The High School Reunion Diet
The High School Reunion Diet: How It Works
The bottom line, Colbert says, is that foods that don’t come wrapped in a
package are more likely to contain healthy nutrients, fats, fiber, and
"All the additives, preservatives, sugars, salt, and food colorings in our
food supply are not natural and the culprits to our unhealthy nation of
overweight and obese people," Colbert says.
The first phase of The High School Reunion Diet is designed to help
you get over your "addiction" to poor-quality food, Colbert says. In phase two,
you'll whittle your waistline and work toward youth recovery.
There's no counting calories or carbs in The High School Reunion
Diet. And although it encourages exercise, there's no fitness plan outlined
in the book. Indeed, The High School Reunion Diet makes clear that it's
not a "diet" per se, but a road map for eating for beauty and health.
Still, if you replace processed junk foods in your diet with the healthier,
more natural ones touted in The High School Reunion Diet, you'll cut
calories and lose weight as a result.
The High School Reunion Diet: What the Experts Say
There's general agreement in the scientific community that a healthy
lifestyle that includes a nutritious, wholesome diet, regular exercise,
adequate rest, not smoking, and drinking responsibly is the best approach to
looking and feeling your best. Losing weight, if you're overweight, can also
make you look more youthful and feel better.
But experts say there's little scientific evidence that sugar makes you look
old, or that an unprocessed, whole-foods diet is capable of reversing the
ravages of aging.
Baylor University nutrition professor Suzy Weems, PhD, RD, says she agrees
with many of the food recommendations in The High School Reunion Diet,
but takes issue with the idea that small amounts of sugar are harmful.
"A little bit of any kind of sugar is not going to make you hungry nor
trigger a cascade of events that lead to inflammation," she says.
Weems also believes that eliminating all processed foods from the diet is
unrealistic for most people. And, she says, not all processed foods are bad for
"From an economic standpoint, processed foods like beans, whole-grain
cereals, breads, pastas, and simple frozen foods are nutritious and affordable
mainstays in American diets," she says, "and it is unfair to categorize these
foods as unhealthy simply because they are processed."
Weem and Colbert suggest reading food labels to help you find foods that are
The High School Reunion Diet: Food for Thought
It may not be the fountain of youth, or help you lose 20 years in 30 days as
the book claims. And for many people, it may not be feasible to give up all
sugar and processed foods.
But The High School Reunion Diet offers a healthy eating plan that
certainly can’t hurt you, and has the potential to help you look your best.
Whether you're preparing for a reunion or not, this plan can help you
identify healthy foods that should be in included in everyone’s diet.