With every day that passes, nutritional experts are providing us with more and more evidence to confirm that hoary old adage, "You are what you eat". Here's a book that takes the argument a whole step further.
Author Julia Ross is a nutritional psychologist who runs pioneering California-based treatment programmes that aim to address chronic dieting and weight problems with a combination of "nutrient therapy and biochemical balancing". The Diet Cure represents the culmination of 10 year's clinical work.
Ross argues that dieting can be just as much of a problem as the chronic weight gain it seeks to remedy. For her, the causes of such nutritionally dysfunctional behaviour as yo-yo dieting, food cravings or bingeing are not about a lack of self-control but a direct result of biochemical imbalances in brain and body. In other words, eating problems have definite causes that can be identified and put right by dietary means.
And so she begins with a Quick Symptom Questionnaire, to help you work out which of eight key imbalances is/are most affecting you. The results may well be an eye-opener: you may suddenly discover a hitherto unknown addiction to the allergens in sugar or a problem with your blood sugar levels. The rest of the book guides you through the right nutritional steps to restore your body chemistry and reach your ideal weight, such as upping the protein levels in your diet and taking an amino acid supplement. "Amino acids are the key to the Diet Cure", says Ross. "They are stronger than willpower and more effective and safer for most people than drugs..."
All in all, it's a challenging programme, lucidly presented and powerfully argued--Ross claims you'll notice results literally overnight. Her insistence that weight problems CAN be addressed and by practical, testable means, places the responsibility for eating healthily squarely back with us. You may never touch another doughnut as long as you live. --Dan Fielder
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.