The Mayo Clinic Diet. The Longevity Diet. The Raw Foods Detox Diet. Pills, potions, cleanses, superfoods. There are so many diet and nutrition books (and their associated tools) out there claiming to provide the one true blueprint for good health; it’s hard for even the healthiest and best-read among us to know what works and what’s bunk.
The American Dietetic Association wants to help, though. The organization had its dietitians review 15 of the latest and best-selling diet and lifestyle books; you can check out all the reviews at www.eatright.org/dietreviews. Each review contains a synopsis of the diet or lifestyle being promoted. and its nutritional pros and cons.
“While some of these products and programs offer sound nutrition information, others are gimmicks and can even be dangerous,” said Marjorie Nolan, a dietician and one of the reviewers.
These are just some of the popular diet books the ADA reviews include:
- The 4 Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman by Timothy Ferriss (he of ‘The 4-Hour Work Week’ fame, which I found so annoying I couldn’t get through it).
- The 17 Day Diet by Mike Moreno (I can just imagine the brainstorming session: 15 days? Nah, too short. 30 days? Been done before. I got it; 17 days! What a perfectly arbitrary number).
- Cinch! Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches by Cynthia Sass
- Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite your Spark and Live Like You Mean It! by Kris Carr. (These are real book titles?)
- The Dukan Diet by Pierre Dukan (made famous by none other than Kate Middleton)
- The New Sonoma Diet: Trimmer Waist, More Energy in Just 10 Days by Connie Guttersen
Have you read any of these books or tried any of these diets? Give us your own reviews in the comments section, below: