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Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 158: Revolutionary Lo-Cal Pizza?

I was having a hard time coming up with what I should be eating for lunch when I remembered reading about this low-cal pizza place that had opened up directly crosstown from Serious Eats World HQ. Revd up π claims to be leading the pizza revolution. Between the π and the revolutionary rhetoric, I should have known better. But I was desperate. It was Thursday and I had to jump on Thinner and report to all of you the next morning. More

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 126: Eating in the Car: Do Car Calories Count?

Yesterday we rented a car (like most Manhattanites, we don't own one) and drove from New York City to Woods Hole, Massachusetts, on our way to Martha's Vineyard. Usually this trek takes five or six hours, about half of which I devote to eating. What kind of eating, you might ask. The self-destructive, mindless kind, I'm sorry to say. The kind that forces me to offer up the following rhetorical question: Do car calories count? More

In Videos: Fat Guy Nation's 12,000 Calorie Michael Phelps Challenge

As a testament to the great power of man's curiosity and stupidity, people keep trying to match Michael Phelps' nauseatingly high calorie intake despite that such a diet is unfit for average human beings. But what if they're not average? What if they're a bunch of really fat guys? A bunch of really fat guys who don't just eat the Olympian-sized meal, but follow up the gorging with a race against a collegiate swim team member? You don't really have to watch the video to know who wins, but thanks to Fat Guy Nation, you can watch the horror unfold. From the first bite of chocolate sauce-drowned waffles to the final labored pushed to the edge of the swimming... More

Blogger Tries to Eat Like Michael Phelps

If you can't swim like Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, what makes you think you can eat like him? Jon Henley of The Guardian attempts to eat Michael Phelps' breakfast and lunch on video and inevitably fails. It's no wonder considering what he tries to eat: A small (rather than gargantuan) portion of porridge; half a doorstep-sized sandwich made of white bread and butter and containing a fried egg, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise (Phelps hoovers up three); half a five-egg omelette; one slice of French toast (out of three); and two choc-chip pancakes (out of three). Plus two cups of coffee. Henley does put in a good effort—until he gets that, "I'm going to throw up," look on his... More

Genius Junk Foods: Six Foods and Drinks that Deserve an Immediate Pardon

Photograph from Fuzzy Gerdes on Flickr A Men's Health article that was republished on the Huffington Post makes all us weight-watchers feel less deprived by listing six junk foods that are actually OK to eat and drink. The list is amusing and even in some cases informative. I mean, pork rinds? Really? If pork rinds are on the list, shouldn't bacon, country ham, and prosciutto make the list?... More

Happy International No Diet Day!

If you see pale blue ribbons around today, they could be honoring INDD or International No Diet Day, celebrated every May 6. Recovering anorexic Mary Evans Young founded the holiday in 1992 as a response to a thin-obsessed, thigh-hating culture. About $40 billion is spent each year on weight loss tactics, but today we are supposed to love our bodies, no matter what size or shape.... More

Eat This, Not That: The Worst Foods in America

Eat This, Not That, the selling-like-hot-cakes, snack-sized book by Men's Health editor in chief David Zinczenko (with Matt Goulding), proclaims itself to be the "No-Diet Weight Loss Solution" (to eating at national chains). As someone who is on the eternal quest for the no-diet weight-loss solution, I can tell you quite emphatically that this book is not it. More

Michael Ruhlman: 'Fear Not Salt and Fat'

America's fat problem: "I say unto you: Fat is good! Fat is necessary. Ask any chef. Fat does not make you fat, eating too much makes you fat! We aren’t filling our bodies with sodium because of the box of kosher salt we use to season our food, we’re doing it with all the processed food that’s loaded with hidden salt. And American cooks and American diners need to understand the differences."... More

Dolphin: Friend or Food?

"The sounds of waves crashing onto a rocky shore mingle in Taiji with the screeching wails of dolphins being chopped and hacked to death by fishermen." Residents of Taiji, Japan have been eating dolphin for over a century, but social pressures and high levels of mercury challenge their culture of dolphin-eating.... More


The Health News Digest is running an informative piece this week on lactose intolerance. According to the article, an estimated 30-50 million Americans (or about 10 to 15 percent of the population) may experience the characteristic symptoms of lactose intolerance. The symptoms are caused by the lack of the enzyme lactase, which breaks down lactose, or milk sugar, into the more digestible simple sugars glucose and galactose. On the flip side you have Jeffrey Steingarten, "the Man Who Ate Everything," who claims that lactose intolerance is an overblown contrivance of a nation of deluded and finicky eaters. Perhaps the truth, as is the case with many things, lies somewhere in the middle? In most aged cheeses, lactose is largely absent.... More

Calorie Info and Its Effect on Ordering

Would calorie labels make me order differently in restaurants? Absolutely. Wouldn't you? There is no doubt in my mind that if I knew how many calories were in every dish I was thinking about ordering, it would affect my decision-making. That doesn't mean I'm going to opt for the lowest calorie option for every course. That would require me being denied the great pleasure I derive from food. What it might mean is that, if I order the lasagna, I might eat half of it and give the rest to my dining companions and then opt for the steamed fish with ginger and black beans.... More

An Approach to a Healthy Diet

In my quest to eat healthy, I've been stymied by the contradictory information I receive on what seems to be a weekly basis. Recently it was a report that canned tuna may not have lots of Omega-3s. My friend Rebecca recommended Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy, by Harvard doctor Walter Willett. Based on evidence from large studies of diet and disease, he recommends a new way of eating. It looks like a great way to separate fact from fiction when it comes to making healthy eating decisions. Has anyone read this? Any thoughts?... More

Eat More Fruit And Vegetables

Steven Reinberg of the Washington Post reports that two new studies in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine say Americans are eating far less fruits and vegetables than they should. According to a John Hopkins study, 62 percent of participants didn't eat any fruit daily. 25 percent didn't eat any vegetables, and "only 11 percent of U.S. adults meet the guidelines for both fruits and vegetables." Perhaps more troubling, a second study from Queens College compared intakes of vegetables, potassium and calcium from 1971 to 1974 and 1999 to 2002, and found that the diets of blacks has not improved compared to those of whites, numbers "not explained by race differentials in income and education." As one of the researchers... More

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