Weight Watchers Weight Loss That LastsYou went to South Beach, believed in Atkins, and joined Weight Watchers, but all without success. If you’ve tried every diet under the sun, then why not step back in time with slimming books that inspired your mother or even your grandma.

Authors have been helping women look trim since the 1920s but an explosion of diet books in 1950s and 1960s paved the way for today’s bestsellers.

It is possible to find and buy countless long forgotten books on dieting and slimming from bygone eras. Here are some collectible titles that are light on your wallet, but heavy on amusement from bygone areas.

Pounds Off

Monty MacLevy

Pounds Off

Long before Weight Watchers, America had MacLevy’s Slenderizing Salons. Aside from diets and exercises, Monty’s1942 book also contains deportment guides for young women and is illustrated by over 100 photographs of ladies wearing heeled lace-up boots as they gently go for the burn. $85.00

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Book image from Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA , Merchantville, NJ, U.S.A.

Hollywood Star Diet Book

Research Diet Consultants

Look like Audrey Hepburn and the other movie starlets of 1953 thanks to this tiny purse-size piece of nostalgia $25

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Book image from Dave Shoots, Bookseller, Saint John, NB, Canada

How to Gain Weight: The Scientific and Easy Way to Gain Weight

Joe Bonomo

Originally priced at 25 cents, this pocket manual from the 1950s failed to catch on but shows that pencil-thin supermodel chic was still decades away. Its memorable cover, complete with a Betty Grable look-a-like, claims: “Shows you how to add pounds and inches. Sensible! Sure!” $32

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Book image courtesy from benneysbooks, Denham Springs, LA

Martinis and Whipped Cream

Sidney Petrie

Martinis and Whipped Cream

“Eat as much as you're eating now, eat well, eat even between meals” but cut out the carbohydrates was the advice in 1966 from a book that sold well into the next decade. $63.75

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Book image courtesy of The BookSellaFella, Westmeadows, VIC, Australia

How to Reduce and Control Your Weight Through Self-Hypnotism

Sidney Petrie

A flower power-inspired diet book from 1967 when your mom wore kaftans and loonpants. $8

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Book image from L & D's Books, Vernon, BC, Canada

Stand Up and Slim Down

Ettie Rout

The subtitle of the book is "Being restoration exercises with a chapter on food selection in constipation and obesity." The monochrome frontispiece of the author in a period bathing costume in 1911 and of her feet in 1933 was designed to show how healthy they were as a result of the regime advocated in the book. $19.90

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Book image from Weysprings Books, Surrey, GU, UK

Diet and Health with Key to the Calories

Lulu Hunt Peters

Diet and Health with Key to the Calories

A 1920's look at diet and health, calorie counting. Highly endorsed by medical fraternity. Stick figure illustrations by author's nephew. $111.83

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Book image from Mindfair, Oberlin, OH, U.S.A

Modeling for Motherhood: Heir Conditioning The Modern Mrs

Doris Hale Heinz, Katherine Smith Bolt

A guide to 1946’s maternity fashions, exercise, posture, diet and tips on keeping the husband happy, all with "amusing text and gay illustrations." $46 - $20

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