William Banting History

The very first sustainable weight loss diet was started in the 1860's by William Banting, who after being on a search for around 30 years to try and lose his excess weight, lost 21kg (46lb) in 12 months, (23kg/50lb in a little over 12 months), William was only 165cm tall, (5 foot, 5 inches).

William's weight loss diet still included bread, fruit and red wine everyday, he simply found weight loss balance, I call it Banting Balance. And after losing his uncomfortable excess weight William never had a weight problem ever again for the rest of his life, it was once and forever weight loss.

Here's part of two letters William wrote, responding to Americans in the 1870's.

William first wrote a letter about how he lost his weight and started giving it away, within 12 months "Banting was a household name in England", 'Banting' became the word used by others who started losing their own excess weight following The Banting System.

What was William Banting's profession?

In William's own words, he was "Cabinetmaker, Upholsterer, and Decorator to the (British) Royal Family".

William Banting had already retired from professional life by the time he lost his excess weight at the age of 65, but much has been spoken about his profession being an undertaker. If you do a William Banting google search, it's the first thing it says about William on Wikipedia, this is incorrect, as William points out in the complete fourth edition of his Letter on Corpulence book, published in 1869.

Four years earlier, in 1865, German medical professor Felix von Niemeyer did a Banting presentation to a king in one part of Germany, William included Professor Niemeyer's speech in the fourth edition of his book, correcting a few of the Professor's comments throughout it, see this below passage, William clarifies his profession in the final paragraph.

To be continued...