Best way to lose weight and feel like crap at the same time
Oct 5, 2010
Pros: well written, good concepts
Cons: possible abuse could cause health problems
The Bottom Line: While the concept is valid and weight lose seems guaranteed the book really doesn't discuss long term possible health issues related to the diet.
My fiance and I are very healthy people. We workout virtually every day, we go running on a regular basis, and we really try our best to eat as healthy as possible as well. This doesn't mean that we are crazy vegans or health nuts by any stretch of the imagination. We don't push our views on people nor do we attempt to be fanatical about our health. We simply make smarter options when smarter options are available to us. This doesn't mean we don't splurge, but when we do we try to overcome that splurging through other healthier choices throughout the day or week.
As part of our active lifestyles we try numerous products, we eat numerous types of foods, and we do a great deal of reading that aids us in being that much healthier. Our goal is to take care of ourselves now so that we can enjoy each other that much longer throughout the rest of our lives.
JORGE CRUISE - THE BELLY FAT CURE Jorge Cruise put together this book based on a really simple concept. The idea is that most of the foods that we consume, especially while dieting are filled with sweeteners that are much more damaging than we realize. He states that there is research that shows that these sweeteners while low in calories cause the body to store fats rather than allowing them to be burnt away. This creates obvious issues and shows why those that use sweeteners on a regular basis typically weigh more than those that resist them altogether and go on other diets.
The book also covers another concept that has already been introduced somewhat through the Atkins Diet. This is that you need to control your carbohydrates in order to control your weight and overall health. Cruise takes this a step further by stating that the key to a healthy diet is to use the 15/6 rule. This means that on a daily basis you should limit yourself to 15 grams of sugar and 6 servings of carbs on a daily basis. If you are able to do this then you should be able to lose weight.
The book also includes numerous recipes that make the diet somewhat easier to follow. Some of the ingredients are somewhat difficult to obtain but for the most part they allow you to eat a lot of the things that you currently consume by teaching you how to modify them in a way that will make them fit into the 15/6 model.
PERSONAL THOUGHTS The book spends a great deal of time talking about the actual methods for maintaining the 15/6 relationship and doesn't really talk as much about the science of weight loss. The assumption is that you can eat as much as you want as long as you maintain that relationship and for the most part he is correct. The ultimate issue that I have with this is that he doesn't really take into consideration that people need to watch what they are eating. Rather than simply focusing on this 15/6 concept people would be better served by looking at the types of food that they consume. They should be eating less processed food. Sure this can go into the 15/6 concept and will limit that considerably but I just don't feel like it goes far enough.
The author allows most people to bypass eating the foods that they don't like quite as much in search for an easier approach to dieting. They are able to bypass a lot of the fruits and vegetables that they should be consuming as long as they maintain that daily ratio. Sure you will lose weight but at what cost? What vitamins and minerals are going to be missing from the diet? Also, with such a low consumption of carbohydrates are they going to be missing out on the always important fiber? What else is missing?
The author really misses big with the overall healthy diet. Sure the main focus of the diet is losing weight and it will accomplish that but I wonder about the longer term implications of a diet of this nature.
FINAL THOUGHTS Rather than focusing on a daily formula, I think that people should simply consider a book that teaches about healthy food consumption that includes portion control as part of the diet. Eating vegetables first and controlling the amount of meat that is consumed is always going to be more beneficial than simply eating based on a number formula. It is also going to be a lot more enjoyable when you realize that you are less restricted day to day.
I guess this book will serve the purpose of helping you lose weight but I would question the overall longer term health implications of a diet such as this. The body wasn't meant to be regulated by a two number formula. The body is much more complex and to act as if it isn't is self defeating and dangerous. This book should only be used as a guidance for what can be done to help you lose weight but I really think that a little extra effort in your diet and more exercise should definitely be the first choice.
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