Ann Louise Gittleman

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Ann Louise Gittleman
Ann Louise Gittleman
Born (1949-06-27) June 27, 1949 (age 67)
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Nationality American
Citizenship United States
Education Clayton College of Natural Health, Teachers College, Columbia University
Years active 1974-present
Known for The Fat Flush Diet

Ann Louise Gittleman is an American nutritionist, author, and an advocate of alternative medicine, especially fad diets. Gittleman is the author of thirty books, including the 2003 New York Times bestseller, Before the Change.[1] Gittleman is best known, for The Fat Flush Plan, a diet and exercise program which spawned a series of books by the same name. Her work is inconsistent with the best understanding of health and nutrition,[2] and she has been criticized for promoting pseudoscientific views by presenting scientific research in an overly simplistic and one-sided manner.[3][4]


In 1977 Gittleman received her M.S. in Nutrition Education, Teachers College, Columbia University.[citation needed] In 1993 she became a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) with the American College of Nutrition. In 2002 she was given a PhD in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health, an unaccredited and now defunct diploma mill whose notable graduates are surrounded in controversy.[5][6] In 2010, it closed due to financial difficulties.[7] Clayton College did not provide clinical training.[8]


After graduating from Columbia University, Gittleman served as the Chief Nutritionist of the Pediatric Clinic at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. In the 1980s Ann Louise became the Nutrition Director of the renowned Pritikin Longevity Center in Santa Monica, California.

In 1994 she became the spokesperson for Rejuvex the first natural menopause product on the market.[9][10]

Gittleman has written numerous books on alternative health and nutrition. Her books have been criticized for promoting incorrect notions about medicine, diet, and electromagnetic radiation,[2][3] while also having been featured on popular television programs, including 20/20, Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, and The Early Show.[11][12][13]

The Fat Flush Plan[edit]

In 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 increase the 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.[14]

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.[15]

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.


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.[16] 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 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.[3][17][18]


Gittleman is a best selling author[19] 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. ^ "PAPERBACK BEST SELLERS: August 24, 2003". The New York Times. 24 August 2003. 
  2. ^ a b c Maureen Callahan. "Fat Flush - Diet Fitness". Retrieved 2016-03-02. 
  3. ^ a b c Eilperin, Juliet (December 4, 2010). "Two books on the radiation dangers of cellphones". The Washington Post. 
  4. ^ Goldacre, Ben (29 January 2004). "Friendly bacteria?". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Poppy, Carrie (1 February 2016). "Do Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer?". Tech Times. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  6. ^ Barrett, Stephen. "Clayton College of Natural Health: Be Wary of the School and Its Graduates". Quackwatch. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Lange, Andrew (November 17, 2011). "The biggest quack school in natural medicine closes". Huffington Post. 
  8. ^ Willmsen, Christine; Berens, Michael (20 November 2007). "Teen's death hastened by practitioner who had bogus diplomas". Seattle Times. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  9. ^ McCalls. 11 (August 1995). 
  10. ^ Stabiner, Karen (4 April 1994). "THE MEDIA BUSINESS; In the Menopause Market, a Gold Mine of Ads". New York Times. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "How Did '20/20's' Dieters Fare on the 'Detox Diet' ?". ABC News. 6 January 2006. 
  12. ^ "Hormones from Hell - Dr. Phil". 27 April 2007. 
  13. ^ Ann Louise Gittleman (4 September 2015). "Many Women Over-medicated For Perimenopause - Good Morning America" – via YouTube. 
  14. ^ Odum, Linda A. (October 2003). "More than just a Diet, One woman's experience with the Fat Flush Plan". Taste for Life (October 2003). 
  15. ^ Rawe, Julie (2004-05-03). "The Skinny On Low Carbs - TIME". Retrieved 2016-03-02. 
  16. ^ Elin, Abby (21 January 2009). "Flush Those Toxins! Eh, Not So Fast". New York Times. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  17. ^ 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. 
  18. ^ Knibbs, Kate (28 January 2016). "Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Consults 'Fat Flush' Diet Quack About 'Cell Phone Toxicity'". Gizmodo. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  19. ^ a b "New York Times". The New York Times. August 24, 2003. 
  20. ^ "Time Magazine". December 31, 2009. 

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