Wednesday, January 02, 2013
I've decided to spend some time reading various popular diet books and food programs. I'm partly in a quest for something that works for me and also I want to be better informed. I've got some ideas of my own that are already fairly gelled: no plan can work without exercse; I won't eat artificial sweeteners; and deprivation plans or VLCD (Very low calorie diets) are not for me. But I continue to read on and see if I can take aspects of one diet and combine it with aspects of another to find something I can live with.
Wow! I thought that Dr. Pierre Dukan was trying to seduce me into a Francophile fantasia of masochism. (See my blog entry of a couple of days back). But these guys are a lot worse! I want to hurl this "diet" book vigorously across the room. Dukan can be very persuasive whereas these three guys are like troglodytes.
Anyhow, Please do not confuse these guys with Dr. Dukan. His plan is totally different and consists of eating meat round the clock...
Turning to the 8 hour diet, which is by David Zinczenko with Peter Moore and another musketeer:
In the first place, the authors begin by asserting that you want to skip breakfast because it's a known fact that fat people eat a lot -- too much -- at breakfast and all the skinny people skip this meal. I've sure known a lot of very fat and unwell people (including myself) who tried to skip breakfast and postpone that first bite of the day. Specious science and dubious anecdotes fill this book.
In the second place, you can eat ANYTHING YOU WANT if you select an 8 hour period for eating each day and a 16 hour period to abstain from eating (i.e. watch your blood sugar shake, rattle, and roll you into a coma).
They do mention exercise, but the idea is that you do 8 minutes of exercise a day (they seem to be in love with the number 8).
My final verdict: This was basically how I got so fat. I typically did not eat until about 4 in the afternoon and then ate non-stop until about midnight when I succumbed into an uneasy hypergylcemic coma known jokingly as "sleeping".
Beware, beware! This diet is as "easy" as pie. And a determined fat spirit like mine can stuff a lot of pies of various kinds into herself in 8 hours. And how many pies can you eat in 8 hours? These three guys are dreamers!
As I read diet books I see more and more how super-restrictive diets are not for me nor are diets with gimmicks related to the numbers 8 or 17 or anything else. Intermittent fasting is not for me and probably should not be for anyone who is overweight and trying to improve/mend a relationship with food and a way of eating.
If I were to follow this diet I might be dead within a month. You, however, are a different person with a different body and may have different demands. But I really cannot think of a person I've ever known of any weight or age who could benefit from this diet--or at least who could sustain it as a healthy way of life.
I've got "Intuitive Eating" on tap and a few other books.