If you want to lose weight and you just want to get on with it, this is the book for you. The text is brief and easy to understand, the plan is simple, and the book even comes with a handy little gadget to keep track of your daily fat and fiber intake. I'm finding, though, that I simply can't manage 20g of fat per day. I've been down that road before, and those considering this lowfat of a diet should be aware of the possible side effects: dry hair and skin, splitting nails, and constipation. I do better at around 30g/day, which is still very low. The recipes I've tried so far are simple and very tasty. I especially like the Banana "Rice" Pudding, which uses rum and lots of spices for knock-out flavor. You'll find yourself scouting out the nearest health food store to stock up on interesting and delicious grains, but aside from that, the recipes don't call for weird, hard-to-find ingredients.
I'm not trying to lose weight right now, but I know from personal experience that this kind of plan works (which is why I'm not trying to lose weight right now.) I bought the book mainly for the recipes, and for the fat/gram counter, which -- take it from one who knows -- is a lot less cumbersome than writing down every darned thing you eat. As with all "counting" methods, the main bugaboo is what we're all doing more of: eating in restaurants. Like the average American, I eat out 3 to 4 times a week. Fat count? Fiber count? Who knows? The book does include excellent suggestions for restaurant dining, most of which have become automatic for me. This is a plan that works, either for weight loss or for maintenance.