|Charles Atlas in one of the magazines my husband read|
So one day he decided he didn't want to be fat anymore. His fat days were over. He just wanted to "shit it out" but realised that this would be impossible. Whilst flicking through his boys magazine he had subscribed to (no not the adult ones - not just yet) such as Commando (!) there, behold, was Mr Atlas calling out to him. The hubster decided he wanted to look like him so he duly collected the tokens to get the workout and diet booklet - Charles Atlas style.
Basically he ate very, very little and exercised everyday. He cut out everything remotely tasty - cakes, biscuits, bread and potatoes. He had some weetabix for breakfast, 2 x dried ryvita for his lunch and meat and veg for dinner. He would do sit ups every night and go running. He even took cold showers because Charles Atlas told him to. He bought a contraption that had a stretchy rope type thing (you know the one I mean). This was used for exercising various parts of his body and he did this in his bedroom every night. His dedication to the fat busting cause knew no bounds.
My husband lost loads of weight and continued running throughout his teens. Even when he started his first job he would turn up with his little ryvita and all the big manual labourer types would poke fun at him. He says it took a long, long time to re-introduce certain food groups back into this diet.
So could you lose weight Charles Atlas style? I don't think I could - maybe back in the day when you had no other distractions and you could just focus purely on yourself. Or maybe that's a cop out - maybe everyone could do it we just chose not to. I remember me and my friend used to go running, cycling and work out by dancing when we were 14. Can you imagine 14 year olds going out running together now? Its unheard of isn't it? Maybe they might go to some street dance class or something for 30 mins an hour but I don't reckon many work out together.
I admire my husband's determination and maybe he did take it a bit too far (he was really skinny in his late teens/twenties) but I like a man's attitude to dieting (see my previous post diet like a man). I need to get me some of that going on and maybe, just maybe, a touch of Charles Atlas!