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.

Specialties:

Affiliation:

  • CNC

Location:

  • Rowayton, CT

Activity

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The first generic version of the heartburn drug Nexium (esomeprazole) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    The drug helps treat GERD, which stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. GERD occurs when stomach acid backs into...Full Article

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

    MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many folks in their 30s and 40s chow down on burgers, fried chicken and other fatty foods without fear, figuring they have years before they need to worry about their cholesterol levels.

    But new research reveals that long-term exposure to even sli...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Allergy / Immunology:

    FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When choosing a Valentine's Day present for your sweetheart, make sure it won't trigger an allergic reaction.

    "Chocolates and flowers are lovely, but not if they cause an allergic response," Dr. James Sublett, president of the American College of ...Full Article

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

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Being sedentary may be twice as deadly as being obese, a new study suggests.

    However, even a little exercise -- a brisk 20-minute walk each day, for example -- is enough to reduce the risk of an early death by as much as 30 percent, the British...Full Article

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

    MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) Night shift work significantly increases the risk of diabetes in black women, according to a new study.

    "In view of the high prevalence of shift work among workers in the U.S.A. -- 35 percent among non-Hispanic blacks and 28 percent in non-Hispanic ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- School readiness isn't the only benefit young children can gain from Head Start. A new study finds that kids in the U.S. preschool program tend to have a healthier weight by kindergarten than similarly aged kids not in the program.

    In their first...Full Article

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

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- So New Year's Day has come and gone, leaving millions with resolutions to finally shed some pounds.

    However, a new study finds that Americans actually buy more food and more total calories during the days after the holiday season than they do du...Full Article

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

    TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Think a pill you saw advertised on the Internet can miraculously help you shed unwanted pounds? You're not alone: A new Consumer Reports survey finds many Americans are misinformed about the quality and effectiveness of these

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

    MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although it's widely accepted that people with type 1 diabetes produce no insulin, a new study suggests otherwise: Roughly one-third produce the hormone long after they are diagnosed.

    Residual insulin production can last for more than four decades...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Mental Health:

    MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Anorexia is typically associated with women, but a new report finds that men -- especially men obsessed with muscularity -- can develop the eating disorder, too.

    The Canadian researchers noted that an estimated 10 percent or more of anorexia patie...Full Article

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

    WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Saxenda (liraglutide) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat chronic obesity.

    The injected drug is approved for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, or for those with a BMI of 27 or greater who have...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. and state health officials are investigating a listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples that has killed at least four people and sickened 28 others in 10 states.

    Consumers should not eat any commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples...Full Article

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

    THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In what scientists say is a first, a new analysis suggests that some blood types place women at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

    How much higher? According to a team of French researchers, women with blood type B positive appear to ...Full Article

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

    THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A newly developed food supplement appears to prevent weight gain and trim fat around the waist, researchers say.

    However, the chemical compound doesn't seem to help people lose pounds, and the preliminary study is so small that the findings coul...Full Article

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

    FRIDAY, Nov. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with diabetes face a number of challenges over the holidays, but careful planning can help keep you healthy, an expert says.

    "With the holidays coming, take some time to think about how you'll deal with the events...Full Article