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Great guide and great recipes
on May 30, 2011
This is a great book for serious "dieting". This isn't a fad diet or some no-carb nonsense. It's about eating balanced, real foods, cutting out processed foods and extra sugars and fats. The focus is on calorie cutting and reducing portion size, but increasing the frequency that you eat. It's all fairly basic in that regard (though there are some good explanations of why this is the proper way to diet for those not well versed with the science), but the book does an excellent job helping you along with it. There are some great detailed weekly meal plans and shopping lists using the book's recipes. They're great to follow if you don't want to do a lot of planning, but they also serve as a great starting point to make your own meal plans.
The recipes themselves are great. I have probably make about 1/3 of them so far, and I have no complaints for any. Yes... it is diet food. But it still feels close enough to the real thing to be something you can easily stick with. I especially appreciate how the recipes use no sugar or artificial sweeteners, and instead relies on natural sweeteners like agave nectar and stevia, which are much kinder on the body's blood glucose levels. In general though, the recipes still use "real" ingredients (beef, pork, bacon, etc) and limits the use of weird faux soy foods. There is a great mix of breakfast foods, lunches, dinners and deserts from vegetarian to beef, chicken, or fish. Calorie information is simply nicely presented along with portion information.
My only real complaint is that this book was written from the perspective of cooking for more than one person. As a single person, I find that I have to do a lot of division to keep what I cook within the portion sizes. Pretty minor complain though. Overall, this book has nothing spectacularly different diet-wise other than the basic calorie cuts (which I consider a good thing), but it's a great book of recipes and a great set of resources to get you started on something legitimately healthy. If you have the willpower and just need a little help with the work, this is the book for you.