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Happy This Year! If, like me, you’ve already broken a few of your resolutions, you might be done with new diets in 2014.
Tied at the bottom of the list are the Dukan Diet (the super-strict high-protein diet that claims you’ll lose 10 pounds in the first week) and the Paleo Diet (followers eat like cavemen: lots of meat, fish and vegetables; not a lot of refined sugar, beans, grains).
Nutritionist Jeannette Jackson, author of The Drop Zone Diet, argues for the Mushroom Diet: “The dietary fiber in mushrooms helps ... you feel more satisfied, so you won’t be hungry again as quickly, preventing you from snacking.”
Nutritionist Tanya Zuckerbrot has bad news about the diet’s ability to target problem areas, though: “I’m sure you will lose weight, but the fact remains that no food in particular can create targeted weight loss. Whether it’s mushroom or steak, the laws of thermodynamics dictate, if you consume less calories, you will lose weight, just not everywhere but your breasts.”
The modern-day version of Daniel’s diet, as promoted by the Daniel Plan, is less ascetic: It focuses on vegetable-heavy meals and some lean protein (either meat or vegetable), with at least 50 percent of one’s plate consisting of nonstarchy vegetables. Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in So Cal is among the diet’s founders, who also include Dr. Mehmet Oz and the appropriately named Dr. Daniel Amen.
Cantu also suggests that having a berry with your yogurt can make you think you’re eating cheesecake. “Everyone talks about taxing sugar,” says the chef, “but at end of the day, we’re addicted to sweetness. We’re never going to give up, so let’s give them sweetness without calories and chemicals.”
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