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Timothy Caulfield Loses 30 Pounds While Writing ‘The Cure for Everything’

For Timothy Caulfield, it wasn’t about vanity. It was about cutting through the twisted messages the diet and fitness industries sell our health-crazed society, and finally finding the best way to be truly healthy. And this is why instead of just writing about diet and fitness, he became a human guinea pig to test the theories and health advice he would propose in his book.

Caulfield, 48, is the research director of Health Law and Science Policy Group at the University of Alberta. And he’s now the author of “Finding the Cure to Everything: Untangling Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness.” Unlike most authors who go the traditional route of research, deliberation and then writing, Caulfield became a walking experiment before he ever put pen to paper.

The project started as an academic book. “It wasn’t going to be for the popular press,” Caulfield told Diets in Review in a recent interview.” But then I started getting into it and thought, ‘I’m going to live every one of these chapters’ because I thought it would be a great story.” (more…)

SELF Editor’s New Book Claims Superfoods Will Cause Weight Loss

Superfoods are indeed super, but they aren’t a magic weight loss tool. A new diet book should be more clear before it becomes the next fad.

Lucy Danziger is the editor-in-chief of SELF magazine. She recently published a book about her experiences with eating superfoods and ditching dieting. The book is titled “The Drop 10 Diet. Add to Your Plate to Lose the Weight.”  The book describes how Danziger turned to foods like nuts, berries and whole grains and found herself 25 pounds lighter in just six months. She also focused on what she could eat verses what she couldn’t as she began her diet.

The foods Danziger sticks to are called superfoods. The superfood title was coined in 2004 by Dr. Steven Pratt. He compiled 20 foods that met the criteria for being “super.” These 20 foods are readily available to the public, contain nutrients that are known to enhance longevity, and the health benefits of the food has to be backed by peer-reviewed scientific studies.

The twenty foods that meet Dr. Pratt’s requirements are apples, avocado, beans, blueberries, broccoli, cinnamon, dark chocolate, dried superfruits, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, honey, kiwi, low-fat yogurt, oats, onions, oranges, pomegranates, pumpkin, soy, spinach, tea, tomatoes, turkey, walnuts, and wild salmon.


Slim Calm Sexy Diet Teaches Empowered Eating

Author Keri Glassman has been receiving high praise for her new book Slim Calm Sexy Diet. Glassman is a nationally recognized nutrition expert and advisory board member as well as columnist for Women’s Health Magazine.

Slim Calm Sexy Diet offers an approach to dieting that also touches other areas of your life taking a whole person point of view. Glassman’s program is about allowing you to eat to empower rather than deprive. She focuses on the great foods you can eat rather than what you can’t to reach your goals. With this diet, you can lose up to 20 pounds in six weeks and also strip away the stress that leads to emotional eating and hormone imbalance.

The Slim Calm Sexy Diet focuses on areas of eating and includes an exercise program. Within this program, you learn what to eat and when to eat as well as what type of exercise to do for that slim, calm and sexy body. There are natural, whole foods offered in each category of Slim, Calm and Sexy that focus on improving each of those areas. Below are just a few of Glassman’s recommendations for slim, calm and sexy foods.


New DASH Diet Refocuses the No. 1 Diet for Weight Loss

By Dani Stone

The DASH Diet for Weight Loss: Lose Weight the Healthy Way – and Keep It Off – With America’s Most Respected Diet is a new diet book written by Thomas J. Moore, MD and Megan C. Murphy, MPH with Mark Jenkins and slated for publication on April 17, 2012. The diet, originally intended to lower blood pressure, prevent diabetes and stop hypertension is now being touted for its comprehensive weight loss approach.

The DASH Diet is based on the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) study created in 1993. Dr. Thomas Moore, co-author of the book, gathered in Bethesda, Maryland with a group of 50 researchers, all with one common goal, “design an eating pattern that would lower blood pressure.” After years of research and working with volunteers who agreed to be recipe/meal plan guinea pigs, the results surpassed research goals with volunteers on the DASH diet lowering their systolic blood pressure by at least 11 points, sometimes enough to replace anti-hypertensive medication.

But wait, there’s more! DASH researchers also noted additional benefits including lowering the risk of heart attacks, kidney stones and colon cancer, and it helped people lose weight. U.S. News & World Report agreed, ranking the DASH diet the #1 Overall Diet in 2011. The diet is successful because it encourages counting calories, reducing salt intake and eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. (more…)

Dr. Melina’s Calendar Diet is the Newest Cutting Edge Diet Plan

Does the thought of having to miss out on all the holidays or special events bum you out and make you want to quit a diet before you even start?  Dr. Melina Jampolis, M.D. and Karen Ansel M.S., R.D., with Ami Jampolis M.S. have found a way for you to lose weight while being able to enjoy the holidays and special occasions in your life. It is called The Calendar Diet and combines cutting edge research with real-life practical advice.

Using the research and advice and combining them with a three-pronged approach makes it possible for you to succeed year-round. The first part of the three-pronged approach is step by step diet advice, the second involves recipes based on seasonal ingredients and produce, and last it covers a season-by-season exercise plan.

