Controversial weight-loss guru Michael Schiavo has announced that he is co-writing a new diet book slated to hit bookshelves before the spring dieting season. While few details have been released about the self-help book, weight-loss experts say that it is likely to be a how-to guide for dieters who wish to follow Mr. Schiavo's no sugar, no carbs, no food, no water approach to slimming and trimming.
New weight loss plan says no sugar, no carbs, no food, no water
By Russell D'Arby, arts and entertainment correspondent
CLEARWATER, FL—Controversial weight-loss guru Michael Schiavo has announced that he is co-authoring a new diet book slated to hit bookshelves before the spring dieting season. While few details have been released about the forth-coming self-help book, weight-loss experts say that is likely to further develop his contentious approach to shedding plans, a rigorous diet that eschews sugar, carbohydrates, food and water.
The last diet book you'll ever need.
Meanwhile, the diet book's publisher, Dutton Publishing, says that its lips are sealed when it comes to divulging more specific information about Mr. Schiavo and his take-the-pounds-off treatise. The skinny is that Mr. Schiavo still hasn't decided what to title the book, estimated to be around 280 pages in length. "His first choice was 'The Last Diet Book You'll Ever Need," says a source close to the diet guru, "but it turned out that that was already taken. Now it's back to the drawing board."
No recipes in this book
Sources say that Mr. Schiavo's book will likely differ from competing guides to weight-loss in one important respect: it won't include recipes, meal plans or weekly menus. Nor does he plan to spin off a line of diet supplements, ingredients or prepared foods, ala South Beach, Pritikin or Atkins. "You don't need to eat specialized foods, or any food at all for that matter, to stick to the Schiavo plan," says a spokesman for Mr. Schiavo.
The latest controversial diet book
When Mr. Schiavo's guide to weight loss hits bookstores next spring, he'll join a long line of individuals who have touted controversial approaches to losing weight. Detractors of Dr. Robert Atkins, for example, still contend that his all-meat, all fat diet was the ultimate cause of his death. And celebrity homemaker Martha Stewart's embrace of the prison diet as a way to drop the pounds has raised more than a few eyebrows.
Schiavo plan popular among celebrities
Still, weight-loss experts say that there is one particular camp that is already expressing interest in trying Schiavo's bare bones approach to slimming and trimming: Hollywood celebrities. It's no secret these days that in Tinseltown, thin is in. Super skinny starlets from Hillary Duff and Nicole Richie to Kate Hudson and Lindsay Lohan have all reportedly expressed interest in the Schiavo plan in recent weeks. The Borders Bookstore in Hollywood, CA reports that it has fielded dozens of calls inquiring about when Mr. Schiavo's diet book will be available for purchase.
"There's so much pressure on these actresses to stay thin," says one nutritionist to the stars. "The Schiavo strategy for permanent weight loss has a lot of appeal to them because it can help them avoid food and water."
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