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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 carbohydrates .

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 .

CONTENTS

* 1 Description

* 2 Publications and marketing

* 2.1 Book series * 2.2 Additional books by Marilyn Diamond

* 3 Controversy

* 3.1 Scientific reception

* 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links

DESCRIPTION

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
Fruits
are best eaten fresh and raw. Where possible they should be eaten alone. * Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates
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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 and Nutrition. Thomson Gale
Thomson Gale
. p. 383–385. ISBN 1-4144-2991-6 . CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link ) * ^ http://www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg/ada/hs.xsl/media_11092_ENU_HTML.htm * ^ http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/healthy/food/improve/784.html * ^ "BEST SELLERS". New York Times. 1986-01-05. Retrieved 2009-02-09. * ^ 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 0-87975-733-7 * ^ "Fit For Life: Some Notes on the Book and Its Roots". Quackwatch
Quackwatch
. * ^ 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 (help ) – WebMD
WebMD
(2009-02-09).

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