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Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 159: Thursday Nights Are Not For Fasting

I have now been on my "diet" for more than three years now, and as you might have noticed I weigh in every Friday, just like I am about to do. What has that meant to my weekly eating habits? That Thursdays have been near-fasting days for me. I have had many a Thursday dinner of apples or banana or raisins. A toasted bialy would qualify as a Thursday feast. More

The Imagination Diet: Why It Wouldn't Work For Me

After reading the piece about "imagination diets" in New York Times yesterday, I couldn't help but disagree. Perhaps my instincts are particularly Pavlovian, but the more I think about a certain food, the hungrier I get. Remember at the end of SuperSize Me when they show the credits and Morgan Spurlock says something like, "If you're hungry after watching this, you're sick"? All I wanted at that moment was a McDonald's Happy Meal. More

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 135: The Hurricane Earl Peanut Butter Diet

My wife and I have spent the last 24 hours preparing for the effects of Hurricane Earl on the little former sheep farmhouse on Martha's Vineyard that we've been coming to together ever since we met more than 32 years ago. We are fully PB&J equipped for Hurricane Earl, but given my predilection for inhaling entire jars of peanut butter with a spoon, I am worried about the effects of Hurricane Earl on my serious diet. More

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 131: In Need of Helpful Travel Eating Tips

I'm getting ready to hit the road tomorrow for almost two weeks in California, and though I am certainly worried about the road's effects on my weight, I'm actually feeling reasonably OK about my chances of staying the course on my serious diet, but if any serious eaters out there have words of wisdom concerning road eating, now is the time to share them. More

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 130: Has Hummus Become My Weakness?

I knew I had a peanut butter problem. If there was a jar in the house I couldn't stop eating it. So I stopped buying peanut butter, even though I love it so. Now I'm worried that I have the same problem with my favorite brand of hummus. It's so creamy and smooth (kind of like a creamy, savory peanut butter) and seriously delicious (as we noted in our hummus blind taste test a while back) that I have a hard time not finishing the whole tub once I start. More

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 125: Restaurant Tactics for Serious Eaters

I'm probably stating the obvious here, but I eat out in restaurants. A lot. Not as many times as a restaurant critic at the New York Times like Sam Sifton (Sam and his predecessors eat out a minimum of ten meals a week), but I probably eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner in restaurants at least four or five times in the course of a week. And when I read a menu, I become a kid back in the candy store. I have a hard time deciding what to order, so I invariably order too much food. This makes it difficult to lose weight. So I realize I have to go back to the drawing board when it comes to ordering in restaurants. Which is just what I did this past week. More

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 119: Is It Time To Retire This Column?

n the last few weeks a few commenters have suggested that it's time for me to pull the plug on the Serious Diet column. Someone suggested I rename it "weight maintenance," because I haven't lost much weight lately. A few other folks have taken me to task for not being disciplined enough, or not exercising enough in the right way, or not eating enough fruits and vegetables. Hmmm. Now that I've listed the most common complaints I see that in fact, all these folks are correct. But that doesn't mean they're right about retiring the column. Why? More

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 117: Getting Back to What Works for Me

I'll admit it, serious eaters. I was feeling discouraged after last week's Serious Diet post. Some of the comments upset me, though I know everyone was just trying to help. But what was even more upsetting was the upward direction of my weigh-ins. I felt bewildered,overwhelmed, even helpless. It wasn't until Sunday that I finally came to grips with what had been going on. Even more importantly, I figured out something very concrete that I could do about it. Where did I find such solace? In my very own words. Direct from last week's post. More

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 116: A Bite-by-Bite Rundown of My Calorie Intake

It doesn't seem to matter what I eat, or how much I exercise. The diet powers that be have obviously decided to test my resolve this week. Well, if the forces of diet evil think they're going to defeat me with this brazen show of scale power, they don't know who they're dealing with here. I'm going to give you a bite-by-bite rundown of my calorie intake this week, complete with high and lowlights, along with a log of my obsessive exercise regimen. More

Chef Nate Appleman's Secret to Skinny-Making Oatmeal

If you watched the recent episode of Nightline where chefs talked about weight loss, you may have wondered what svelte chef Nate Appleman of A16 in San Francisco was putting into his oatmeal. "I haven't had a doughnut in two and a half years," he said while stirring up the bowl. That was a mix of banana, plain yogurt and almond butter, he tells us in an e-mail. What kind of oats? Steel-cut at the restaurant, instant at home.... More

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Vegan Substitutes?

