Back to the Future of Dieting

A few weeks ago, I was reading about the experimental confirmation that gravitational waves predicted by Einstein more than 100 years earlier did truly exist.  Until Einstein developed his revolutionary theories, physics was a lot simpler, but it also couldn’t explain a lot of things. Likewise 20 years ago, the world of nutrition was also… Read more »

Don’t DASH Your Hopes About the Zone Diet

Every year the U.S. News and World Report ranks diets in many categories, ranging from Best Overall Diet, to Best Weight Loss Diet, to Best Diabetes Diet, and so on. For some reason, the Zone Diet always gets ranked somewhere between the Drinking Man’s diet and Grapefruit diet. What did I possibly do to so… Read more »

Making Sense Out of Confusion: U.S. Dept. of Health Releases New Dietary Guidelines

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the new 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It’s 2016 already. What happened to 2015? It turns out that draft guidelines released in February 2015 ran into political reality with the food lobbies. In particular, the meat, poultry, and beverage industries cried foul and… Read more »

Is Tom Brady Really in the Zone?

I was reading a recent article in Business Insider about the New England Patriots’ quarterback, and his diet as explained by his personal chef: Here is what Tom Brady eats to stay in peak condition at an age most players retire. As far as I can gather from the limited information provided in the article, it… Read more »

One of the Few Diet Books I Would Ever Recommend

I very rarely recommend diet books because most of them are either rewrites of my basic ideas presented in The Zone (1) more than 20 years ago (i.e. excess insulin and excess inflammation make you fat, sick, and age faster) or are based on unsustainable ideas that are presented as “scientific facts” (i.e., gluten kills,… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »