William Banting was a carpenter and undertaker who first championed the idea that a diet low in carbohydrates had health promoting benefits. He himself had many health problems including being over weight and sought in vain over many, many years for a solution.
Follow this link to read an interesting history about his journey and the discovery of the health benefits of carbohydrate reduction in the late 1800’s.
And follow this link to read his original pamphlet called, “Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public” which he originally gave away free to the citizens of England in gratitude for his improved health.
Reading his account will give you an idea of really how long this “fad” diet has been around.