The Complete Idiot's Guide to Healthy Weight Loss
By Lucy Beale, Sandy G.
Couvillon, MS, LDN, RD, and Joan Clark, MS, RD, CDE
This healthy weight loss spot almost did not happen. Before I buy a book, I always thumb through the pages. At first glance I almost did not read this book. I did not see any unifying themes, nor any easy to follow weight loss charts. Nothing inside seemed groundbreaking, but since I try to read all the major weight loss books I got it and started reading anyway. By page 5 it was already getting interesting. It stated: “ The proportion of the population that is overweight or obese has increased from 24.4 percent in 1960 to 67 percent in 2004.” Here is the chart…
24.4% in 1960-1962
24.9% in 1971-1974
25.4% in 1976-1980
34.8% in 1988-1994
67% in 2004
Even though this book acknowledges the importance of cutting calories in order to lose weight it says: “ What research shows is that calories overall don’t count as much as which foods you eat and how you eat them. We know that certain foods stimulate hormones that direct weight gain and loss.” This book talks about all aspects of weight loss from listening to your body to calculating your metabolic rate, to which foods to avoid and which foods to eat. This book talks about false hunger that is really the desire for water or a desire for warmth…. It talks about dealing with stress….
As I read the one thing I kept looking for was exactly what to eat, but instead the book listed four basic diets and talked about the advantages and disadvantages of each. The four basic diets that the book suggested were: Low carb, Low fat, Low glycemic index, and Low calorie.
To me this was a great spot because, I have lost weight on all of these diets, and I get tired of people saying that diets don't work. When you cheat on a diet, the diet does not work. This book tells you how to use each of these diets. It also gives recipes and menus.
This healthy weight loss book also tells which of the most popular programs work the best, and what to watch out for in those programs. This book, this healthy weight loss spot should be spotted on your book shelf. even after having read this book, I know that I will be going back to this book to answer weight loss questions that come up. This is a good healthy weight loss reference book.