I sent in my DNA to get a personalized diet plan. What I discovered disturbs me.

August 18 is National Ice Cream Pie Day. (It's also the third week of National Crayon Collection Month, but who's counting?) You know whose arteries ice cream pie is good for? No one. Plain and simple. But Habit, one of the latest disrupters in the food tech sector, suggests we rethink the very notion of foods that are good for everyone or bad for everyone. It's part of a movement toward what is called personalized nutrition.Habit, based in the San Francisco Bay area, tests for biomarkers and genetic variants using samples you provide, then generates a personalized report about how your body responds to food. It's your unique "nutrition blueprint." Then the company pairs you with a nutrition coach and offers you custom-made meals, containing your ideal ratio of carbs, fats and protein, delivered to your home. All in the name of sending you on the path to a "new you."I had to see for myself. So I endured the home test and shipped off my blood and DNA samples. (Gulp.) Then the company's chief executive walked me through the results of my newfound eater identity, and I observed how the diagnosis began to affect my relationship with food. Here's what happened — and what it could mean for the future of eating in America.---The Habit home kit is not for the faint of heart. After fasting for 10 hours, you answer lots of deeply personal questions, scrub DNA samples from your cheeks and puncture your fingertips with a self-pricking button (technical term: "lancet"). This sounds rough, but my lowest moment is actually chugging their special Habit Challenge™ Shake. It clocks in at 950 calories, 75 grams of sugar and 130 percent of daily saturated fat intake. It has a taste and smell I can only liken to Kahlúa. It makes me feel god-awful while drinking it — nose pinched, pinkie out, face scrunched — and even worse afterward. It was bad enough I had sacrificed my Saturday morning frittata ritual.By the third blood sample, my dining Continue Reading

Best Celebrity Diet Plans To Follow 2018: Atkins, More Weight Loss Programs

With the New Year finally here, most people use the opportunity to make a lifestyle change and set the mood for the year to come. The most popular New Year’s resolution continues to be setting specific weight loss goals, and celebrities are notorious for following diet plans in order to stay in shape. Even though diets don’t always work out for everyone, below are 5 celebrity diet plans to consider trying in 2018. Atkins 40 Kim Kardashian has loss weight on the Atkins Diet. The reality star is pictured attending Bumble Bizz Los Angeles Launch Dinner on Nov. 15, 2017 in Malibu, California. Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images Kim Kardashian is a fan of the Atkins 40 plan, which focuses on limiting sugar and carbohydrates. The diet focuses on portion control and only taking in 40g net carbs per day. As a result, it is said to lower hunger, leaving you feeling full for an extended amount of time. This weight loss plan is great for someone who wants a broader variety of food choices, is pregnant, breastfeeding or has less than 40 pounds to lose. The Paleo Diet Jessica Biel has followed the Paleo Diet. The actress is pictured attending the Baby2Baby gala on Nov. 11, 2017 in Culver City, California. Photo: Chris Delmas/AFP/Getty Images Jessica Biel admitted that she has enjoyed trying out the Paleo Diet, which calls for the elimination of processed foods, refined sugar, dairy, salt, refined oils and more. This leaves your everyday diet to consist of fish, eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables, healthy oils and grass produced products, as well as nuts and seeds. Not only will you shed a few pounds, but participants of the diet have reported that they no longer suffer from seasonal allergies, migraines, acne and bloating. Weight Watchers DJ Khaled has shed 20 pounds on the Weight Watchers diet. The star is pictured attending birthday celebration on Dec. 2, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: Phillip Faraone/Getty Images For Ciroc Continue Reading

Starting A Diet In The New Year? The ‘non-diet Diet’ Approach Could Be The Way To Go

