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London’s Low-Carb Diet Fad of 1865

Dr. Robert Atkins didn’t invent low-carb dieting.  William Banting (1797-1878) sparked a low-carb diet craze in London with his low-carb weight-loss diet, first published in 1863.  Even that probaby wasn’t the first low-carb diet.

According to Wikipedia, Banting was a distant relative of Frederick Banting, the co-discoverer of insulin in 1921.

Mr. Banting attributes his successful program design to a “medical gentleman,” Mr. Harvey, of Soho Square, London. 

Click to read Mr. Banting’s 1865 “Letter on Corpulence” at Internet Archive.

Steve Parker, M.D.


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