The Other Way
Park Avenue Women Get Thin
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If you've been to the
bookstore lately, you may have been tempted by the latest crop of hot, new diet
books. Sonoma is the new South Beach, rice is the new low-carb, and Park Avenue
princesses are the new French women. These authors, like Dr. Atkins before
them, probably believe their diets provide the key to real, long-term weight
loss. Yet some ideas sound downright gimmicky, like eating nothing but lemon
flavors all day long (?!) or eating every other day (I don't know about you,
but I like to eat every day). See for yourself . . .
Rice Diet Solution. This diet focuses on foods like rice that are low in
fat and sodium but high in calories and fiber. Salt is an appetite stimulant,
so when you reduce salt intake, you lose water weight and are less inclined to
overeat. The Rice Diet also limits saturated fats and instead relies on
carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans) as the main source of
nutrition. The fiber cleanses your system and satisfies you so you feel full
quickly. Hmmm, I wonder how much fiber is in my Atkins book.
Fitness Advisor Steve
Edward's Take: I'm instantly suspicious of any diet claiming that one food is
- The Sonoma Diet. Sonoma cuisine, with its diverse flavors
and emphasis on local fare, is another spin on the Mediterranean diet: enjoy
your food without guilt and select the highest quality, freshest, and most
wholesome foods, including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, olive
oil, lean meats, and wine. Wine and nuts and olive oil, oh my! This is my kind
Steve's Take: I'm not
saying it's bad necessarily, but basing a diet on geography seems like a
strange trend. I mean, prisoners are fit. Are we about to see The Prison
- The QOD Diet.
Eating QOD means eating mostly every other day so you lose weight gradually
without pushing your body into starvation mode. During your ON days, you can
pretty much eat what you want (as long as you don't binge) so you don't need to
feel deprived. During your OFF days, you need to limit food intake to
300400 calories, but your mineral intake (sodium, potassium, and calcium)
should be kept constant. While periodic fasting is very Zen, I'm not sure I've
reached that height of enlightenment.
Steve's Take: This is
very similar to the often recommended zig-zag diet, which is helpful for
keeping your metabolism in line while you're trying to alter your caloric
intake. It works as a phase, but is probably not the best lifestyle.
- The Flavor Point. The Flavor Point diet is based on
the premise that flavor variety stimulates your appetite while flavor
repetition pacifies it. You can eat a variety of flavors over time, but eating
too many flavors at any one time puts your brain's appetite center into
overdrive. So you need to organize your flavors into days; for instance, lemon
day will kick-off with lemon-poppy seed muffins for breakfast, Lemon Tabbouleh
Salad for lunch, lemon-flavored tilapia for dinner, and lemon sorbet for
dinner. I love the fact that I can eat muffins and dessert, but what do I do
after lemon day and how do I make tilapia anyway?
Steve's Take: I guess if
you throw enough ideas out there, something will work for almost anyone. I'm
quite certain this is not the key to our obesity epidemic.
- How the Rich Get Thin. In this book, Jana Klauer, a
Park Avenue diet doctor, shares the secrets of her fabulously wealthy and
skinny clientele. The women exercise daily and consume high-quality protein,
calcium, and complex carbs, but stay away from all processed foods. It's
quality over quantity. And of course, some nip and tuck and Fifth Avenue
fashion helps, too.
Steve's Take: The rich
get thin because they can afford the best foods, the best trainers, and the
best doctors. And if you buy this book, they'll get even richer, but it's
highly unlikely you'll get any thinner. You'll probably just get
- The Supermarket Diet. This book from Good
Housekeeping tries to provide weight loss solutions for real people by making
the diet plan as easy as going to your local supermarket and picking up
ordinary fresh and packaged foods and avoiding fast food. You'll learn how to
read food labels to eat healthy, shop for packaged foods that won't sabotage a
diet, and stick to a healthy, balanced menu. So more supermarket, less Super
Steve's Take: You mean,
if I eat less fast food I'll be more healthy? Shocking!
The bottom line is that you
don't need a special, new diet for long-term success. Just eat more natural
foods, get more exercise, and you'll feel better, lose weight, and live longer.
That's the Beachbody way. Simply refer to the diet guides that came with your