The Perfect Fit Diet
Rodale, 2004 (2004)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
f you've tried on diets in the past, but never found a good fit, then perhaps you need a more user friendly approach. That's essentially what Lisa Sanders, physician and Yale Medical School researcher, offers in
The Perfect Fit Diet
- to help us deal with '
the stress of overabundance
' while inhabiting bodies '
built to withstand the stresses of starvation.
hat she tells us is that all diets work for a subset of the population, that none is effective for everyone, and that we need to pick the approach that best fits individual lifestyle, family medical history, and personal eating likes and dislikes. She discusses the '
science of satiety
' as a young field '
beginning to reveal that much of what we need to satisfy us is hardwired
', and advises us to put together a customized plan for sustainable weight loss. How to determine that optimal diet? Dr. Sanders includes a thorough questionnaire (emphasizing the need to keep a detailed eating and exercise diary for a week before filling it in), along with instructions on how to interpret the results. She also explains the general forms of diet available - the '
' style, made famous by Dr. Atkins; a '
' approach; and the '
' diet that was popular in the past, but rarely touted in recent times.
he author presents each diet in terms of what foods should be eaten and avoided, recommended meal plans and suitable recipes. There are many useful tips, such as to get calories in early if '
', to check urine daily when '
', and the '
hidden cost of low-fat foods
' relevant to '
'. After telling us how to pick the diet style that best fits and presenting the three basic diets, the author spends the last third of the book on the dieting profile that came out of the questionnaire. That is, how to work with food preferences for meat, vegetables, starch or sweets, as well as guidance relating to past dieting experiences, medical history, eating habits and lifestyle. Some interesting insights from research - fruit juice is not especially good for us, drinking wine with a meal usually makes us eat more (as does watching television!), and spinach really does taste bad to some people.
he Perfect Fit Diet
is a most welcome approach. It acknowledges (and backs with research) the common sense notion that both genetic and environmental influences affect our ability to sustain the recommended weight. The book also provides a
of comprehensive guidance towards picking the right style of diet, and making lifestyle changes, that suit individual needs. If you've made a recent resolution about weight loss, then do read this book before you start.
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