FIT FOR LIFE (FFL) is a diet and lifestyle book series stemming from
the principles of orthopathy . It is promoted mainly by the American
writers Harvey and
Marilyn Diamond . The
Fit for Life
Fit for Life book series
recommends dietary principles including eating only fruit in the
morning, eating predominantly "live" and "high-water-content" food,
and if eating animal protein to avoid combining it with complex
While the diet has been praised for encouraging the consumption of
raw fruits and vegetables, several other aspects of the diet have been
disputed by dietitians and nutritionists, and the American Dietetic
Association and the
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Family Physicians list it as a
fad diet .
* 1 Description
* 2 Publications and marketing
* 2.1 Book series
* 2.2 Additional books by
* 3 Controversy
* 3.1 Scientific reception
* 4 See also
* 5 References
* 6 External links
The diet is based on Diamond's exploration of Herbert M. Shelton
theories of food combining . Both authors claimed to be able to bring
about weight loss without the need to count calories or undertake
anything more than a reasonable exercise program. In the first version
of the program, Diamond claimed that if one eats the foods in the
wrong combination they "cause fermentation" in the stomach. This in
turns gives rise to the destruction of valuable enzymes while living
foods are raw fruits and vegetables. The basic points of Fit for Life
are as follows:
Fruits are best eaten fresh and raw. Where possible they should be
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* ^ A B C D E F G H Tish Davidson (2007). "
Fit for Life
Fit for Life diet". In
Jacqueline L. Longe. The Gale Encyclopedia of Diets: A Guide to Health
Thomson Gale . p. 383–385. ISBN 1-4144-2991-6 . CS1
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* ^ "BEST SELLERS". New York Times. 1986-01-05. Retrieved
* ^ McDowell, Edwin (1988-01-06). "Best Sellers From 1987\'s Book
Crop". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-09.
* ^ Fein, Esther B. (1993-02-01). "THE MEDIA BUSINESS: Publishing;
Where literary lightning hits, book houses often hope for a second
strike". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-09.
* ^ Diamond, Harvey (2003-11-17). Fit for life, not fat for life.
HCI. p. 82. ISBN 978-0-7573-0113-1 .
* ^ Hines, Terence . (1988). Pseudoscience and the Paranormal: A
Critical Examination of the Evidence. Prometheus Books. p. 254
* ^ Butler, Kurt. (1992). A Consumer's Guide to "Alternative
Medicine": A Close Look at Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Faith-healing, and
Other Unconventional Treatments. Prometheus Books. p. 14. ISBN
* ^ "Fit For Life: Some Notes on the Book and Its Roots".
* ^ Golay A, Allaz AF, Ybarra J, et al. (April 2000). "Similar
weight loss with low-energy food combining or balanced diets". Int. J.
Obes. Relat. Metab. Disord. 24 (4): 492–6. doi
:10.1038/sj.ijo.0801185 . PMID 10805507 . Check laysummary= value
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