My Diet Book

(No Kindle? No problem! You can read it on your phone or PC!)

Revised and updated July 2018! Now with sample diet menus, a guide for making food choices and a personal account from the author on how she did a “retro reboot” to integrate the 1950s diet into a new yet outdated way of eating.

Have you ever noticed when looking at old photos, vintage media or perhaps from your personal recollections that women in the 1950s seemed much thinner than today?

Some key differences: In the 1950s, women aged 20 – 39 years were, on average, thin. Calorie consumption hit an all-time low. A 25″ waist was a clothing size “10”. High fructose corn syrup consumed? None! Now, women of all ages are, on average, overweight. Obesity is now considered a “disease.” Calorie consumption is at an all-time high. A 25″ waist is closer to a clothing size “0”!

It’s true that women are taller today than the 50s, but not enough to explain the gain. In 1960 the average American woman was 63.1.” Today she is 63.8.”

What did women know or practice back then that kept them immune from an obesity epidemic? Could it be a matter of simply not consuming high fructose corn syrup or fast food? Not so fast. The root of the problem is far more expansive!

In this ebook you will be given access to many of the 1950s slimming secrets women knew. It reveals pre-BMI medical metrics for healthy weight and eating which were far more stringent and based upon medical studies instead of comparing people to a norm. Also included are vintage US government food recommendations and an examination of the psychological climate and marketing practices to women in the 50s. You’ll find suggestions for integrating “outdated” healthy practices and attitudes into your diet to combat and replace the toxic practices and processed foods prevalent today often mistaken for “progress.” This heavily researched ebook contains linked citations, scans of vintage source materials and sample 1950s diet menus.

“Diet” literally means “the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats,” and by applying the 1950s diet to her own life author Averyl Hill lost sixteen pounds and four inches around her waist and has kept it off years later. She didn’t join a gym or spend money on branded, pre-packaged diet foods or pills, nor did she start wearing a string of pearls and heels while dusting her home. Going backwards can mean forward thinking!

Please note that this book does not contain recipes. It gives you tools to help facilitate healthy choices about how you eat, move and think about food, weight-loss and overall fitness. Unlike fad weight loss diets today that haven’t made us any slimmer, the 1950s diet worked for millions of American women– a decade of hard evidence is hard to dispute– and we can learn to adopt it again today!

My book’s reach exceeded my expectations. Beyond my regular blog readers I didn’t think I would sell many copies of my book because I lacked an advertising budget and was a brand new, self-published author. Yet for almost three months my book was in the top 100 diet books on Amazon Kindle, dropping off occasionally, and at one point was a top diet book on Amazon, not just Kindle: