Thursday, May 21, 2009

What's Your Diet Type? -- Find Yours Today!

Common Weight Loss Mistakes

Registered Dietician Gives the Skinny on Getting Thin

Heather Jones R.D., has some startling news: your plans to lose pounds could actually make you not only gain weight, but also make you less healthy.  Jones, author of the new book What’s Your Diet Type?, points out the key ways to stay slim and healthy with her list of the top eight most common mistakes made by dieters.   


Not eating enough:  Drastically cutting calories sends your body into starvation mode. The “starving” body actually slows down its metabolism so it can maintain its weight.  The trick is to reduce your calories enough to lose weight, but not so much that you negatively affect your metabolism.


Not exercising: Diet and exercise go together like Ginger and Fred and peanut butter and jelly.  Both are good parts that, together, make an even better pair. In fact, studies show that weight loss results are much more effective with a combo of decreased calories and increased physical activity.


Completely cutting out favorite foods:  No food or drink is so high in calories, fat, or sugar that including it on occasion within overall healthy eating habits is going to cause a problem.  It’s better to moderate than to try to eliminate.


Changing what you eat, but not what you drink: Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are an easy way to load you diet with extra calories. Sodas, coffee drinks, cocktails, and even nutritious drinks—like milk and 100% juice—can spell trouble for your caloric bottom-line. 


Skipping meals: When you skip meals, your metabolism drops and you may also tend to overeat at your next meal. Research show people who eat breakfast (the most commonly skipped meal) are more successful at weight loss then people who ditch their morning meal.


Following the latest fad diet: Fad diets, which usually promise speedy weight loss and insist you cut out certain foods or even entire food groups, are not long-term solutions.  Not only are these unbalanced diets unhealthy, dieters regain any weight lost more often than not.


Taking diet pills: Diet pills don’t teach you how to make long-term, healthy changes, and they don’t build fat-burning muscle.


Forgetting about your own wants and needs:  Research shows that a moderate weight loss of around two pounds per week through healthy, varied food choices, physical activity and permanent lifestyle solutions is the best (and only way) to lose the weight and keep it off.  Bottom line: You have to find lifestyle solutions that work for you and your own unique personality. 


Learn more about dieting do’s and don’ts in What’s Your Diet Type? available on,, and all other major book retailer websites and stores. 


What’s Your Diet Type? by Heather K. Jones R.D., Mary Miscisin M.S. and Ed Redard M.D will help you find a weight loss approach that will work for you—for good. With a short, simple Quiz based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®), the world’s most trusted and widely used personality type assessment, you can match your personality to one or more of the four Diet Types: the Diet Planner, Diet Player, the Diet Feeler, and the Diet Thinker. Then, learn how to take advantage of your personality’s unique strengths to lose weight and keep it off—forever.  You’ll learn the basics of nutrition and diet and you’ll find solutions that will work for YOU, including healthy eating strategies and quick tips.



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What’s Your Diet Type?

Use the Power of Your Personality to Discover Your Best Way to Lose Weight

A Hatherleigh Book, Distributed by Random House

978-1-57826-287-8, cloth $19.00

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Volunteers Needed for Diet Test Panel in NYC

Prevention Magazine is looking for men 35 to 65 who want to drop pounds and inches around the midsection with a new, flexible meal plan. The plan comprises 2 phases. The first is 4 days of structured meals and snacks to jumpstart your weight loss. The second phase is 28 days of eating 5 mini-meals from a host of quick meal ideas and easy-to-follow recipes. Your meal plan will provide adequate calories and a balance of protein, carbohydrate, fat and fiber.

If you meet ALL of the following criteria:

Age 35 to 65
Have 15 to 50 pounds to lose
Physician clearance to lose weight
Are willing/able to follow the plan for a month (32 days)
Are willing to be interviewed and have your photo in a book and/or national magazine
Are willing to come to New York City for a meeting in mid June and once in mid July
Are willing to maintain brief daily communication (i.e., email, one-on-one e-chat, or phone) with a registered dietitian during the month

If you're interested, please send a digital full body photo to Milton Stokes, MPH, RD, CDN at by May 27, and include the following information:Name Email address Phone number (daytime & evening) Age Occupation Current Weight Height
Highest adult weight
Lowest adult weight
Desired weight
What is your weekly exercise schedule?Have you lost weight in the past? If so, how much? How did you do it?