Stop The Diet, I want to get off!
by Lisa Tillinger Johansen
Health, Nutrition, Diet, Weight Loss
Date Published: July 15, 2015
What's the book about?
The Paleo. The Zone. The Gluten-free. Another day, another diet. We’re caught in a never-ending merry-go-round of weight loss plans, fueled by celebrity endorsers, TV doctors and companies angling for a piece of a $60 billion industry. But do these diets really work? And how healthy are they?
Registered Dietitian Lisa Tillinger Johansen examines dozens of the most wildly popular diets based on medical facts, not hype. And along the way, she reveals tried-and-true weight loss strategies, relying on her years of hospital experience, weight-loss seminars and community outreach efforts. With insight and humor, Stop The Diet, I Want To Get Off shows that the best answer is often not a trendy celebrity-endorsed diet, but easy-to-follow guidelines that are best for our health and our waistlines.
This book was interesting to me partly because it covers, and demystifies, many of the popular ‘fad’ diets you’ll hear people talking about. From South Beach to Paleo, Low Carb to No Carb, Atkins to DASH, the author lets you know what the diet entails, what’s wrong with it and (just occasionally) what’s right with it.
She concludes with what I’ve believed (and practiced) for years. Stop dieting. It doesn’t work. Eat healthy instead. And know what healthy looks like.
A well-balanced diet of normal sized portions of real food won’t make you fat. Fad diets will. It really is that simple. The author uses a ‘healthy plate’ formula that is super simple to follow, identifies the types of food you should be eating with some straightforward definitions (I think I finally know my starchy veggies from my non-starchies now) and identifies a few ‘false friends’ that seem healthy but still need limiting.
I don’t agree with everything this author advocates. She recommends substituting foods normally high in fat and sugar with their no-fat/low-fat/sugar-free equivalents, which I never do, as I believe the chemicals the food industry uses as substitutes are more harmful than a little natural fat and sugar will ever be.
Her overall advice, however, is sound and easy to follow. If you truly want to get off the fad diet merry-go-round and eat more healthily in a sustainable way, this book may be a very good starting point.
LISA TILLINGER JOHANSEN is a Registered Dietitian who counsels clients on a wide range of health issues. Her debut nutrition book, Fast Food Vindication, received the Discovery Award (sponsored by USA Today, Kirkus and The Huffington Post). She lives in Southern California.
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