Many of my patients think I was born lucky, and that’s why I’m thin.

But the truth is, I come from a family of obese and diabetic individuals. I grew up in what I consider a very normal Italian-American family. Loving, close-knit and completely obsessed with food. We ate pasta and bread with every meal, and we ate all the time.

Needless to say, we were all overweight—my parents, my two older sisters and me. But that was the norm in my family, so I never thought much about it, until I hit high school and…

By the time I was 15 years old, I was a whopping 240 pounds, plagued with asthma and allergies, and the brunt of many cruel jokes.

I changed that by changing the way I eat forever. But, I can gain weight more quickly than most and have to be aware of what I eat all the time. That’s why the A-List Diet works for me. It’s a lifestyle—a delicious way of eating foods that are good for you and help you burn fat. It is not a “diet” that you go on and go off.

Nobody gets left out

When I was a young man trying to lose weight, I felt there were no resources designed just for me. Most diet programs are either geared toward women—or toward the type of man who can spend all of his free time in the gym.

So when I created the A-List I didn’t want to leave anyone out. My A-List Dieter Types include several types just for men, as well as a “Diet Challenged” type for those of us who have been on and off diets for years.

For full details on how to unlock the power of amino acids to suit your A-List Dieter Type, order your paperback copy of The A-List Diet now.

Believe me, I know the whole idea of weight loss can feel overwhelming. And that’s why I want to help you.

Whether you need to lose 15, 50, 100 pounds, or more…I know you can do this—because I did.

A-Listers’ Corner

Sarah’s A-List story

I take a lot of pride in helping my clients make positive changes in their life. Whether you write to me through email or social media, I am so pleased to hear about your experiences with living a happier and healthier lifestyle.

Here’s a recent success story that I hope will help motivate you to stick with the healthy changes you’ve made on your A-List journey:

“After I drink the Amino Booster in 16 oz. of water (post workout), I’m not hungry for hours! I used to be famished.

Now, I am not even all that hungry at dinner time. It changed my appetite. It’s as if my body is getting fueled and I feel satiated.”

If you’d like to share your story with me, please send an email to

Recipe of the Week

This week’s A-List recipe spotlight is salads:

The Astoria Greek Salad (page 198 of The A-List Diet Book)


  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups chopped purslane
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 medium cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 (6-ounce) grilled chicken breasts, chopped
  • 6 Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • 2 tablespoons blue cheese dressing
  • 3 tablespoons feta cheese


  1. In a medium bowl, toss together the lettuce, purslane, bell peppers, cucumber, celery, chicken, and olives.
  2. Add the dressing and toss again. Top with the feta cheese and serve.

Until next time,

Dr. Fred