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T.H.E. A2z DIET: Dieting Made as Simple as Possible

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Author: Adrian Yeo
Publisher: World Scientific
Date Published: 2008
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A relatively simple guide on dieting, nutrition & healthy living.

  • Jan 11, 2009
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"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." (Confucius, 551-479 BC)

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." (Albert Einstein, 1879-1955)

The foregoing fitting & memorable quotes have been deliberately selected by the publisher to preface the new book, 'T.H.E A2Z Diet', with the tag line, 'Dieting made as SIMPLE as possible', by my country's   - that's the little red dot called Singapore - former cabinet minister Dr Yeo Ning Hong.

I must concur that the book certainly explains, in very simple language, why we overeat, why we find salty, fatty & sweet food so tempting & addictive. It then zooms into the simplest & most basic principles of effective dieting, which the author has used over the past quarter of a century with success.

The book therefore distills a very simple formula for successful dieting, which the author aptly calls the 'T.H.E A2z Diet', thus forming the focal point of the book, as follows:

T = Ten glass of water daily;

H = Halve your daily food intake;

E = Exercise, by walking at least 10,000 steps a day;

As I have already spoken to a number of people, including my gym buddy who has also bought the book to read, the author's formula makes pragmatic sense.

I feel the author has rightly asserted at the beginning of the book, "Dieting is a very individualistic activity. If T.H.E A2Z Diet works for you (as it does for me), fine - stay with it & make it part of your daily routine. If not, try another approach, bearing in mind that the fundamental principles of T, H & E, are absolutely essential . . ."

Personally, I find that the act of eating only half of what we normally eat is the greatest challenge, both physically & psychologically.

In contrast, I find the personal suggestion of eating up to 80% full, from my country's former Prime Minister, now Minister Mentor, Lee Kuan Yew, more readily acceptable.

Nonetheless, the book starts off with a personal story from the author - about how his stressful job as a young cabinet minister while he was in his late 30's almost killed him.

The rest of the book contains his generous praise of & eloquent argument for water, exercise, fruits & vegetables, with some basic stuff on the science of nutrition.

There is also a FAQ that addresses the key questions that so often confuse dieters, plus a simple graphic record to help track your dieting progress. There is also a brief chapter on sustaining motivation.

Although there is no ground-breaking stuff, I find reading the book a light breeze, because the publisher has also deliberately interspersed many colourful photos, white spaces, & boxed selections, within the 120 odd pages in the entire book layout.

In the end analysis, it's a relatively simple guide on dieting, nutrition & healthy living.

[Reviewed by Say Keng LEE, Knowledge Adventurer & Technology Explorer]
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August 03, 2009
I disagree with the book's theory of halving one's food intake. This would not be possible in the long run unless one had been eating an incredible number of calories more than the proper number of calories one needs for her/his daily bodily requirements. If calorie intake is decreased too much, the body goes into starvation mode and reducing it's metabolism, so that weight is not lost. The much better method would be to replace calorie-dense foods with calorie-lite foods, and eat slowly so that the fullness message can be sent to the brain before one overeats. This way one would never be overly hungry, and then have to binge eat calorie dense food for emotional reasons. So, eat up, but eat only calorie-lite foods.
 
July 25, 2009
Drinking water is such an essential part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but most people don't practice it with diligence. I found a rule in the Dr. Oz book, You: Staying Young  that is very similar to the advice this author gives: Drink you weight in water everyday. So if you weigh a 100lbs, drink 100oz of water a day.

Nice review, it has reminded me that the simple things count!
 
April 02, 2009
I am struggling to drop some pounds before beach season is in full effect- I am going to employ this strategy and see if it works!
 
March 31, 2009
Sounds really interesting and "do-able" I love when health tips are simple and not overwhelming. How long have you been practingin 'T.H.E A2z Diet'? Have you found it as simple as the author outlines it to be?
 
January 20, 2009
Wow, intriguing, I love this part: T = Ten glass of water daily; H = Halve your daily food intake; E = Exercise, by walking at least 10,000 steps a day; especially the halve your daily food intake. I have a huge problem with overeating!
 
January 11, 2009
Wow, a former Singapore cabinet minister has written a diet book? I like diet books that simplify the weight-loss process, instead of complicating it. This sounds like a very reasonable book. The only thing I wonder is, Why drink 10 glasses of water daily? Doesn't that make someone put on more water weight?
 
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