Weightloss: Meet the Maker's Diet (cont.)

"The plan is gimmicky as it focuses on fasting one day per week, which I don't recommend as a general guideline because we are not sure [what] a person's specific health concerns are, such as diabetes," she says. 

What's more, there are a myriad of supplements that the diet touts as essential, she says.

"One of them, extra-virgin coconut oil, is marketed as the 'healthier oil' when the nutrition literature does not support this," she says. If anything, she says, "coconut oil is 92% saturated fat -- the type that can clog arteries."

Shanta-Retelny says the supplements and cleansing agents are not necessary if you are eating a healthy diet (and not eliminating food groups that are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals).

So is there any population that may benefit from the Maker's Diet?

"Since this diet is based (in part) on kosher practices, it may be better for a strict Orthodox Jewish population, who may practice holistic living, but I would not recommend it to the general population," she says.

Published Aug 3, 2004.

SOURCES: Jordan S Rubin, NMD, PhD, founder of Garden of Life health and wellness company, West Palm Beach, Fla. Ruth Kava, PhD, RD, director of nutrition, American Council on Science and Health, New York. Victoria Shanta-Retelny, RD, dietitian, Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Wellness Institute, Chicago.

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