EDITOR’S NOTE: A Registered Dietitian with a Master's degree in Nutritional Science, Rachel Beller founded the Beller Nutritional Institute in Beverly Hills. She served as the nutritionist for NBC's hit prime-time weight-loss program The Biggest Loser; was a nutrition consultant for the Oxygen Channel series Dance Your A** Off; served as Nutrition Lifechanger for Dr. Drew's Lifechangers show and Extra TV; and is the go-to Nutrition Expert for Glamour magazine, where she helped design the "Body by Glamour" section. She currently serves as a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society and sits on numerous professional advisory boards for major health organizations.
Rachel Beller, author of one of the most popular diet books of the past several years, Eat to Lose, Eat to Win, recently sat down with eDiets chief editor John McGran to answer a few insightful questions involving weight loss and dieting.
Your book, Eat to Lose, Eat to Win, has been around for a year now – why do you think it remains so popular when compared to the "flavor of the month" diet books churned out by celebrities and nutrition experts?
There’s no fad diet. Eat to Lose, Eat to Win provides a simple step-by-step weight loss action plan that can easily be incorporated into everyday life. It provides recipes, shopping lists, my signature “Food Autopsy” alerts and will forever change the way people think about what they put into their body.
In a nutshell, what can the average overweight or obese person do to reverse the trend and live a longer, healthier life?
It’s all about finding a realistic solution to fit your lifestyle. Losing weight is simple when you stop overcomplicating or buying into things like juice cleanses, meal deliveries or cutting certain food groups for the sake of losing weight. These are short-term solutions and the goal is to get on (and stay on) an easy-to-follow action plan that helps you shed pounds and feel your amazing best.
Eat to Lose, Eat to Win offers easy tips for dining out, smart snacking and cooking at home. It also details the science behind the secrets since having a strong knowledge about what you are putting into your body is key. It also allows you to find an action plan that works for you and your lifestyle.
When people think of "The F Word" they think of an off-color comment; what's your favorite "F word" and why is it so important to my health and weight?
My favorite F-word is Fiber, of course! It’s like a spa for your insides because in addition to making you feel satisfied and preventing overeating, it delivers your daily dose of detox. I recommend 30-35 grams of fiber a day and provide an “AM Fiber Insurance” strategy to make it easy.
You've become known as "America's Get-Real Nutritionist" – nice title, but what does it mean and why should the average Joe care what you say about food and weight?
I totally get it and have been able to lose weight and keep it off myself. In other words, I’ve been there, done that and am able to connect with individuals in a realistic way. In addition to working with celebrities and reality show contestants, I see patients daily. My clients include men, women, teenagers, college students, and breast cancer survivors. I offer “get real” advice and incredibly effective nutritional action plans specific to their individual needs. My mantra: keep it simple and they will succeed.
Let's talk shop... as in food shopping. What am I – and most people – doing wrong at the supermarket and how do we make sure we come home with foods that will do a body good?
My book offers a visual aisle-by-aisle shopping guide as well as advice on how to navigate the overwhelming and dangerous bread and cereal aisles. My bread squeeze test shows you how to distinguish the fakes from the fiber-licious breads.
Pretty cool that you got Sheryl Crow to sing your praises in your book's forward. Sheryl calls your prose "life-changing advice." How will your advice change me and my diet?
I give science-based advice that emphasizes not what you can’t eat, but what you SHOULD eat. I provide skinny solutions for weight loss and optimal health in my friendly, but firm style.
Finally, what exactly is the "Flip-It Method" and why should I flip for it?
Take whatever you think about meals and turn it upside down. Think veggies first, lean protein next with a touch of healthy fat, and lastly a modest serving of complex carbs (using my fail-proof slice bread trick). You will flip for it because there’s no counting calories, weighing portions or having to entirely give up the foods you love. It’s a three-step strategy that makes eating in and out a no brainer.
Thank you. Rachel! We so love your message, we’re making your book available to our readers. For a copy, click here.
eDiets Chief Editor John McGran has an extensive background in online dieting and tabloid news. He covers the celebrity beat for eDiets.