Diet Trends 2013: Part Two

The HealthGal Health Guide
  • Maybe it’s the title, or the credentials or resume of the author, or simply the cover of a new diet book that resonates with you.  Next thing you know, you’ve purchased the book and you’re trying another diet program.  Remember that the diet that will work best for you is one that matches your goals, personality, and budget, while presenting sensible and somewhat science-based information.  Despite what your friends, or even celebrities may say about a diet, it has to “fit you.”


    Dr. Ian Smith, a popular TV guest and author of several diet books, has released a new one called Shred: The Revolutionary Diet – 6 weeks, 4 inches, 2 sizes.  Having moved on from The 4 Day Diet and The Fat Smash Diet, he now contends that many of us face those last 10 or 20 pounds and we need to push through the resistance your body may display, by using a low-glycemic diet, adequate meal spacing and smart meal replacement choices.  You eat every 3-4 hours, three meals or 3 “meal replacements” like soup, smoothies or shakes, plus three snacks.  He’s a big fan of diet confusion, a theory that suggests that if you are constantly switching up your food choices (and calorie amounts), you will “trick” your body into shedding those last excess pounds.  I’ve had great success with the theory that when you hit a plateau, if you simply get more precise about measuring calories and using target heart rates during exercise, you will get off the last few pounds.  Dr. Ian has shredders (consumers who have lost weight on the plan) who have used his plan and had success, so it clearly works if the plan is a good fit for you.

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    David Zinczenko has left his position at Rodale Publishing and The 8 Hour Diet is his newest publishing effort.  The premise of the book is that we are all spending too many waking hours eating.  So it’s not how much we are eating per say, but the fact that there seems to be no sign on our kitchens saying "closed for the night."  From my perspective, if we are spending too many hours consuming food, then we are actually eating too much.  I guess it may be another case of semantics.  Mr. Zinzenko suggests that there is an 8 hour window during which we should be consuming our calories.  I'm all for the idea, but I don't think there is anything really new here.  Eat less, move more.  An old adage that continues to be sagelike advice.  You don't necessarily need a new book to tell you this.  You might want to invest in the kitchen sign, though!!


    Wheat Belly Cookbook suggests that we are wheataholics with most grain foods and processed grain foods, full of wheat and unhealthy for us.  The author, William Davis has spearheaded an anti-wheat movement and offers a compendium of information on “why not wheat” and the alternative food options one can prepare instead.  The book suggests that avoiding wheat will help you to lose pounds, especially in your abdomen, and it will ultimately help you to achieve better health.


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    Remember that you can also sign on to a tried and true program like Weight Watchers, that guides you with information and support while allowing you to make your own food choices, or a program like Jenny Craig or Nutri-system that provides prepared, portion measured food items, tailored to your calorie and dietary needs, while also providing one-on-one coaching.  There are also medically vetted diets, like the DASH Diet, created to help patients improve their blood pressure profile, but also appropriate for someone trying to lose weight and improve their overall health.


    The best diet of 2013?  The one that works for you, for the long term.


    Amy Hendel is a health professional, journalist and host of Food Rescue, Simple Smoothies and What’s for Lunch?  Author of Fat Families, Thin Families and The 4 Habits of Healthy Families, she tweets health headlines daily #HealthGal1103.  Catch her guest appearances on Marie! on Hallmark and other local and national news and talk shows.



Published On: March 07, 2013