08/28/2012 08:41 am ET Updated Aug 28, 2012

Celebrity Diet Advice From Yesteryear

In a recent article on New York Magazine's The Cut, writer Rebecca Harrington attempted to eat as had been outlined in Elizabeth Taylor's 1987 memoir-based diet book, Elizabeth Takes Off . What she found was not only outside the realm of modern taste (steak and peanut-butter sandwiches?), but it was also out of line with current notions of nutrition and wellness.

This wouldn't be the first time that a celebrity diet seemed outdated and just plain unhealthful. From troubled Victorian-era Romantic writer Lord Byron to contemporary fashion superstar Karl Lagerfeld, many boldfaced names get it wrong when it comes to nutrition and healthy weight management practices. Want proof? Here are a few examples:

Strange Diet Habits Of The Stars

Of course, we don't mean to give today's stars a free pass -- some reports have suggested that many of the current crop of celebrities seek unhealthful weight loss and weight management behaviors, such as taking ADHD medication to stave off appetite.

And many celebrities of yesteryear got it right too. Marilyn Monroe worked out with weights far before it was considered acceptable for women to do so. And Greta Garbo and Gloria Swanson were both vegetarians during a time when meat was considered a staple of every meal.