Harvard’s “Healthy Eating Plate” improves upon the USDA’s ill conceived “My Plate”…but not take it a step further and reverse the epidemics of obesity and diabetes once and for all?


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On June 3, 2011, I reported my concerns about the USDA’s “My Plate” (their rendition of a replacement for the Food Pyramid: September 15, 2011), the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health formally agreed that “My Plate” was not the best representation of a healthy diet and released their own “Healthy Eating Plate.” Another promotion of Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate was released just this week.http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2011/09/harvard-serves-up-its-own-plate/

In 2011, the IDF (International Diabetes Foundation) meeting in Portugal reported that 366 million people worldwide have diabetes. They labeled this statistic “staggering” and urged the UN Health Committee (meeting next week) to focus on preventing future cases of diabetes. The obesity and diabetes epidemics are scarily out of control and I’m pleased that Harvard stepped up and recognized the issues with “My Plate.”

Although I agree that the Harvard rendition of the “plate” is a much healthier representation, I felt compelled to send an open letter to Dr. Willett and others involved with nutrition and public health at Harvard. I am totally committed to working with the medical community for improved health and well-being regarding obesity and diabetes. A “plate”, a simple visual representation of a recommended style of eating is just that….a visual of a plate. I am interested in educating the public on the Steps they need to take starting now to set up for a lifetime of weight management, health, and well-being.

The letter to Harvard’s Dr. Walter Willett follows:

I am Diane Kress, RD CDE, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with over 30 years experience specializing in the “real world” working with patients with metabolic syndrome, pre diabetes, type 2 diabetes, PCOS, obesity. I currently have a private practice in medical nutrition therapy in Morristown, NJ. I am the author of the NY Times Bestseller: The Metabolism Miracle, its complementary Metabolism Miracle Cookbook. In January, 2012, I released The Diabetes Miracle (400+ pages/hardcover/worldwide). in January, 2012 and paperback version this month: January, 2013.

About 15 years into my practice, I began to collect data on my patients to try and determine why 60% of overweight people did not succeed with long term weight loss and appreciable improvements in LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure on the traditionally prescribed low calorie, low fat diets. After years of research, I am to the conclusion that over 60% of people who struggle with weight do not succeed with calories in/calories out programs. They all had insulin excursions that eventually lead to insulin resistance and perpetuated their metabolic syndrome.
Over 150 million Americans actually get fatter and sicker on traditional diets and their illnesses progressively worsen requiring more medications (types and doses).

As you know, typically adult diseases are now affecting our children: obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol issues, anxiety/depression to name a few.

I developed a diet protocol designed for those I counseled with “Metabolism B ©”…a term I’ve trademarked to describe the millions of people world wide who simply do not respond favorably to calorie based, low fat, low cholesterol diets. In fact, these people progressively become fatter and sicker on these regimens.

When I counsel for weight loss and improved health, I must first determine if I will teach a traditional calorie- based low fat program (Metabolism A…will work for about 40% of overweight people) or a 3 Step program to rebalance the fat-gain hormone insulin that is NECESSARY for the majority of overweight people; those with Metabolism B.

To make this decision I had to qualify patients with Met A™ (traditional diet) and those with Met B ™( insulin balancing diet. The following are the lab ranges I use to discern Met B™.

Fasting labwork: Qualifiers for Metabolism B™

Glucose: under 65 and over 89mg/dL

LDL cholesterol: over 99mg

HDL cholesterol: under 45mg

Triglycerides: under 50 or over 99

HbA1C: under 5.3 or over 5.6

Fasting insulin: over 5

Vitamin D: under 40

CRP: elevated

Those with Met B also have a family history of certain diseases including: pre diabetes, type 2 diabetes, overweight/obesity, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, hypertension, low Vitamin D.

When I tease out these patients through their lab work and personal/family history, I am assured that they will report most of the following symptoms:

Symptoms of Uncontrolled Metabolism B™:

Fatigue (even after a night’s sleep)

Malaise, apathy

Mild depression

Midline adiposity

Difficulty losing weight and keeping it off

Old tried and true diets fail them

Irritability/short fuse

Low libido

Blurry vision

Light sensitivity

Carb cravings

Fatigue after meals

Never feeling truly full for more than ½ hour

Restless sleep, inability falling asleep or waking up in the middle of the night with racing thoughts

Inability to focus or concentrate

Poor short term memory

After years of research and development, I developed a 3 step diet and exercise program that works for these frustrated, confused, and progressively sick individuals.

It turns out that Met B™ is progressive. It can be “diagnosed” years before it advances to pre diabetes or type 2 diabetes.

Three steps to health, energy, clear thought, happiness, decreased medications:

Step 1: 8 or more weeks of a lower carb diet (not Atkins or South Beach) designed specifically for the metabolic requirements of those with Met B™. Rests and relaxed the over working pancreas and liver.

Step 2: 8 or more weeks of Step 1 plus the inclusion of carbohydrate foods of the right type, in the right amount, at the right time.

Step 3: More of a lifestyle than a diet. Teaches how to live life at a healthy weight on the least amount of medication, looking and feeling great and preventing pre diabetes/diabetes, type 2.

I need your help. I need Harvard’s Nutrition Committee to review the program and give it their blessing. We need to begin implementing the core diet and exercise program detailed in the Metabolism Miracle from childhood on to prevent:

*Overweight and obesity

*Pre diabetes

*Type 2 diabetes


*Vascular disease

*Metabolic syndrome (elevated cholesterol, triglycerides, belly fat, blood sugar)

*Osteoporosis, Osteopenia

*Breast, Prostate, Testicular, Ovarian, Colon, Skin Cancers


*GERD; esophageal cancers

*Sleep apnea

As mentioned, I released The Diabetes Miracle in January, 2012 and the paperback version in January 2013. The program changes the way type 2 diabetes is prevented and controlled.

I am the diabetes educator for the people. I want to bring the core “Miracle” program to those who are leading a life of increasing types and doses of medications, suffering from compounding medical conditions, gaining weight irrespective of “counting calories and fat grams” and experiencing unnecessary fatigue, decreased focus/concentration/memory, and a lesser quality of life. And I want to see the millions of people suffering from the ramifications of an ill-conceived diet empowered to get and stay healthy.

If this requires that the medical community admits to making a grave error in diet recommendations over the past 60+ years, so be it. This dilemma will not rectify until we make the right changes.


About Diane Kress

Author of The New York Times Bestseller; The Metabolism Miracle, The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook, and The Diabetes Miracle. and The Metabolism Miracle, Revised Edition. Owner, developer, and administrator of The Metabolism Miracle's support site: www.Miracle-Ville.com. Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, www.themetabolismmiracle.com www.thediabetesmiracle.com www.miracle-ville.com Email: dietquestions@ymail.com
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One Response to Harvard’s “Healthy Eating Plate” improves upon the USDA’s ill conceived “My Plate”…but not take it a step further and reverse the epidemics of obesity and diabetes once and for all?

  1. Thanks for sharing, Diane! Is there enough fat in the new “plate” to suit those with insulin resistance?

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