50s Diet Book

I combine my passion for wisdom of the past with my training in motivation to encourage personal responsibility leading to self-fulfillment that won't increase your waistline! 

Before & After
In 2009 I was at my heaviest: 156 pounds. By applying the 1950s "diet" to my own life I've lost sixteen pounds and four inches around my waist and have kept it off. I didn’t join a gym or spend money on branded, pre-packaged diet foods or pills, nor did I start wearing a string of pearls and heels while dusting my home. Going backwards can mean forward thinking! 
Some striking differences between the 1950s and today: 


  • Women aged 20 - 39 years were, on average, thin.
  • If you were fat your doc said: "You eat too much."
  • Calorie consumption hit an all-time low.
  • A 25” waist was a clothing size 10.
  • High fructose corn syrup consumed: None. 


  • Women of all ages are, on average, overweight.
  • Obesity is now a “disease.”
  • Calorie consumption is at an all-time high.
  • A 25” waist is a clothing size “zero.”
  • High fructose corn syrup: 76% of corn sweeteners. 

Is it really true that American women didn’t get fat in the 1950s? Detailed gender-specific data wasn’t published during the 50s, but an early 1960s government sponsored survey revealed that women aged 20-29 were, on average, a little over thirty-four pounds lighter than women in the same age bracket today! Women aged 30-39 were about thirty pounds lighter! 

What did women know or practice back then that kept them immune from an obesity epidemic? Could it be a matter of simply not consuming high fructose corn syrup or fast food? Not so fast. The root of the problem is far more expansive! 

In my ebook you will be given access to many of the 50s slimming secrets women knew. It reveals pre-BMI medical metrics beyond what's found here on my blog for healthy weight and eating which were far more stringent and based upon medical studies instead of comparing people to a norm. Also included are vintage US government food recommendations and an examination of the psychological climate and marketing practices to women in the 50s. You’ll find suggestions for integrating “outdated” healthy practices and attitudes into your diet to combat and replace the toxic practices and processed foods prevalent today often mistaken for “progress.” 

About the Author
Averyl Hill’s training and internships at The University of Vermont, where she earned a Master of Science in Counselor Education, included treating addictions and eating disorders. She is outdated by design, lives in a mid-century time capsule house and has spent over a decade immersed in vintage books, articles and other media related to food, lifestyles, health, beauty, well being and diets. Her approach is cognitive-behavioral with the belief that healthy eating and living is a bio-psycho-social issue and that sometimes “outdated” principles and practices are wiser than those of today.