Diet Advice From Celebrities – Why Do People Believe it?

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Why do we love diet advice from celebrities? They are better-looking than we are, but no smarter.  And yet frequently, a science-free ‘diet’ becomes intensely popular overnight after being promoted by some famous celeb whose weight and IQ are both below 100 (45.5 kg). The ‘diet’ might be so irrationally carbohydrate-free that The Famous One puts butter instead of skim milk in her coffee; it might be so irrationally fat-free that she washes her body … Read More

From Meat-Lover to Vegetarian: Jenn Espinosa-Goswami’s Story

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Going from meat-lover to vegetarian: picture of fruit and cottage cheese

  Thinking of switching diets? From meat-lover to vegetarian?  It works for many people. My friend and colleague Jenn Espinosa-Goswami did exactly that, and she lost 100 pounds. More important, she’s kept it off for more than 15 years. I recommend a protein-centered diet, but too many people see protein-centered and think ‘high-protein’, and overload their day with saturated fats, processed meats, and fried everything. They may have good cholesterol numbers, but so what? They’re … Read More

The 16-Word Diet – The Best-Selling Diet Book of 2017?

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The 16-word diet best selling diet book of 2017

  Good news: The 16-Word Diet may be on its way to becoming one of the best-selling diet books of 2017. Or maybe not. Certainly it is more successful than I expected it to be, just two weeks after it was published. I’m very grateful to all of you, both for your purchases and for the support you have shown. I’m especially grateful to those of you who bought several copies, to use as Christmas presents. If … Read More

Will Exercise Help You Lose Weight? The Surprising Answer.

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Exercise help you lose weight

  Will exercise help you lose weight?  Everyone knows the answer: Of course!  And everyone is wrong. How do we know? By studying people who eat giraffes. We wellness writers been promoting exercise as a great way to lose weight for years.  It makes perfect sense in two ways: exercise burns calories immediately, and it also builds muscles that keep burning calories even while you sleep.  However, this theory, so obvious that it didn’t seem … Read More

10 Biggest Superfood Myths ­– From The 16-Word Diet


Superfood myths are exploding on health websites everywhere.  Ever wonder why you never heard of ‘superfoods’ while you were growing up? Because they didn’t exist. Big Agriculture popularized the name to hype the sales of ordinary produce. Their claims about superfoods have something in common with organic fertilizers – both started deep inside a bull. Some superfoods are wonderful choices and some are worthless, but all claim to have magical healing powers – and they … Read More

New Research About Sugar: The News Is Bitter. Jay’s Week in Wellness


  New research about sugar  is being published every day. We keep learning more, both about the effects of sugar on our bodies and the effects of Big Sugar-sponsored fake research on our society, and it’s never good. There are too many stories to summarize in one short post, so here are some of the best.  Before you start, I recommend two books below: The Case Against Sugar and The Fat Chance Cookbook.  They are complementary, & … Read More

What’s the Worst Way to Lose Weight?

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Worst way to lose weight is to gai it back

  What’s the worst way to lose weight? The one method that guarantees you’ll gain it all back?  Lose it after an illness or an accident. You can lose ten, twenty, even fifty pounds (22.7 kg) while you recuperate but unless you’re thoroughly prepared, you’ll gain it all back.  Fortunately, there’s a surprisingly simple way to prevent this from happening to you or to someone you love. Okay – half of it is simple. If … Read More

Almond Milk? Soy Milk? What’s Wrong With Real Milk?


What's wrong with real milk?

  What’s wrong with real milk? Are plant-based milks healthier? The answers are surprising. Almond milk, soy milk, and other assorted-milks-squeezed-from-vegetables-that-are-definitely-not-mammals have become so popular that they have hurt the sales of cow’s milk. Milk is losing popularity despite the fact that if it could be made by squeezing almonds, Donald Trump would have spent his entire fortune searching for tiny almond nipples. If you can get that image out of your mind, think about a question I … Read More