1.05.2013

Big Breakfast Diet from 1953

Big Breakfast Diet fro 1953 McCall's Magazine
Since I know most of us are still under the influence of the New Year's Resolution that says this is the year we will actually make the changes and lose weight, I thought it would be a good time to share with you this diet plan called the Big Breakfast Diet. It was published in McCall's Magazine way back in 1953, and it has some very interesting details.

The diet suggests that a big breakfast is important to keeping your energy balanced throughout the entire day. Sounds like most diets we hear about today. The interesting part about this diet has to do with portion sizes.

Our current perception of portion control is pretty out of whack. Take a look at a typical "big breakfast" from 1953.

1/2 cup tomato juice
1/2 cup cooked cereal
1 egg, boiled or poached
1 thin slice toast
1 cup whole milk
1 cup black coffee

Really think about the portion sizes here. A half cup is 4 oz. To put that into perspective, that's 1/3 of a can of soda or less than half of a regular coffee mug.
The 1953 Big Breakfast Diet from McCall's Magazine

Try on this supper menu:
1 slice broiled flounder (3" x 2" x 3/4")
1 boiled new potato
6 stalks asparagus
1 teaspoon butter or margarine
1/2 cup flavored gelatin
1 cup whole milk

Look at the size of the flounder. To help you understand, a standard business card is 3 1/2" x 2", so the portion of fish here is smaller than your business card.

I left the file size fairly large on the diet details here, so you can save the picture and follow the diet if you dare. I really think you will lose weight on this diet... if you can stick to it.

Happy New Year!

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