I'm trying to find the first Weight Watchers diet that Jean Neidich started in 1963.
By skajj01 from Staten Island, NY
Original Weight Watcher's Plan per Day:
9 oz protein; 3 fruits; 3 fats; 2 breads; 3 veggies (at least); 2 milks.
You need to get no more than 30z of cheese a week and 1 of those days you have to eat liver. 8oz of water a day is also recommended. A serving of the above is 3 oz protein per meal, 1 banana is 2 fruits, or 1 apple, and so many berries, etc. Fats are 1 tbs per serving, milk is 8oz per serving and bread is 1/2 cup rice or pasta or 1 piece of bread. (10/19/2009)
No way the original diet was 9 oz. of meat a day. It was 4-6 oz. for lunch and 6-8 oz. at dinner. And this was to be the after cooking weight.
The reason there were lots of recipes with dehydrated onions was that onions were on the limited vegetable list. Not only did that mean they had more calories, but WW's had a rule that you couldn't split them up. So, if you wanted real onions, you had to eat 1/2 - 1 C at a time! And of course, they couldn't be fried. But dehydrated onions were a free food.
Here is the original diet as I remember it. They gave you little blank menus with places to mark off your daily/weekly requirements or allowances, which helped.
Daily Allowed For Free
Meats Not Allowed
Fish Not Allowed
Vegetables Not Allowed
Fruits Serving (had to have one fruit at breakfast; the other 2 could be eaten any time.
Dairy Serving (could be eaten any time)
Oils: 1 Tbsp per day with meals (could be split into increments of 1 tsp)
Those unlimited on most diets (celery, lettuce and lettuce family, broccoli, cabbage, green beans, bell peppers, tomatoes, cauliflower, turnips, beets, etc)
Unlimited Dark Greens vegetables
Condiments Not Allowed:
Eggs: After the cholesterol scare, they changed egg requirements to 4/week. You could have them at breakfast or lunch (1 if breakfast, 2 at lunch). You only options for breakfast were 1/2 C soft cheese or 2 oz protein with your bread and fruit. Later still, they changed it so that you could have cereal, more on that below.
Low fat products; They pretty much didn't exist until the 70s. When they started to be available, changes were made slowly. For example, you could use diet margarine and diet mayo and they were worth half the fat. But, you didn't really need more, so most people didn't.
Alba and cocoa powder; Alba was a chocolate mix drink that was allowed early on because it wasn't higher in calories than regular milk and contained all the nutrients, supposedly. At some point, an allowance of cocoa powder was made. I can't remember the amount, but you mixed it with hot water, a pinch of salt and sugar substitute for cocoa.
Tomato sauce: Commercial tomato sauce wasn't allowed since it had added sugar. To make tomato sauce for anything, you had to use your cup of tomato sauce, boiling it to reduce by half and adding Italian seasonings and if desired, sugar substitute.
Early 70s Changes;
Allowed you to eat diet cheese for twice the bang and allowed you to use some previously illegal grains, potatoes, cereals.
Three times a week only, for dinner or lunch and in the place of your serving of bread at lunch, you could have:
Legumes and peanut butter came in the mid 70s and I don't remember the rules. (01/04/2010)
Recipes: I have more in an old recipe box that I will look for. I just remember these that
I still sometimes cook:
Pizziolas 60s thru 70s):
Very lightly toast bread, don't brown it. Just make it dry so that it doesn't get soaked up when you add, tomato paste, spread over it. Add Italian herbs, to taste, on top and - grated cheese. Place under broiler til cheese melted.
Buttermilk Chicken Lunch (60s thru 70s)
Dip chicken in the buttermilk and then in the bread crumbs. Place into a small casserole dish or pan that has been sprayed lightly with Pam (not really allowed til later, but...). Then mix remaining crumbs and buttermilk with the Worcestershire sauce and chives and pour over the chicken.
Bake on 400F til chicken is cooked through and "crust" has browned. Sound terrible, I know, and maybe it was, but I ate it all the time. Compared to the fish 5 times a week, it was like a gourmet meal, lol. And not liking milk, I was always trying find ways to use my dairy requirements up.
Cola Chicken (not very healthy, but not bad tasting).
Place seasoned chicken in a slow cooker and pour the cola over the top. Cook on slow 4 hours. "Kinda" like BBQ, lol.
Very informative. Thanks.
Two thoughts: 1)the old plan works FOR ME because it nudges me into a lower carb, more veggies regimen. I also like filling in those little boxes and I quit eating when they are full.
2)as to the liver, which few actually ate regularly, remember that people were not taking mega doses of vitamins in the 70's. Many popular diets these days caution users to take vitamins to supplement the diet. And WW was ahead of the game on fish recommendations!
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