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Rob Gronkowski is trying Tom Brady’s diet plan, but skipping one key part

Tom Brady‘s diet might not be glamorous, but it’s slowly winning over some New England Patriots teammates.

For example, take Rob Gronkowski. After watching the 39-year-old Brady play through the entire 2016 season without missing a game to injury — Gronk missed eight games — Gronkowski decided that he wanted to emulate Brady’s lifestyle, so he could be as healthy as possible.  

“Just looking at Tom, seeing what he does every day, what he eats, talking to him, personally one-on-one, just learning about the body with him, just seeing how flexible he is, how pliable he is, how loose he is all the time, every day and ready to go,” Gronkowski said in a recent interview with the Boston Herald. “I just felt like it was the time in my career where I needed to devote myself at all levels,” 

So what does that mean?

It means that Gronk has spent the past three months working with Brady’s body coach (Alex Guerrero) and eating the same type of food that Brady eats.  

Since Gronk’s career started in 2010, Brady has missed zero games due to injury while Gronkowski has missed 24 out of 112 regular-season games. For Gronk, the hope is that by implementing Brady’s way of life into his life, there will be less injuries down the road. 

“I just felt like I had to add on to what I was doing. Find a way that my body will respond so I can perform every day. Be in prevention mode for injuries happening,” Gronkowski said. “I definitely feel like a brand new guy just being able to do exercises here [at the TB12 center].”

Since most of Brady’s meals are plant-based, it means that Gronk has had to mostly give up on meat, which seems to be working out for him so far, thanks in large part to Brady’s cooking skills. 

“Tom’s my chef. I told him I’m only eating them if you have them ready for me,” Gronkowski said. “And he said, ‘Deal.'”

Brady might not be much of a cook, but we do know that he can make a mean beluga lentil taco, so I’m guessing that’s what he eats with Gronk every night. 

We broke out the latest TB12 Performance Meal last night. Beluga Lentil Tacos…So good!! Link in bio

A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on Apr 12, 2017 at 8:56am PDT

Although it seems that Gronk has been willing to mostly give up meat, there’s one thing he hasn’t necessarily been willing to give up: Alcohol. 

Unlike Brady, who isn’t really known to ever drink, Gronk still has the occasional adult beverage. Under Guerrero’s watch, Gronk is allowed to drink alcohol, there’s just one catch: He has to clean out his body afterward. 

For every one drink of alcohol, Gronk is expected to drink three glasses of water to offset the damage he’s doing to his body. The three glasses of water rule also applies if Gronk were to drink coffee.  

So far, Guerrero has been impressed with his new client. “Rob has been really committed,” Guerrero told the Herald. “He’s done a great job. The foundation has been set. Certainly, we’re not done.”

If you want to eat like Brady, all you need to do is shell out $78 a week and join his at-home food delivery service. If $78 is too steep of a price for you, then you can buy something cheaper: Brady also sells a $50 bag of nuts

I’m not sure if $50 is a good price for nuts, but it must be, because those things always seem to sell out just seconds after they get more stock. 

Finally, if you’re looking to embrace the entire Brady diet and you have $200 to spare, you can buy his cookbook, which isn’t actually a cookbook, because it’s a “Nutrition manual,” according to Brady. If you follow Brady’s diet plan, there’s no guarantee that you’ll also marry a supermodel and win five Super Bowls, but it seems like it could be worth a try. 

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New No Diet System Workbook, "Eat What You Want! Stop When You Want!" Just Joined The Amazon Best Seller List

NEW YORK, Aug. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Sora Vernikoff, a no diet, weight-loss coach just released her workbook “Eat What You Want! Stop When You Want! A No Diet, Weight-Loss Program“. Her workbook just became a #1 Amazon Best Seller to now help as many unhappy dieters as possible.

