The modern era of the fad diet can be traced back to Lord Byron, the British Romantic poet. Byron was horrified of being overweight, and so ate a disgusting combination of biscuits, soda water and potatoes soaked in vinegar to reduce his appetite. While vinegar does have some health benefits, consuming it this way isn’t particularly good for you. Later in his life, the manic writer subsisted on toast and tea instead, having lost his taste for vinegar. Byron would also wear multiple layers of wooly clothing to make himself sweat excessively.
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