New Atkins for a New You

 

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New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great by Eric C. Westman  is the updated version of the Atkins dietary program. The diet allows the readers to consume delicious and healthy foods that they can incorporate in their normal daily routine. Aside from weight loss, following the program ensures that the people will be able to maintain their bodies for a very long time. The book also includes testaments, all-new recipes, and meal plans that can last for 24 months.

PROS

With the new Atkins diet, the readers will realize that it’s not necessary to deprive themselves of certain kinds of food. They will also learn that empty carbs do not have that much importance in losing weight. The book also includes the concept of net carbs which gives the readers a clearer picture of the amount of carbohydrates that they have in their diet. In addition, some sections give some importance on vegetarians. Moreover, people will be warned against the dangers of following a high sugar diet. And since it is the updated version, the newest information about the Atkins diet and the reasons behind its effectiveness are included and well-discussed. Readers will also be assured to know that the information provided in the book are backed up with the latest scientific research on carbohydrate-restriction over the last few years.

CONS

Some readers claim that the scientific evidence that are mentioned in the book are not entirely true. Other also have noticed some inconsistencies regarding the statistics of the purported research on the Atkins diet. Furthermore, there are discussions and dietary recommendations that some people think are quite misleading. A number of readers also think that the updated version of the Atkins diet greatly deviates from the principles of the original version. Moreover, there are some important points that the books fails to mentions like how some of the food suggested in the Atkins diet can potentially increase the LDL levels in people.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Dr. Eric C. Westman works as the director of the Lifestyle Medicine Clinic at Duke University and the vice president of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians. He is also part of the board of Nutrition and Metabolism. Aside from being an expert on various fields like low carb diets, diabetes and obesity, insulin resistance, Westman also writes articles for publications.

Dr. Stephen D. Phinney is a professor of Medicine Emeritus at UC- Davis and also part of the board of he American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. He worked as a director for multi-disciplinary weight management programs for 25 years and contributed to the publication of books on various topics like low carb nutrition and metabolism, fatty acids, inflammation, and metabolic syndromes.

Dr. Jeff S. Volek serves as an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut and an associate editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism and the Review of Diabetic Studies. In addition to being an expert in dieting and weight loss, Volek also writes for a number of scientific publications.

The Healthy Green Drink Diet

 

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The Healthy Green Drink Diet: Advice and Recipes to Energize, Alkalize, Lose Weight, and Feel Great by Jason Manheim is the book for those who want to try out juicing. The books entails the health benefits that can be gained from drinking green smoothies and how the juicing process helps maximizing the amount of nutrients that can be obtained from plant foods. Knowledge on the “green drink” approach will help dieters in adding something to their diet that does not make them feel guilty. In general, the book offers an alternative way to consume greens and cleanse the body through green smoothie consumption.

PROS

The book can help those who do not have juicer in their homes because it provides tips on how to make green drinks without using a juicer. The importance of the process of blending and triturating with regards to obtaining ingredients from the vegetables are also explained. In addition, recipes that let the readers mix various kinds of green vegetables in their green smoothies are included in the book. Furthermore, discussions on some topics like the importance of alkalizing and decreased in body acidity in weight loss are mentioned in the book. Lastly, the book is written not for vegetarians alone. It may also prove useful to other people who are searching for alternative ways of including vegetables in their diet without necessarily losing their appetite.

CONS

Some readers may be disappointed with the book because it mostly contains pictures. As such, those who are looking for more detailed information will feel that the contents of the book are lacking.

We tried some of these recipes on a juicepresso and that allowed us to make some cold pressed juices at hold the most healthy way.  The debate on how healthy juicing is, is another subject. We personally enjoyed the process healthy or not is was fun and yummy and a lot more cost effective than buying a green drink from one of the local jamba juice shops.

 

Mediterranean Diet for Beginners

 

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Mediterranean Diet for Beginners: The Complete Guide – 40 Delicious Recipes, 7-Day Diet Meal Plan, and 10 Tips for Success by Rockridge Press offers the readers with the complete guidelines in following the Mediterranean diet. The books includes complementary recipes and tips that will help the readers in their journey towards a new diet and lifestyle. The techniques written in the book aim to guide the readers in eating the right kinds of food and with the right amount. There is also the 7-Day Diet Meal Plan to alleviate the reader’s burden of planning and preparing meals under the Mediterranean diet. With the discussion regarding the importance of the diet, the book initiates the readers in a newer and healthier way of living by following the Mediterranean dietary program.

PROS

Readers will have no trouble following the guidelines indicated in the book because they are very easy to follow. In addition, they will be more encouraged to eat the foods suggested on the book because their very importance on improving and maintaining health is well-explained. The sample daily menu plans are also perfect for those who want to have some variety with their meals. Suggestions are similarly included to help the readers as they go through their diet transition. It is interesting to note that the recipes are not that complicated and most require only a few ingredients. Overall, the book is perfect for those who want to lead a healthier lifestyle using a diet that is not too restrictive and very easy to follow.

CONS

Those who like to try out the recipes included in the book should double-check some of the important details like baking time and temperature. Accordingly, it will disappoint those who are looking for more specific details when it comes to the implementation of the Mediterranean diet. The index is also missing from the book so some readers are sure to have trouble using the book. There are also no pictures thus the readers will have no idea of what the food will look like when they try out some of the recipes. Some people who have already read the book claim that the discussions on the principles of Mediterranean diet are lacking and do not clearly explain the importance of such kind of dietary program.

Paleo for Beginners

 

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Paleo for Beginners: Essentials to Get Started by John Chatham is a book for people who are just starting with their Paleo diet. The book provides guidelines on how they can incorporate Paleo in their lifestyle in order to achieve healthier bodies and avoid diseases like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and other kinds of diseases. Aside from introducing the concept of Paleo diet to the readers, there are also Paleo recipes included in the book that the readers can try out in their homes.

PROS

The book is perfect for Paleo beginners because it first prepares the readers’ mind and body before delving on the discussion about Paleo diet. In this manner, they are given the chance to fully prepare for the changes that Paleo diet will bring about to their lifestyle. The book also includes an extensive list of foods that they can eat and the recommended time on when to eat them. In addition, the author recognizes the fact that people may find it hard to follow Paleo diet and he addresses this by letting the readers know the health benefits that they can achieve once they manage to integrate Paleo in their lives.

CONS

Because of its simplicity, some people may think that the book is not worth their money. On one hand, some people claim that the recipes included in the book do not come with clear proper instructions. Some people are also sure to be disappointed with the black and white food photos that accompany the recipes. As for the practice of Paleo diet, it is quite disappointing that the book does not include the reasons why the food listed on its pages can be good for the body and be helpful in achieving a healthier body.

EDITORIAL REVIEWS

Most reviews agree that the book for people who are just beginning with the Paleo diet. The simple introduction on the diet and the list of practical tips that it includes will greatly help the readers on their journey towards a healthier lifestyle.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John Chatham is one of the most popular writers in the fields of health, fitness, and dieting. Being an expert on physiology, nutrition, and weight loss programs like gluten-free and Paleo diet, he has authored best-selling books that aim to help the readers make positive changes on their eating habits and general lifestyle.

John’s personal belief when it comes to dieting is that every individual is responsible for making the decisions that can completely change their lives.

In addition to Paleo for Beginners, he also penned other books like The Mediterranean Diets and The DASH Diet for Beginners.