The Rotation Diet by Martin Katahn (Norton: $15.95); Maximize Your Body Potential: 16 Weeks to a Lifetime of Effective Weight Management by Joyce D. Nash (Bull Publishing: $14.95).
Neither "Star Wars" nor the war against poverty proves as relevant to the average American as our continuing war against adiposity. Here are two diet regimens that describe strategies in the battle against the bulge.
Martin Katahn, director of the Vanderbilt University Weight Management Program in Nashville, Tenn., has written a best seller in "The Rotation Diet" partly, one suspects, because he promises phenomenal success. You can lose up to one pound per day, he claims, by alternating or rotating the number of calories consumed. Women are allowed 600 for 3 days, then 900 for 4 days, followed by 1200 for one week, with men allowed a few hundred extra calories. Both sexes are permitted a "week vacation" of normal eating before returning to the basic schedule.
Further, Katahn promises "rotation" decreases hypertension and cholesterol levels while at the same time maintaining the body's normal metabolic rate, which, he says, slows down when one follows other diets.