The Medical Experts at WebMD Give Thumbs up to HSRD

Posted on May 11, 2010 
Filed Under High School Reunion Diet Blog, Look Who's Reading The HSR Diet!, The Buzz

photo-7Maybe because it’s both fast and natural….

High School Reunion Diet is becoming the go-to plan for New York’s top actors and models, many of whom endorsed the book.  If you haven’t read it yet, and still don’t realize how very much even small adjustments in diet can improve your looks and rejuvenate your skin… waste no time ordering it at Simonandschuster.com or amazon.com.  If you’d like to know a bit more before you buy, here is an expert evaluation from Web.MD….

The High School Reunion Diet

By Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD

WebMD Expert Column

The High School Reunion Diet: What It Is

Want to look your best at your high school reunion? The High School Reunion Diet promises to help you look slimmer, healthier, and younger in 30 days — just in time for that reunion or other special event.

The No. 1 secret to glowing, younger-looking skin, according to author David Colbert, MD, a New York dermatologist, is a diet of healthy, unprocessed foods. Such a diet, he says, is “better than Botox,” Colbert says.

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“I noticed my great-looking clients [who include actresses Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz] were also the ones who ate whole, fresh foods from their gardens, and so I began researching how a healthy diet could help you lose weight and turn back the hands of time,” he says.

Processed foods, sugary beverages, and other forms of sugars are the reason Americans are fat, Colbert says. He also believes that, like the sun, sugar ages the skin and body. “It can spike blood sugar to dangerously high levels and cause inflammation, which makes you look old,” he says.

In his eating plan, these foods are replaced with natural, nutrient-rich and, preferably, organic foods from your local farmers market.

“Eliminating most processed foods (including sugary food and drinks) is the single most important thing you can do to improve your appearance, weight, and health,” he says.

The High School Reunion Diet: What You Can Eat

During the first, “detox” phase of The High School Reunion Diet, you focus on eating only “true” foods, including:

Brightly colored vegetables, especially green ones

Some whole fruits (only berries and the occasional apple, orange or grapefruit)

Nuts

Lean meat

Healthy fats

Omega 3 rich fish

Eggs

Herbs and spices

Dieters are encouraged to drink lots of water — six to eight glasses or more. Tea and coffee are OK, too.

Here’s a sample menu for Level 1:

Breakfast: Egg white omelet and coffee

Snack: Half a cup of plain yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon agave, and 1/2 cup blueberries

Lunch: Salad with goat cheese, walnuts, cherry tomatoes, and vinaigrette

Snack: Two celery sticks stuffed with peanut butter or cottage cheese

Dinner: Salmon, roasted broccoli, green salad with veggies, sparkling water

After losing 5-10 pounds during the first two weeks, dieters advance to the second phase for two weeks or longer. This phase includes more fruits, plus whole grains and wine with dinner, and is similar to the recommendations of the U.S. government’s Food Pyramid.

What’s not on the menu during either phase are foods labeled processed: Sodas (diet or regular), fruit juices, sugary beverages, sports drinks, beer, liquor, trans fats, instant and fast foods, and anything containing sugar in all its forms (such as high-fructose corn syrup).

But the author says some minimally processed foods can be healthy, like steel-cut oats, tuna packed in water, and (rinsed) canned beans.

The book suggests that you supplement the diet with a multivitamin with minerals, a fish oil capsule, vitamin E and vitamin C to ensure you’re getting all the nutrients you need, plus an extra dose of antioxidants and omega-3s. The bottom line, Colbert says, is that foods that don’t come wrapped in a package are more likely to contain healthy nutrients, fats, fiber, and antioxidants.

“All the additives, preservatives, sugars, salt, and food colorings in our food supply are not natural and the culprits to our unhealthy nation of overweight and obese people,” Colbert says.

The first phase of The High School Reunion Diet is designed to help you get over your “addiction” to poor-quality food, Colbert says. In phase two, you’ll whittle your waistline and work toward youth recovery.

There’s no counting calories or carbs in The High School Reunion Diet. And although it encourages exercise, there’s no fitness plan outlined in the book. Indeed, The High School Reunion Diet makes clear that it’s not a “diet” per se, but a road map for eating for beauty and health.

Still, if you replace processed junk foods in your diet with the healthier, more natural ones touted in The High School Reunion Diet, you’ll cut calories and lose weight as a result.

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