Fad Diets of the Last 40 Years
Here, we look back over the last 40 years, at the dieting trends that were popular on at the time. We will also see  which (in any) have stayed the course.
Here, we look back over the last 40 years at the trendy methods we fixed on at the time for keeping trim and boosting our well-being. We will also see which (in any) have stayed the course...

1961 The banana diet
A strict low-calorie diet that included a lot of salad. The theory was that the bananas filled you up
and reduced sugar cravings. FAD

1962 The oil diet
This claimed that drinking a "miracle mixture" of sunflower and olive oil before a meal would metabolise food better. It just made dieters ill. FAD

1963 Full stomach pills
"Full-stomach" pills were made of starchy carbohydrates and fibre which expanded when you drank water. Their motto was "the fat just melts away". Of course, it didn't. FAD

1964 Food combining
Plans like the Hay Diet, based on separating proteins and carbs, took off. It was supposed to aid digestion resulting in less fat being stored. FAD

1965 Meal replacements
Metrecal - a complete, nutritionally-balanced milkshake meal in a can - was imported from the US. Similar drinks are still popular today. FAD

1966 Amphetamines
It became hip to take amphetamine-based slimming pills which speeded up metabolism. Some were low-dosage and legally prescribed. Others, sold on the black market, provided such a buzz they led to nervous disorders. FAD

1967 Weight Watchers
Weight Watchers arrived in the UK from America. By 1970, half a million Britons had joined up. Its method of counting points instead of calories is still going strong. FIX

1968 Bread and butter diet
This involved living on calorie-controlled quantities of bread and butter - and nothing else. FAD

1969 Ayds tablets
Chewy, carbohydrate and fibre-loaded pills were used by dieters as they filled you up. But some said the awful taste made you crave sweet food. FAD

1970 Sweeteners
Replacing sugar with the artificial sweetener Saxin was all the rage. FAD

1971 Sego diet pudding
This 250-calorie meal replacement pudding arrived from the US with the slogan, "If you've got a spoon, have we got a diet for you." FAD

1972 Digestion theories
Bonkers diet theories in '72 included the belief that green beans would take longer to digest if they were sliced lengthways and that eating tomatoes in the morning was bad because they contain an enzyme which slows metabolism. FAD

1973 Beverly Hills diet
This advocated eating pineapple before every meal to break down the fat. There's no proof it works but some still follow it today. FAD

1974 Galloping Gourmet
TV chef Graham Kerr inspired us to experiment more in the kitchen. Although he lured us away from the traditional meat and two veg to more adventurous dishes, his recipes were too laden with butter, cream and alcohol to be healthy. FAD

1975 Hoola hoops
Swinging your hips to keep a hoop spinning around your waist was thought to be a fast way to get slim and trim. Might have a mild toning effect but this certainly isn't an instant fix. FAD

1976 Smorgasbord
Eating a Swedish-style buffet of pickled herrings, cold meats, crisp breads and poached salmon was the height of fashion. It's still deemed healthier than most stodgy British dishes. FIX

1977 Cod Liver Oil
Once popular in the 50s, it made a comeback in 1977 as flagging sales led to a mass ad campaign which urged parents to give kids cod liver oil to ensure health and lively brains. Still approved by nutritionists. FIX

1978 Egg diet
Dieters ate up to 18 eggs a day believing they would fill them up, boost metabolism and help shed pounds. Many just became constipated. FAD

1979 Grapefruit diet
Eating lots of grapefruit was thought to curb your appetite. Grapefruit do release sugar very slowly so there's something in this theory. But women ate so many that their mouths burned from the citric acid. FIX (in moderation)

1980 Champagne diet
Yuppie slimmers could "diet" on champagne and caviare, as long as they counted the calories. Hugely popular among '80s posers. FAD

1981 Green Goddess
The first popular TV fitness guru, Diana Moran urged viewers of BBC Breakfast Time to take daily exercise. As the Green Goddess, she changed lives and got lots more people to exercise. FIX

1982 Jane Fonda
The fitness queen launched her Workout video and with it the '80s craze for "feel the burn" aerobics. It was the start of the home exercise video trend. FIX

1983 The F-Plan diet
Audrey Eyton's high-fibre diet focused on making you feel full, so that you ate less. It helped digestion and boosted the image of carbs that had been condemned by previous generations. And it has stood the test of time. FIX

1984 Rosemary Conley's Hip And Thigh Diet
The nutritionally balanced, low-fat menus combined with exercise guarantee slow but steady weight loss. Still popular today. FIX

1985 SlimFast
This involved replacing two meals a day with a nutritious SlimFast milkshake or cereal bar. In tests this diet, which still has many devotees, has beaten others hands-down. FIX

1986 Callanetics
Deep muscle clenching to tone the body. It worked and was popular for three years, but was too boring to stick around for any longer. FAD

