Q: Where can I get a critique of popular weight loss diets?
– Deborah from Madison

A: Numerous critiques are regularly published on the ebb and flow of fad diets, including articles in Environmental Nutrition and the Berkeley Wellness Letter. Of course, seldom do popular diet books offer tips that work long-term. Better yet, I can offer a great source of information on what diet tips DO work, based on people who have successfully lost weight and kept the weight off. Try Thin for Life by Anne Fletcher and The Solution by Laurel Mellin. Also, the National Weight Control Registry out of Colorado continues to monitor people who have successfully lost weight. Their website is: www.hsc.colorado.edu/nutrition/ nwcr.htm. -Elizabeth Somer