Sora Vernikoff healed herself of compulsive eating over 20 years ago while she was a classroom educator in a Brooklyn inner city school. One day Sora looked at her challenging 35 fourth graders kids and thought to herself, “Why do these kids listen to me and yet I can’t stop thinking about food or eating?”  Sora then stopped dieting, journaled all her eating experiences and let 25 pounds go which she has not regained to this day.

When Sora reached her no dieted weight loss goal, Sora knew that she could transfer her classroom “management” techniques to food “management” techniques and Sora’s Weight Loss “Management” Program was born. The Program as taught to hundreds of unhappy dieters lets you eat what you want, stop when you want and become forever thin and healthy and all without having to diet.

Sora’s Weight Loss “Management” Program as taught in “Eat What You Want! Stop When You Want! A No Diet, Weight-Loss Program” is in a workbook format and is made up of two very special eat and stop yourself techniques. First there’s The “Green” Technique and then there’s The “Red” Technique. Now, The “Green” Technique lets you first decide how much of the food that you want is enough and then set aside the amount that is “too much” called your “Too” Much Marker.  Then you can “eat” the amount that you decided was “enough” amount but not your “Too” Much Marker.  This lets you know by Program definition that you have eaten and stopped yourself.  The “Red” Technique is similar to The “Green” Technique but is different in the way that it actually works.

There are also three additional no diet, weight-loss “management” strategies in this no diet program that supports The Program User by reducing the amount of time that it will take him to reach his non-dieted weight loss goal.

For more information on how to eat what you want, stop when you want and become forever thin and healthy all without having to diet and the book which teaches this process, visit www.nodieting.net or contact Sora at 212-464-8590.

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10 Trendiest Diet Plans in the US


Diet plans, programs, books and advertisements are everywhere. There are so many diet plans in existence, it can be difficult to select just one. It can be extremely challenging to research effective diet plans and select the one that is right for you.

What are the trendiest diets? Which diets are the most popular? What diet plans are the most effective? To find some answers, we analyzed search volume, data from Google Trends, and a range of other sources to assess the state of dieting in the U.S. in 2017.

The table below lists the most popular diet plans in America today ranked by monthly U.S. search volume.

The paleo diet, which is based on consuming only foods our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate, is by far and away the most-searched-for diet plan. The Atkins diet, the low-carb program associated with American celebrities, is second. In third is the Mediterranean diet, which is based on the consumption of vegetables, olive oil and moderate amounts of lean protein. The low-carb Dukan diet is fourth in terms of U.S. search volume, while the DASH diet, based on reducing the amount of sodium in your diet, is fifth.

To gauge the level of interest in these diets over time, we looked at Google Trends data, which shows that of our top 10 most searched-for diets, the anti-inflammatory diet is the only term that has peaked in interest over the past year. Interest has increased steadily over the past four years and hit its peak in January 2017. The paleo diet has declined significantly with search interest only 27 percent of its 2013 peak. The Atkins diet peaked in interest in late 2013 and has also experienced a considerable decline since then.

To help you assess the strengths and weaknesses of each diet, we have analyzed the most popular diets in terms of effectiveness, popularity and trendiness as well as weighing the pros and cons of each and the states where the diet is most popular.

1. The Paleo Diet

With a monthly search volume of 368,000, the paleo diet is the most searched diet in America. Based on the belief that modern foods full of trans fats and sugars cause illness, the paleo diet eliminates processed foods and—the theory goes—gets dieters to eat the way nature intended.

The paleo diet includes foods like lean meats, fish, seafood, eggs, vegetables, some fruit like berries and those with low sugar, nuts in moderation, and natural oils like coconut oil. The basic rule of thumb is, if our ancestors 10,000 years ago could not eat the food, then you can’t either. The foods to avoid are factory farmed meats, legumes, dairy products, cereal, grains, soft drinks, fruit juices and sweets.

The diet is still hugely popular, but we can see from Google Trends that it actually peaked in popularity in 2013.

The reason for this surge is most likely linked to the release of the 2013 book The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson, which promised to help readers reprogram their genes for effortless weight loss by following a primal or paleo diet. The release of another bestseller in 2010, The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf, had already brought the paleo diet into the public consciousness.

