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Editor's e-Note
Fad Diets

Each year, a slew of new fad diets and diet trends emerge, enticing people looking for a quick weight-loss solution that will produce dramatic results with little effort. Some of these diets help individuals drop unwanted pounds quickly in the short term, but most are unsustainable in the long term. Many people who stop following these diets often put the weight back on—and then some.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian reviews some of the most popular diet trends and fad diets that clients and patients may experiment with this year. After reading the article, visit Today’s Dietitian’s website at You’ll find the digital edition of our 15th anniversary issue, in which we reminisce about the hottest nutrition trends of the last 15 years that have made and will continue to make a huge impact on the nutrition profession. You’ll also find the latest news and information relevant and reliable to daily practice.

We welcome your feedback as always at Enjoy the e-newsletter, and follow Today’s Dietitian on Facebook and Twitter.

Judith Riddle, editor
Field Notes
Six Popular Dieting Trends to Watch for in 2014
By Densie Webb, PhD, RD

It’s well known that obesity in the United States is at a record high, and as people search for the holy grail of weight loss, diet books promising quick and lasting results will continue to hit the best-seller list.

Millions of people turn to these books, which lure them in with promises of instant fat loss, a faster metabolism, a flatter belly, and improved health. Few live up to their often-outrageous claims, and some that dictate unconventional eating plans are even unhealthful.

“I tell my clients the only changes that should be made are the ones that can be maintained for life. If you don’t want to have juice for three meals a day for the rest of your life, then don’t start a juice diet,” says Megan Ware, RDN, LD, owner of Nutrition Awareness in Dallas, Texas.

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Other News
Stomach Acid–Suppressing Drugs Could Increase
Vitamin B12 Deficiency Risk

People who take common stomach acid–suppressing medications may be at increased risk of not getting enough vitamin B12, suggests a new study reported in The Huffington Post.

Are Nuts a Weight-Loss Aid?
A nutrition scientist at Purdue University is exploring the idea that people can snack on modest amounts of nuts without gaining weight and even may be able to lose weight, according to a New York Times article.
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Field Notes
New Link Found Between Obesity and Diabetes

A single overactive enzyme worsens the two core defects of diabetes—impaired insulin sensitivity and glucose overproduction—suggesting that a drug targeting the enzyme could help correct both at once, according to mouse studies done by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center. The findings were published in the online edition of Cell Metabolism.

A drug that inhibits the enzyme MK2 eventually could be added to metformin to achieve better control over insulin and glucose levels than is possible with either drug alone, according to the researchers.

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