Tanya Zuckerbrot Shares Her Key to Weight Management
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Leading and Losing by Example
By ABBY ELLIN
Published: March 15, 2013
There were plenty of things Suzanne Schecter, a freelance TV producer in New York, could have done with $10,000. But instead of purchasing, say, a trip around the world, or just a Louis Vuitton steamer trunk, Ms. Schecter hired Tanya Zuckerbrot to help her lose weight.
The way Ms. Schecter saw it, $10,000 was a small price to eliminate the pounds that had been plaguing her for years. “I felt very strongly that I needed a profound kick in the pants, because it wasn’t going to happen any other way,” said Ms. Schecter, 50, a self-described food addict who said she took chicken cacciatore to show-and-tell one day in fourth grade. “I think it was my way of saying, ‘If I throw some money at this I’m going to have no choice but to follow through.’ ”
Ms. Schecter is among a coterie of high-powered New Yorkers who are happily giving their money to Ms. Zuckerbrot, a registered dietitian and author of “The F-Factor Diet: Discover the Secret to Permanent Weight Loss,” published in 2006, and the “The Miracle Carb Diet: Make Calories & Fat Disappear — With Fiber,” which came out in late 2012. Disciples of the F-Factor Diet include Dylan Lauren, daughter of Ralph and a candy entrepreneur; the model and actress Molly Sims; and Donny Deutsch, the eyeglasses-wielding advertising mogul who credits Ms. Zuckerbrot with helping him lose 20 pounds.
“She gets the way people live,” Mr. Deutsch said. “You can go to any restaurant you want, and she’ll tell you how to order. She really integrates eating better with knowing that people have to live the way they do.”
Her diet plan gives clients permission to eat carbohydrates, provided they’re high in fiber. Her biggest requirement is that they eat at least four high-fiber crackers, like Finn Crisp or GG Bran Crispbreads, daily; she also has her own line of F-Factor foods (not included in the $10,000 fee). Clients can drink alcohol, and eat at their favorite restaurants. Since 2011, F-Factor-friendly foods have been sold at Philippe restaurant in New York; in late February, the Midtown trattoria Bice unveiled a line of 21 F-Factor-approved appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts.
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