In spite of the popularity of the paleo diet, a study by U.S. News rates the paleo diet as only the 36th most effective diet. The study assessed all diets across a range of metrics including weight-loss effectiveness, healthiness and how easy they are to follow. Some of the criticisms leveled at the paleo diet are that low-fat diets are more effective for fat loss than low-carb diets. Other critics have labeled the quest to replicate the caveman diet as “delusional” and ignorant of evolution. Another blow to the diet’s popularity came in 2015 when a paleo chef’s baby diet book was pulled because it was deemed unsafe.

The states that are most interested in the paleo diet according to Google Trends are:

  1. Wyoming
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Montana
  4. Alaska
  5. Colorado

To learn more about the paleo diet, check out the following resources:

2. The Atkins Diet

The Atkins diet is a well-known diet plan that focuses on eliminating carbohydrates as a long-term goal for weight loss. The emphasis revolves around protein, fat and low-starch vegetable consumption. Dieters need to learn how to eliminate even the most basic of carbohydrates, like flour and sugar.

Dr. Robert C. Atkins invented this diet plan back in 1972, emphasizing the idea that carbohydrates, not dietary fat, create weight gain. Atkins has promoted his diet plan by telling dieters they can drop large amounts of weight without having to give up all types of food they like.

The Google trends graph for the Atkins diet demonstrates that the diet plan spiked in September 2013, and since then has leveled out in popularity.

The average monthly U.S. searches on Google for the Atkins diet is 165,000, meaning it is still one of the most popular diets in America today. However, the U.S. News study ranked the Atkins diet 35th in overall diet effectiveness. The Atkins diet does rank highly in terms of fast weight loss, but gets a low rating for heart health, diabetes management and health eating.

The states where search volume for the Atkins diet is highest are:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Arkansas
  3. West Virginia
  4. Louisiana
  5. Alabama

One of the advantages of the Atkins diet is that there is no calorie counting. Foods like steaks and burgers do not have to be removed from your diet. For those looking to lose weight quickly, the Atkins diet can deliver. Rapid weight loss is common during the initial phase of the diet.

The Atkins diet promotes a long-term lifestyle change, which many dieters find difficult, and also creates the side effect of lethargy. Furthermore, some experts feel that limiting carbohydrate intake can be unhealthy, and cause unnecessary side effects. Elsewhere, Atkins dieters have reported experiencing dehydration and constipation.

To read up on the Atkins diet, visit the following links:

3. Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet, as the name suggests, is based around foods consumed in Mediterranean countries like Greece and Italy like fruits, whole grains, fish, olive oil, and vegetables. The Mediterranean diet takes a long-term approach to dieting rather than the quick-fix approach adopted by other trendy diets. Highly processed fast foods are to be limited, as are dairy products. Salt is eliminated, while a glass or two of red wine is encouraged.

In terms of popularity, the Mediterranean diet is the third most searched in America with 135,000 per month. From looking at Google Trends we can see that interest in the Mediterranean diet peaked in 2013 before leveling off over the last few years.

The top five states in terms of interest in the Mediterranean diet are:

  1. Idaho
  2. New Mexico
  3. Maine
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Vermont

The spike in interest in 2013 is likely linked to a well-publicized study that year from the New England Journal of Medicine, which showed that following the Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease.

In terms of overall effectiveness, the U.S. News Study ranks the Mediterranean diet at number two. The Mediterranean diet scores highly across the board ranking first in best plant-based diet and easiest to follow, second in diabetes management, healthy eating. If you are looking for a quick-fix weight loss program, the Mediterranean diet might not be for you—it  ranks 19th as a fast weight loss diet.

The Mediterranean diet is easy to follow, all major food groups are included, and it is low in saturated fat. On the flip side, critics of the diet have pointed out a number of cons: It is expensive to buy the fresh food required to follow the diet; it’s not especially effective for losing weight; and portion sizes are left open to interpretation.