For the new year, if you’ve been struggling with your weight, you might turn to a new diet for help with shedding pounds. So what will it be in 2018? Weight Watchers? Paleo? Jenny Craig? Low-carb? Some nutritionists say rather than jumping on the latest diet bandwagon or trend, it’s time to consider embracing a “non-diet diet”—basically a set of guiding principles that can help you lose weight and keep it off for good. “A non-diet diet is for anyone who has ever said ‘The diet starts Monday,'” said Brooke Alpert, a registered dietitian and author of “The Diet Detox: Why Your Diet is Making You Fat and What to Do About It.” “It’s a lifestyle approach to healthy eating.” What’s Wrong With Diets The problem with most diets, according to Alpert, is that they have an “expiration date.” “Whether it’s one day, 10 days, 30 days or 45 days—with an end date, you are setting yourself up for failure and for the never-ending yo-yo dieting cycle,” she said. For example, if you’ve been forbidden from eating bread, “even a stale bread basket looks amazing,” said Alpert. And once you’ve been deprived of the foods you love, you are more susceptible to binging and eventually regaining the weight you’ve lost—plus a few pounds. “When you put food on a pedestal, and only focus on willpower to avoid your favorite foods, you create an unhealthy relationship with food and are more likely to overeat,” said Alpert. What’s more important for success, experts say, is avoiding strict food rules—something that is typical of many diets. “A sustainable eating plan that is balanced and is not restrictive is easier to adhere to in the long run,” agreed Kelly Pritchett, a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Also, most diets that restrict or Continue Reading

I went on the Silicon Valley diet craze that encourages butter and bacon for 2 months — and it vastly improved my life

Melia Robinson, provided by Published 10:50 am, Monday, January 1, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-38', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 38', target_type: 'mix' }); Continue Reading

Rebecca Harrington tried a host of celeb diets for ‘I’ll Have What She’s Having’

Rebecca Harrington whipped raw eggs into warm milk for breakfast and then starved until dinner because that’s what Marilyn Monroe did. “I understand now why her life was so hard,” says Harrington, 29. The Manhattanite spent more than a year sampling 14 different wacky celebrity diets in her West Village kitchen. The result — “I’ll Have What’s She Having,” a new book out Tuesday — details her brave journey into the madness of the slimming regimens of the fabulous and famous. On “The Karl Lagerfeld Diet,” Harrington guzzled diet Coke all day, then at night desperately tried to pry a speck of meat from the prescribed quail. “A quail is entirely claw. I don’t know how it became a French delicacy,” she complains. Harrington found Sophia Loren’s diet to be particularly cruel. “She has these delicious pasta recipes but the amount you can eat is so small that for the rest of the day all you can think about is how you want to eat more pasta.” Harrington says that in instances where a celebrity hadn’t actually published a cookbook, all she had to do was type a star’s name into Google followed by “diet” and she got “a million results.” And even if Greta Garbo’s recipe for celery loaf made for a truly nasty surprise, Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and Elizabeth Taylor were big losers. In diet-speak, that’s a good thing.  Rebecca Harrington, author of "I'll Have What She's Having," tries Elizabeth Taylor's peanut butter on steak (left). (She didn't care for it.) She also tries Beyoncé's lemon cleanse diet (right). --- BEYONCÉ No surprise that Queen Bey’s was the most effective of all the celebrity diets. Harrington decided to first try the Master Cleanse that Beyoncé used to Continue Reading

Pick the best diet plan for you

With dozens of diet books coming out every year, it's hard to figure which one would be right for you. But nutrition experts say people who are successful at weight loss often have a plan that fits their lifestyle and that they are motivated to stick with.Some people like to diet alone; others like social support. It's best to follow something that you can stick with for a lifetime.To help you pick a plan that works for you, take our quiz, developed with the help of Judith Rodriguez, the author of The Diet Selector, chairwoman of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of North Florida and a past president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. STORY: 25 great ideas for losing weight1. Want some support when losing weight?Consider Weight Watchers or a website such as sparkpeople.com. Or you could enlist the help of a registered dietitian in private practice.2. Need a plan with lots of advice on how to feed kids well?Consider MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better by Elizabeth Ward or The Moms' Guide to Meal Makeovers: Improving the Way Your Family Eats, One Meal at a Time! by Janice Newell Bissex and Liz Weiss. Another option: Trim Kids by Melinda Sothern and others.3. Enjoy fish and meat more than bread or pasta?Consider Secrets of Good Carb/Low Carb Living by Sandra Woodruff or The South Beach Diet by Arthur Agatston.4. Want a plan that works for the whole family but can also help you lose weight and help you improve your high blood pressure? Try The DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution by Marla Heller. The plan includes lots of fruits and vegetables, a healthy habit builder for family members.5. Dislike cooking or find it difficult to prepare meals?Use commercially prepared meals until you can develop some quick cooking techniques. Consider Nutrisystem or the Jenny Craig program — or simply use some of the low-calorie dinners in the frozen-food section of your supermarket. You may want to alternate your Continue Reading

