On the left is one small, fat-free, no-sugar-added muffin. On the right is a cornucopia of food–several pounds of fruit and a pair of whole-wheat rolls. The calorie counts are identical: 720.
There sits Dr. Howard Shapiro’s point: dieters imagine that they’re saving calories by eating the “virtuous” snack on the left, whereas in reality they’re depriving themselves of the mountain of food on the right.
Dr. Shapiro believes that there are no bad foods, no right or wrong reasons to eat, no perfect number of meals in any given day. He doesn’t believe in telling clients at his weight-loss clinic in Manhattan when they can or can’t eat. Some of them are celebrities and corporate executives with such busy lives that mealtimes are often unpredictable. So Dr. Shapiro reassures them that a calorie is a calorie, whether you eat it before or after 9 p.m. He helps them lose weight by showing them different foods, set side by side, and how the seemingly healthier choice might actually be equal to or greater in calories than a bunch of foods that would seem to be off-limits to someone trying to lose weight.
In Picture Perfect Weight Loss, he uses photos of foods to demonstrate these choices. Thus, a “healthy” carob bar is shown to be equal in calories to 10 scoops of Italian ices. A 10-ounce loaf of crusty bread is shown to be equal to a tiny dish of Chex Mix. Two ounces of reduced-fat cheese are shown to be equal in calories and fat grams to two ounces of salami.
The photos pit all types of snacks and many meal choices against each other, and account for sugar, salt, and starch cravings. The text–easy to read even when discussing scientific principles that scientists don’t fully understand yet–covers everything from exercise to nutrition labels to menus from some of the world’s top restaurants, with the healthiest food choices highlighted.
Regular dieters, though, might want to skip all that until they’ve read the appendix explaining why the most popular fad diets–from the Atkins diet to Suzanne Somers’s–are unhealthy, overly restrictive, or just based on misunderstood science. That alone might be worth the price of Picture Perfect Weight Loss. –Lou Schuler
5 Stars Wow!
Great book! I love the photos. It really helps having them to see the difference in the foods we eat or should not eat. It really opened my eyes.
5 Stars Great book
This book gives great visual examples how making wise food choices can result in eating more volume, satisfiying and healthier food for less calories. I highly recommend it.
5 Stars Dr. Shapiro’s Picture Perfect Weight Loss
This is an excellent book for weight loss.It’s very informative.I was already on a weight loss program and this book enhances what I’m doing already.It gives me a lot of other food choices.This was highly recommended to me and I also bought one as a gift for a friend who is also on a weight loss program.They absolutely love it.
5 Stars Wonderful, simple and healthy.
The Healthy Kitchen is as much a pleasure to read as it is to cook from. Throughout the book there are helpful tips. The book makes low calorie foods look so appetizing. The combinations of foods displayed are so appealing and most seem simple to prepare. This book has wonderful, simple, healthy receipts.
Along similar lines I also recommend these books:
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Dare To Be Healthy: The Light of Physical Regeneration
Delicious, Healthy And Easy – Tom’s Vegetarian Cookbook: Easy Yummy And Nutritional Vegan Recipes
Eating For Youth And Beauty
Here’s How To Be Healthy
5 Stars PICTURE PERFECT WEIGHT LOSS BOOK
Wonderful book for those wanting to change their way of eating to a more healthy yet tasty diet. Price is unbeatable.
So work out hard and run hard. Walking is fine if you are just starting out or you need to just get out of the house. But for long term health and weight loss you need to actually exercise and walking is about as poor of an exercise as you can get.<gt;