The Fun of Getting Thin

How To Be Happy and Reduce the Waist Line

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Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,880 / 29 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 79.9
LoC Category: RM
Downloads: 6,474
Added to site: 2005.02.11 9562

I had the strength to tote it round and had the shoulders and the chest to conceal it. I didn't show any bay window, as most fat men do. As they used to say: "You're big all over. You carry it all right."

All this time I was eating three or four times a day and eating everything that came my way. Also, I drank some--not excessively, but some whisky and some beer, and occasionally some wine and cocktails--about the average amount of drinking the average man does. I thought I was getting too fat, and I wrestled with a bicycle all one summer, taking long rides and plugging round a good deal. I did some centuries, but continued eating like a horse--naturally because of the outdoor exercise--and drank a good deal of beer. As will be seen, all the fat I had was legitimate enough. I put it on myself. There was no hereditary nonsense about it. I was responsible for every ounce of it. The net result of that summer's bicycle campaign was a gain of five pounds in weight. I was harder--but I was fatter, too.


Average Rating of 4.5 from 4 reviews: *****

This account is quite well written and also very funny. Highly quotable for such a short read. It was interesting to see what has changed in the world of health and fitness and what hasn't.


I would recommend this book to anyone who is thinking about taking off a few - or more than a few pounds.

Many modern diet "gurus" will tell you how easy it is to lose weight on their plan. This blatant lie is part of the reason that most people fail. No sugar coating it in this book as the author describes the process of his weight loss -

"It is a job of work, grueling combat to the finish, a task that appalls and usually repels."

His approach is simple and sound - no alcohol, eat what you usually do, just less of it. Basically the approach my doctor recommends 100 years later.

Ray Kerry

Elita has said it all perfectly exactly as I would have said it-had I the ability to do so.


"The Fun of Getting Thin" is a short yet fun read on one man's weight gain and weight loss journey. I read this book out of sheer curiosity on what the weight-loss struggle was like "back in the time" only to learn that not much has changed. The bombardment of ideas and philosophies on what it takes to lose weight back in Samuel Blythe's time (circa 1912) is very similar to what we experience today.

Mr. Blythe's book is not about shoving a product or diet idea. Neither was it working towards the perfect body. It was about the decisions Mr. Blythe made, regardless of conventional diet plans or exercise products out at the time, to change his life and his eating habits so he can be happy with himself again.

In that respect, the book is commendable and encouraging. It's a fun and quick read that may help motivate you further in your own weight loss journey.

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