Based on a diet sheet sent me by Dr. Pennington and adapted for use in my practice, to save time explaining to patients how to eat fat and grow slim.
This diet works on an entirely different principle from the usual low-calorie diets. Instead of trying to starve the fat off you, this diet gets your body to burn fat better.
It removes only your excess fat and does not reduce your weight below normal.
You will not feel hungry on the diet because the amount of food you eat is left to your appetite and not restricted at all. You eat three meals a day but only of the kind of food which helps to burn off about 7 lb. of excess fat a month. Here are the rules:
Water is not restricted at all and you should drink plenty. Do not take much extra salt as this checks the burning of fat. Pepper may be used for seasoning.
Alcohol: Only "dry" alcoholic drinks may be taken, and these only in moderation. Dry wines and spirits are allowed but no beer; no liqueurs and no sweet cocktails or aperitifs.
Hints on applying the diet.
Starch and sugar (carbohydrates) are the only things which fatten fat people. They do this by preventing you from burning up your stores of fat and by making you make more fat. Fruits and vegetables contain starch and sugar so should be taken only in moderation.
Fat and protein foods do just the opposite of carbohydrates. They help you to burn up your excess fat and they stop you making more.
So eat nothing that comes from the confectioner or the pastry-cook. The sweet shop and the bakery are out of bounds to you while you are slimming.
Be cautious at the greengrocer, choosing only those fruits and vegetables you know are low in carbohydrate, eg. grapefruit, rhubarb, gooseberries, tomato, lettuce, orange, lemon. Avoid potatoes and root vegetables. Avoid the grocer, except for his cheeses, ham, bacon, eggs, peanut butter, butter, margarine and cooking fat. Buy your food at the butcher and the fishmonger as much as you can and cook it fresh. They sell the foods that keep you well and help you to burn up your excess fat. It will cost you more but it is worth it to be able to slim without starvation. When you have got back to your normal weight for your age and height you may eat more carbohydrate again in moderation. But watch the scales and if your weight starts creeping up, go back on the diet.