My Diet Book

(No Kindle? No problem! You can read it on your phone or PC!)
Formerly an Amazon Diet Book Best-Seller

Is this book a typical "diet" book? Nope! Click here to read more about why it's not.  In my book I combine my passion for wisdom of the past with my training in motivation to encourage personal responsibility leading to self-fulfillment that won't increase your waistline! In 2009 I was at my heaviest: 156 pounds. By applying the 1950s "diet" to my own life I've lost sixteen pounds and four inches around my waist and have kept it off. I didn’t join a gym or spend money on branded, pre-packaged diet foods or pills, nor did I start wearing a string of pearls and heels while dusting my home. Going backwards can mean forward thinking!

Some striking differences between the 1950s and today:
Women aged 20 - 39 years were, on average, thin.
If you were fat your doc said: "You eat too much."
Calorie consumption hit an all-time low.
A 25” waist was a clothing size 10.
High fructose corn syrup consumed: None. 

Women of all ages are, on average, overweight.
Obesity is now a “disease.”
Calorie consumption is at an all-time high.
A 25” waist is a clothing size “zero.”
High fructose corn syrup: 76% of corn sweeteners consumed. 

Is it really true that American women didn’t get fat in the 1950s? Detailed gender-specific data wasn’t published during the 50s, but an early 1960s government sponsored survey revealed that women aged 20-29 were, on average, a little over thirty-four pounds lighter than women in the same age bracket today! Women aged 30-39 were about thirty pounds lighter!  

In my Kindle book you will be given access to many of the 50s slimming secrets women knew. It reveals pre-BMI medical metrics beyond what's found here on my blog for healthy weight and eating which were far more stringent and based upon medical studies instead of comparing people to a norm. Also included are vintage US government food recommendations and an examination of the psychological climate and marketing practices to women in the 50s. You’ll find suggestions for integrating “outdated” healthy practices and attitudes into your diet to combat and replace the toxic practices and processed foods prevalent today often mistaken for “progress.”

My book's reach exceeded my expectations. Beyond my regular blog readers I didn't think I would sell many copies of my book because I lacked an advertising budget and was a brand new, self-published author. Yet for almost three months my book was in the top 100 diet books on Amazon Kindle, dropping off occasionally, and at one point was a top diet book on Amazon, not just Kindle:


  1. I have enjoyed reading this...what an eye opener! All this silliness out there about eat this, don't eat that and excessive athletic work-outs seem to be.........way out of control! That is why this caught my eye...the very things my grandmothers did with success and common sense. Brilliant!

    And may I say, Cheers for Chubby is just adorable and sensible!

    1. Thank you so much! Thanks for letting me know!

  2. Are you going to have a Facebook page for the book?

    1. Hi- no Facebook page. I haven't the time to manage one. Thanks for asking. : )

  3. Hi Averyl, I used to frequent your American Women Didn't Get Fat in the 50's blog. I wanted to point out that after following this way of eating (not always as well as I should - but I always get right back on it) for about 4 years now, I have lost almost 20 lbs. It has been a slow process but the wonderful thing is that it has not hurt at all. Just gradual and fulfilling. I am convinced that my family is healthier for it. Just wanted to say thanks!

    1. Hi, Chrissy! That's FANTASTIC! I'm so happy to hear that. Thanks for letting me know!

  4. I'm glad I found both your book and your website. Now I feel I really am on the right track in trying to become more healthy by "cooking like Grandma did" (which is how I think of it). I also realized that I wasn't setting my healthy weight goal low enough. I now believe my college weight is attainable. Thanks Averyl.

    1. I'm glad you found it, too! I enjoy reading your comments. Thank you.

  5. Hi Averyl,

    I tried to buy your book for Kindle, but Amazon is saying it's not available? I bought your gluten-free cookbook with no problem, but can't seem to find "American Women didn't get fat..." :-(


    1. Hi Eleanor,

      Thank you for buying my cookbook! American Women Didn't Get Fat in the 1950s is available. I just checked. Did you try the link above? Please let me know if it's still showing as not available. (Also, are you in the US?)

  6. I love your book and your website! I love vintage stuff, too, especially vinyl records and books. Your book reminds me of how my family ate when I was a kid in the 60s. No junk, or at least very very little. No snacking, my mother was very strict about that. And no second helpings. We were all very thin.


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