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Ron Rosedale, MD, wrote TheRosedale Diet in late 2004. In the book, the author describes his weight loss diet as the one diet that has not been done yet.
He is referring to the particular unique nutrient ratios of the diet.
Rosedale Diet Basics
The Rosedale diet could be described as a high fat, very low carb, low protein diet. It is similar to the South Beach Diet and The Hampton’s Diet (and even the Atkins diet) – yet places more emphasis on eating a lot more healthy fats.
The premise behind the Rosedale Diet is controlling the hormone leptin (see more about leptin diets) .
Recent research has shown this hormone to be responsible for control of hunger. Dr. Rosedale argues that by managing this hormone, you will no longer ‘over-eat’ but will be satisfied earlier. Therefore weight loss will occur.
Despite containing a lot of science, there is little that is new in The Rosedale diet – except for the leptin research – this is all new research. It has long been known that consumption of fats (particularly unsaturated fats) does help to satiate appetite.
The only carbohydrates the author recommends are fibrous carbs (e.g. green vegetables). Starchy carbs and grains are completely out.
Rosedale Diet – What do you eat?
The protein recommendations are calculated as approximately 1 gram per half your lean body mass. This equates to around 50-75 grams of protein per person per day.
There is no calorie counting or carb counting on this diet. The Rosedale diet is all about eating when you are hungry. The diet is restrictive, beginning with a 3 week phase where all starchy carbohydrates are to be avoided. After these first 3 weeks, some other foods are allowed to be eaten – but only in restricted amounts.
There are even certain fruits and vegetables that must be avoided altogether! – for example; Banana, Cantaloupe, Dried fruit (all varieties), Grapes, Honeydew, Orange, Pineapple, Watermelon, Yams, Pumpkin, White Potatoes, Corn.
There is an extensive section on supplementation (about 25 pages of the book). The recommended supplementation plans would be very expensive to follow, and the fact that the author does have business in the supplement industry always makes this suspect.
While there is absolutely no doubt that our food supply is far from nutritionally rich, and we do need to supplement – it should not be necessary to purchase so many supplements for weight loss.
Rosedale’s Exercise Strategies
“…achieve excellent results even if you never pick up a weight or dust off your treadmill…” – Dr Rosedale.
This is something that we all love to hear – lose weight by eating when you want and never exercising. This is just not realistic.
The health benefits from exercise are myriad. Ask anyone who has made a physical transformation from obese to muscular – I bet you’ll find that they did pick up a weight, and did plenty of cardio exercise.
Sample Meal Plan
Eggs ‘Benefit’ (recipe in book)
Avocado spread on celery stalks
Dilled Salmon and fresh asparagus
Salad of your choice
Costs and Expenses
The Rosedale Diet retails for $14.99.
Dieters may also feel the need to buy the supplements recommended in the book, which will greatly increase the diet’s overall cost.
The Rosedale Diet is different. Ron Rosedale has been at the forefront of leptin research for sometime.
We have also received a number of emails from people who have had success with this diet – not only in weight loss but alleviating other health problems such as diabetes and cholesterol problems.
By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
- Rosedale, R., Colman, C. (2004). The Rosedale Diet. HarperResource.
- Friedman, J. M., Halaas, J. L. (1998). Leptin and the regulation of body weight in mammals. Nature, 395(6704), 763-770. abstract
- Klok, M. D., Jakobsdottir, S., Drent, M. (2007). The role of leptin and ghrelin in the regulation of food intake and body weight in humans: a review. Obesity reviews, 8(1), 21-34. abstract
Last Reviewed: April 2, 2017