â€śDiet Myths That Keep Us Fatâ€ť by Nancy L. Snyderman, M.D.
c.2009, Crown $24.95 / $28.95 Canada 304 pages
Thatâ€™s how long you figure it will take to get into that swimsuit you bought at the end-of-season clearance last August.
The swimsuit was perfect, it was marked down, and you figured you could diet into it, no problem.
Right now, itâ€™s balled up in a drawer, youâ€™re feeling like a slug, and itâ€™ll be a long time before youâ€™d dare wear it in public.
Youâ€™ve been dieting and exercising like mad, but nothing works. So next time, instead of reaching for a plate, grab â€śDiet Myths That Keep Us Fatâ€ť by Nancy Snyderman, M.D. Itâ€™s possible that what you donâ€™t know really can hurt you.
Youâ€™ve eaten grapefruit by the dozens, munched meat (no bread), dined on anything you could sip through a straw, and tried to Diet Like the Stars. Youâ€™ve lost weight, found it, lost it again, and put on even more. Doctor Snyderman says the first thing you need to know is that thereâ€™s no magic bullet for weight loss.
Secondly, she says, learn that food is a friend. You need food to survive, and eating should be enjoyable. Just eat what you want, in moderation; in fact, you should build some of your favorite food no-noâ€™s into your new lifestyle. And no, that piece of cheesecake you ate last night is not, alone, going to make you fat.
But yes, youâ€™ll have to keep track of calories because, despite whatever youâ€™ve heard, calories do count. Donâ€™t fast or slash your calorie intake to slash pounds; doing so will only slow your weight-loss. Conversely, you do want to get rid of those love handles: studies show that body shape is important and belly fat is toxic fat.
Think of your body as a calorie bank account, and donâ€™t worry about eating after 8pm; what you eat can be more fattening than when you eat it. Forget that old â€śnegative calorieâ€ť stuff; there is no such food. Because research has proven that lack of sleep can cause weight gain, be sure to get plenty of Zâ€™s. Go for the Bâ€™s in your diet (broccoli, blueberries, bananas). Remember that dieting is not all you need to shed the pounds, but donâ€™t overdo exercising. And though carbs are good for you, know that that goodness comes with a big â€śbutâ€ťâ€¦
Trying to fit into your summer clothes before fall arrives? â€śDiet Myths That Keep Us Fatâ€ť may be the guide youâ€™ve been waiting for.
Author Nancy Snyderman, M.D. tells it straight for losing weight. She gives you the good news (dark chocolate can be beneficial) and the bad (spot reduction doesnâ€™t work). She gives dieters permission to backslide. And she offers a diet plan with things you donâ€™t normally see in a diet book: flexibility and a built-in â€śtreat week.â€ť For that real-person approach and for Snydermanâ€™s advice-dispensing style, I liked this book.
If youâ€™re tired of wasting your money on the latest fad-diet book, grab a copy of â€śDiet Myths That Keep Us Fatâ€ť. And remember â€“ reading is calorie-free.