Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Book Review: Eat to Lose, Eat to Win




Eat to Lose, Eat to Win: Your Grab-n-Go Action Plan for a Slimmer, Healthier You written by Rachel Beller, presents a simple approach to healthy eating.  I especially like the "food autopsy" pictures because they clearly show that what we believe are "healthy" foods and drinks really aren't that good for our bodies.  For example there's a picture of a soy latte with 12 lollipops because they have equivalent amounts of sugar.  I would never eat 12 lollipops, but have had soy lattes (not after reading this book, though).

For optimal health, Beller believes women should eat 30-35 grams of fiber per day (men should eat 35-40 grams), many of them through whole grains and vegetables.  She also emphasizes the importance of eating a variety of proteins (fish, beans, tofu, eggs, chicken, turkey and grass fed beef) and believes dairy is a personal choice.  This book is never pedantic and even has a chapter on treats.

I like the moderate approach in Eat to Lose, Eat to Win: Your Grab-n-Go Action Plan for a Slimmer, Healthier You and think it's a doable lifestyle change.

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