Diet Book Reviews
Sunday, May 12, 2013
As regular readers of my blog know, I've been thinking a lot about food and diet lately. I like to read up on (or obsess over?) a single subject for awhile until I feel I really understand a topic. I'm not sure I'll ever truly understand diet and nutrition, but I've been reading a wide range of opinions lately. On Monday morning, I have an appointment with a dietitian and I want to discuss with her her thoughts about what makes a healthy diet. these books prompted a lot of questions and I wanted to talk to someone who isn't trying to sell me anything. I will be sure to check back in here with a summary of my conversation with her.
Here are some quick (and-not-thought-out) reviews of the books I've recently read on diets.
The F-Factor Diet by Tanya Zuckerbrot focuses on eating a lot of fiber to fill you up. She says that you won't want to eat other foods because you'll be so full with the fiber. However, she recommends very specific foods you must eat (a specific high-fiber cracker). For someone who can't eat wheat, I wouldn't be able to follow her plan even if I wanted to. And I don't want to. Grade: F (how can I not give a grade to a book that focuses on F?)
The next book I read was Cinch! by Cynthia Sass. I took this out of the library -- the newest version of this book is called S.A.S.S. Yourself Slim. Both titles are awful but apparently it's the same book. I liked this book overall. The author gives good background on why she recommends what she does, and she focuses on helping the reader to see our plate as a 5-piece puzzle which we include lean protein, carbs, plant-based fat, etc. ("Etc." because I don't remember the 5 pieces off the top of my head.) ;-) There was a part of me that wanted to follow this plan, but I didn't.
The third diet book I read is called the Mayo Clinic Diet. This one doesn't give enough information for my questioning mind; it reads like a magazine. But I thought this one was grounded in a lot of reality. It gave concrete steps and didn't say you had to eat this or that, just gave ideas and tried to help the reader understand portion size.
(The most recent book I read was a historical fiction piece called Shanghai Girls, which was very good -- much better than any of these books.)