll go on and on."

Many attendees were less famous but no less dear -- aging workout buddies who were early clients at his first gym in Oakland in 1936.

There was Norman Marks, 82, a chiropractor who owns the Norman Marks Health Club in Oakland, former Cadillac dealer Joe Corsi, 80, and Royal Langton, 77. Jimmy Payne, 78, a former bodybuilding champ, world champion wrist-wrestler and acrobatic partner of LaLanne's, was there, too.

LaLanne helped Marks build 40 pounds of muscle onto his skinny frame in one year. Marks still works out three hours a day, alternating lifting weights one day with riding his horse the next.

"Before I started with him I was sick all the time. I don't get sick anymore," Marks said, "and my friends are dying from heart attacks, stroke and cancer."

Langton worked out so hard as a 23-year-old with LaLanne that his workout clothes were stiff with sweat when they dried out in his locker. He still hears LaLanne's voice in his head when he lifts his free weights in the garage. "When I feel like I don't want to," Langton said, "I remember how Jack used to push you, and that helps me to push myself."

Lawyer Tom LaLanne of Mill Valley, a nephew, said it was impossible to avoid his uncle's influence, growing up. "The thought of drinking a Coca-Cola is beyond anything I'd ever do,'' he said. "Jack's description of sugar is 'white death.' '' His son, Chris LaLanne, 29, is a trainer at an Oakland gym. "I won't achieve a fraction of what Jack has achieved, but I'm honored to have the name and continue the legacy.''

LaLanne has advised against eating sugar, white flour and meats, and advocated a diet of fruits and vegetables and fish, along with vigorous exercise, ever since the day he saw lecturer Paul C. Bragg, who opened the nation's first health food store, speak at a women's club in Oakland. LaLanne was a sickly teenager then and had temper problems, trying to set the house on fire and kill his brother. But Norman LaLanne, a retired engineer from San Bruno, did not hold it against him. Alive and well at 96, he brought his wife, Pat, to join in the birthday cheer. Also on hand was LaLanne's stepson, Danny Doyle, and his son Jon Allen LaLanne, a surfer and musician in the band Blowgun.

There was no filet for lunch at the steakhouse, but "Jack LaLanne's Favorite Salad," a staple since 1972, when then-proprietor Gus Konstin created the crab, shrimp, tomato and avocado dish for him. It was followed by petrale sole with rice and squash.

After a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday,'' LaLanne blew out the candle on his birthday cake -- a cheesecake -- and opted for fresh mango sorbet instead. His super-human dedication to nutrition and exercise inspired the party invitation, where he is pictured in a Superman outfit.

"The whole family gene is a very obsessive-compulsive one, and he applies that to health," said Jon Allen LaLanne. "He practices what he preaches and you can't dispute what he says."

Guests watched a film with old footage of LaLanne's exercise shows and fitness stunts -- swimming handcuffed from Alcatraz to Fisherman's Wharf among them. Along with Schwarzenegger's, there were videotaped greetings from Clint Eastwood, Phyllis Diller and Lou Ferrigno, Andy Williams and others.

Elaine LaLanne said he'd been overwhelmed and touched by the attention from national TV morning shows, fan mail and all the parties.

If so, he didn't show it, posing happily for photos, belting out Dolly Parton's "I Believe" at the microphone and quizzing guests about whether they'd been working out.

"What else do you want to know? What do you want to ask? I've never felt better,'' he said. "Come and feel me!"

HappyBunny
11-15-2004, 04:56 PM
I remember Ayds! My mom bought those when we were kids. She had to hide them, cause we thought they were candy and we'd sneak and eat them all. They did taste good, but I don't remember anyone losing weight from them. :cool:

trixiepup
11-15-2004, 05:50 PM
I did the "woman doctor's diet for teenage girls" when I was in junior high in the 80s. It let you eat junk food, but you had to go through this pyramid of foods first. Like, you wanted to eat a cookie; however before the cookie, you had to eat an assortment of fruits and veggies and water. Then, if you were still hungry, you could have the cookie.

There was a recipe for a carrot cassarole that I made for my parents. It was carrots with water and saltines crumbled on top. It was very sad looking. I think it got tossed to the chickens.

Weight watchers in the 60s had really weird food concoctions.

