This takes the guess work out of losing weight as the author puts meal suggestions for you for a 1,500 calorie day...and you can pick and choose which ones you want each day to make it work.
At almost 200 pages, you have lots of choices.
I am actually a weight loss coach so I'm pretty regimented about what goes in my body and what I put a 5 star review on. For me personally, every recipe that I've plugged in to both my calorie counting software (free all over the internet or on iphone aps) has been accurate...but I haven't tried them all yet...I can only speak for the ones I have eaten and double checked. So far, it's on the money for me.
These are the kind of recipes you can share with your family and they will wonder why they are losing weight because they don't taste "diet"...that's my favorite kind. I love to cook, but I love good food more, and I love being skinny even more than that. :-)
There is everything from breakfast, to snacks and appetizers, to lunches, to dinners, to desserts.
If you have no time you can still find an easy recipe. For example, on a fast and furious breakfast day you can eat apple halvers or a big bowl breakfast parfait or a travel mug breakfast. Then when you have more time, eat a bacon and egg breakfast sandwich or an english muffin pizza scramble or even a Sunday breakfast of mini ham and potato quiches or drop biscuits with creamy apricot spread or a hashbrown casserole. You can be as fast or as gourmet fabu as you choose. You can eat any kind of meat or go days without it.
Snacking and desserts? How about Sweet and sticky cinnamon popcorn balls, frozen peanut butter banana pie, featherlight chocolate raspberry almond cupcakes, chocolate chip and banana pudding cakes, double stuffed deviled eggs...and lots more.
Main dish? Sizzlin' steak and onions, black bean poblano chili soup, sloppy joes, creamy herbed chicken and noodles, pinto bean shephard's pie, buttermilk battered fried chicken tenders, chicken almond hoisin wraps, buttery toasted almond fish fillets, pork chops, spicy lemon mustard chicken...and lots more...
These are just examples...there are around 200 pages.
On a restricted diet? If you are a creative cook, these are easy to adapt for gluten-free, or veggie eaters with substitutions, etc.
This takes the planning out of diet menu planning.
Negatives: I usually have a few things I list as a negative on even my favorite cookbook reviews...like maybe they don't contain nutritionals, or maybe they have ingredients that are hard to find or lots of processed foods...this doesn't.
I honestly can't think of negative. It plans out the meals for you in a 1,500 calorie day, each thing I've made tastes great and has had the right calories, I've lost weight (BIGGEST test), it contains nutritionals so even if I want to take a recipe from here paired with a frozen dinner and a few snacks on the go I can on a super busy day, it even suggests side dishes etc...LOVE IT.
Conclusion: These not only make your days low calorie, but they are tasty and healthy too. It's like doing Nutrisystem or Jenni Craig without the steep cost or processed foods or having to drive to see a counselor. Plus you can eat WITH your family because they are pretty universally appealing in my opinion.
p.s. My own personal calorie needs have been scientifically measured. I know I typically burn 1,950 calories per day in normal activity (I'm pretty small) so, because of this, if I eat 1,250 calories per day that 700 calorie deficit means I will lose just over 2 pounds per week. (A deficit of 3,500 calories equals a loss of one pound. Your body dips into its fat stores for energy for fuel which results in the loss. Old school..Calories in vs. Calories out.) But that's easier said than done. For most people 1,500 calories would be a smart goal. But even someone like me can lose weight well on it. I have a hard time sticking to 1,250 calories per day. I often aim for 1,500 to be my intake, and this is the most common number someone on a diet takes in as a female. The good news is that if you are a male or need more calories you just get to eat more! It's all easily adjusted.