Food Is Not Your Enemy

Lose Weight By Eating Cookies
October 22, 2009, 9:52 am
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This kind of thing drives me nuts. Behold, the “Cookie Diet”:

“Ms. Kane is one of an estimated 500,000 people who have lost weight on Dr. Sanford Siegal’s diet — at least according to Dr. Siegal. The gist of it is simple: Eat cookies and lose up to 10 pounds a month.

Or, in blunter terms: Consume a substance whose ingredients and nutritional value are somewhat vague and drop weight, because how can you not when you’re only consuming 800 to 1,000 calories a day?”

Yes, you will lose weight eating any kind of food at all if you’re restricted to 800-1,000 calories a day. Eat sticks of butter all day. Eat nothing but mayonnaise. You WILL lose weight on that amount of calories.

Of course, everyone gains the weight right back as soon as they get off the diet. Why? Because they’re starving–both for real food, and nutrients from real food. The Cookie Diet is an unsustainable way of eating, and only a quick fix that will ultimately fail you.

To learn more about my approach to lasting weight loss and to sign up for a free consultation, visit my Web site.

Red Meat: Oh So Delicious, But…
April 29, 2009, 12:37 pm
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“There was a time when red meat was a luxury for ordinary Americans, or was at least something special: cooking a roast for Sunday dinner, ordering a steak at a restaurant. Not anymore. Meat consumption has more than doubled in the United States in the last 50 years.”


So begins this week’s New York Times piece about how red meat is killing us.


Do I enjoy red meat? I sure do. From bacon to hanger steaks, pork shoulder to osso buco, I love it all. But should I be eating it every day, like I did as a kid when we got giant beef deliveries by truck from some deal called “The American Meat Plan”?


I decided about a year ago that the answer is no. As I’ve become more and more interested in nutrition and therefore started reading every nutrition article and study I could get my hands on, it became clear that we’re way better off treating meat as the luxury it once was in this country. The healthiest cultures on earth eat red meat sparingly–once a week, or less. And I’m aiming toward that myself. I’m pretty sure that decision has helped me lose 10 pounds over the past six months or so, weight I wasn’t even looking to lose. But hey, I’ll take it!


-Jennifer Schonborn