This past week for Valentine’s Day, John told me that he wanted no candy. None, not even a small piece of dark chocolate. So, being the agreeable wife that I sometimes am, I got him some nuts, some dried fruit, and a vintage copy of the 1968 Christmas issue of Better Homes and Garden magazine. Among the many funny ads for disgusting looking cupcakes made from dream whip and Jello molds of all kinds, John found this fascinating ad.
The ad recommends eating a little sugar to help control your appetite and lose weight at the same time. I found this very funny and interesting because current theories recommend exactly the opposite. This ad says that sugar helps you control your willpower. Really? This bad weight loss advice from the 1960′s is just one in the long line of unfortunate advice that too many people followed.
And in case you couldn’t see it, the small print at the bottom of the advertisement invites the reader to send for a diet book featuring recipes made with sugar!
Can you imagine recommending that someone eat a spoonful of sugar or sugar-filled recipes to help control their appetite and lose weight? These days people would most likely laugh at you.
Bad weight loss advice wasn’t limited to the 1960′s. I’ve gotten my share of bad weight loss advice over the years too.
Here are three pieces of bad weight loss advice I’ve heard over the years.
- Never eat after 7:00 p.m. because you can’t burn those calories.
- Chew your foods until they are completely liquid and you will not be able to eat very much.
- Avoid carbs completely because all carbs make you fat.
I would love for you to share a piece or two of bad weight loss advice that you’ve heard throughout the years. Who knows – you may be able to keep someone from making a mistake. Diane