Diet's Blog (Page 34)

April 19, 2011 - 4:37pm
By Kerri-Ann Jennings in EatingWell Blogs

The latest fad diet gaining media attention is the 17 Day Diet, by Dr. Mike Moreno (it’s been featured on Dr. Phil and Good Morning America). One devoted Facebook fan wrote, “It’s not just a diet it's a lifestyle now for me!” If you haven’t heard of it, here’s your chance to learn all about it and weigh in with your two cents:

Although it’s called the 17 Day Diet, it technically lasts longer than 17 days. The diet consists of 4 cycles—the first 3 are 17 days long, the last is (sigh) lifelong. In a nutshell, the diet advocates low-carb, low-fat fare and then builds in more whole grains and some refined carbohydrates.

Cycle 1, “Accelerate,” promises a rapid drop of 10 to 12 pounds (much of which is water weight) on a diet of unlimited quantities of skinless chicken and turkey breasts, fish and egg whites and low-carb vegetables (...

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April 8, 2011 - 4:48pm
By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D. in EatingWell Blogs

Indoors or outdoors, I typically enjoy exercising. But there are always those days when I know that half an hour on the elliptical machine or a few miles of running is going to feel a lot longer. On those days I make sure my iPod is charged and loaded with a good mix of songs to get me through my workout. This month I’m moving to these songs, courtesy of Chris Lawhorn at, a popular workout music site.

1. Martin Solveig & Dragonette, Hello
2. Kesha, Blow
3. Black Eyed Peas, The Time (Wideboys...

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April 7, 2011 - 11:37am
By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D. in EatingWell Blogs

With Americans consuming about a third of their total calories on food prepared outside of the home, it’s welcome news (at least to me) that last week, the Food and Drug Administration released proposed calorie labeling rules for food sold in vending machines and on menus in chain restaurants with 20 or more locations.

Menu labeling laws already exist in 18 states, cities and counties, including my home state Vermont, as well as California, New York City, Philadelphia and King County, Washington.

I love having nutrition information to refer to as I’m deciding what to order. (Though some argue nutrition information doesn’t influence people to make healthier choices. See EatingWell advisor Rachel Johnson’s post, Is posting calorie counts on...

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April 6, 2011 - 4:22pm

I recently wrote about my compulsive dark-chocolate M&M eating and mentioned the fascinating story about food addiction that science journalist Rachael Moeller Gorman wrote for the April issue of EatingWell Magazine. In a nutshell: People who chronically crave food aren’t so different from those who suffer drug and alcohol addictions. This week, I read another new study—in the Archives of General Psychiatry—that backs the notion that, for some people, cookies and other particularly delicious foods might stimulate the brain in ways similar to cocaine. In this study, researchers at Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity asked 48 women to take a quiz that measured their “food addiction.”...

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April 4, 2011 - 2:51pm
By Kerri-Ann Jennings in EatingWell Blogs

Since I read about the Dukan Diet, which the New York Times has dubbed the “French Atkins,” I’ve been wondering how much this diet will take hold in the U.S. (you can read Elaine Sciolino’s piece in the New York Times here). It’s been wildly popular in Europe, with the French copy selling 3.5 million copies, and is soon to make its North American debut. Adherents, or “Dukannistes” include European celebrities, such as Kate Middleton's glamorous mother, Carole.

What is the Dukan Diet? It’s a low-carb plan made up of 4 phases, with an emphasis on lean protein foods. During Phase 1, which lasts about 5 days, Dukannistes eat only lean protein—fat-free dairy, fish, lean meat, skinless poultry and eggs—with a little bit of oat bran and lots of water. Phase 2 adds low-...

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