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Weight Loss Tips From The Past

Physical Culture Magazine

Physical Culture, 1926, January Issue

One of  my offline hobbies is my antique store. There, I showcase many items from the past including old magazines. As I often leaf through some of the magazines, it never ceases to amaze me that weight loss tips from the past are not very much different than the tips to lose weight we come across today.

It is true that the style of writing and the style of referring to this age old problem is antiquated but essentially the message is the same. One needs to lose weight in order to be healthy.

Sometimes the suggested methods and tips to lose weight of the past are weird, but let’s not fool ourselves, even today some of the weight loss ideas boggle my mind.

However, as I looked through these magazines recently, an idea came to me. Why not share with you some of the weight loss methods, tools and tips from the past. I believe that you will find the articles and images quite fascinating and often even humorous.

I particularly enjoy the images which depict very interesting styles of exercise outfits, types of exercises for both men and women, exercise equipment and body builder images. Most of these images are in black and white and sometimes brown and white. In the early 1900s, often, only the covers of the magazines were in color.

My favorite magazine is the one called “Physical Culture”. Most of the issues I have are from 1920s and I will be sharing interesting weight loss tidbits, advertisements, stories and images from these issues.

The magazine was founded by bodybuilder, author and magazine publisher, Bernarr Macfadden (August 16, 1868 – October 12, 1955). He was an influential American proponent of physical culture, a combination of bodybuilding with nutritional and health theories. He also founded the long-running magazine publishing company Macfadden Publications. He was the predecessor of Charles Atlas and Jack Lalanne, and has been credited with beginning the culture of health and fitness in the United States. Physical Culture magazine was published between the years of 1899 and 1955 .

As the name suggests, the aim of Physical Culture was to educate the population of that time about health and fitness, including healthy eating, exercises and losing weight. This is very similar to what any health and fitness magazine of today would promote.

In addition to sharing ideas and images from this magazine, I will also share with you other interesting “antique” or “vintage” weight-loss and health and fitness ideas and tips that I will come across. You will be able to find them as posts, in the sub-category “Weight Loss Tips From The Past”.

As you will read these article, make sure to leave me a comment on the blog or my Facebook page. If you have an old magazine and would like to share a story from that magazine on this blog, please contact me.

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