Will fat fad away? Big guy hopes 14-diet plan will be big loser

Dan Radice is the world's faddest man. The 360-pound Niagara Falls, Ontario, man is trying 14 fad diets in 18 weeks, in hopes of dropping some serious weight. It's what he calls "The Fad Diet Experience" and it's working - at least the first one did. "It sounds odd, but I thought, 'Why just do one diet when maybe a better one is made up of lots of them put together?'" said Radice, 30, who is blogging his progress at fatboydiet.wordpress.com. He lost 9 pounds after his first week on the Cabbage-Soup diet. "It was not the best tasting food, but actually losing weight was a great motivator to keep going," said Radice, who is on the Pasta and Chocolate diet. "I'm actually not a chocolate man, so that's more like a punishment to me," he said. Other fads on the menu include the all-liquid Lemonade Diet and the Hollywood Diet, which features a special drink that "cleanses" your system. With such drastic changes to his food intake every week, Radice checked with his doctor before the experiment to make sure he was aware of the risks. "Obviously I have great concerns over my health, especially going from high-carb to no-carb diets, but I am watching everything very carefully," he said. As for exercise, Radice decided to not change his fitness routine, which includes playing a weekly baseball game and lots of walking. "I didn't want this to get too complicated. I just want to see what the diet really does or doesn't do," he said. Radice, an English literature student, says he learned his bad eating habits at his parents' restaurants. "It was always big portions and eating whatever I wanted - and that mentality just stuck with me," he said. "These diets aren't really any worse than what I'm doing now." He's not afraid to admit one of his planned diets is rather daunting. "The Lemonade Diet, which has no food and is just lemonade all day everyday, is scary. It doesn't sound like fun at all," he said. And after the 14 diets are Continue Reading

New York’s ‘Real’ housewife Bethenny Frankel has a diet plan for you

The struggling economy is working wonders for Bethenny Frankel. At least for her diet plan. One of New York's straight-shooting "Real Housewives," she claims the secret to skinny is akin to financial planning in her new book, "Naturally Thin: Unleash Your Skinny Girl and Free Yourself From a Lifetime of Dieting" (Simon & Schuster, out March 2009). "It's a no-more-dieting-forever book," says Frankel, a natural-food chef who once cooked healthy treats for New York celebs like Mariska Hargitay and Denis Leary. "If people like Britney Spears or Oprah or Jessica Simpson have problems maintaining their weight, how is someone who doesn't have any money in the middle of the country working at a supermarket checkout going to do it? It's the be-all end-all weight-loss book - it's what Oprah needs." Frankel encourages readers to think about eating in economic terms rather than the ooey-gooey sweet self-help jargon of typical diet books. And don't worry, you don't need to understand Obama's economic bailout plan to master the economy of your diet. Here are the four basic tenets: 1. Your Diet Is a Bank Account. "Eating should be treated like a bank account - if one day you decide that you want to have chocolate cake for breakfast, you can, because there's no 'No,' but you need to account for it," explains Frankel, who confessed during our interview that she had eaten "a bite of cheesecake, a half a piece of red velvet cake and some ice cream" because she was "PMS-ing." "If you spend in one place, you need to save in another." 2. The Differential. "In the differential, you can have turkey chili and meat chili," says Frankel. "To me, the differential between the two isn't that big. I would just as soon have turkey chili as I would meat chili. But there's a huge differential for me between a piece of plain grilled chicken breast and a fatty piece of New York steak. Go for it when the differential is really great to you. You have to find where it's worthwhile to Continue Reading