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​4. Dukan Diet

With 90,500 monthly U.S. searches, the Dukan diet is tied for fourth in our list of most popular diets. The diet, named after Pierre Dukan, is based on a high-protein, low-carb diet and involves four detailed phases designed for quick weight loss. Dieters are allowed to eat lean meats, fish, shellfish, fat-free yogurt, eggs, and certain vegetables.

Dukan created the diet as far back as the 1970s after being inspired by an obese patient who was unwilling to give up eating meat. An online survey among 1,500 Dukan dieters found that on average, dieters lost 16 pounds during the first two phases. In 2014, a study presented at the Annual American College of Nutrition Conference showed that the Dukan diet was both safe and effective.

Looking at Google Trends data, we can see that the Dukan diet peaked in interest in 2012 and has experienced something of a decline since then. This peak might have something to do with admissions from celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Gisele Bundchen that they followed the diet.

The five states where the Dukan diet is most popular are:

  1. New York
  2. Connecticut
  3. Louisiana
  4. New Jersey
  5. Massachusetts

Just like other popular diets like paleo and Atkins, the Dukan diet does not rank very well in U.S. News effectiveness rating, ranking only 37th in best overall diet. A number of other studies have also been undertaken that leave question marks about the effectiveness of the Dukan diet:

  • A survey of 5,000 Dukan dieters by Le Journal des Femmes Sante showed that 35 percent regained all the weight they had lost in less than a year. The figure was as high as 80% after four years.
  • A study by the University of Granada on rats shows that high-protein diets like the Dukan diet increase the chances of kidney disease.
  • The British Dietetic Association labeled it the “worst diet of 2011.”

To learn more about the Dukan diet, check out the following resources:

5. DASH Diet

The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet has the same number of searches as the Dukan diet, meaning it is tied for the fourth most searched diet in America today. The DASH diet is loaded with fruit and vegetables, and includes low-fat and nonfat dairy, nuts, beans, meat, fish, poultry and seeds. Sugars, red meat and added fats are limited. The diet, developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, was originally designed to reduce blood pressure; however, the weight loss benefits soon became apparent.

Interest in the DASH diet has remained relatively steady over the past five years with two major spikes in interest in January 2014 and January 2015.

The states where it is most popular are:

  1. West Virginia
  2. Maine
  3. Delaware
  4. Mississippi
  5. New Hampshire

The U.S. News expert panel ranked the DASH diet as the number-one diet in America in terms of effectiveness. A number of other studies show the benefits of the DASH Diet.

  • An ENCORE study in 2010 found that obese adults who followed the DASH diet in and exercised daily lost an average of 16 pounds over four months.
  • Dr. Alison Steiber led a 2012 study that proved the DASH diet was effective in preventing and delaying chronic kidney disease.
  • 2011 paper published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that the DASH diet can lower the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer.

As with most diets, there are some drawbacks to consider: The DASH diet can be costly as wholesome food usually ends up costing more than processed alternatives; the diet can be difficult to stick to because you have to eliminate sweet foods; and the DASH diet is primarily designed for better long-term health so those looking to shed a few pounds quickly might be better looking elsewhere.

To learn more about the DASH Diet check out the following resources:

6. Vegan Diet

With 60,500 searches per month, the vegan diet is the sixth most popular diet in America. Veganism is, for many, an ethical stance against the meat industry. Vegetarians do not eat fish, poultry or meat. Vegans go one step further than vegetarians and do not eat any animal products or by-products, so dairy products are excluded as are honey and eggs.

U.S. News ranks the vegan diet as the 16th most effective overall with a score of 3.3 out of 5. The diet ranked second in best diabetes diet and fifth in terms of weight loss. The vegan diet only ranked 26th in best diets for healthy eating and 30th in how easy it is to follow.

