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bantingism

bantingism, noun.
A method of dieting that avoids bread, milk, butter, beer, sugar, and potatoes.

Etymology:  named after English undertaker William Banting.  He undertook such a diet himself and lost 46 pounds over the course of a year.  In 1863 he distributed a booklet titled "Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public", which described his diet and results.  Although similar in some respects to modern low-carb and low-glycemic diets, the sample diet listed in the booklet included 3-5 glasses of wine per day plus an optional tumbler of grog for a nightcap, after which Mr. Banting experienced "an excellent night's rest".

The diet became quite popular, and bant became a verb.  The verb initially referred to the specific diet but soon was used for dieting in general. 
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