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It seems like everyday you hear about a new do-it-all fitness regimen or a new study showing that the exercises that you once thought were best are actually bad for you. In our 21st Century Fitness series, we consult the brightest minds to try to cut through the fat and find out what it really takes to be fit and healthy today.

Vegan Before 6

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Mark Bittman eats mostly vegetables before 6 p.m.

Six years ago, food writer Mark Bittman was 40-pounds overweight and diagnosed pre-diabetic and pre-heart-disease. In other words, he was like a lot of Americans. Bittman’s doctor told him he could easily shed the weight if he adopted a vegan diet: he ended up taking two-thirds of that advice.  His new diet of eating vegan meals and snacks until dinnertime—after which he’s free to indulge his cravings—helped Bittman lose 45 pounds in four months. He details his weight-loss strategy in a new book and he joins us Wednesday to talk about it.


Mark Bittman is an Opinion columnist at the New York Times, the lead food writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for the Times Dining section. He's the author of many books, including How to Cook Everything and the groundbreaking Vegan Before 6 P.M. (VB6) [Amazon|Indiebound]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.