Taste-testing the diet delivery services

As a chef at the lower East Side's Little Giant, Julie Taras Wallach knows braised pork belly and biscuits. She also knows diets. "I've been on a million," she says, admitting to using a vegetable version of the master cleanse before her wedding last year. But if Taras Wallach is more likely to cook to trim up, she understands it's not easy for the rest of us. Plus as a dieter, she says, you "don't want a lot of food in your kitchen." That's where diet meal delivery services can help, says Lisa Sasson, a nutritionist and an associate professor of nutrition and food studies at NYU. These meals are usually portion-controlled to the number of calories needed to lose weight. "When you get a box delivered to your door," she says, "it eliminates all the thinking." Taras Wallach and Sasson, of course, both prefer boxes that come with home-style meals made with flavorful fresh ingredients like whole grains, good fats, few added sugars and lots of fruits and vegetables. Low-cal breakfast bars and pizzas might help you shed pounds, says Sasson, but not for the long-term. "When it's over," she says, "what did you learn?" "Weight loss is not just a month commitment," she says. "It's really about changing your lifestyle." And you won't do that, she and Taras Wallach agree, unless the food tastes good. That's why we put five meal-delivery services through the ultimate challenge: the taste-off. GET FRESH 4.5 stars (out of five) The Brooklyn green biz believes fresh, organic/sustainably sourced food can boost health and cut pounds. Fresh and frozen dishes (no breakfasts) can serve one or a crowd, though many require cooking. The skinny: Delicious, thanks to consulting chef Sara Jenkins. And they can connect you with a nutritionist. But calorie trackers have to look up info on-line, there's limited delivery and meals are way too pricey for every day. Vital stats: Order any entrée ($8-$10) or sides ($4.50-$8) online from the Continue Reading


The book that blows the lid off those fabulous figures of the rich and famous! we've got their recipes for success! Angelina Jolie The Skinny: High-carb, high-protein, low-fat. Five small meals a day. Lots of water. The Dish: Angie's typical day: 2 ounces Shredded Wheat with 1 cup skimmed milk 1 banana mashed and topped with 2 ounces strawberries 1 Scotch pancake topped with 1 poached egg 5 ounces grilled salmon, 2 ounces peas, watercress 1 ounces muesli bar 5 ounces orange juice 4 ounces chicken breast cooked with lemon juice and sliced tomatoes 4 ounces baked potatoes 7 ounces rice pudding with 2 ounces fresh black currants The Goal! Lascivious figure. Lush but tough. The "Carrot": Those lips. That rack. Doability: Maybe for a week. Or two. The X Factor: What the hell are "Scotch" pancakes? Jennifer Aniston The Skinny: The Zone Diet: 40% carbs, 30% protein, 30% fat. The Top Dish: Veal and Mushrooms with Vegetables and a Tomato Coulis (Serves 2) 4 ounces veal 1 1/2 teaspoons virgin olive oil 4 ounces mushrooms 4 spring onions, finely chopped 2 tomatoes chopped, skinned and seeded 3/4 cup vegetable stock 1 bay leaf 6 ounces spinach 4 ounces cauliflower Cut the veal into strips and saute quickly in half the oil. Remove from pan, add the sliced mushrooms and cook until brown. Mix with the veal. Keep warm. Saute the spring onions with the remainder of the oil until soft. Add the tomatoes and cook until soft. Add the stock and bay leaf, and simmer gently for a few minutes to make a sauce. Remove bay leaf. Wilt the spinach and steam the cauliflower. Pour the sauce on the veal and mushrooms and serve with the spinach and cauliflower. The Goal! Wholesome but frisky silhouette. The "Carrot": Best twins in the business. Doability: Good for a lifetime, with time off for bad behavior. The X Factor: Only 30% fat? Goodbye frappuchino! Ashley Judd The Skinny: No fried chicken and hush puppies for Continue Reading