Tag: reducing

Reducing: A Vintage Weight Loss Menu

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I’m a little overweight. Not terribly so, but because of an anti-anxiety medication I started taking a few years ago, I’m now carrying around about 21 very stubborn extra pounds. This amount is down from the 30 extra I was hauling around at the beginning of the year, but this is after adding a gym membership to my day. Five days a week, one hour per day, weight training and cardio, and after about four months, I’m much stronger, but only about nine pounds lighter. I know, I know, the answer lies in my diet. Continue reading “Reducing: A Vintage Weight Loss Menu”

Susan, be smooth! by Nell Giles, 1940: Chapter VIII – Eat to Be Pretty

Chapter VIII
EAT TO BE PRETTY

This is our sly way of approaching the diet question. If we say, “Susan, be smooth. . . be rounded and curved,” you think we mean fat.

Then you cut down on milk, potatoes and meat; you develop a haggard look; you’re devilishly grouchy; your skin becomes sallow; and you have the energy of a tin whistle. Isn’t it so?

You see that what we really mean is that you must eat properly to be pretty. We won’t mention health; we’ll stick to beauty. Shall we go on?

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Susan, be smooth! by Nell Giles, 1940: Chapter IV – S-T-R-E-T-C-H

Chapter IV
S-T-R-E-T-C-H

Two things go under the well-groomed look. . . a firm body and a firm girdle. A firm body gets that way by exercise and a firm girdle is so because it is well-chosen.

Of the two, the firm body is by far the more important. In fact, the smoothest Susans pride themselves at being their best in a bathing suit.

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