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 Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism:

    FRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Trulicity (dulaglutide) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat type 2 diabetes, which accounts for 90 percent of diabetes cases in the United States.

    The drug contains a hormone that helps stabilize blood sugar at nor...Full Article

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

    FRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A six-year study of people with type 2 diabetes found that intensively lowering blood pressure had a long-lasting effect in preventing heart attacks, strokes and deaths. But intensive blood sugar control didn't produce those benefits, the researchers fou

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  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Ophthalmology:

    THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Daily supplements of selenium or vitamin E don't seem to protect against the development of age-related cataracts among men, a new study indicates.

    Previous animal research has suggested that one or both could help prevent cataracts. To invest...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychiatry:

    WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have the largest number of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms are almost three times more likely to develop an addiction to food, a new study suggests.

    The findings don't prove a direct link between PTSD and women overeating or...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Epidemiology:

    WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Diabetics and dieters who turn to artificial sweeteners to soothe their sweet tooth may not be doing themselves any favors, a new Israeli study suggests.

    Artificial sweeteners can potentially make blood sugar levels rise despite containing no ...Full Article

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

    WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Sixteen major food and beverage companies have made good on their pledge to cut calories in their U.S. products, a new report finds.

    The companies, acting together through the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, pledged to remove 1 trillion ...Full Article

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

    FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older people exposed to high levels of black carbon -- the fine particle air pollution from traffic -- may have increased levels of leptin, a hormone linked to obesity, diabetes and heart disease, a new study suggests.

    Although the research doesn...Full Article

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

    FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eating more fish may reduce a woman's risk for hearing loss, according to a large new study.

    Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found that consuming at least two servings of fish and omega-3s (long-c...Full Article

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

    THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new weight-loss medication for the overweight and obese has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration.

    Contrave is a combination of two already-approved drugs, naltrexone and bupropion, in extended-release form. The former is appr...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Epidemiology:

    THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Discrimination against overweight or obese people, commonly known as "fat shaming," does not help them lose weight and may do more harm than good, according to research from London.

    Being harassed or treated with disrespect, receiving poor se...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychiatry:

    THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obese people may be more vulnerable to environmental food cues than thin people because of differences in their brain chemistry, a new study suggests.

    This finding could explain why obese people tend to overeat in response to food triggers, suc...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Fitness:

    (HealthDay News) -- Some foods can interact with medications, causing harmful side effects.

    The American Academy of Family Physicians says these factors may raise your risk of a food/drug interaction:

    • Being a pregnant woman.
    • Being an older adult.
    • Having a c
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  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatric Cardiology:

    TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs seem to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in children who have a genetic cholesterol disorder, according to a long-term European study.

    Researchers looked at 194 children and teens in the Netherlands...Full Article

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

    FRIDAY, Sept. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The recent deaths of two high school football players highlight the danger faced by athletes if they drink too much water or too many sports drinks, a new study says.

    The players died of exercise-associated hyponatremia, which occurs when athletes...Full Article

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

    FRIDAY, Sept. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The recent deaths of two high school football players highlight the danger faced by athletes if they drink too much water or too many sports drinks, a new study says.

    The players died of exercise-associated hyponatremia, which occurs when athletes...Full Article