‘The Drinking Man’s Diet’ was the 1960s ancestor to Atkins and paleo—and it was a boozy bestseller
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There I was. A puffy, middle-aged woman trying to lose weight on a low-fat, mostly vegetarian diet, flocked faintly with egg whites, chicken breasts, and watery tuna. Almost too weak to wield a knife, I was standing in the kitchen, trying to murder a giant cauliflower in order to make myself a simple snack. I had been gaining a pound a week. At which moment, in the devil's sibilant whisper, a single dark word floated: "Atkins. I first became fascinated by it as a chubby teen in in the s via an almost mirage-like diet book called Martinis and Whipped Cream, by the unlikely author Ed McMahon - yes, that Ed McMahon, Johnny Carson's portly sidekick. I say mirage-like, as apparently I am the only person in America who remembers this book, which is why if you Google Martinis and Whipped Cream by Ed McMahon the first seven entries are by me.
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