Carol Cottrill

Bio

The very act of dieting is a set up for failure. 45 million Americans are on a diet right now—and as a nation we are fatter than ever before. Dieting does more long-term harm than good by teaching us to ignore our body’s natural internal cues around eating—about hunger or fullness, taste and preference while replacing these instincts with the external dictates of a diet. My desire to unravel this obsession was sparked by my own two-year stint with an overzealous fitness trainer who preached a low-carb regimen. What began as an innocent attempt to improve my diet and fitness level ended in unwarranted restrictive eating and extreme exercise. I didn’t know how to get off the treadmill- literally and figuratively. As a nutritional consultant I’ve spent years studying dieting and the negative effect it has on hundreds of women. Every day in my practice a woman tells me that she can’t be trusted to make the right food choices for herself. What she really can’t trust is the dieting that required her to abandon her freedom, choice and happiness for a craze. A craze that left her heavier mentally and physically than when she started. I’ve helped many people come to terms with the futility of fad dieting. It can be done, and while there is no silver bullet, there is a natural, tried and true approach to weight management, that dare I say is pleasurable- even decadent! Can it be? Is this notion of living better, feeling in control of our lives and eating naturally without being subjugated to someone’s diet plan simply too good to be true? There are many examples of people around the world whose culture supports an authentic lifestyle with the added benefit of longevity. In my book, The French Twist: Twelve Secrets of Decadent Dining and Natural Weight Management I zeroed in on the French way of eating as a case in point; the French adhere to a centuries old philosophy, a value system of reverence and respect around food and dining. And let’s not forget about the red wine, bread, cheese and pastries. In my New York nutritional practice my specialty is weight management and unraveling the disordered eating that results from an obsession with being thin. I counsel clients who include celebrities from the worlds of fashion, music, medicine and business focusing on the ways that the modern day science in the psychology of eating- the science that relates the pleasure center of the brain to a more efficient metabolism, unites the time honored practices of cultures around the globe who eat better and live longer, happier and slimmer lives. You’ll also find me contributing on Dr. Mehmet Oz’s interactive social Q & A platform www.sharecare.com as well as in the media speaking and writing nationally about ditching the deprivation diet, viewing exercise as play and discovering freedom and pleasure while eating real, delicious food.

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  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Ophthalmology:

    TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A drug used to treat glaucoma eye disease can also help people with vision loss linked to obesity, a new study reveals.

    Researchers examined the effectiveness of the inexpensive drug, called acetazolamide (Diamox), in women and men with the cond...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Restaurants near public housing developments tend to offer unhealthy meals, a new study finds.

    Researchers analyzed menus from 61 fast-food and 72 table-service restaurants within a half mile of 13 housing developments ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many people ignore restaurant foods labeled "low-calorie" because they think they'll be unsatisfying, a new study shows.

    "People have come to expect low-calorie food to taste bad or not fill them up," wrote Jeffrey Parker, of Georgia State Univer...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Levels of healthy fats in people's diets worldwide increased over the past two decades, while their intake of harmful fats stayed about the same, a new study finds.

    Researchers analyzed data on consumption of fats and o...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Banning chocolate milk from schools may sound like a good move for kids' health, but efforts to do so haven't turned out that way, a small study found.

    Bans on chocolate milk in 11 Oregon elementary schools were linked to a big drop in the amou...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Creamy butter or ice cream versus a crunchy granola bar: A new study suggests that the texture of foods influences people's dieting choices.

    "We studied the link between how a food feels in your mouth and the amount we eat, the types of food ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most schools meet a new U.S. government requirement to provide free drinking water for students during lunchtime, a new study finds.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's rule for schools in the National School Lunch P...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychology:

    TUESDAY, April 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The widely held belief that only women experience eating disorders delays men with these conditions from getting treatment, a new British study says.

    "Men with eating disorders are underdiagnosed, undertreated and under-researched," write a team ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Rheumatology:

    MONDAY, April 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Milk may be a useful weapon against arthritis of the knee for women, but the same can't be said for yogurt or cheese, a new study says.

    The more low-fat or fat-free milk women drank, the slower the progression of osteoar...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Hepatology:

    THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking coffee may reduce the risk of death from certain types of liver cirrhosis, a large new study suggests.

    The study included more than 63,000 Chinese people, aged 45 to 74, living in Singapore. Starting in 1993, they provided information ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism:

    THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The way your body digests carbohydrates may affect your risk for obesity, a new genetic study indicates.

    Researchers focused on a gene called AMY1, which is responsible for an enzyme in the saliva called salivary amylase. When food enters the mo...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For people with high blood sugar at risk of type 2 diabetes, losing weight and exercising may lessen their chances of dying from heart disease or other conditions, a new long-term study suggests.

    People enrolled in the study on diabetes preventi...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Sleep Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Spending time in the bright morning light may help you slim down, new research suggests.

    The small study found that people exposed to more light earlier, rather than later, in the day tended to be leaner than their peers.

    "We were very...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    TUESDAY, April 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two new reports that analyzed research on vitamin D supplements found there's no reason to get excited yet about any possible health benefits.

    One review, from international researchers, found hardly any benefit. The other analysis suggested it m...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    TUESDAY, April 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A 25-year study finds that monkeys who consume a very-low-calorie diet live much healthier, longer lives than monkeys who ate what they liked.

    The findings may be welcome news for those who believe that caloric restriction might also help humans ...Full Article