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Ann Louise Gittleman

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Ann Louise Gittleman
Born (1949-06-27) June 27, 1949 (age 69)
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationClayton College of Natural Health, Teachers College, Columbia University
Years active1974–present
Known forThe Fat Flush Diet

Ann Louise Gittleman is an American author and proponent of alternative medicine, especially fad diets.[1][2][3][4][5] She regards herself as a nutritionist. Gittleman has written more than two dozen books and is known for The Fat Flush Plan, a "detox" diet and exercise program that she developed into a series of books. Gittleman's ideas on health and nutrition are regarded as pseudoscience.[1][2][6]

Education and career

In 2002, she was given a Ph.D. in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health, an unaccredited and now defunct diploma mill.[7]

In 1994, she was featured in an advertising campaign for Rejuvex,[8] a dietary supplement for menopause symptoms that is not supported by scientific or clinical evidence.[9]

Gittleman has written many books on alternative medical ideas for health and nutrition. Her books have appeared on popular television programs, including 20/20, Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, and The Early Show.[10][11][12] She has been criticized for promoting incorrect notions about medicine, diet, and electromagnetic radiation.[2][3]


In 2001, she released her book The Fat Flush Plan, which became a New York Times best seller, reaching #14 on the "Hardcover Advice" list.[13]

In May 2004, The Fat Flush Plan was described along with other low carbohydrate diets in a Time magazine story, The Skinny on Low Carbs.[14]

Gittleman's books have been criticized as inconsistent with the best understanding of health and nutrition,[2] and for presenting scientific research in a simplistic and one-sided manner.[3][6] According to Healthline, Gittleman's Fat Flush Plan is a fad diet that uses "convoluted science and gimmicky logic to sell its products", and that the bulk of the plan should be skipped because "a two-week juice fast is never healthy."[4]

Gittleman's suggestion to detoxify as part of the Fat Flush Plan has made her diet the subject of criticism from some nutritionists and medical doctors.[15] Dr. Judith Stern, vice president of the American Obesity Society, has called the Fat Flush Plan "pseudoscience" that promises everything, but is "a fantasy".[2]

Gittleman's 2010 book Zapped has been met with skepticism by reviewers who say the book incorporates non-scientific concepts to assert the danger of electromagnetic fields, and presents evidence in a biased manner.[3][5][1]

Gittleman has written more than two dozen books advocating an alternative medicine approach to health and nutrition.[16][17]

Select titles:

  • Before the Change. HarperSanFrancisco. 1998. ISBN 978-0-06-056087-4. (Revised and Updated. HarperSanFrancisco. 2003. ISBN 978-0-06-056087-4. New York Times bestseller[17])
  • The Fat Flush Plan. McGraw-Hill. 2002. ISBN 978-0-07-138383-7.
  • The Fast Track Detox Diet. Morgan Road Books/Doubleday Broadway. 2005. ISBN 978-0-7679-2046-9.
  • The Fast Track One-Day Detox Diet. Morgan Road Books/Doubleday Broadway. 2005. ISBN 978-0-7393-2020-4.
  • The Gut Flush Plan. Avery. 2008. ISBN 978-1-61556-812-3.
  • Zapped. HarperOne. 2010. ISBN 978-0-06-186427-8.
  • Fat Flush for Life. Da Capo Press. 2010. ISBN 0-7382-1366-7. Top 10 Notable New Diet Books of 2010 by Time magazine[18]


  1. ^ a b c Knibbs, Kate (28 January 2016). "Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Consults 'Fat Flush' Diet Quack About 'Cell Phone Toxicity'". Gizmodo. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e Maureen Callahan. "Fat Flush - Diet Fitness". Health.com. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
  3. ^ a b c d Eilperin, Juliet (December 4, 2010). "Two books on the radiation dangers of cellphones". The Washington Post.
  4. ^ a b "The Fat Flush Diet". Healthline. 11 February 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b John Platt (2011-01-04). "'Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn't Be Your Alarm Clock' | MNN - Mother Nature Network". MNN. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
  6. ^ a b Goldacre, Ben (29 January 2004). "Friendly bacteria?". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  7. ^ Poppy, Carrie (1 February 2016). "Do Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer?". Tech Times. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  8. ^ Stabiner, Karen (4 April 1994). "THE MEDIA BUSINESS; In the Menopause Market, a Gold Mine of Ads". New York Times. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  9. ^ Tyler, Varro E. (20 April 1994). "Rejuvex for Postmenopausal Symptoms". JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association. 271 (15): 1210. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510390082038.
  10. ^ "How Did '20/20's' Dieters Fare on the 'Detox Diet' ?". ABC News. 6 January 2006.
  11. ^ "Hormones from Hell - Dr. Phil". 27 April 2007.
  12. ^ Ann Louise Gittleman (4 September 2015). "Many Women Over-medicated For Perimenopause - Good Morning America" – via YouTube.
  13. ^ New York Times, Hardcover Advice
  14. ^ Rawe, Julie (2004-05-03). "The Skinny on Low Carbs - TIME". Content.time.com. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
  15. ^ Elin, Abby (21 January 2009). "Flush Those Toxins! Eh, Not So Fast". New York Times. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  16. ^ "PAPERBACK BEST SELLERS: August 24, 2003". The New York Times. 24 August 2003.
  17. ^ a b "New York Times". The New York Times. August 24, 2003.
  18. ^ "Time Magazine". December 31, 2009.

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