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The Reverse Diet: Lose 20, 50, 100 Pounds or More by Eating Dinner for Breakfast and Breakfast for Dinner

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A book by Heidi Skolnik

Explains how, by eating dinner foods for breakfast and breakfast foods for dinner, one can lose weight without having to count calories, avoid carbohydrates, or feel deprived, demonstrating how this unique diet program improves metabolism, body composition, … see full wiki

Author: Heidi Skolnik
Genre: Health & Fitness, Social Science
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Date Published: December 15, 2006
1 review about The Reverse Diet: Lose 20, 50, 100 Pounds...

Silly kids and their silly books about nothing...

  • Oct 5, 2010
Pros: Solidifies the concepts of healthy weight loss and healthy living

Cons: The diet the book discusses isn't a diet at all...

The Bottom Line: Personally I found this book to be filled with common knowledge and simplistic ideas, which a major gimmick to scam people into purchasing it.

I have been an active duty Air Force Unit Fitness Program Manager for quite some time now. During that time, I have been through numerous classes on a variety of different aspects of health, from smoking, to weight loss, to fad diets, to circuit/weight training, and virtually every other topic you could imagine.

As a UFPM, I am directly responsible for the management of the health and fitness for upwards of 800 personnel at any given period of time. This means that I administer all fitness testing, I counsel those that are having weight issues, and I aid in training those that desire the added assistance in obtaining muscle mass, losing weight, or whatever their goals are. Essentially, I am a personal trainer for the military.

This job of course is much different in the military however, than it would be in the civilian world. In the military world, we have to have a certain weight, and meet specific standards, whereas civilians are guided by their own desires. This means that in order for personnel to keep their jobs, I have to be on top of all of the best supplements, training guides, equipment, and methods of training that will yield the best results for each individual user's goals.

Throughout my time as a UFPM, I have tried so many different products myself, read about a large number of products, attended classes, and seen the direct results of members that have used these products. I know what works, what doesn't work, and what you have to do to make these products work.

However, even with all of my training, all of the products that I have seen, everything that I have read, I don't think that I would have ever been prepared to read what I read in THE REVERSE DIET: Lose 20, 50, 100 pounds or more by eating dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner.

About the Book
The book was written by a woman that basically came up with a concept for weight loss, which allowed her to lose nearly 200 pounds in 9 months. The basic premise was that she was going to completely change the way that he looked at eating. Nothing else was working for her, so she decided to do something drastic and began mixing her meals around. She started a plan where he would eat her largest meal of the day in the morning and her smallest meal of the day at night. This is no new concept as it has always been talked about to eat lighter at night than you do during the day, but she took it to a completely different level by switching what types of foods she ate at night and what types of food she ate during the day.

By switching the foods around, she found that at night, she was really just repairing and replenishing what her body had lost throughout the day and had given her body the opportunity to burn off the major calories for a longer period of time. She states that this is what helped fuel her weight loss as she was now able to burn more calories throughout the day than she did previously.

However, the biggest problem I have with this concept, is that throughout the book, Cunningham talks about the different healthy eating strategies that she used in order to lose weight. She talks about portion control and how you should only consume so much during each meal. She talks about eating lean meats, eating your vegetables first, and drinking a lot of water. She discusses eliminating calorie intensive beverages and a variety of other things. And she also talks about the need to exercise and build muscle. The problem that I have with this is that she is essentially talking about everything that anyone ever talks about when it comes to healthy living and weight loss. The book doesn't really create a firm foundation to suggest that reversing your meals has any affect on your weight loss even the slightest.

As filler, Cunningham throws in discussion about the food groups, different sources of vital nutrients and a variety of other concepts.

My Thoughts
This book is a farce and nothing more. The entire book Cunningham talks about this ridiculous diet, but in reality she really doesn't give any reasoning behind the diet actually working. The majority of the diet only works because of the many other things that are done at the same time. This book was written as nothing more than a gimmick in order to take advantage of those that are attempting to lose weight. It really doesn't offer anything different than isn't already common knowledge to most people.

I found that even the parts that were actually written towards losing weight, such as the sections on eating lean foods, the parts that talk about ports, meal planning, etc... they really don't have any information that isn't completely common sense. The entire books talks to you as if you are a complete moron with no concept of what a diet is or how to lose weight. Of course there are many concepts that you could learn from or that might remind you to eat healthy or do this or that, but on the whole there's nothing new that is discussed and nothing that will really jump out at you as an incredible concept that you have to try. I think more than anything you'll just come to the realization that you just wasted your money on a book that will help you in accomplishing none of your personal weight loss or fitness goals.

In reality, this book was nothing more than a money making scheme as many books are. The authors are doing a huge injustice to those that are actually attempting to lose weight by masquerading as having a concept that is new and worth attempting. They are essentially creating much ado about nothing, and as a personal trainer, I resent that, and wish that they would have at least created a product that may actually be useful to those desiring weight loss.


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