Turkey’s diet gurus and their healthy living tips

Published January 25, 2017
Prof. Dr. Canan Efendigil Karatay also promotes olive consumption.

Prof. Dr. Canan Efendigil Karatay also promotes olive consumption.

You may have seen them on billboards, in the newspaper or as guests on Turkish talk shows, because the following healthy living and nutrition specialists have quickly become household names synonymous with losing weight and feeling great

While it may easily be assumed that the Turks are a healthy bunch, given their Mediterranean diet and active lifestyles, Turkey actually has a serious obesity problem with nearly 30 percent of the population overweight, the highest figure among European countries. While the government has implemented a number of inspirational programs to get people moving more and eating better, the airwaves also devote a significant amount of time to discussing ways to eat better and live healthier and a number of healthy living and nutrition professionals have become the most read and most written about public figures.

There are two in particularly well-loved and respected specialists in eating and living healthy that through their books have been inspiring and teaching people how to implement simple changes to see big changes in their health. If you have not heard of these Turkish diet divas yet, it is high time you do because their advice and suggestions may very well set the stage for serious life and health improvements.

Canan Karatay

Canan Efendigil Karatay has fast become a household name with her diet that focuses on eating healthy with an emphasis on low glycemic foods and consuming high protein.

Born in 1943 in Elazığ, Karatay studied internal medicine at Istanbul University and then went on to receive her specialist training in cardiology at the Liverpool Regional Cardiac Center. A well-respected doctor in her field, Karatay has created a diet that has for many become the guidelines to reclaiming their health.

With six books to her name and over 1 million editions in print, Karatay and her aptly named “Karatay Diet” have become household names in Turkey. Karatay’s diet proposes a number of controversial tips such as eating all types of protein regardless of calories and consuming healthy fats. She believes breakfast is indispensable, snacking superfluous and that we should only have two and at most three meals a day. She argues that Turks eat way too many carbohydrates and that cholesterol is not as bad for the body as it is assumed.


Karatay’s break out first book, aptly entitled, “Karatay Diyeti” (The Karatay Diet) was released in the spring of 2011 and was a best-seller and has remained one of the most popular books for healthy living in Turkey. It boasts “the ABC’s” of losing weight based on scientific facts.

“Karatay Diyetiyle Yaşam Boyu Sağlık” (Lifelong Health with the Karatay Diet) was her second book released in the fall of 2011, and carries the motto, “Goodbye to being overweight, hello to happiness.” This book is a continuation of Karatay’s diet plan, which, according to the cover has a near 100 percent success rate.

Her third book, titled “Karatay Mutfağı” (Karatay’s Kitchen) and released in 2012, is a cookbook on how to prepare the low glycemic and healthy meals and ingredients she recommends. In it she provides instructions on healthy cooking methods and on how to prepare homemade items such as butter and yogurt, which she so wholeheartedly recommends in a healthy diet.

In 2013, Karatay’s book, “Karatay Diyetiyle Obezite ve Diyabete Çözüm Var!” (There are Solutions to Obesity and Diabetes with the Karatay Diet), shared pertinent tips on how to tackle obesity and diabetes through adopting a healthy lifestyle. The book’s motto: “The 20 simple steps that will save your life.”

“Karatay Diyetiyle Beslenme Tuzaklarından Kurtuluş Rehberi” (The Guidebook to Escaping the Traps of Nutrition with the Karatay Diet) is Karatay’s fifth book, which goes into further detail into the causes of hormonal imbalances and metabolic disorders by explaining how healthy proteins, fats and carbohydrates should be consumed and their positive effects for optimal health.

Karatay’s latest book, released in 2016 is titled “Canan Karatay’la Şifa Bulanlar” (Those who Reclaimed their Health with Canan Karatay) and is a compilation  …

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