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The Drinking Man's Diet

The Drinking Man's Diet

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The Drinking Man’s Diet is a fad diet that was made famous by William the Conqueror around 1087. The king had gained so much weight that he was too heavy for his horse to carry.

One day in an attempt to lose weight quickly, he stopped eating food and started drinking alcohol. Thus began The Drinking Man’s Diet, which has evolved through the years and is considered an extreme and unsafe fad diet.

Today’s version of the diet includes drinking martini’s before lunch and eating steaks for dinner. The new version is the brainchild of Robert Cameron and his pamphlet outlining the diet sold over two million copies in 1964. Cameron has lived to be 93 and is still trim from following this diet over the years.

Overall the Drinking Man’s Diet includes lowering carbohydrate consumption and encourages consumption of things certain kinds of alcohol and meat.

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  • Drinking modest amounts of certain kinds of alcohol has been linked to health benefits
  • Diet restricts carbs
  • May encourage binge drinking
  • May promote using alcohol to control weight
  • Consuming large amounts of red meat can lead to higher cholesterol levels
  • Classified as a fad diet
  • Those who have specific known risk factors for breast cancer should abstain from alcohol
  • Not that much different from other low-carb, high protein diets

The Drinking Man’s Diet focuses on drinking alcohol and lowering carbohydrate intake. The diet originally started with just drinking alcohol and not eating at all when William the Conqueror used it in 1087. But today, it has been altered to include real food in the form of animal protein.

A sample day on the Drinking Man's Diet might look like this:

  • Breakfast: A few slices of cantaloupe, two slices of bacon, two poached or scrambled eggs, coffee or tea.

  • Lunch: Two glasses of dry wine, or one dry martini or whiskey and soda, broiled fish or steak or roast chicken, green beans or asparagus, lettuce and tomato salad with French or Roquefort dressing, and coffee or tea.

  • Dinner: Martinis or high balls, shrimp cocktail, steak, pork, lamb or chicken, one cup of low starch vegetables, 1/2 an avocado with French dressing, small serving of cheese, coffee or tea.

There are no calorie counts for the Drinking Man's Diet, but daily carbohydrate grams should be kept to 30 or fewer.


There is no formal exercise plan given.


The Drinking Man's Diet is a low-carb diet plan with the addition of allowing a glass or two alcohol during lunch and dinner.

While this diet is not seriously flawed, its low-carb approach might be difficult to maintain in the long-term and its allowance of alcohol a few times a day is not a recommended practice, particularly for those who have a genetic predisposition to breast cancer and to addiction.

If you have any pre-existing health conditions, do get clearance from your doctor first before following this plan.

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Carole Doyle


I remember this from the 60's...would like a copy of it!

posted Jan 10th, 2016 7:03 pm



Easy way to lose weight and keep it off.

posted Sep 16th, 2013 10:31 am


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