Forget Low Carb, It’s All About The Tape Worms


It’s Saturday, Wales are out of the Rugby World Cup, and I’m in need of a smile so I thought I’d throw together a more light hearted post for a change.

Let’s face it, our ancestors didn’t always get it right when it came to scientific discoveries and breakthroughs, and diet advice was just as susceptible as any other field. I’ve been digging through some old diet advice posters and I thought I’d share some of the best ones with you.


"FAT, the ENEMY that is shortening Your Life. BANISHED! HOW? With sanitized TAPE WORMS. Jar Packed, Easy To Swallow!

Tape worms not working?

Perhaps it’s time to try the next weapon in your arsenal; low fat soap

"Surprising results." No doubt.

Still not convinced? I’ve got the perfect thing for you

Look classic chic AND lose weight – is it really as simple as Lucky Strike want us to believe?

Feeling Lucky? Try the all new strike diet.

Don’t forget, it’s never too early to start dieting

I’ve got to admit, I’m having a hard time believing this next one is genuine. After 5 minutes of squinting, I’ve managed to discern this text:

“How soon is too soon? Not soon enough. Laboratory tests over the last few years have proven that babies who start drinking soda during that early formative period have a much higher chance of gaining acceptance and “fitting in” during those awkward pre-teen and teen years. So, do yourself a favor. Do your child a favor. Start them on a strict regimen of sodas and other sugary carbonated beverages right now, for a lifetime of guarunteed happiness”

Always coca-cola

But wait! It wasn’t all wrong

Back in 1863 William Banting got it almost right through trial and error – you could say he was the original Atkins. To quote Wikipedia (yes, I know that’s lazy writing, but it’s 11pm where I am at the moment!):

“Banting accounted all of his unsuccessful fasts, diets, spa and exercise regimes in his past, then described the dietary change which finally had worked for him, following the advice of a physician. His own diet was four meals per day, consisting of meat, greens, fruits, and dry wine. The emphasis was on avoiding sugar, saccharine matter, starch, beer, milk and butter. Banting’s pamphlet was popular for years to come, and would be used as a model for modern diets.”

Source: Wikipedia

Good night and enjoy the rest of your weekend! Just remember to do your research when you’re choosing a diet, as the accepted truths aren’t always accurate.

For some real diet advice, I’d recommend watching these videos.

3 Responses to “Forget Low Carb, It’s All About The Tape Worms”

  1. Love it, very funny, made me smile this Saturday even though I’m feeling down as the scales is not moving his week. I was nearly signing up for those tapeworms!!!

    • Glad you enjoyed it :)

      • scotty
  2. Those are fun!! Hard to believe they were ever taken seriously!!


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