Ann Louise Gittleman

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Ann Louise Gittleman
Ann Louise Gittleman
Born (1949-06-27) June 27, 1949 (age 66)
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Nationality American
Citizenship United States
Education Connecticut College, Teachers College, Columbia University
Years active 1974-present
Known for The Fat Flush Diet

Ann Louise Gittleman is an American nutritionist, author, columnist, and a functional and integrative medicine advocate. Internationally recognized as a pioneer in dietary, environmental, and women's health issues, she has continually broken new ground in traditional and holistic health. Gittleman is the author of thirty books on various aspects of health and healing, including the 2003 New York Times bestseller, Before the Change. Gittleman is best known, for The Fat Flush Plan, a diet and exercise program which spawned a series of books by the same name.


Gittleman was born June 27, 1949 in Hartford, Connecticut. She graduated from Connecticut College in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in English.

She received teaching and principal certification from Hebrew Union College in 1976 and also completed a Dietetic Technician program at New York Institute of Dietetics in the same year.

In 1977, she graduated with a Master's degree In Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

In 1993, she became a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) and was board certified by the American College of Nutrition.

In 2002 she earned a PhD in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health in Birmingham, Alabama.

Early career[edit]

From 1974 to 1976, Gittleman served in private practice as a nutritionist in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. She also conducted nutritional seminars for women’s organizations, community centers, state conventions, and church groups.

After obtaining her Master's from Columbia, she became chief nutritionist for the Pediatric Clinic at the Bellevue Hospital. She later worked as a bilingual WIC nutritionist at a Yale University satellite clinic, the Hill Health Center in New Haven, Connecticut, counseling teens and expectant young mothers.

Gittleman has served as nutrition director of the Pritikin Longevity Center in Santa Monica, California.

During her years as a private nutritionist, and while serving as Nutritional Director at the Pritikin Longevity Center she began to develop her own program that later became The Fat Flush Plan.

She also became a celebrity spokesperson through the 1990s for companies including BeautiControl, Balance Bar, Vitamin Shoppe, Erdic International, Spectrum Oils, Barleans, and Arkopharma.

In 1994 she became the spokesperson for Rejuvex the first natural menopause product on the market. In 1995 Gittleman was named "The Rejuvex Woman", specifically for her work in Beyond Pritikin, Super Nutrition for Women and Super Nuturition for Menopause[1]

The Fat Flush Plan[edit]

After leaving the Pritikin Longevity Center in 1982, Gittleman began tracking the progress of patients during her career as a private nutritionist. In her first book Beyond Pritikin, she makes note of her time at the Pritikin Longevity Center, where they adhered to the popular no-to-low-fat, high complex carbohydrate dietary model of the day. She made the case that the right kind of fat- from the Omega fatty acids - was critical to overall health, well being, and weight loss whereas the unnatural trans fats from margarine, and shortening were the fats behind ill health. She states "Pritikin said fat was the problem. I was seeing fat as the solution."[2] She further asserts "the right kind, and the right amount of fat is essential for good health and lasting weight loss."[3] This was a bold assumption, going against the accepted nutritional practices of the day. Gittleman also cited excessive intake of processed food, grain-based carbohydrates, and sugar as major dietary culprits behind weight gain and poor health. Beyond Pritikin gave birth to the origins of Gittleman's Fat Flush Plan.

In late 2001, she released her book The Fat Flush Plan, which became a New York Times Best Seller. A contest presented on The View helped to cement the effectiveness and popularity of The Fat Flush Plan. The View presented a series on healthy weight loss, and chose three contestants to spend 4 weeks dieting, with each contestant following a different diet plan. Julie Gough, the contestant chosen to follow Gittleman's The Fat Flush Plan, was able to lose 13 pounds, which beat out the other contestants, thereby winning the contest.[4]

In May 2004 The Fat Flush Plan was featured alongside other influential low carb diets in a Time magazine cover story, The Skinny On Low Carbs.[5]

She followed up the The Fat Flush Plan, with a series of books including The Fat Flush Cookbook, The Fat Flush Journal and Shopping Guide, Fat Flush Foods, and The Fat Flush Fitness Plan with Joanie Greggains.

Her book Fat Flush for Life was released in 2010 and is the most recent book in the The Fat Flush Plan series.

