The Empty Diet Claim Season

January 13, 2014 9:50 AM

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The Empty Diet Claim Season

I don’t need a calendar to know that a new year has begun. I can tell by the deluge of new diet books that arrive in the office mail — more than two dozen since mid-December. On a whim, I weighed them all: over 25 pounds of mostly bad advice, about as much as many readers hope to lose before they have to shed the concealing garb of winter.

Choices include a low-carb plan that promises a loss of “up to 15 pounds in two weeks” in “The New Atkins Made Easy,” or the Paleo diet in “Cavewomen Don’t Get Fat.” One Dr. Mike Moreno recommends occasional fasting “to power boost your weight loss” in “The 17 Day Diet Breakthrough Edition.”

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