Eat and Stay Slim

eat and stay slim book

Eat and Stay Slim
Better Homes and Gardens

This is one of those Better Homes and Gardens cookbook/how to manuals for dieting. The calories of the sample menu come in a 3 handy menus: 1000, 1200, and or you can go crazy with 1500 calorie per day. The recipes are okay. Note there is even a molded salad for your own dieting pleasure. There were lots of diet books around at the time and this is probably one of the more sane examples of the time. Side note:  I am guessing that portion size is not reflected in the cover, or there is some trick photography going on. Those tacos look huge.

I think this one can be retired.


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  1. I remember trying to stick to 1000 calories a day as a teenager. It wasn’t pretty.

  2. Interesting to see the evolution of language. No one really says “reduce” for losing weight anymore.

    1. I still say I’m reducing when I’m supposed to be losing weight but it’s only because I love using old-fashioned terms and my great aunt used to always say that . That was before she went to the rest home….

  3. I actually owned and followed this book’s advice back then (for a little while) and it worked! Not that you can tell it by my weight now….

  4. Imagine a time when 15lbs overweight was considered too m uch and time to start doing something about it.

  5. I always check against our consortium catalog, and today I found….not THIS book, but the 1968 edition. Twice! I’m almost tempted to ILL it to see how much worse it is than this.

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