Deathly concerned about keeping up that thin, pale, tuberculosis-lookin' Victorian figure, he came up with a diet all his own. And it was no less insane than the ancient grains paleo crap Angelina Jolie abides by. Byron started off living on biscuits, soda water, and vinegar-drenched potatoes, with the occasional cheat binge washed down with copious amounts of magnesia. By 1816, he was subsisting solely on thin slices of bread, tiny amounts of vegetables, seltzer water, tea, and magnesium supplements. To calm the hunger pangs, he smoked cigars.
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Then, to beat the nicotine cravings, he'd snort a little cyanide.
This diet worked great, in that it gave him that authentic "maybe he's born with it, maybe it's a malady" look. He dropped from 194 lbs in university to a sickly 125 lbs in the span of five years. That he was only 36 when he died was probably a coincidence.