richard simons
Richard Simmons

william yerkes
William Yerkes

julia child
Julia Child
Paul Child, Photo



NOTE: As the heading reads, the first three letters in DIET spell DIE. Credit that to Richard Simmons. This is a collection of opinions on the subject of dieting. Sources provided when available. William Harrison is the major contributor; William Yerkes is the Diet Commentator.

Here's a DIET that is not a D.I.E.T. Simply control your munching. Up front learn to appreciate food for the taste, a factor overlooked When crunching down a BigMac merely to fill a belly cavity.To really Understand our obesity problems, spend a lunch hour in one of those AYCE slop houses...all you can eat. Wall Street's Health Journal scribe Melinda Beck lunched with a Duke University psychotherapist, Sasha Loring, to get us away from mindless munching, a contributor to obesity. Her advice: Eat slowly; savor your food. Most or all diet plans advise Against over-eating. The alternative in this plan: slow down. Put your fork Down and breathe between bites. And for steady monitoring, Beck suggests A website devoted to battling obesity and causes:

Julia Child, tho passed on, is the inspiration for this topic. Even today her Julia's Kitchen on PBS television continues as the fun hallmark for cooking. But her expression on low-fat foods decades ago works well in this decade of dieting debates.

"The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook." ( * )

( * ) From Backstage With Julia, by Nancy Verde Barr, John Wiley & Sons, Publisher, $22.95.

Say you read it here second...
A 2007 look at the Story of Creation...

William Harrison said, "I never heard Creation explained this way before."

  In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth and populated the Earth with Broccoli, Cauliflower and Spinach, green and yellow and red Vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live Long and Healthy Lives.

~ Then using God's great gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream and Krispy Kreme Donuts. And Satan said, "You want chocolate with that?" And Man  said, "Yes!" and Woman said, "and as long as you're at it, add some sprinkles." And they gained 10 pounds. And Satan smiled.

~ And God created the healthful Yogurt that Woman might keep the Figure that Man found so fair.

~ And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat, and sugar from the cane and combined them. And Woman went from size 6 to size 14.

~ So God said, "Try my fresh green salad."

~ And Satan presented Thousand-Island Dressing, buttery croutons and garlic toast on the side. And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.

~ God then said, "I have sent you heart healthy vegetables, and olive oil in which to cook them."

~ And Satan brought forth deep fried fish and chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained more weight and his cholesterol went through the roof.

~ So God then created a light, fluffy white cake, named it "Angel Food Cake," and said, "It is good."

~ Satan then created chocolate cake and named it "Devil's Food."

~ God then brought forth running shoes so that His children might lose those extra pounds.

~ And Satan gave cable TV with a remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels. And Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering blue light and gained pounds.

~ Then God brought forth the Potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition

~ And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fried them. And Man gained pounds.

~ God then gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite.

~ And Satan created McDonald's and its 99-cent double Cheeseburger. Then said, "You want fries with that?" And Man replied, "Yes! And super size them!" And Satan said, "It is good."

~ And Man Went Into Cardiac Arrest.

~ God Sighed and Created Quadruple Bypass Surgery.

~ Then Satan Created HMO

(Author Unknown)


lisa lillien
Lisa Lillien
Say you read it here second...
Hungry Girl not a fan of fad diets...

I have to be honest -- I'm not a huge fan of fad diets. And the "Cookie Diet" is most certainly one of those. I don't know everything about this latest diet craze, but I get a lot of questions about it, so I decided to finally answer and give my opinion. In a nutshell, I think it's a bad idea. It's a VERY low calorie diet. If you drastically restrict calories, you will lose weight. However, this is not necessarily a good thing because the weight loss often doesn’t last. The Cookie Diet requires you to eat 6 cookies throughout the day, and then one very small meal. If you ate 6 low-cal crumpets or 6 low-cal ANYTHINGS throughout the day, and then a tiny meal, you'd lose weight. The problem I have with this diet (and other similar ones) is that it doesn't teach you how to change your lifestyle, or your eating habits. Anyone can follow a strict diet regimen for a pe riod of time and drop pounds -- there's no secret there. But the key is learning how to live with the changes you have made -- FOREVER -- and maintaining a healthy weight. And the way to do that most effectively (in my opinion) is to LOSE the weight in a sensible way -- eating healthy foods, controlling portion sizes, increasing exercise, etc. Starving yourself by eating under 1000 calories a day and shoveling these weird cookies down your throat isn't the smartest way to approach long term weight loss. Would you lose weight quickly following the Cookie Diet? Probably. Would you gain that weight back as soon as you stopped eating those cookies and resumed your old eating habits? Um, most likely. Even though it offers a "one on one physician-supervised program", The Cookie Diet is not something I personally recommend. But remember, I'm not a nutrition professional, so you may want to confer with a pro on this. (BTW, I hear those cookies taste pretty bad, too!)

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