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Infamous Fad Diets of Yesteryear -- Crazy Crash Diets Had Many Takers

The popular "3-day-diet", the "Drinking-Man's-Diet", and the "Russian Air Force Diet" had many takers in the 1950s-1960s. They all reduce calories, so in theory they do work, but from what we have learned about nutrition, these diets were ill-advised.


The Mysterious 3-Day-Diet has been Passed Around for Decades, Ususally Typewtritten on Onion-Skin Paper


The Infamous 3-Day-Diet, which claimed to take off 5-10 pounds in three days, could be ordered from the concierge desk at many posh hotel during the 1950's, available for those guests who needed to reduce quickly for an event.


 


 


 


Day 1


Breakfast


  • Black coffee or tea

  • 1/2 grapefruit or grapefruit juice

  • 1 piece toast with 1 tablespoon peanut butter


Lunch


  • 1/2 cup canned tuna

  • 1 piece toast

  • Black coffee or tea


Dinner


  • 3 ounces lean meat or chicken

  • 1 cup frozen french cut green beans

  • 1 cup carrots

  • 1 apple

  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream


Day 2


Breakfast


  • Black coffee or tea

  • 1 egg

  • 1/2 banana

  • 1 piece toast


Lunch


  • 1 cup cottage cheese

  • 8 saltine crackers


Dinner


  • 2 frankfurters

  • 1 cup broccoli or cabbage

  • 1/2 cup carrots

  • 1/2 banana

  • 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream


Day 3


Breakfast


  • Black coffee or tea

  • 5 saltine crackers

  • 1 ounce cheddar cheese

  • 1 apple


Lunch


  • Black coffee or teal

  • 1 boiled egg

  • 1 piece toast


Dinner


  • 1 cup tuna

  • 1 cup carrots

  • 1 cup cauliflower

  • 1 cup melon

  • 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream


Also drink 4 cups of water daily.


The Russian Air Force Diet was Rumored to be a Soviet Secret Weapon--How They Kept Their Astronauts Trim


The Russian Air Force Diet, popular during the Cold War, was "Leaked" to an American "Spy" during the Soviet-US Space Race.


Day 1


  • BREAKFAST: coffee

  • LUNCH: 2 eggs + 1 tomato

  • DINNER: 7 ounces red meat + green salad


Day 2


  • BREAKFAST: coffee + toast or saltines

  • LUNCH: 7 ounces red meat + green salad

  • DINNER: 5 1/4 ounces ham + 1 cup yogurt


Day 3


  • BREAKFAST: coffee + toast or saltines

  • LUNCH: green salad + 1 tomato + 1 mandarin or orange

  • DINNER: 3.5 ounces of ham + fruit salad + 2 eggs


Day 4


  • BREAKFAST: coffee + toast or water saltines

  • LUNCH: 5 1/4 ounces or gruyer cheese +1 egg +1 carrot

  • DINNER: fruit salad + 1 yogurt


Day 5


  • BREAKFAST: 5 1/4 ounces of ham + 1 cup carrots

  • LUNCH: 7 ounces of broiled fish + 1 tomato

  • DINNER: 8 3/4 ounces of red meat


Day 6


  • BREAKFAST: coffee + toast or water saltines

  • LUNCH: 1/4 chicken baked + citric fruit

  • DINNER: 2 eggs + 1 cup raw carrot


Day 7


  • BREAKFAST: coffee + toast or saltines

  • LUNCH: 7 ounces of red meat + citric fruit

  • DINNER: anything you like--not over 500 calories


The Drinking Man's Diet--A Pamphlet published in 1964, was Popular Among the Mad-Men-Era Dieters


The Drinking Man's Diet was a small pamphlet published by San Francisco jet-setter Robert Cameron, who sold over 2 million copies in 13 languages. Not a single medical professional would recommend it, however it is still popular and still in print.


Except for the liquor itself, this is a low-carbohydrate diet, similar to Atkins, as you can see in this jaw-dropping sample menu:


Breakfast


  • 1/4 cantaloupe or 4 oz tomato juice

  • Ham or bacon, 2 slices

  • 1 egg

  • Coffee or tea


Lunch


  • Dry martini or whiskey and soda

  • Broiled fish or steak or roast chicken

  • 2 glasses dry wine

  • Green beans or asparagus

  • Lettuce and tomato salad with Roquefort dressing

  • Coffee or tea


Dinner


  • Martinis or highballs

  • 2 stalks of celery stuffed with pâté

  • Shrimp cocktail

  • Beef, pork, lamb, veal chicken or turkey

  • Green beans, 1 cup, brussel sprouts, 1/2 cup, or cauliflower, 1 cup

  • 2 glasses dry wine

  • 1/2 avocado with French dressing

  • Cheese: Roquefort,Swiss or cheddar

  • Coffee or tea

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