The Drinking Mans Diet Review

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The Drinking Man’s Diet is for the dieter that has no willpower but a need to lose weight, according to the book description. Authors Gardner Jameson and Elliott Williams set out to help even the direst case lose weight. Many people believe the Drinking Man’s Diet is all about drinking, but the diet is designed as a low carbohydrate plan that allows a carbohydrate-free cocktail from time to time. The original version of the Drinking Man’s Diet was written in 1964. The newer version is nearly identical to that first publication.

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Lower carbohydrate eating plan that allows no carb alcohol.

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In the 1960s, the book’s authors decided to write a pamphlet on how to lose weight while enjoying a bit of alcohol. Other low carbohydrate eating plans are stingy with anything off the whole foods list, but Jameson and Williams wanted a diet every man and woman could follow. You won’t find advice on how to follow the diet. There are no testimonials supporting dieters having lost tons of weight on the plan and the authors are not going to pat the reader on the back while they read of emotional food addictions. The Drinking Man’s Diet is a straight-forward publication that outlines the diet plan, exercise program and what types of alcohol can be consumed while maintaining weight loss.

The program is designed around cocktails and not beer, so beer drinkers will have to stick with low carbohydrate options like Michelob Ultra (2.6 grams of carbs per serving) or Bud 55 (1.9 grams of carbs per serving). A total of 60 carbohydrates are allowed per day. This is far higher than the Atkins low carbohydrate diet, but the Drinking Man’s Diet was written more than a decade before the Atkins Diet Revolution.

The basic premise of the diet is to eliminate known carbohydrate sources like bread, pasta, rice and beans. Instead, the dieter eats meats, fruits and low carbohydrate vegetables with zero carbohydrate alcohol on the side.

There are some editing problems in the book, such as the total carbohydrate count for a gin and tonic. Gin is listed with zero carbohydrates and tonic with zero carbohydrates but the cocktail is listed as having 9 carbohydrates, as noted by one buyer.

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  • Promotes lower carbohydrate eating for weight loss.
  • Allows the dieter to indulge in alcohol daily.


  • Will not cause fast weight loss like other low carbohydrate plans.
  • May be deficient in some vitamins and nutrients.


Dieters that want to lose weight but enjoy a cocktail every evening will love the Drinking Man’s Diet. Exercise is suggested as is the use of supplements to cover any vitamins and minerals missing from the diet.

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