‘Letter On Corpulence’ written in 1863 is considered the first “diet” book ever written. Written by William Banting, it chronicles not just his experience with suffering obesity of his time, but also how he overcame it. His experience led not just to his own loss of excess weight and health that it took him well into his eighties, but also of many others he has inspired since. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost weight and regained their health by following his principles. In this book, read his original formula, all written in the grandiloquent yet quaint Victorian English of his time.
“I have not felt better in health than now for the last twenty-six years. Have suffered no inconvenience whatever in the probational remedy or since. Am reduced nearly 13 inches in bulk, and 50 lbs. in weight. Can perform every necessary office for myself. The umbilical rupture is cured. My sight and hearing are suprising at my age. My other bodily ailments have become mere matters of history.” - William Banting