How To Eat And Grow Thin

( Originally Published 1914 )


SOMETIMES corpulency is due to over eating and then it may be checked by the "starvation cure" ; but usually this drastic treatment is dangerous and unnecessary. Corpulency (unless it is the result of definite disease) is most commonly caused by wrong eating that is, by eating too much carbonaceous food, such as starches, sugars, oils and other fats. The average diet consists very largely of fat-making foods, beginning with soup and going down through the list of gravied meats, of potatoes, macaroni, bread, butter, cream, cheeses, ending with pastries, puddings and sweets. When such a meal is eaten, accompanied by draughts of beer, or a bottle of wine, there is set up in the body a fat-producing factory and the result, especially for those who are predisposed to corpulency, is inevitable. It follows that the natural cure for corpulency is to stop eating the fat producing foods. Then, slowly the body will use up the excess of fat. This process may take a number of months, the time depending upon the degree of corpulency, but it is a process without danger, without injury to the health, without unpleasant self-sacrifice and, also, the gradual elimination of fat leaves the body healthy and strong and so far from wrinkling or deforming the skin restores it to its natural freshness and beauty.

The average loss of weight in those who have faithfully followed the method described in this book is for women about two pounds a week after the first three weeks, during which time very little decrease is noticeable; for men the reduction is a trifle less. A great deal of course depends upon the temperament, the environment and the amount of exercise taken, but anyone who will honestly collaborate in the cure, should lose from twenty to twenty-five pounds in the course of the first three months. And when the desired weight has been attained, the rules need not be so strictly obeyed, but one who has once followed the non-fattening diet is not at all likely ever to return to oily, starchy or sugary food.

Everyone eats too much. Almost all corpulent persons sleep too much. From these two facts the following rule may be deduced : "Eat less than you have been in the habit of eating; and sleep less."

The things you must not eat are these :


1st : Pork, ham, bacon and the fat of any meat.

2nd: Bread, biscuits, crackers, anything made of the flour of wheat, corn, rye, barley, oats, etc. Cereals and "breakfast foods" must never be eaten.

3rd Rice, macaroni, potatoes, corn, dried beans, lentils.

4th: Milk, cream, cheese, butter. 5th: Olive oils, or grease of any kind.

6th: Pies, cakes, puddings, pastries, custards.

7th: Iced creams, sirup-sweetened soda-water, etc.

8th: Candies, bonbons, sweets. 9th: Wines, beers, ales, spirits.

It may seem at first glance that when these things are taken away there is left only a disguised kind of starvation; but the most casual inspection of the Mahdah menus will show that these fattening foods are really superfluous and that more than enough remains to furnish a gourmet's table. What has been taken away is : Starch, sugar, oil and alcohol nothing else; and their removal from the diet of the corpulent person means the certain loss of corpulency. The menus, here given, are based on an exact knowledge of just what must be eaten in or-der to nourish the body without fattening it. They are so combined that they give the variety of food necessary for a normal person in a proper nutritive ratio.

In cooking the various dishes it should be remembered that very little butter, and no oil, fats or grease are to be used. None of the plais given in the menus require fats, flour, or sugar. Where sweetening is necessary crystal lose or saccharine tablets the half-grain tablet is the most convenient-should be used. The recipes not usually printed in cookbooks are printed at the back of this book. When recipes are not given those of any ordinary cookbook may be followed, if it is always borne in mind that flour, sugar, milk, etc., are NOT TO BE USED. But only such dishes as are wholly satisfactory without these fattening ingredients have been given a place in the menus.


Don't sleep too much.

Don't take naps.

Don't overeat, even of lean dishes. Don't eat unless you are hungry. Don't drink with your meals.

Don't drink alcoholic beverages. Don't eat bread except gluten bread toasted, and this in moderation. Don't take a cab—WALK.

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