Health Nuts Followed These Crazy Diet Fads and Exercise Ideas Throughout the Decades

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2. Fletcherism

You may not have heard of the term Fletcherism, but you’ve heard of the concept. This fad was propped up by Horace Fletcher, a food writer. He insisted that chewing food until it was practically liquified was the key to good health. 

Even now you hear of some people chewing their food 100 times before swallowing. Fletcherism was designed to help obese people slow down when eating and maximize digestion. Fletcher even insisted that liquids be somehow chewed and mixed with saliva to eat correctly. He also advocated a low-protein diet for followers of his unique methods.