5 crazy diets we can’t believe were ever a thing

The Cookie Diet isn’t as delicious as it sounds.

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Back in the day before body positivity and logical thinking were invented, there were a whole lot of crazy diets going around that would not fly in 2020. Nowadays we know that a healthy weight is about a balanced diet and exercising regularly, but there was a time where women actually considered eating nothing but wine and eggs was a totally reasonable way to lose weight. Here are some of the weirdest diets that ever took off:

The Wine and Eggs Diet

It seems responsible journalism was not a thing in the ’70s because back then Vogue printed a truly insane diet called the Wine and Eggs Diet:

This crash diet lasts for three days, for a number of reasons. Mainly because you’re literally just eating eggs and drinking wine (with a steak for dinner as a treat) so who could do that for longer than three days? And because how are you supposed to drive yourself to work in the morning after you’ve had a glass of wine? One journalist tried this diet recently and while she did lose 3,2kg, she also felt like an emotional drunk girl for three days straight. Doesn’t seem worth it, TBH.

The Cabbage Soup Diet

This was huge amongst housewives in the ’60s. To prep for this diet, you first make a huge pot of cabbage soup, and then you make peace with the fact that you’re going to have to eat it three times a day for the next week. Each day is slightly different, day one is the day you’re allowed to eat as much fruit as you like and on another day you’ll get to have a whole baked potato too, but for the most part, you’re just eating your soup and losing water weight.

The Sleeping Beauty Diet

The premise of this diet is simple: if you’re not awake, you’re not eating. Apparently Elvis used this method during his jumpsuit phase. The Sleeping Beauty diet involves taking sedatives to allow you to sleep for hours, even days, at a time, as a way to lose weight. Starving yourself plus messing with your sleep pattern by taking sedatives makes this diet unsustainable and definitely not good for you.

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The Cookie Diet

Dr Sanford Siegal wrote a whole book about his cookie diet that caught everyone’s attention in the ’70s, ‘cos who doesn’t love cookies? You’re allowed to eat up to 6 of his specially formulated cookies and a super lean dinner, like grilled salmon. You’ll lose weight on this diet but not because the cookies are magically formulated but because anyone who only eats six biscuits in a day will lose weight.

The Elizabeth Taylor Diet

Elizabeth Taylor was considered to be one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood in the ’80s, so when she published her weight-loss tips it became an instant best-seller. The diet described in Elizabeth Takes Off features meals such as dry toast and steak covered in peanut butter in a hollowed-out baguette. Followers are also encouraged to stick a ‘fat’ photo of themselves on their fridge as motivation. Most weight loss on this eating plan was probably due to constantly retching as you ate your breakfast of cottage cheese and sour cream poured over fruit.

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