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As a diet it will work, but I'm not sure its super healthy
on 20 May 2010
This book is based on some ancient wisdom, and the beauty of ancient wisdom is that it has worked down the ages and that is why it has survived. The basic premise of the book is that you should eat food that is easy to digest and that you need to help your body digest things by not eating too much. You can see that as desserts are hard to digest and so is red meat that if you follow this diet, with its vegetarian bias, and lack of red meat and dessert recipes you are going to lose weight whatever your body type.
As a scientist the ayurvedic system seems a bit incredible, based as it is on a belief that there are only four elements earth, fire, air and water. However having identified myself as someone who is susceptible to heart burn, or pitta as the book would have it, it is right in listing the trigger foods for indigestion, chilli, oranges etc and so you can see how the ancient wisdom has worked down the ages, it gets you to the right answer even if the explanation can be done better with some modern science.
This book then offers some tasty recipes and a diet that if kept to will help you lose weight. It does not offer any magic formula that will allow you to stuff yourself and lose weight at the same time. You are back to the age old truth that energy expended (exercise etc) must be greater than energy in (food intake) if you are to lose weight. What the book does offer is a series of tasty vegetarian recipes that will make the painful path to weight loss a lot more palatable than it otherwise would be.
In summary: The advice in this book will help you to lose weight but won't make it any easier.