- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 2, 2000


The American Dietetic Association, 216 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, Ill., 60606. Phone: 800/876-1600. Web site: www.eatright.org. The ADA has guidelines on sensible weight-loss plans and nutrition information and can refer you to a registered dietitian.
The American Society of Bariatric Physicians, 5600 S. Quebec St., Suite 109A, Englewood, Colo., 80111. Phone: 303/770-2526. Web site: www.asbp.org. This specialty deals with weight loss under a doctor's supervision. The organization can refer you to a local bariatric physician.

On line

Diettalk (www.diettalk.com) is a general dieting Web site that has bulletin boards, chats and articles about different diets, including the various low-carbohydrate programs.
At IVillage's Web site (www.iVillage.com), there are bulletin boards where dieters on the Zone, Atkins and Carbohydrate Addict's diets can talk about their experiences.
Dr. Robert Atkins, creator of the Atkins Diet, has a Web site (www.atkinscenter.com) where visitors can order Atkins vitamin supplements and read answers to frequently asked questions.
Richard and Rachael Heller, innovators of the Carbohydrate Addict's Diet, have a site (www.carbohydrateaddicts.com) where dieters can post messages for other dieters, read personal stories from dieters and get answers to their dieting questions.
Beth Brooks, a St. Louis low-carbohydrate dieter, has a site (www.fehq.org) devoted to low-carb eating. It contains many links to other sites by low-carb dieters, as well as recipes and tips for low-carb eating.

Books -

A look at how some of the best-selling low-carbohydrate diets compare:
The book: "Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution," by Robert C. Atkins, M.D., pictured above (Avon Books, 1999).
The skinny: Eat less than 20 grams of carbohydrates per day so body will burn off excess fat.
The book: The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet: The Lifelong Solution to Yo-Yo Dieting," by Rachael and Richard Heller (Northamerican Library, 1993).
The skinny: Eat small amounts of carbohydrates once or twice a day. Eat anything you want during one meal per day, but finish it within an hour. No snacks for the first two weeks.
The book: "Enter the Zone: A Dietary Road Map to Lose Weight Permanently," by Barry Sears (Harpercollins 1995).
The skinny: Get 40 percent of calories from carbohydrates, 30 percent from protein and 30 percent from fat.
The book: "Sugar Busters!: Cut Sugar to Trim Fat," by H. Leighton Stewart (Ballantine, 1998).
The skinny: No sugar or any other high-glucose items such as beer, carrots. rice, potatoes or fruit.
The book: "Protein Power," by Michael R. Eades, M.D., and Mary Dan Eades, M.D.(Warnerbooks, 1996).
The skinny: Eat increased protein based on your goal weight; limit carbohydrates.

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