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4 celeb diets to avoid

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., February 17, 2012 - 12:02pm

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Brierley asks: Have you had success losing weight with any of these diets?


"Paleo: What’s missing?
Dairy, which is how most of us get our calcium and vitamin D. The Paleo Diet is also low in carbohydrates—and there’s research that shows limiting or eliminating carbs impacts your memory and your mood"

What research!?

Please don't make claims to elusive studies without references to the research/ peer reviewed article, it's misleading.


07/29/2012 - 12:59pm

There is an error in your Dukan Diet information. Low-fat dairy (yogurt, cottage cheese, skim milk) are allowed in all four phases. Only cheese is restricted until the consolidation phase. And Oat Bran is required in all four phases, so there are some carbs, even from the beginning.


07/05/2012 - 12:22pm

One of the best things about Paleo is that it is a way of eating you can keep up forever. My wife and I are a year in and have no temptations to return to the low fat, high carb, sickness inducing diet this writer encourages. I love how these people bash Paleo and sound like idiots when they start spouting out nothing more than false information. Keep eating low fat and keep getting sick.


06/24/2012 - 9:40pm

This article is one example of why I'll never subscribe to EatingWell again. The Paleo Diet is not a low carb diet. It focuses on local lean meats, fresh vegetables and fruits, and natural oils. It turns out that grains and potatoes have antinutrient compounds in them that inhibit the absorption of vitamins and minerals. Do some research and you will find this out. And kale has way more bioavailable calcium than milk.


06/24/2012 - 1:58pm

This article is terrible. (Sorry.)

I've been a vegan for over ten years (and a strict vegetarian for the ten years before that)...and I'm a runner, a sports player, and my vitamin B12 and calcium levels are fine. I think you did little research into these actual diets (although mine is a lifestye...a permanent, ecofriendly, philosophical lifestyle).

I did some research in two eating disorder clinics last year -- this article is very similar to the way the dietitians who worked there thought. I knew more about nutrition than them and foods they've never heard of. I found that extremely discouraging.


03/06/2012 - 1:34am

Never done any research to even read any of Loren Cordain's Paleo Diet, Paleo Answers, or even try using a Pub Med search and look at the peer reviewed studies that provide scientific evidence of the health benefits of the Paleo diet. Name another "fad diet" that is so highly referenced.


03/05/2012 - 11:50pm

Yes I have...been on the Dukan Diet for some six months...down 67 all medication for heart, cholesteral and diabetis.....thanks to Dr. Dukan, I am looking forward to a healthier me...and I do have more energy and feel terrific......30 more pounds to go.....


03/05/2012 - 7:31pm

I think I'm going to have to think twice about renewing to this rag. The Palio Diet is not a Diet it is a lifestyle. Was any research done on people who have had horrible health problems and changed to this? I think not. I have fibromyalgia and a lot of people with Fibro are moving to this because it is improving their overall health. I have just started it and I can already tell a difference when I eat processed food again. Some people eat some dairy and some people eat 80/20. You have to do research on this LIFESTYLE CHANGE. I have more energy, less headaches, less aches and pains since I have changed my eating habits.Many people and doctors have suggested an anti inflammatory diet which is basically what is known as a Paleo Diet.This diet is grain free, dairy free, legume free, and nightshade vegetable free. Like I said before, everyone works it a little different but with a little research, one might not shove it off as a fad diet. Please RESEARCH before writing an option piece since doctors and other nutritional consults are suggesting eating PALEO or PRIMAL for health reasons


03/05/2012 - 4:16pm

Please, people, take it from a doctor who knows better: Don't listen to dieticians, the company line is still low fat is best, when in fact that is the opposite of truth when it comes to weight loss. Read "Why we get fat and what to do about it" by Gary Taubes. If you want all the references, read "Good Calories, Bad Calories" by the same author. Sorry people, Atkins was right!


03/05/2012 - 3:30pm

I have had success on the Dukan Diet. I have lost 40pds and i have kept it off. I am in the consolidation phase of the diet. I am really upset with all of these "experts" knocking this diet when they have clearly not done their homework. It is irresponsible journalism to give an expert opinion with no facts. This article is completely inaccurate.

Even if you did not read the book, if you just Google the 100 foods you can eat you will see that all fat free dairy is on the table for this diet, even during the attack phase. To report that you will not get proper calcium is completely false.

Get your facts straight before you report.


03/05/2012 - 2:24pm

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