As well as using the three-pronged approach it also provides additional sections to help you be more successful with your weight loss.  It includes an extensive doctor-designed weight loss plan, 52 seasonal recipes (enough for every week of the year!) that cover every season, realistic diet suggestions for every holiday and seasonal diet trap of the year, behavioral tips, strategies and exercises to keep you on track all year long.  It also includes a total body conditioning workout customizable to fit your lifestyle. (more…)

The Manhattan Diet Controversy

by Dani Stone

A new diet book is slated to hit store shelves on March 20, 2012 and the buzz surrounding its release is already ripe with controversy. Eileen Daspin’s The Manhattan Diet: Lose Weight While Living A Fabulous Life is filled with interviews from Eileen’s fit friends and promises healthy recipes from famous chefs including Tom Colichio, Eric Ripert and Mario Batali. Although the general idea surrounding the book seems to be eat fresh, eat less (a lot less) and move more, it is the “tone” that seems to be rubbing people the wrong way.

Eileen, who lives in Manhattan and is married to executive chef Cesare Casella says her inspiration for the book came after reading a story in the New York Times about Manhattan being the thinnest borough, and in fact, skinniest of all 62 counties in New York State. Having been, “on a diet since the age of 12,” she was no stranger to “food obsession” and set out to find like-minded friends who might share their tips and tricks for healthy living.

There is a modicum of information in the book that is sensible including buying fresh vegetables, planning meals ahead of time, cooking good food in bulk to have on-hand, eating smaller portions and keeping food triggers out of the pantry. The author even advocates giving in to cravings once in a while, but the women interviewed described their “cheat foods” not as cupcakes or buffalo dip but rather tidbit cheats such as a single Tootsie Roll pop or 3.5 Twizzlers.

7 Lessons Dr. Seuss Taught Us About Diet and Fitness

In the popular Dr. Seuss book Oh the Places You Will Go, he cautiously warns readers about the road ahead.

“I’m sorry to say so / but, sadly, it’s true / that Bang-ups / and Hang-ups / can happen to you… Be sure when you step. / Step with care and great tact / and remember that Life’s / a Great Balancing Act.”

You can apply his thoughts to your life in general, or break it down to summarize one particular area, like relationships, weight loss, work, or politics. “All things in moderation” is a common cliche, but one that rings true, especially when it comes to how we care for ourselves.

In light of the highly anticipated release of The Lorax on the big screen today, we thought we’d look at the lessons Dr. Seuss taught us about diet, fitness, and moderation. The messages weren’t always obvious, but we like to think they were subtly worked in to the whimsical stories.

View The Dr. Seuss Diet Slideshow

Also Read: The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Diet

New Book “Think and Grow Thin” Hits Shelves Tomorrow

charles d'angelo book coverTomorrow is the release date for Charles D’Angelo’s new book, Think and Grow Thin. D’Angelo has been a long time, successful weight-loss coach and is now revealing his techniques in his new book. D’Angelo first gained recognition as a teenager. In two years he dropped 156 pounds and began his life long journey to fitness and health. D’Angelo had coached celebrities, politicians, and CEOs. All of these elites have transformed their bodies. Now anyone can learn from D’Angelo.

The book will reveal the weight loss tips that D’Angelo has given his clients for years. His method focuses more on the mind than the body. D’Angelo is known for helping people overcome the mental aspects of their obesity and extra weight. Along with sharing his method, D’Agelo’s book provides eating plans and motivation to lead the reader to permanent weight-loss. Much of the motivation will come in the form of clients success stories and their inspirational before and after photographs.


Biggest Loser’s 6 Weeks to a Healthier You Shines as a Best Diet of 2012

In yesterday’s announcement from US News and World Report’s Best Diets 2012, Biggest Loser took two top spots. Yes, the diet often bashed by critics for what they “see” on TV and not necessarily what they’ve researched received high honors.

First, the list tied Biggest Loser with DASH Diet, also named 2012’s best diet, as the Best Diabetes Diet. Then, it was ranked number two, behind Weight Watchers, as one of the Best Weight-Loss Diets.

The review, completed by a volunteer team of 22 renowned experts, ranked Biggest Loser based almost entirely on the plan outlined in the book Biggest Loser’s 6 Weeks to a Healthier You. Cheryl Forberg, RD was the original co-author, along with Dr. Michael Dansinger, and the author of this book.

“I am thrilled that this review was based mostly on my 6 Weeks to a Healthier You book, which has the most comprehensive and solid science on the plan as well as the ingredients selections,” she told us after hearing the news.

Forberg was the primary dietitian on the show, working with each contestant behind the scenes since season one. Late last year, at the end of season 12, she announced she was leaving Biggest Loser to pursue other work, including growing her Flavor First brand.


Bill Clinton Living a Healthy Lifestyle and Contributing to Diet Books

by Kelsey Murray

Comedians used to make fun of the junk-food loving former president, Bill Clinton. There were many jokes about Bubba and barbecue and Saturday Night Live even made a short skit where Clinton was portrayed as eating strangers’ French fries at a McDonald’s. However, when Clinton announced on CNN that he was becoming a vegan in 2010, the jokes started to die down, and now, it’s become quite apparent how dedicated he really has become to improving his health.

“The short answer is, I went on essentially a plant-based diet,” Clinton said. “I live on beans, legumes, vegetables, fruit. I drink a protein supplement every morning. No dairy. It changed my whole metabolism and I lost 24 pounds, and I got back basically to what I weighed in high school.”

Those are some pretty awesome results, if you ask me.

Now, Clinton is taking on a new role: Blurber-in-Chief. He has been writing blurbs for several health and diet books that he has read and endorses; so far, he has endorsed seven books. One of these books is Eddie Shapes Up, a children’s book that was written by Ed Koch, former New York City mayor.