Lisa Ryckman Reviews Fad Diet Books Ruthlessly

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Read the whole column but here are some excerpts.

On the “Quaque” diet which recommends alternating extremely low calorie days with normal calorie days: “If you don’t like tomatoes you won’t like this diet, which the author acknowledges might not work and could even be dangerous. Don’t try it if you have medical problems, an eating disorder or take meds for heart disease, diabetes, hypertension or stroke – in short, if you suffer from any of the myriad health problems often associated with being unpleasingly plump.”

On “How the Rich Get Thin,” she offers the following, “When she arrived at Klauer’s Park Avenue doorstep, this “dynamic mover and shaker in the world of public relations” had lost her zip; she was fat, fatigued and flaky. “For a woman accustomed to being in the limelight, this was a most unhappy state of affairs,” Klauer confides breathlessly. Fortunately for Dianne, her assistant became adept at calling restaurants in advance to ask for crudit

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