My First Diet– Kelp, Cider Vinegar, B6, and Lecithin– and it Worked!

My First Diet– Kelp, Cider Vinegar, B6, and Lecithin– and it Worked!

Lecithin Kelp B-6 & Cider Vinegar. This is the first real "diet plan" I tried, backed in the mid-70's. Apparently it first popped up in a big way mid-century in women's magazines and tabloids, and I probably saw it reading at the news stand. For me, it worked.

It featured these ingredients:

Kelp is a seaweed containing nearly 30 minerals which act as natural diuretics, and regulate metabolism. Rich in iodine, kelp is said to help the body adjust the rate at which it burns calories. 

Lecithin, found commonly both in egg yolks or soybeans, is the second ingredient in the formula.  It facilitates the movement of fats, wastes and nutrients in and out of our cells.  It is said to lower cholesterol and triglycerides while increasing the good cholesterol (HDL) levels in the blood.  

While B6 does many things for us, in this context it’s necessary for the synthesis and breakdown of amino acids (the building blocks of protein).  It aids in fat and carbohydrate metabolism.

And apple cider vinegar?  Entire books have been written about the therapeutic properties of raw apple cider vinegar.  Many folks take it regularly as a digestive tonic 1 Tbsp in a cup of warm water before meals.

While it is now available in pill form, when I used this diet there were no such pills. I had to order bags of of kelp and lecithin, buy b6 tablets, and get cider vinegar at the grocery store (and it wasn't the big deal that it is today, so it wasn't always easy to find. There was no amazon, so the kelp (a green powder) and lecithin (a white powder) took a while to show up.

Using this self-made supplement and a modified mostly vegetarian diet plan, I went from 220 pounds to 170 in about three months.

Then I hit a serious plateau. One night, I saw Dr. Maxwell Irwin Stillman tout his high protein / 8 glasses of water diet on Johnny Carson (the doctor was a stitch) and adopted that to lose another 17 pounds, getting me to 153 pounds on a 5'10" frame. (His diet became the basis for Atkins not much later, and the ketosis plans of today).

So in addition to the self-made supplement, I was also cutting calories, and in the end, I was in Ketosis to lose the final pounds.

If you want to try a supplement that has all natural ingredients and no calories, this may be for you. It's tasteless, inexpensive, and features individual ingredients that are known to have positive effects whether you're dieting or not.

And-- combined with a serious diet plan-- it works. I never felt hungry, and my energy levels were enhanced. It kept me focused, and I lost the weight without much exercise, although I did add a simple home exercise regime once I adopted the Stillman diet, because his book advised it. You might want to give it a try!

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