Stepping Out
11-16-2004, 01:59 PM
How about the egg & grapefruit diet? I think I lasted about 3 days on that one? Or the original Weight Watchers-one from column A, one from column B, type diet? I tried Ayds when I was a teen. They didn't work for appetite control, but they tasted good :D

Believe it or not, they STILL make Tab! :p They carry it at the local Publix store. I used to think "Tab-Diet Coke; what's the difference?" BIG DIFFERENCE! :lol:

Thanks for the memories :D

Catgirl67
11-16-2004, 02:30 PM
I remember the Ayds. My grandmother used to keep a box in her house. She used to give me one or two as a treat if I was good. Those things were really good!

What about the "Tapeworm" gum? I remember hearing about that. Gross!

I remember my mom and Grandmother going on some liquid protein diet in the 70's. It was some kind of red liquid, and if I recall correctly, it was pulled off the market because people were dying.

THE BIG ORANGE BABE
11-21-2004, 06:41 PM
Hello Everyone,

Talk about a blast from the past, y'all have stirred some memories....

When I was 8yrs old, I starting gaining weight, and I do mean gaining some weight!
My parents took me to a pediatric specialist (1960) and he put me on this new product ....METRACAL...then, it only came in powder form...NASTY!!!

THEN, my Father's company (Lever Brothers...yes, the soap company) was approached to be the ginny pigs for Dr Herman Tallers new diet CALORIES DON'T COUNT which was before ATKINS, but was a low carb diet. My whole family went on the diet, and we lost weight! If we only knew then what we know now!

AS FOR URINE INJECTIONS...no, I didn't do it, but a friend of our family did and he lost weight!

When I went to college, I had done Weight Watcher's (before they became
"all about money") and I had lost 30lbs before getting to school. THere was a new place in Knoxville called ELAINE POWERS...and yes, my Father signed my up!

Does anyone remember SHACKLEE????

I've had every perscription diet pill known to man...of course, they are all off the market now.

DIETS????? You name them, I've been on them.....Good thread...

BOB

jansan
11-21-2004, 08:28 PM
I just thought of another one today. Here in So. calif, perhaps even more widespread, there was a string of gyms either just before or concurrent with Jack Lalanne, Called Vic Tanney's. I remember the tv ads for them.

I also remember Tab, what horrid stuff, and also Diet Rite Cola, ok for the time. But the original had cyclamates (?) and that was found to be cancer inducing in mice if you fed the poor little things 13 million pounds of the stuff. So it was pulled off the market. I think they replaced the cyclamates with saccharine so the diet rite cola then had an unpleasant aftertaste.

Jan, thinking fondly of Splenda right now.....

Ellen
11-27-2004, 09:27 AM
There are five girls in my family...so dieting was a natural! We did Weight Watchers, Stillman, Ayds...you name it. I remember being very successful on early Atkins. How I wish I had STAYED on it.... The one I remember we used to do a lot, and it actually worked was the Cottage Cheese diet. You ate cottage cheese three times a day, and fruit. Nothing else. You could lose a pound a day on it.

I often wonder if my metabolic problems now are due to all the fad diets I did as a teen?!

waterbaby
12-03-2004, 05:49 PM
Oh, wow...

Ayds...ate half a box on the way home from the store. More than once!

Sego and Metrecal...dutch chocolate and mocha flavors....

Stillman -- bad breath city.

I remember being given big pink pills when I was 12. I talked like Speedy Gonzalez and wasn't too interested in food. Then my folks found out that they were low dose barbiturates and I stopped taking them...hey, it was the 60s...who knew?

My mom said that in the 50s the big thing was the "Formula Diet"...it was started by the Karo Syrup people and was a low-calorie version of homemade baby formula...Mom tried it a couple of days and that was it (she always was trying to lose 5 pounds so she could eat pie for breakfast. She was and is still a perfect size six).

She also said that many women took up smoking to keep from eating. EEEK!

How 'bout the Russian Air Force diet? 500 calories a day...or the lecithin and vinegar diet.. Made everyone smell like old socks..

Joined Weight Watchers in 1970 -- it was still the original program. For balance nutrition, it can't be beat. Jean Nidetch got the diet from the Department of Public Health for the city of New York.

Tab! Shasta! Faygo! Fresca! The cute little pillbox with saccharin tablets in it. "Thank you, waitress -- I'll have the diet plate and black coffee."

Remember "the diet plate?" you could get it at any restaurant -- grilled hamburger patty, mound of cottage cheese on lettuce and fresh-sliced tomato. with Melba toast or crackers. Gad, I've eaten hundreds of those things...

Thanks for the trip down memory lane, y'all. It's been fun!!

