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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: August 10, 2010
  • Run Time: 288 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039ZF8IM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,428 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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9 Brits try losing weight the old-fashioned way

A century ago, women’s waists were 10 inches smaller, and the average man was 20 pounds lighter. What did our grandparents know that we have forgotten? Fit and trim historian Sir Roy Strong takes nine overweight volunteers back in time to find the answers. Divided into teams, the participants try weight-loss plans from three different eras. The Victorian diet consists mostly of meat. The Edwardians are allowed to eat whatever they want--provided they chew each bite 32 times. The final team is assigned to a calorie-controlled diet popular in the Roaring ’20s.

In this one-of-a-kind British reality show, a magnificent Victorian country house becomes an early 1900s health spa. The volunteers wear period dress and take part in fitness regimens of the past, including cold baths, dancing, military drills, and some more unusual practices. Who will slim down the most? What life-changing lessons can we learn from our ancestors? And does history hold the answer to the world’s obesity epidemic?

Contains nudity, coarse language, and medical scenes

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on June 23, 2010
9 modern obese Brits agree to a Diet Reality show which includes an experiment of weight loss through the use of 3 old British diets. There is also a competition between 3 teams of 3. Diets vary for each team: Edwardian diet team; Victorian diet team; and Roaring 20s calorie-controlled diet team. Who will win? Which diet is best? If any. The show covers 6 episodes, a total of 24 days at the beautiful Victorian country house turned into diet center. I'd love to visit the estate, but not for the diet plan.

The show was obviously created for entertainment, but it also provides a documentary of 3 old diets that many or may not work for today's lifestyles. It is an experiment in the validity of the diets as well as the tenacity & willpower of the diet needy participants. It's fun getting to know the over-eaters.

The diets are: Victorian-meat, no carbs; Edwardian-chew, chew, 32 times, but anything; and 1920s-celery, veggies, celery, fruit, 1200 cal. a day.

Even costumes are provided, period perfect, as well as exercise in historic methods. Many other weird historic diet measures are introduced: ice-water bath, nude exercise, paper chase, erotic dance, sand bath, sun bath, steam, colonic irrigation, army drills, etc. Not all you witness would likely be recommended by your family physician. Education provided for the 9 participants vary from a fat pig dissection, weight loss comparisons to hampers of potatoes and lard bricks, farm market, clothing, child-birthing by the obese, etc.

It is sometimes alarming, sometimes funny, sometimes educational. Through it all, it is entertaining. Who will survive? Who will loose? Who will change forever? Who will cheat? Who needs psychological help? I'll not spoil your fun by divulging the diet results.
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I really enjoyed Diets That Time Forgot. They took 9 people and sent them to an old mansion in the U.K. They were sorted into groups of Edwardian, Victorian, and 20s-Style exercise and diet. Staff and participants are dressed according to their group. They don't always like the clothes, the food, or the exercise. In fact, most of the time they don't. However, they are losing weight and having fun with it. Watching it makes my own workout go by faster. Laughing is also healthy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. J. BICKFORD on September 11, 2012
Nine overweight Britons are divided into 3 period teams: Victorian, Edwardian, and 1920s, and put on various historical diets. It's presumably competitive to see which of the diets is most effective, but after one of them leaves in a snit, and it also becomes clear of the cast are more motivated than others, it's hard to gauge which is more effective than others, but the final conclusion made is that they all work, and health and fitness are more a factor of self-discipline than anything else.

The casting is a huge part of the appeal of this show, and makes it fun to watch. The eight overweight Britons who are left are charming and good-natured, and open about their own experiences with their body images, fat discrimination, and health concerns. The staff that monitors them is strict, scolding, and yet charming, too. The historian who runs the experiment is such a fat Nazi, calling them blobs of fat buried under lumpy clothes. He often chides the contestants about their comportment, manners, and lack of willpower. "Matron," the nurse, weights them and watches their health, but once she just lays into one guy after he grabs someone else's leftover desert, and tells him he can just enjoy that cheese when he's got his legs cut off when he gets diabetes, which he "surely will 5-6 years from now." There's the old school New-Age spirit, who teaches the cast (well, mostly the 1920s crew) about interpretive dance and naturism. And there's the grumpy butler, who openly thinks the contestants are bunch of misbehaved children.

One thing you learn is that there is practically nothing new when it comes to what we think of to do in weight-loss and health.
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By Bijou B on October 1, 2013
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I really enjoyed this series. It was very interesting to learn about diets from different eras. I also enjoyed learning the tid-bits about fashions, social activities and exercises of each time period.

Huge bummer that there aren't more seasons of this show!!
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