1987 Buns Of Steel
Greg Smithey's exercise video was one of the first exercise programmes to target a specific body part. Popular at the time, but women are too concerned about the rest of their bodies for this one to stand the test of time. FAD

1988 Cellulite creams
The discovery of cellulite - dimpled fatty deposits - got us obsessing about our flabby thighs and wobbly bottoms. Creams boasting to rub cellulite away and smooth lumpy thighs became ever more popular - and expensive. FAD

1989 Cambridge diet
Another meal replacement diet from the US, this one included high-protein, low-fat soups, meal bars and shakes. You have to join a club, so you get the support of others which makes this one still popular. FIX

1990 Lizzie Webb
After her huge success with workouts on TVam, the former teacher released a fitness video. It inspired beginners to get out of bed and exercise with Mad Lizzie, who wore her pyjamas. FAD

1991 Cabbage Soup
Although invented in the '80s, this didn't take off until AbFab star Joanna Lumley tried it a decade later. Based on eating as much cabbage soup as you like, plus low-fat, high-fibre foods, it gives rapid, short-term weight loss. FIX

1992 Jenergy
Princess Di's trainer, Jenni Rivett, launched her Jenergy plan which used weights to build muscle and give a toned look. Weights are still popular. FIX

1993 Mr Motivator
Derrick Evans - better known as GMTV's flamboyant fitness guru Mr Motivator - got Britain working out before breakfast. He still runs motivation courses. FIX

1994 Spinning
Sweat-inducing stationary cycling pedalled into UK gyms. You can burn up to 400 calories in a half-hour session. FIX

1995 The Crunch
Demi Moore's trainer, Karen Amen, had those desperate for toned midriffs doing The Crunch to tighten up flabby stomach muscles. Crunches remain popular today. FIX

1996 Personal trainers
Thanks to Princess Di, personal trainers became de rigueur. We began to get our heads round what a personal trainer was, but only the really savvy went out and hired one. They have since become far more popular and affordable. FIX

1997 Atkins diet
This low-carb eating plan had been around for years, but skinny stars like Jennifer Aniston and Geri Halliwell really helped it take off. FAD

1998 Magic supplements
Fat magnets and fat metabolisers claimed to suck fat out of food so that it isn't digested but goes straight through you - the result was often diarrhoea. FAD 1999 Zone diet
A plan which balanced protein, carbohydrate and fat intake and focused on how certain foods affect hormonal balance. Madonna and Demi Moore's interest made it trendy. FAD

2000 Pilates
Strength and flexibility-building Pilates became a household name as women focused on strengthening the core muscles around their waists and lower back to give a trimmer shape and better posture. FIX

2001 Combat classes
Combines dancing and fighting moves to motivate people to go to classes and get them back in the gym. Still growing in popularity. FIX

2002 Slimming patches
Stick-on patches to overwhelm the sense of smell and control food cravings became popular. But dietitians said they only worked well with a calorie-controlled diet. FAD

2003 South Beach diet
A sensible diet plan for life based on eating the healthiest carbs, fats and proteins. Popular because it lets you eat carbs again. FIX

2004 Plastic surgery
This quick fix to a better body became the norm rather than something that people kept secret. Reality TV makeover shows and cosmetically enhanced celebs like Jordan stripped the taboo from surgery. FIX, but does not address any associated emotional issues.

2005 GI DIET
GI (Glycaemic Index) works as a method of weight loss by keeping your blood sugar levels stable which in turn keeps hunger under control. You eat foods that release energy slowly meaning that you avoid feeling hungry between meals. FIX

2006 to present - Celebrity Diets (a few are detailed below)

Beyonce Knowles
Maple Syrup  Diet. Consisting of a concoction of Madal Bal Maple Tree Syrup, water and cayenne pepper.
Victoria Beckham
The Prawn and Strawberry Plan. Consists of prawn and or just strawberry days.
Kylie Minogue
The Grapefruit Diet (detailed above).
Kim Catterall
The Perricone or Fish Facelift Diet. It's based on the theory that all health problems are caused by "inflammation" in the body and salmon three times a day will combat it.
Kate Beckinsale
The Sundowner Diet. The only rule is no carbs after the sun goes down!
Katie Holmes
The Raw Veg Diet. Consists of carrot soup for breakfast, raw organic broccoli for lunch and dinner, and steamed tofu or fish for supper.
Martine McCutcheon
The blood-group diet. It is based on the principle that different blood groups react differently to food.
Geri Halliwell, Jennifer Aniston, Minnie Driver
Atkins Diet (as detailed above)
Kate Winslet
Face Reading diet. The analysis of the skin, eyes and hair determines which foods you can and can't eat
Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez
Perricone Prescription.  Two portions of salmon a day, eliminating carbohydrates and many fruit and vegetables
Elizabeth Hurley
Hay Diet.  Proteins and carbohydrates cannot be eaten at the same meal.
Sarah-Michelle Gellar
Cabbage Soup diet (detailed above).