From looking at Google Trends we can see that interest in the vegan diet has remained steady with spikes in interest in June 2015 and January 2014. It is unsurprising that interest in a diet would peak in January as New Year’s resolutions take hold. The other spike in interest in veganism in June 2015, coincided with Beyonce going public on the benefits of her vegan diet.

Google Trends also shows us the states where veganism is most popular. The top five are:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Maine
  3. Arizona
  4. Alaska
  5. Vermont

Research shows that a vegan diet can help to prevent a number of illnesses like Parkinson’s and colon cancer, while Michael Greger of the Humane Society of the United States says “a plant-based diet is like a one-stop shop against chronic diseases.” On the other hand, sticking to a vegan diet can be difficult for some. Many common foods are excluded, so you will need to shop carefully and often.

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7. The South Beach Diet

The South Beach Diet, created by Dr. Arthur Agatston and Marie Almon, was formed to help Agatston’s patients lower their heart disease risk. The theory behind the South Beach diet is the creation of a simple, accessible diet that replaces “bad carbs” with “good carbs,” as well as replacing “bad fats” with “good fats.” Bad carbs in this diet are considered to be those with a high glycemic index score. Bad fats, according to the South Beach diet, are those high in saturated fats. 

Interest in the South Beach Diet peaked in January 2013 and has experienced something of a decline since. 

The states where the South Beach Diet is most popular are:

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Delaware
  3. Vermont
  4. Maryland
  5. Connecticut

U.S. News ranks the South Beach diet 24th in the best overall diet category and ninth in the fast weight-loss category. Critics of the diet say it is very demanding to those accustomed to taking larger amounts of carbs. The diet can be expensive and any relapse can result in dieters putting back on the weight they lost. To really benefit from the South Beach diet, it must be a new way of life.

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8. Cabbage Soup Diet

The cabbage soup diet is tied seventh in most searched diets in America. As a plan, the cabbage soup diet is about as simple as it sounds. Dieters are expected to eat only cabbage soup for one week. This diet plan boasts that it is a quick weight-loss plan, and offers no other eating guidelines or exercise routines to match the diet plan.

The cabbage soup diet peaked in interest in 2013 and has gradually declined since then, apart from the traditional New Year spike in January each year which most diets experience.

The states where the cabbage soup diet is most popular are:

  1. Mississippi
  2. West Virginia
  3. Arkansas
  4. Louisiana
  5. Alabama

As a quick-fix diet plan, the cabbage soup diet can be extremely effective. Many who have tried it for fast weight loss report losing about 10 pounds in a week. However, researchers do not support the idea of dieters implementing the plan. The severe caloric restriction of the plan can do harm to one’s health, so most experts advise against the plan.

To read more information on the cabbages soup diet, see:

9. Anti-Inflammatory Diet

The trendiest diet in our Top 10, the anti-inflammatory diet is a diet based on the consumption of the naturally occurring anti-inflammatory phytonutrients found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The theory behind the diet is that chronic inflammation causes chronic disease so dieters should consume foods that combat system inflammation. Dieters should take in 2,000-3,000 calories with 50 percent made up of carbs, 30 percent from fat and 20 percent from protein. The diet is similar to the Mediterranean diet with an emphasis on fresh fruit and vegetables. There are a few additions like dark chocolate and green tea. Foods to avoid or limit include sugar, saturated fats, trans fats, and refined carbs.

Google Trends data shows that interest in the anti-inflammatory diet has experienced a number of spikes over the past five years and is currently at an all-time high.

The anti-inflammatory diet is most popular in the following states:

  1. Washington
  2. Maine
  3. Vermont
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Colorado

U.S. News ranks the anti-inflammatory diet as 14th most effective and sixth best plant-based diet. However, the diet only ranks 36th in the fast weight loss category. An Ohio State University study found that the anti-inflammatory diet can reduce the risk of bone loss in women while another study found the diet can help fight depression.

One of the drawbacks to the diet is that you will probably have to take supplements. There is no strict meal plan which may be an advantage for some or a disadvantage for others.

