2 Stars Not for the Well Informed. Beginners Will Enjoy
I have read many diet and nutrition books so this particular item was not impressive. The questionairre may be enlightening for someone who has either: never been on a diet, or never really thought much about their motivations behind food.
When I completed the questionairre it told me to Count Calories which I know from past experience does not work for me.
It does have some good information for a beginner. Maybe someone who just needs to take off 25 pounds of recent weight gain but I would not suggest this for anyone who has tried multiple diets. It won’t tell you anything new.
5 Stars A great approach!
5 Stars Knowledge and variety are the keys!!!
Another aspect of this book that I think makes it so great is that the author explains how all this works. I’m no dummy I am pretty well informed about food and nutrition, but there was alot of info in this book that I just didn’t know.
One thing you need to know about this book — and I was prewarned so let me pass it on to you — is that you won’t be able to start the diet the day you buy the book. Dr. Sanders makes you keep a diary of what you eat for one week before
This may be the last diet book I’ll ever need to buy.
3 Stars Another dreaded diet book!
The author claims that different people lose weight on different types of diets. The goal then is to find the correct diet for you. After journaling and answering questions you will be given your “perfect fit” diet.
I have several problems with the book. The first is that she categorizes diets according to how weight loss is accomplished on pp 28-29. For example Dr. Ornish’s diet helps people according to Sanders because they eat low fat. Sugar Busters limits carbs as does Dr. Atkins. Then she says that American Heart Association and Weight Watchers are low calorie. BUT here the author misses the point. ALL OF THE DIETS WORK BECAUSE THEY ARE LOW CALORIE. Not because they are low fat or low carb..but because you are eating less. So to say you can lose weight because you are eating low carb is inaccurate. To say you can lose weight because you are eating less calories because you are eating low carb and hence cutting calories is accurate.
So then we get to the type of diet themselves. Yes Atkins may help you lose weight but is it a healthy diet long term? Yes the Ornish plan of VERY limited fats will help you lose weight but fat free is a pretty joyless plan. Yes the Zone plan can help you shed fat but can you stick to it long term.
And if you are going to go on a low carb diet or low fat diet, why not just pick up the ORIGINAL diet book which will have more recipes and information? Because Sanders thinks you don’t know what type of diet will work for you. But most of us have been around the diet block and know what works for us and what doesn’t. And most of us know that most of these plans don’t work long-term because they are hard to stick too. Who wants to count calories the rest of their life?
My thought is make small changes in your diet. Eat less of what you eat now. If you eat a lot of sugar cut back so you don’t get the strong sugar urges. Walk more. Make simple changes. Weight loss will be slow but it will stay off!
3 Stars Some good sense and nonsense about diets and dieting.
The most helpful thing about this book is that it presents a dispassionate description of three major types of diet: low-carb, low-fat, and the Heart Association (count calories) diet. Unlike many diet advocates, the author does not demonize any diet. She says each of these diets may work well for you depending upon your situation. She dismisses the arguments that any of these diets, especially low-carb, are unhealthy for you. She also presents a very interesting chart showing how different diets compare on a spectrum of low-fat to low-carb.
The book contains a lengthy 141 question survey of your diet and exercise practices, and your current and historical health. The questionnaire helps you identify your bad habits and gives you suggestions for overcoming them.
The survey also tries to help you decide which type of diet is best for you by analyzing what you like to eat now. The author seems to believe that you can achieve your weight goals just by tweaking your current diet. That may be true if your goal is modest, such as a loss of 15-20 pounds or less. But if you must reduce your weight substantially more than that, your diet needs more than just some simple tweaking. The author doesn’t seem to consider the possibility that some people may need major changes in their thinking about what is appropriate for them to eat.
The author recommends three broad categories of diets: low-carb, low-fat, and calorie counting. I think she does a poor job of describing the low-carb and low-fat diets. For low-carb dieters, she discourages eating saturated fats. Most major proponents of low-carb now enthusiastically encourage eating saturated fats. For low-fat dieters, she recommends consuming 33% of calories as fat. That is nearly as much fat as she recommends in the calorie counting diet which is 35-40% of calories from fat. She criticizes both low-carb and low-fat as being boring diets. That can be true if you don’t know how to cook either of those styles and aren’t willing to learn. There are many good cookbooks for either style. If you are bored with either of them, then you probably haven’t given them a fair trial. The people who are successful on those diets aren’t bored – and you shouldn’t be either.
The author seemed to me to favor the calorie counting (Heart Association) diet. This diet allows you to eat anything including high fat and high carb items that wouldn’t be appropriate on the other two diets. The calorie counting diet offers the greatest variety of foods. The author recognizes that the big drawback of this diet is the requirement for “portion control.” Overeating and/or binge eating often defeat dieters who rely upon calorie counting. Every diet has its challenges.
I agree with the earlier reviewer who said this book is good for someone who is new to dieting. But it might also be helpful if you are flustered from repeated efforts at unsuccessful dieting. It gives you a dispassionate overview of different diets without being hypercritical of any. The questionnaire may help you identify your good lifestyle practices and bad ones which you need to change. If you decide to follow a low-carb or low-fat diet, however, you should consult other books for the best way to practice your chosen diet.