The "Belly Melt" diet not only talks about what to eat, it gives you a quiz about your sleeping habits, so you can harness your body's natural hormones to help you lose weight. The opening chapter discusses some of the research; it's been known for years that shift workers have digestive problems; night eaters tend to be more obese (of course, not all, because some people are natural night owls.) When you eat, how regularly you eat and what you eat can help you harness your natural weight loss abilities and also give you the upper hand against the body's natural tendency to NOT want to give up pounds in the face of what it views as "starvation."
If you don't like reading science stuff, you can skim over words like "leptin" and "ghrelin" but do read the chapters to find out why you should sleep more (possibly) eat at certain times and follow this advice. For example, do you get hungry the same time every day, no matter how much you've eaten, say for breakfast? (I do. I'm hungriest at lunch, and that has been true my entire life.) And I am a "lark" meaning, I get up early. I've learned before I read this book, if I want to maintain my weight, eat my biggest meals before the afternoon. There are several questionnaires in the book to help you figure out your natural cycles and also figure out your sleeping patterns. Sleep is the key to this weight loss system. Sleep is when certain hormones rise and fall, and managing these hormones is, according to the author, the key to stimulating your body's natural weight loss ability.
If you are on a crazy schedule, or don't like to shop for food and cook, this book may NOT be for you. You may find you are better off with a prepared food regime or a point-counting system where you can eat out or eat pre-made food and still watch what you are doing. But the advice on time of day still could help you.
Another assist to this book could be the BodyMedia LINK Armband Weight Management System because it will tell you how long you slept and how well and also how much movement you did each day, and record the data. I found out I don't sleep very much or very well--a problem to maintain weight. There is a lot about sleep here and belly fat. For example, a lack of sleep seems to make people hungrier, and levels of one hormone that causes fat retention (ghrelin) is elevated. Chronic sleep deprivation (sleeping less than the optimal hours for your particular physiology) is associated with diabetes, cardiac disease, and (big surprise) bad tempers. The author even discusses the LIGHT LEVEL in your bedroom; blocking out as much light as possible (dark curtains, eye masks) can stimulate sleep hormones like melatonin and assist with weight loss. Who knew?
The book also lists foods good for sleep and good for suppressing cravings. It also discusses menopause, a time when women gain a lot of weight and have difficulties sleeping. Yes, there is a lot about sleep in this book, but it could really help your overall health, not just your weight.
The recipe chapter has breakfasts, lunches, dinners. The recipes feature certain carbs or proteins (like fatty fish) and you could use them as guidelines--need a salad with fish? What about fibrous carbs and protein? The breakfasts are things like oatmeal with fruits or omelets with vegetables, you get the picture. After you figure out what to eat, when, you can probably use these as templates for your own ideas. I liked a lot of the recipes such as tostadas and quesadillas.
Summary: good science behind this weight loss method, but it requires attention to timing, sleeping, food choices and cooking meals, so it may not fit your lifestyle. However, if you have been stuck while eating correctly and still not losing, this may be the key to success. For the record, changing up some meds, then following a regime of eating early and not after 6pm, I lost about 25 lbs.