10. Blood Type Diet

Completing our top 10 is the blood type diet with 27,100 U.S. searches per month. The blood type diet, also known by some as the “eat right for your type” diet, guides dieters to form meal plans according to their blood type: A, B, AB, or O. This particular diet plan is the brainchild of Peter D’Adamo, a naturopathic physician whose diet plan focuses on his theory that each blood type uses food proteins in various ways. These food proteins, also known as lectins, can be an improper match for an individual’s blood type, resulting in negative digestion and health issues. The blood type diet believes in forming both an eating and ab exercise plan that matches up with one’s blood type.

Interest in the blood type diet peaked in 2014 but has remained steady over time.

The states where it has been most popular are:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Idaho
  3. Arizona
  4. Louisiana
  5. Arkansas

While this diet has excellent intentions and many nutritionists agree that making a personal weight loss and diet plan for each person is a successful approach to weight loss, some researchers do not agree that dieting based on blood type adds any real effectiveness to the diet plan itself. The blood type diet, therefore, is not promoted by the medical community, and there is little research or evidence to prove that it can produce real, lasting results.

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The Lazy Girl’s 5-Step Guide to Weight Loss

When a lot of people think about weight loss, it involves giving up all the foods that you love and busting butt at the gym five days a week. If you’re a lazy girl like me, you’ve probably tried that route and failed more times than you’d like to admit. Here’s how to successfully lose weight, the lazy way.

1. Eat Things You Love (Just Less of Them)

You don’t have to break up with carbs — or any food group — to lose weight. There is absolutely no reason to ban the things you love in order to lose weight. In fact, doing so may only increase your cravings and lead you to failure. The one thing you need to do to lose weight is eat fewer calories than you burn. Instead of giving up on foods you truly enjoy, be mindful of portions and try to balance every meal out with whole, natural foods.

2. Skip the Gym (and Get a Step Counter)

What if I told you a gym membership is in no way necessary to lose weight? As long as you are watching what you eat, exercise is not even necessary to lose weight. However, if you want to speed up the process, upping the number of calories you burn is the way to go. You can do this simply by incorporating more regular movement into your day.

Take your dog for an extra walk each evening. Park farther away from your office. Switch out a night per week of binge-watching Netflix for playing badminton in the yard or taking a stroll around the neighborhood. Investing in a fitness tracker is a great way to challenge yourself to gradually increase your everyday activity level, and you can even compete with friends, if that’s your thing.

3. Weigh Yourself Less (and Don’t Obsess)

Body weight can fluctuate several pounds per day, regardless of whether or not you’re losing fat. Hormones, bathroom habits, and diet can all cause temporary water weight gain. Don’t bother getting on the scale every day. You may find yourself discouraged or even throw in the towel completely trying to decipher the ever-changing number you face. Pick a day of the week and a time of day. That’s when you’ll weigh in each week. Then, put the scale away and do not touch it again until your weigh-in day comes around next week.

4. Get Your Drink On (With Zero-Calorie Beverages)

You can drink juice, soda, and alcohol and still lose weight. However, you’ll quickly realize that these items should be categorized as treats rather than daily drinks, due to their high caloric content. Water, unsweetened tea, or diet beverages (if you’re OK with artificial sweeteners) are your new best friends. They will help you feel full between meals and aid with digestion, which can sometimes struggle to adjust to dietary changes.

5. Spend More Time Online (Giving and Receiving Support)

Losing weight is simple, but that does not mean it is easy. Search online for weight-loss support groups that embrace practical, safe (and yes, “lazy”) approaches to achieving your goal. Like-minded supporters in your corner means you’ll be more likely to reach out for advice in those inevitable moments of frustration instead of reaching out for extra-large fries at the nearest drive-through.

Mediterranean diet works better for wealthy people, study finds

The Mediterranean diet — rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, olive oil, nuts and whole grains — has long been hailed as a heart-healthy eating plan. But new research suggests its health benefits may be limited to the rich and well-educated.

