Friday, December 27, 2013

Friday Reading Assignment: Diet Books

If Christmas is a calorie-consuming competition, then I am the winner, what with Martha Stewart's six-layer salted caramel chocolate cake, the prime rib roast, the mashed potatoes, the French toast, the cookies, the wine, and the appetizers.  Then there was the traditional Boxing Day lunch at Himalayan Fusion, with my sister and her husband, and, capitalizing on the fact that everyone flees Charlottesville at Christmas, we went to Mas for dinner last night, knowing it would be relatively easy to get a table, which it was.

So this is me today.



Any time I get together with my sister, we discuss diets--it is an irresistible topic.  My sister wants me to read Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss by Mark Hyman. She says it will change my thinking and get me off the self-destructive diet treadmill, which would be nice.  You may recall that I once reviewed a variety of diet books and there was a certain sameness to their insanity.  Nevertheless, I'm curious about The 5:2 Diet--you fast two days a week and eat "normally" the other five.  Sound crazy?  It probably is, but I'm not particularly rational when it comes to diets.  Two years ago, I tried The Dukan Diet, and I lost weight, but it is a very difficult diet to stick to.  Two years later, I can't even look at unsweetened Greek yogurt. More rational would be to emulate Mrs. G, over at Derfwad Manor, and burn all the diet books in my barbecue.

Do you read diet books?  What are the dumbest/most helpful ones you've read?

*Fair warning:  the links to the diet books, above, are amazon affiliate links (if they are working--I've had difficulty with their links lately).


8 comments:

  1. I don't read diet books. I also don't diet. I find them hard to stick to past lunchtime.

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  2. Thank GOD I have never needed to read one. Or try one. Genetically blessed? High enough metabolism? Sensible enough on my own? Whatever the reason, this is one category of book I've never needed to read.

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  3. Bathrobe Betty! The only diet books I've read are The South Beach and Atkins ones. I tried South Beach for one day and that was enough.

    I thought when I stopped eating gluten I'd lose weight but I've managed to make up the caloric difference with peanut butter and cheese.

    I find that unless I have absolutely nothing in the house to eat, I will find a way to binge on whatever is here, with the exception of vegetables.

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  4. I can recommend the pancreatitis diet. Baby food, skim milk, hard boiled egg whites and pureed vegetable soup. Everyone would lose significant weight on this diet.

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  5. Burn, baby, burn. Don't do the fasting one. That sounds like a recipe for metabolism massacre.

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  6. Trying to eat less processed junk and do it in a 'grazing' method. I did Atkins years ago and it worked, but I had a partner. That said, it's nearly impossible to never eat carbohydrates. My trainer says that you can have anything you want as long as you only eat a little of it. That...and stay away from "trigger" foods. I'm no expert though.

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  7. I don't read diet books because unfortunately, for me, the only solution I have ever found that works is reducing calories. If I eat a lot of lean protein, I don't get so hungry, but I gag as I eat each bite of grilled chicken breast. I really prefer fat.

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  8. I don't read diet books per se, but I do swear by "French Women Don't Get Fat" and nearly anything by Michael Pollan. In other words, I read books about eating good foods and keeping portion sizes moderate.

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