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The Manhattan Diet

Most Popular Diets of 2012

Number 14: Manhattan Diet

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This book broke on the scene in spring 2012 and immediately met with fanfare and critics alike. The idea centered around a New York Times article that called Manhattan women the thinnest of all the boroughs, and author Eileen Daspin explained how it was possible. The book paints a picture of an elitist lifestyle that is so very New York and yet hardly sustainable as a weight loss plan for the rest of the country.

Balanced eating tips like "eat only when you're hungry" and "avoid fast food" were contradicted and discounted by tips to eat frozen yogurt for lunch and endorsements of a fad diet lifestyle.

In an interview with Daspin, she told us she was working as a journalist, simply reporting on what these women do in their lives. “I don’t recommend it, I don’t endorse it,” she said. “I’m suggesting what other people do.”

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