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The Rice Diet In The News

Going the distance
June 2011

Come meet Jan Croft, a lady who will take away all of your excuses. Every last one of them. (Read more)

Rice Diet: 70 years of weight loss
Oct. 25, 2009

Over the years, there have been grapefruit diets, liquid diets and low-carb diets. But one Durham-based diet program has been more than a passing fad. (Read more)

Fitness road took woman to Mount Everest
Dec. 29, 2008

Need a little motivation heading into the new year? Here, try on Jan Croft's story.

Southern Neighbor Magazine
Are You Sodium Savvy?
January 2008

While many of us make a New Year?s resolution to reduce fat, sugar and calories, too many of us overlook the importance of reducing the sodium in our diet when we are trying to lose weight or improve our health.

People Magazine
What Life Was Like At 500 Lbs.
January 14, 2008

Rice Diet alum Susan Blech is featured in the January 14, 2008 issue of People magazine.

Read more of Susan Blech's story ...

People Magazine
Half Their Size
January 8, 2007

Real People, Real Success: How they lost it -- and kept it off.

Read Susan Blech's story ...

Modern Bride beauty&fitness
Real brides try real diets
Winter 2006/2007

We put six engaged women on six popular weight-loss plans (including the Rice Diet Solution) for six weeks. Did they shed the pounds in time for their weddings?

Fox News

Fox News sits down with Dr. Robert Rosati and Phil Jordan (left), who lost over 300 pounds.

The Today Show

The Today Show interviews Dr. Robert Rosati, Program Director, and the Ryans.

Chicago Tribune
In weight-loss world, Durham is the capital
August 13, 2006

Thousands of dieters come to Durham, North Carolina, every year from around the world with one goal in mind -- turning their overweight, flabby figures into svelte, healthy bodies that can walk a mile without huffing and puffing.

Business North Carolina
Heavy Industry
July 2006

There's no dearth of girth. But rather than expand, Durham's Rice Diet and its brethren watch their wait.

The State Jounral
A Walk to Remember
June 11, 2006

The great benefit of slowing down is reclaiming the time and tranquility to make meaningful connections with people, with culture, with work, with nature, with our own bodies and minds. Some call that living better. Others would describe it as spiritual.

First For Women
Lose 8 Pounds Every Week
June 5, 2006

Breathe easy... it's just a routine checkup. Susan Blech tried to relax as the blood-pressure cuff tightened around her arm. She let out a sign of relief as her doctor said, "It's not that high."


Woman, 93, credits diet for longevity
May 23, 2006

Cream of rice. Rice with vegetables. Grapefruit and rice. If you really want to be healthy, eat more rice. So notes Madeline Dennis, 93. She said she is alive today by changing the way she ate 30 some years ago.


Bottom Line Magazine
The Amazing Rice Diet : Lose 30 lbs in Four Weeks
May 15, 2006

Every few years, a new "breakthrough" diet hits the best-seller lists. Millions of Americans jump on the bandwagon and hope this time they'll lose those stubborn pounds for good.


Woman's World
Exclusive $5,000 Rice Diet Clinic Obesity Cure
March 21, 2006

For over 60 years, dieters like Woman's World cover girl Susan Blech -- who shed an astonishing 255 pounds -- have flocked to Durham, North Carolina, to visit the famed Rice Diet Clinic.


TravelLady Magazine
In search of a vacation to shed pounds
March 2006

For several years my wife and I have both wanted to lose ten pounds. We tried several diets. Some worked but we always gained the weight back. Then we tried a diet from an out-of-print book, and we both quickly lost 20 pounds and have kept the weight off for more than six months.

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Winston Salem Journal
Dieting in Durham: Low-fat, low-salt program emphasizes fresh fruit, grains, veggies
February 22, 2006

Since 1939, the Rice Diet program has been helping people lose weight and treat and prevent heart disease, diabetes, renal disease and hypertension.


The Herald-Sun
It's not about the rice; it's a way of life
January 10, 2006

Let's make a few things perfectly clear: The Rice Diet is not just about eating rice. And it's not just about what you eat. It's a lifestyle, a dieta, if you will, from the Greek word diaita, meaning "way of life."


The National Enquirer
The Hottest Diets of 2006
January 9, 2006

The Rice Diet Solution is one of five diets profiled as the "Hottest Diets of 2006."


Travel to Wellness
Journey To Discover The Ways Of Weight
January 2006

My journey to wellness actually began six months before my wellness vacation. My husband and I went on the Rice Diet and we both lost 20 pounds in less than a month.


Prevention Magazine
Spice Things Up: Savory ingredients made her forget about meat

Then Susan's doctor recommended that she enroll in the Rice Diet Program at Duke University in Durham, NC. Susan stayed at the clinic for 2 1/2 months, attending classes in nutrition and cooking, exercise, and meditation. In addition, she was put on a very low fat, low-sodium diet featuring plenty of rice, fruit, and steamed vegetables.


KMOV- St Louis? November 15, 2005
Channel 4 News with Lisa Manzo

Daily Express
Weight Loss in Durham
August 17, 2005

It has more obesity clinics than anywhere else on Earth but many believe this US city has found the harsh but expensive solution craved by the overweight.


Big Business
August 11, 2005

Profitti per 72 milioni di euro all'anno. E pazienti da tutto il mundo. Viaggio a Durham, North Carolina, la capitale delle diete. Dove gli obesi inseguono il sogno di dimagrire.



Economy of Scale: How fat people could save American business
July 21, 2005

Instead of seeing our obesity as a crisis, maybe it's time we recognized it as an opportunity -- the rare chance for the U.S. to dominate a new industry.


The Chronicle
Dieters flock to Durham to renew health
July 20, 2005

After gaining about 200 pounds over the course of 15 years, Kay Adock knew she desperately needed a drastic life change.


Tobacco Road City Becomes Nation's Diet Capital
June 19, 2005

As she sat atop the remains of the patio chair that crumpled under her weight, Jean Anspaugh realized it was time -- time to leave law school, leave her home in California and head for "The Diet Capital of the World."

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The New York Times
Penny-Wise, Not Pound-Foolish
May 19, 2005

Ms. Blech, 39, has dropped about $70,000 and 220 pounds in Durham. She subsists on an 800-calorie diet prescribed by the Rice Diet Program.

CBS, A 60 Minutes Special Report
Durham: The Dieters' Last Resort
September 19, 2004

Whether the economy is good or bad, whether we are at war or peace, there is at least one constant in American life: fat.

Triangle Business Journal
Pounds for Dollars: Ruling on obesity good news for dieters, area weight programs
July 23, 2004

The Rice Diet Solution has also been featured on Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees, AOL Health and WCN-TV (NBC) Raleigh and in the Seattle Times, Poughkeepsie Journal and the Raleigh News & Observer.

The Rice Diet was also briefly mentioned and supported in the book, Perfect Health, by Deepak Chopra, M.D.

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