Founded by the former medical director of the Atkins Center, Fred Pescatore, MD, The Hamptons Diet is what you'd get if the Mediterranean Diet, South Beach Diet, and Atkins Diet crossed paths. It's also got major celebrity draw: Sarah Jessica Parker, Renée Zellweger, and Kim Cattrall follow The Hamptons Diet, and Kate Hudson went on it to help lose her baby weight.
That's good and all, but what is it exactly? Keep reading to find out!
At its simplest, The Hamptons Diet encourages users to choose lean meats, healthy fats, and restrict carb levels. And like the Mediterranean Diet, it focuses on whole foods (organic when possible) that are minimally processed and lots of fish and low-carb veggies. There is also a big emphasis placed on omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats (MUFA) — especially (actually, almost exclusively) macadamia nut oil. The thought behind this is that MUFAs can help both with metabolism and longterm weight loss. Not too far off the mark since research has indicated that MUFAs help stop the hunger signal so you don't overeat — basically, you feel fuller, sooner.
The low-carb aspect of The Hamptons Diet definitely deserves scrutiny. But unlike the Atkins diet, which sent everyone on a bacon bonanza, The Hamptons Diet encourages that followers stick to complex carbs, but eliminate refined carbs from their diets while also eating healthy meat options. And for those hoping to lose weight, the low-carb, high-protein diet still seems to be a viable solution: a recent study showed that dieters on a low-carb lost the most weight and kept it off. Depending on what your weight loss goals are (if any), there is a controlled weight loss phase in The Hamptons Diet, which limits carb intake. Dieters who want to lose more than 10 pounds are advised to eat less than 30 grams of carbs a day; people who have less than 10 pounds to lose are allowed 40 to 60 grams. To put that in perspective, one piece of whole wheat bread contains about 12 grams of carbs.
But, at times, Dr. Pescatore's book, The Hamptons Diet: Lose Weight Quickly and Safely With the Doctor's Delicious Meal Plans, often feels like common sense mixed with an infomercial. Macadamia nut oil is touted throughout the book, and it's very brand-specific. A little exploration of the macadamia oil's website indicates that Dr. Pescatore may have a vested interest in the company. As well, the recipes in the book aren't exactly simple — much more geared toward someone living in The Hamptons with a personal chef and a lot of time on their hands. Nor is there any real talk on portion size. Outside of that, The Hamptons Diet does seem like a simple, and healthful approach to food. It even encourages moderate amounts of alcohol consumption — it is The Hamptons, after all!