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Posted by Jennifer (The RD) on April 6, 2012

Overall, this book had some wonderful advice.  It really advocates a change in lifestyle.  IT IS NOT A DIET.  Who can argue with the fact that increasing the nutrient density of your meals is health promoting?  The basic premise is that if you carefully choose a diet with lots of whole, unprocessed fruits, veggies, and grains, and dramatically increase your intake of plant based as opposed to animal proteins,  you can significantly reduce your weight while preventing or potentially reversing obesity related diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  The format is very strict, and I am not sure what percentage of the readers can adhere to such a regimen, but it makes good, sound sense and it is pretty hard to refute it.

There is just one criticism that I have.  The book recommends a protein intake of .8 gm/kg of body weight.  However, over the past few years, literature has supported an increased intake of protein during the aging process due to our loss of ability replete any losses in lean body mass as early as age 30.  This means that some literature supports an intake beyond .8 gm/kg, especially during illness that is accompanied by poor appetite and wasting syndrome.  Although the author may not agree with this research, it would have been nice to hear his opinion on the subject.

Also, I wanted to add that there are some recipes in the back of the book.  That was a great bonus!

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