Talisman
12-03-2004, 07:19 PM
Hey Jan, did you know that Diet Rite is now made with Splenda? It's my favorite; I have to limit myself to one a day as a treat. :)

txchick
12-06-2004, 05:16 PM
A local diner here still has one of those diet plates. Sounds like the formula hasn't changed at all. And Jack LaLanne's old show plays on ESPN Classic in the mornings.

I seem to remember the Cabbage Soup Diet being popular when I was a kid. Seems like it made a comeback where I was working about 5 years ago.

Musicgal
12-10-2004, 12:06 PM
You guys sound a lot like me! I tried those Ayds candies too (basically that's what I think they were...candy). Everytime I pop a Viactiv calcium chew I think of them! Anyone else? I also had that rope/pully thing for the legs and went to Elaine Powers when I was 15 and weighed 110 (what was I thinking?!) I guess that's when my obsession with weight/size started and it hasn't stopped though I wish I was that weight again! I started gaining a lot in my late teens early 20's and then tried those protein powders, yuk! I remember putting it in V8 juice and diet 7-up! Was I insane?!?
And remember Tab?...some stores still sell it! This is fun going down memory lane!
Have a good holiday everyone!

deepfried
12-13-2004, 11:52 AM
Yep, Mom had the pulley things. Did it even work? Also, I remember taking Dexatrim when it first came out. I remember feeling like I had too many cups of coffee. I lost a butt load of weight though :p

Catgirl67
12-13-2004, 02:24 PM
Have any of you ever tried the "Mayo Clinic" diet? You know the one that claims that the Mayo Clinic gives it to their patients before surgery. It claims you can lose 20 pounds in two weeks. You eat nothing but eggs, spinach, toast, etc. Gross! I lost 8 pounds on it, and of course it came back!

TerryT
12-13-2004, 04:00 PM
Yep, tried the Mayo Clinic diet along with the Stewardess Diet and all the other fad diets too. Lost weight, but it all came back and then some.

lisavemt
12-15-2004, 11:03 PM
Wow talk about a blast from the past!!! I remember my mom taking Dexitrim, or some other otc weight loss pill. I remember that when I was a teenager I started pinching them for myself! Yikes! Also her otc water pills! Not a good thing. I remember my mom being on a liquid diet .... it gave her the worse gas too! :lol: :lol: :lol: Now those were some really um, shall we say, intresting weeks. Then of course there were the diet center, and weight watchers days. I remember my mom binging the day before starting so those were good days, we got lots and lots of junk food. Then it was diet time. Bleak bleak days. I now can tie these "bursts" my mom had into her manic and depressive periods of her bi-polar.

When I was in my twenties I joined some place (I can't even remember the name of the center) but it was the enzyme diet. Where they gave you stuff to add to hot water. And there was puddings and cold drinks also. I think that it was mentioned in an earlier post. And with this diet, you could chew all the sugar-free gum and eat all the sugar-free mints you'd want, once again.... Talk about some wicked gas! :lol: :lol: :lol: I can also remember reading about "diets" in mags like Cosmo and New Woman magazine where it'd be a cup of black coffee for breakfast. It's no wonder I hate coffee to this day! I'd follow the "diet" for about 2-3 days and then eat anything that wasn't nailed down!

Jennifer 3FC
12-16-2004, 01:28 AM
I think one of the few things I didn't try was water pills. I remember asking my mom for them many times, but she never let me have them. Ahh yes, sugar free candy. A lot of us learned the hard way!

SuchAPrettyFace
12-27-2004, 08:39 PM
My Grammy used to eat these things called Figurines. They were like Little Debbie Nutty Bars w/o the chocolate or peanut butter. Blech!

Suzanne 3FC
12-28-2004, 01:32 AM
I forgot about Figurines! I ate those too, and I'm sure I'm not old enough to be your Grammy :lol:

This whole thread has been so much fun to read, thanks for all the great memories, and the surprises!

Step
01-03-2005, 12:16 AM
What a fun thread!

Yes!!! Richard Simmons DID have a chain of salons. I belonged to one in Massachusetts in the mid-80s. Richard himself wasn't there ... but they were actually pretty good ... at the time it was mostly calisthenics and in an hour-long class we did 10-15 minutes of "cardio" (high impact aerobics) ... people who did a full aerobics class (and it was all high impact then) were considered 'Gods'!!!

In my college days ... late 70s/early 80s, I belong to Gloria Stevens. The 'fat jiggler' wasn't supposed to help you lose weight, supposedly it was to 'warm up the muscles'.