What’s New About The Zone Diet After 20 Years?

In recent radio interviews, I am often asked, “Has anything changed about the Zone Diet over the past 20 years?” The answer is both no and yes. The no answer is that the basic outline of the Zone Diet has not changed at all in the past 20 years. Furthermore, in every carefully controlled clinical… Read more »

Academic Food Fight

Remember the days of the Miller Light commercials with various ex-athletes screaming “Less Filling” versus “Tastes Great” at each other. Academic researchers in nutrition are no different. The latest example of this was a recent article in Cell Metabolism in which the authors state that their carefully controlled study demonstrates that you lose more fat… Read more »

New Breakthroughs in Treating Diabetes

I had the opportunity to read a fascinating little article in the July issue of Diabetes Care (1). What was interesting about this article is that one of the primary authors is a leading academic proponent for the use of drugs to treat obesity and diabetes. In particular, this research asked the simple question: Would… Read more »

Why Do We Have the FDA in the First Place?

Recently the Advisory Committee to the FDA recommended the approval of two new drugs (both are PCSK9 inhibitors that prevent the internalization of LDL receptors) to lower LDL cholesterol. Now the FDA has a chance to actually practice its real mandate, which is to protect the American public, not to generate new revenues for the… Read more »

Harvard Moving Closer to the Zone Diet After 20 Years

The recent article by Smith et al in the 2015 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition tried to answer the question of primary prevention of weight gain (1). This is actually a germane question since most diet studies focus on overweight/obese individuals losing weight after years of gaining weight.  Thus this new article… Read more »

Fish Oil & Heart Disease: The Real Facts (Part 1 of 2)

More than a decade ago I wrote The OmegaRx Zone. I subtitled that book “The Miracle of High-Dose Fish Oil”. A recent article in the New York Times entitled. “Fish oil claims not supported by the research” comes to the opposite conclusion(1). Obviously, one of us is right and the other is wrong. Omega-3 fatty… Read more »

U.S. News Study Is Flawed

Sometimes I just have to roll my eyes when I hear about nutritional experts rating diets. The reason is that apparently none of the “experts” actually reads the published data critically. Undoubtedly, one of the worst offenders is the annual U.S. News and World Report study on diets. After watching them year after year making… Read more »

Diets Don’t Work? Or Does Bad Science Generate Bad Data?

One of the problems with diets is their focus on weight loss, not improved health.  A recent study in Circulation states that it doesn’t matter what diet you follow for weight loss (1).  On the other hand, we have the American Heart Association diet, the American Cancer Association diet, and the American Diabetes Association diet. … Read more »