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Dieters are willing to do almost anything to lose weight - Washington Post

“Of all the parasites that affect humanity I do not know of, nor can I imagine, any more distressing than that of Obesity.” So started William Banting's “Letter on Corpulence,” probably the first diet book published. Banting, an overweight undertaker ...

The long, strange history of dieting fads - Citizen

So started William Banting's “Letter on Corpulence,” likely the first diet book ever published. Banting, an overweight undertaker, published the book in 1864 to espouse his success after replacing an excessive intake of bread, sugar and potatoes with ...

Trendy Diets Are Nothing New - Pacific Standard

So started William Bantings Letter on Corpulence, likely the first diet book ever published. Banting, an overweight undertaker, published the book in 1864 to espouse his success after replacing an excessive intake of bread, sugar, and potatoes with ...

Drink meat smoothies and avoid swamps: 1000 years of dieting fads - Quartz

“Of all the parasites that affect humanity I do not know of, nor can I imagine, any more distressing than that of Obesity.” So started William Banting's “Letter on Corpulence,” likely the first diet book ever published. Banting, an overweight ...

Forget the Atkins diet — try the beef and brandy weight loss plan - Spectator.co.uk

William Banting, a portly undertaker who organised the funerals of both the Duke of Wellington and Prince Albert, had an unexpected success in his 60s with a dietary pamphlet, Letter on Corpulence, which promised swift and lasting weight loss ...

Get off the scales and get on with life - Irish Examiner

His pamphlet, Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public, in which he described how he had lost over three stone, was devoured by readers. So what was his secret? What crazy, olde-worlde methods were used to shed pounds in 1863? Well, Banting told ...

The Paleo Diet Surge And Its Effect On General Mills And Coca-Cola - Seeking Alpha

150 years ago back in 1863 as the Civil War was raging, William Banting published his "Letter on Corpulence Addressed to the Public". In it, he advocated a low-carbohydrate no-grain diet consisting of meat, green vegetables, fruit, and dry wine. It ...

Fat-Fighting Fads Through the Ages - ABC News

In his book, "Letter on Corpulence," William Banting describes his struggle with obesity and his successful weight loss with a version of the Atkins diet made popular in the '70s. "The items from which I was advised to abstain as much as possible were ...

Not All Calories Are Created Equal, Author Says - NPR

We know this because Banting published a sixteen-page pamphlet describing his dietary experience in 1863 — Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public — promptly launching the first popular diet craze, known farther and wider than Banting could ...

William Banting was a notable English undertaker. Formerly obese, he is also known for being the first to popularise a weight loss diet based on limiting the intake of carbohydrates, especially those of a starchy or sugary nature. He undertook his dietary changes at the suggestion of Soho Square physician Dr. William Harvey, who in turn had learnt of this type of diet, but in the context of diabetes management, from attending lectures in Paris by Claude Bernard.

William Banting.png
Born c. December 1796
Died 16 March 1878
Kensington, London, England
Occupation Undertaker, coffin maker
Nationality British
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Low-carbohydrate diet
Spouse Mary Ann (wife)
Children Amelia (daughter)

William Banting (c. December 1796 – 16 March 1878) was a notable English undertaker. Formerly obese, he is also known for being the first to popularise a weight loss diet based on limiting the intake of carbohydrates, especially those of a starchy or sugary nature. He undertook his dietary changes at the suggestion of Soho Square physician Dr. William Harvey, who in turn had learnt of this type of diet, but in the context of diabetes management, from attending lectures in Paris by Claude Bernard.