Blog: Legacy of a fat man

Catherine Sleep | 25 September 2003

Despite scepticism among the medical establishment and much of the media, the Atkins Diet continues to win over new devotees. Yet it’s not as new as it seems. Dr Atkins started writing about it in the 1970s, that’s widely known, but a good hundred years earlier a voluminous Victorian, William Banting, shed 46 pounds in one year after following the advice of a diet guru who prescribed a very similar regime. Banting published the details of his diet in a pamphlet and by 1866 much of London was in full Banting-mania…

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