For the study, a team of Italian scientists reviewed diets, income and education level of nearly 19,000 men and women.

The investigators found the Mediterranean diet was associated with about a 60 percent lower risk of heart disease and stroke among those with higher incomes and more education. The same was not true for those with fewer resources — even though they followed a similar eating plan.

Healthy habits — such as getting regular exercise, routine check-ups, and not smoking — are more common among people with higher incomes. But the study findings held up even after the researchers accounted for these variables and others, such as marital status and body mass index (a measurement based on height and weight).

The team investigated other possible explanations for this healthy diet disparity. The findings showed that the wealthier participants ate less meat and consumed more fish and whole grains than those with lower incomes.

The more affluent people also ate a greater variety of fruits and vegetables, which provided more antioxidants and other essential nutrients. The researchers concluded that food quality may be as important for health as how much people eat and how often.

“Money may provide access to a larger variety of foods typical of the Mediterranean diet, such as fruits and vegetables, thus obtaining more adequate intake of essential nutrients,” said the study’s leader, Giovanni de Gaetano. He’s head of the department of epidemiology and prevention at the I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed Institute in Pozzilli, Italy.

Many of the most nutritionally valuable foods in the Mediterranean diet — including fish, olive oil and produce — aren’t cheap.

“Let’s think about a five-member family who wants to attain to the five-a-day portion of fruits and vegetables,” de Gaetano said. “This sounds quite expensive.”

Cooking methods also differed among the study participants. The people with more money and education were more likely to prepare their vegetables in healthier ways, which preserve their nutritional value.

Joan Salge Blake is a clinical associate professor and dietetic internship director at Boston University. She said the more affluent “are more likely to have better health care, access to a variety of diverse fruits and vegetables, and an overall understanding about the role of lifestyle and diet in disease prevention.”

So, she added, “costs and access to healthy foods will clearly impact the quality of a person’s diet and lifestyle.”

That doesn’t mean individuals and families on a tight budget can’t afford to follow the Mediterranean diet, Salge Blake stressed. She offered the following budget-friendly advice:

  • Look for variety and sales. When it comes to overall diet quality, the more fruit and veggies on your plate, the better. Choose produce that is on sale, which will stretch your food dollar.
  • Buy in-season. Produce tastes a lot better when it’s in season. It’s also much less expensive. Bottom line: you’re more likely to eat fruit if it’s sweet and you’ll probably load up on veggies if they are more flavorful.
  • Don’t overcook. How you cook vegetables can affect their nutritional value. “Typically, the less cooking time will cause the least loss of nutrients,” Salge Blake said.
  • Consider frozen and canned foods. “Canned fish and frozen veggies and fruit are oftentimes more affordable than fresh, and can pack an equal, if not more, nutrient punch per bite,” Salge Blake said.
  • Try affordable alternatives. Olive oil is considered a staple of the Mediterranean diet but it’s pricey. “Other plant oils — such as soybean oil — are healthy and affordable, so you don’t have to consume only olive oil,” Salge Blake said. She noted the Mediterranean diet contains legumes, such as dried beans and peas, which are extremely affordable.

The study was published online July 31 in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

The low carb diet sees people lose up to seven kilos in just seven days

  • The GM Diet has made a resurgence after being popular in the eighties  
  • The low carb diet sees people lose up to seven kilos in just seven days  
  • The diet revolves heavily around fruit and vegetables and minimal meat  
  • Dietitians say it is okay to follow, as long as it is only followed for a week at a time 

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As the warmer months edge ever closer, many are searching for a quick fix to help them get back into shape. 

And the controversial GM Diet (General Motors Diet) promises just that, with the old school program promising to help people shed up to seven kilos in just one week. 

The low carb diet was developed by General Motors company to help keep their employees healthy and was a big hit throughout the eighties. 

Now with its resurgence, it has been named as one of the most searched diets on Google for 2017. 