Later career[edit]

In 2004 she began writing a column for First for Women magazine that continued until 2013, covering various nutritional topics. Her work has also been presented in Time magazine, Newsweek, US Weekly, Good Housekeeping, Glamour, Vogue, Taste for Life, and McCalls.

Gittleman's other books were featured on numerous television programs including 20/20 (Fast Track Detox Diet), Dr. Phil (Before the Change), Good Morning America (Super Nutrition for Menopause), and The Early Show (Super Nutrition for Menopause).

In 2010 Gittleman released her most recent book Zapped! which is sub-titled Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn't Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution. Zapped! is intended to be a guide for making the safest use of technologies such as cell phones, computers, tablets, appliances, and cell towers. While some scientists and doctors continue to debate the true long-term effects of these technologies, many notable organizations have expressed concern about the potential health impacts of electromagnetic frequencies(EMFs), including the World Health Organization which has labeled cell phone radiation as a class 2B carcinogen.[6] In 2012 the American Academy of Pediatrics urged the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider its radiation standards.[7]

She sits on the medical advisory boards of the American Menopause Association, the Health Sciences Institute, Your Future Health, and The National Institute of Whole Health. In addition, she is an honorary board member of the Price Pottenger Nutrition Foundation and the Nutritional Therapy Association.[8][9]

Gittleman is also on the Editorial Board for Taste for Life magazine as well as the advisory board for the International Institute for Building-Biology & Ecology.


Despite the success of the Fat Flush Plan Gittlemans suggestion to detoxify as part of the Fat Flush Plan has made her diet the subject of criticism from nutritionists and doctors that adhere to a more traditional diet and weight loss philosophy. Judith Stern, Sc.D, RD, has called the Fat Flush Plan "pseudoscience" that promises everything, but is "a fantasy".[10] In spite of criticism, Gittlemans' work has convinced many to view the detox and weight loss connection in a new light, and has inspired a new generation of nutritionists and health authors to incorporate her principles into their work.

Gittleman's recent book Zapped has been met with some skepticism by reviewers who claim the book incorporates non-scientific concepts to assert the danger of electromagnetic fields, as well as presenting evidence in a biased manner.[11][12] Yet, in the years since Zapped! was released, many experts have become increasingly concerned with the dangers outlined by Gittleman. “Powerful industrial entities have a vested interest in leading the public to believe that EMF and RFR, which we cannot see, taste, or touch, are harmless,” notes Harvard Medical School pediatric neurologist Martha Herbert, PhD, MD. But, “cell towers can exert a disorganizing effect on the ability to learn and remember, and can also be destabilizing to immune and metabolic function.” [13] Another recent book, Captured Agency: How the Federal Communitactions Commission is Dominated by Industries It Presumably Regulates, by Investigative Journalist, Norm Alster, explores how the serious health risks of wireless technology are being ignored by regulators and standard setting bodies.[14]


Gittleman is a best selling author[15] of over 30 books about health and nutrition topics including diet, detox, cleansing and parasites, women's health, men's health, menopause, beauty, and environmental health.


  1. ^ McCalls 11 (August 1995). 
  2. ^ Gittleman, Ann Louise (1988). Beyond Pritikin. New York, NY: Bantam Books Publishing. p. 28. ISBN 0553574000. 
  3. ^ Gittleman, Ann Louise (1988). Beyond Pritikin. New York, NY: Banta Books Publishing. p. 29. ISBN 0553574000. 
  4. ^ Odum, Linda A. (October 2003). "More than just a Diet, One woman's experience with the Fat Flush Plan". Taste for Life (October 2003). 
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  6. ^ Dellorto, Danielle (May 31, 2011). "WHO: Cell phone use can increase possible cancer risk". CNN. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  7. ^ Rochman, Bonnie (July 20, 2012). "Pediatricians Say Cell Phone Radiation Standards Need Another Look". Time. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
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  12. ^ Eilperin, Juliet (December 4, 2010). "Two books on the radiation dangers of cellphones". The Washington Post. 
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  15. ^ "New York Times". The New York Times. August 24, 2003. 
  16. ^ "Time Magazine". December 31, 2009. 
  17. ^ "New York Times". The New York Times. August 24, 2003. 

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