Fried Tofu, a popular vegan substitute. [Photograph: Robyn Lee] Update: This quiz is closed as of August 26, 2013. Say your friend or loved one (or maybe even you) just decided to become a vegan. What happens to the big, buttery birthday cake or cheese pairing for that wine? Do you know much about vegan substitutes? (Does wheat meat mean anything to you?) See how prepared you would be for the new diet. Take the quiz! »... More

Alton Brown's Sardine-Avocado Sandwich Diet

It actually doesn't taste like diet food at all. Alton Brown on the Good Eats "Live and Let Die" episode where he talks about his weight loss. Sardine Avocado Sandwiches View the complete recipe here ยป If you've seen Alton Brown on television recently (his Iron Chef White House appearance, the Welch's Grape Juice commercials, or of course, Good Eats) you've probably noticed that a big chunk of him is missing. Where did you go, Alton? Sardines + Avocado. [Photograph: Erin Zimmer] Apparently to the land of sardine-avocado (sardicado?) sandwiches, where he's lost 50-pounds-plus. On a recent Good Eats episode called "Live and Let Diet," Brown revealed his little skinny-making secret.... More

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 100: Happy New Year, Serious Eaters

©iStockphoto.com/galdzer Happy New Year, serious eaters. May your 2010 be filled with lots of seriously delicious food (eaten in moderation, of course—this is, after all, a serious diet post) with people whose company you enjoy. That's in fact what we strive to do every day on Serious Eats, and to the extent that we succeed, it's largely because of the warm embrace we receive from the ever-growing community of serious eaters all over the world. But this being a diet post, I hope you allow me to indulge in the age-old practice of New Year's resolutions. They are a cliche—I know that. But nonetheless I am going to lay mine on you. (Plus, I know you are probably thinking... More

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 99: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Serious Eaters

All right, all right, serious eaters. I am going to dispense with the usual blow-by-blow, bite-by-bite, food-by-food description of all the temptations I've been confronted by this holiday season, because let's face it, you've already heard most of it. And frankly, I'm sure all of you are tempted by the same kinds of things this holiday season. Everyone is confronted by too many cookies, too much chocolate, too many baked goods of every stripe imaginable, too many mini quiches, too many spiced nuts, too much eggnog, too many pigs in a blanket, and too many seriously delicious things in general. In fact, I'd like you to tell me what you have had the hardest time resisting this holiday season... More

Video: The Food Chain

You may think your diet is okay, but someone else will tell you you're doing it all wrong. You shouldn't eat pork; it's disgusting. Nor fish (you know what kinds of toxins are in the water?). Actually, just don't eat meat; killing animals is inherently wrong. Cooked food is bad too; there aren't any enzymes in it. Hell, just don't eat food. See the breakdown of the dietary food chain in Jeremy Saville's short film , after the jump.... More

The Cookie Diet: Plain Kooky or Just Kooky Enough?

Dr. Sanford Siegal's diet consists of eating cookies. Ed Levine, time to switch up your game. From the New York Times: "I thought, 'That diet looks so incredibly easy,'" said Ms. Kane, 43, a legal secretary in Washington, who started paying $56 a week for the prepackaged cookies in June, when she weighed 255 pounds. Three months later, she was 40 pounds lighter. "If you can make it through the first week you're in the clear," she said The special cookies, now available at Walgreen's and GNC, contain milk-, egg-, and meat-derived proteins along with microcrystalline cellulose, "a plant fiber that acts as a bulking agent, emulsifier and thickener." Siegal created the diet in 1975 but it's only recently... More

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 75: Can (and Should) I Give Up the Flavored Liquid Habit?

I've read all the literature on how important drinking plain water is to any meaningful weight loss effort, but I must admit I am having trouble giving up flavored liquids cold turkey. I have managed to kick the Diet Coke habit. But I certainly haven't given up on diet sodas or soft drinks as a whole. Last night I posted about the joys of Fresca. I drink Snapple Diet Cranberry Raspberry Drink because it doesn't have any caffeine. When I'm up on Cape Cod, I drink Cape Cod Cranberry Dry. It's a local soda made with 5% cranberry juice concentrate. I know I shouldn't, but I drink a bottle a day of the stuff. At least I did last week.... More

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