As the warmer months edge ever closer, many are searching for a quick fix to help them get back into shape… and the controversial GM Diet (General Motors Diet) promises just that

Day one sees people ‘fruit loading’ with water-based fruit (no banana)

So how does it work? 

Basically, those who follow the diet have to follow a set of very strict rules each day to see results.  

And according to Accredited Practising Dietitian, Lisa Renn, the diet lends itself to being just a one week diet – and not a day longer. 

‘There are a lot of rules but I guess each day has its different rules to follow which, once you’ve got the rules in front of you, is fairly simple,’ she told A Current Affair. 

And on day two, they start the day with a large baked potato with butter or olive oil and have as many vegetables as they want throughout the day (except for peas, corn and carrots)

Any fruit and veggies are allowed on day three (except for bananas and potatoes) 

What is the purpose of the GM Diet? 

The diet plan works on the principle that the foods you eat will burn more calories than they provide for your body. 

This causes a negative caloric effect in the body and thus help in losing weight naturally without any exercise.

Several people have reported weight loss between 10 to 17 pounds per week by following this plan. 

Source: GM Diet  

Day one sees people ‘fruit loading’ with water-based fruit (no banana) and on day two, they start the day with a large baked potato with butter or olive oil. 

They then have as many vegetables as they want throughout the day (except for peas, corn and carrots) before eating any vegetables they like on day three. 

By day four the banana ban is over and a serving of the GM ‘Wonder Soup’ is included which is made with cabbage, celery, onion and green peppers. 

‘The particular soup in this diet is looking at very low starch vegetables which again is fine. You can make yourself a nice vegetable soup. That’s actually fine,’ Lisa said. 

By day four the banana ban is over and a serving of the GM ‘Wonder Soup’ is included which is made with cabbage, celery, onion and green peppers

On day five meat is introduced combined with ‘five or six tomatoes’ 

On day five meat is introduced combined with ‘five or six tomatoes’ and on day six, people can enjoy unlimited lean protein and vegetables – but no potatoes are allowed. 

On day seven, people have a serving of brown rice in the morning followed by as many vegetables and fruits as they like.  

Lisa recommends only following this for one week and seeing it as a way to kickstart a healthier way of life. 

‘It can be a good idea but it’s really important that you learn something about sustainable healthy eating,’ she said. 

On day six, people can enjoy unlimited lean protein and vegetables - but no potatoes are allowed and on day seven, people have a serving of brown rice in the morning followed by as many vegetables and fruits as they like

On day six, people can enjoy unlimited lean protein and vegetables - but no potatoes are allowed and on day seven, people have a serving of brown rice in the morning followed by as many vegetables and fruits as they like

On day six, people can enjoy unlimited lean protein and vegetables – but no potatoes are allowed and on day seven, people have a serving of brown rice in the morning followed by as many vegetables and fruits as they like

Because it is such a low carb diet and not very sustainable, only very low intensity workouts like yoga are recommended while following the program

According to the GM Diet website, most of the weight is lost during the first three days of the program when it is at its strictest. 

This is due to the food being very low in calories – about 1,000 to 1,200 worth of calories each day.  

Because it is such a low carb diet and not very sustainable, only very low intensity workouts like yoga are recommended while following the program. 

What do you eat across the seven days?  

Day one: Water-based fruits (no bananas) with no limit. Melon is recommended. 

Day two: All vegetables are allowed either raw or cooked and no fruits are allowed. The day is started with a baked potato to provide the body with carbs for the day. 

Day three: Blend of the previous two days but no potatoes or bananas. 

Day four: Bananas and milk are allowed today as well as vegetables and fruit. 

Day five: Beef, chicken and fish are introduced along with five to six whole tomatoes. 10 to 12 glasses of water are recommended on this day.

Day six: Beef and vegetables are encouraged on this day.

Day seven: Brown rice for breakfast followed by fruit juice and unlimited fruits and vegetables.


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