Three Top Diet Trends of 2011

| by Kate Wharmby Seldman

“Hacking” your body to lose weight fast; losing visceral fat; and rebalancing postmenopausal hormones to stay slim. These are three of the most popular diets in the country: their books are all in the top 10 New York Times Best Seller list. What are the differences between them?

DIET BOOK: “The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman” by Timothy Ferriss.

THE SCOOP: Author Ferriss tells you not to read his book all the way through. It’s broken down into appearance and performance goals: he advises you to read one goal from each category, which will total about 150 pages. These easily digestible chunks of advice will teach you how to work out better in less time; lose weight by eating slow-burning carbs; prevent weight gain even during holiday binging; and drastically increase the amount of weight you can lift and distance you can run. One One blogger who went on the diet says it works, but he wasn’t happy with the limited amount of foods you can eat and the frequency with which you have to eat them, saying it gets boring quickly.

DIET BOOK: “Sexy Forever: How to Fight Fat After Forty,” by Suzanne Somers.

THE SCOOP: Fitness guru Somers, she of the ThighMaster, is back with a new book focusing on sensible eating and moderate exercise. She says the over-forty set doesn’t have to resign itself to flagging metabolisms and weight gain. However, she also advocates some controversial weight-loss treatments, such as natural hormone replacement therapy and detox products. Weight-loss website Diet Blog’s review of Somers’ book questions the safety of natural HRT, citing evidence that it has similar health risks to regular HRT.

DIET BOOK: “The Lean Belly Prescription: The fast and foolproof diet and weight-loss plan from America's top urgent-care doctor,” by Travis Stork.

THE SCOOP: Stork’s book focuses on losing visceral fat. If you have a round, firm belly, or a waist size of 40 or above for men and 35 or above for women, you have visceral fat, which has been shown to have more health risks than hip or thigh fat. For example, it can impact cardiovascular health, and it’s linked to diabetes. Stork puts together a 4-week diet and a workout plan to help you lose that fat. Stork’s book has been reviewed by Diet Blog, which says the regimen is full of solid advice, but doesn’t bring any new ideas to the table.

Originally published on GrannyMed