Cabbage Soup Diet

The premise of this diet is that your body burns more calories digesting this soup than it contains. This is a myth! You will probably lose weight with this diet, because it is extremely low in calories. However, most of weight loss will be water or lean mass, and you will regain it quickly. The […]

Dean Ornish Plan

Dr. Dean Ornish has been promoting his diet for many years. His primary goal was to help reduce heart disease, and weight loss seemed to be a perk to his plan. The Ornish program promotes a vegetarian lifestyle, includes 10% fat, recommends stress management and exercise as part of this lifestyle change. The diet can […]

Hollywood Diet

This is essentially a juice fast. Order a 32 oz bottle of fruit juice for as much as $24.95 and consume nothing but juice and water for 48 hours. They claim you can lose up to 10 pounds in 2 days. Unrealistic weight loss claims, and the use of the word “miracle” should alert you […]

Jenny Craig

Jenny Craig, Inc., was founded in 1983. They are located in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico. The basis of the plan is weekly consultations, and prepackaged foods. The program offers two major membership levels, Platinum and Gold. The Platinum Membership includes: Weight Loss Support * Private, weekly weight loss Consultations * […]

Sonoma Diet

What if we could tell you that you could lose weight without counting calories or shunning carbs, and everything on your plate would be delicious? Welcome to the Sonoma Diet. This new diet is based on the age-old Mediterranean Diet, which is well know for good health, but isn’t exactly a weight loss diet. The […]

Is it Eating Breakfast or What You Eat for Breakfast?

Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN American Institute for Cancer Research Messages encouraging us to eat breakfast usually focus on benefits related to weight control, concentration and work performance, or overall health. It?s important to distinguish, however, between the benefits of eating breakfast and those related to what we eat for breakfast. Eating breakfast shows up […]

Organic Milk: What You Get for the Money

Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN American Institute for Cancer Research Demand for organic milk, which can sell for up to double the cost of other milk, is booming. Deciding whether to spend the extra money is not as clear-cut a decision as some suggest. People may turn to organic milk for health benefits, or environmental […]

Secrets of the Lean Plate Club by Sally Squires

You’ve probably heard of Sally Squires and her Lean Plate Club. This column, published in the Washington Post, has been a weekly habit for most of us since it originated in 2001. Squires has brought us new insight into the dieting world, complete with everything from easy tips to fitness advice and recipes. If you’ve […]

When Exercise is a Battle

Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN American Institute for Cancer Research We are surrounded by messages about the importance of physical activity. So why do so many of us have such trouble starting or sticking with a plan to be more active? Behavioral researchers and therapists report that for some people it reflects over-committed time schedules […]

Mercury Levels in Seafood

Eat more fish, it’s good for your heart. Limit fish intake, due to risk of mercury poisoning. Sound confusing? It’s almost enough to make you hang up your fishing pole and go to KFC. Fortunately, the FDA keeps track of mercury levels in common varieties of fish, so it’s easy to tell what is safe […]