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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, accessible, stimulating advice, 5 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Antony Worrall Thompson's GI Diet: Use the Glycaemic Index to Find the Carbs That Will Help You Lose Weight for Good, with Over 100 Recipes (Paperback)
Anthony Worrall Thompson offers a highly accessible and intelligent analysis of the theory behind using the glycaemic index (GI) to design a diet which will help you lose weight and find a healthier you. Of course, you'll be forgiven if you're sceptical about the claims - with overweight becoming a pandemic problem and diabetes rates rocketing, more and more people are being obliged to look at what they eat and why.
Low carbohydrate and GI diets emphasise that the major problem is not counting calories but understanding how different foods are broken down and either converted into fuel for your body or stored as fat against leaner times ahead. It's a natural process - the trick is to burn fuel rather than lay down fat. Choosing a low carb diet or watching the GI of the foods you eat is far more effective and certainly far more sustainable than simply counting calories (which usually leaves you feeling hungry ... and then guilty when you succumb to temptation).
The theory, I hasten to add, seems to work: at 6'2", I'm a big, big bloke, but I've never been overly worried about dieting before (not when there's another pint of beer to be drunk), but I've been learning lessons from low carb and GI advocates, and I've lost several excess pounds ... and I feel a lot healthier and more energetic. I'm maybe twenty pounds overweight, and I appreciate that I need to change my lifestyle slightly to ease off that fat. No crash diets, no quick fix, but a sensible, healthy approach to eating.
Low carb and GI approaches emphasise just that. The real objective is to redesign your lifestyle, learn healthy eating habits, and adopt a balanced diet which provides your body with the fuel and nutrition it needs yet does not leave you feeling hungry. The excess weight in the form of stored fat begins to ease off. You feel fitter, less tired. And it's self-sustaining. It's all about learning new, good habits, and moving yourself into a healthier lifestyle.
Worrall Thompson and his co-writers are particularly good at emphasising the need to adopt a more vital lifestyle rather than see yourself as on a diet. The word 'diet' should be banned in its oh-too-familiar form. This is definitely about lifestyle and the acquisition of lifelong, good eating habits. This is not about some remedial intervention, this is a lifestyle decision.
The book talks you through which foods to eat, which ones to reduce. There is a stimulating range of recipes on offer - from main courses to sweets, soups to fish, fowl, and meat, from breakfast to evening repast. And they're beautifully illustrated with fine, coloured photographs - you can visualise the food before you taste it.
The trick, of course, is to begin visualising your changed lifestyle. Learn from the recipes - like all the best cooks, Worrall Thompson is offering up guidelines for choice. Identify your favourite foods, your favourite cooking styles and methods, then combine the two. Experiment. This is not about rigidly following instructions, it's about the liberating impact of a new lifestyle.
The value of this book is in its ability to stimulate your imagination and motivate you to think lifestyle, think choice, think experiment, think plan ahead, and learn good shopping and food preparation habits. Don't think diet and hunger! Be positive! Visualise yourself enjoying healthy eating, enjoying filling meals, enjoying the experience of pounds easing off, enjoying the feeling of being fitter and healthier, more vital, more energetic.
Lifestyle and health are about learning good habits and developing the self-confidence to take control of your life. This book offers an excellent stimulus and a good value product which should encourage you and help get you focussed.
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