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Excellent book but the diet has downsides too,
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This review is from: The New High Protein Diet: Lose weight quickly, easily and permanently (Paperback)
Are we reviewing the diet or the book? The book is excellent, does the science bit very quickly and clearly - and uses it to convince you the diet will work. The tone of it is really enthusing and gets you interested and convinced about having a go. Some good recipes too (even with the lack of pictures), prob worth it just for those!
The main problem we had was that the diet gave us such awful constipation we had to give up after about a week! Dr Clark says if you drink the amount of water he recommends you won't get constipation,and you would think the quantities of veg might help...but in our case not.
However we lost a few pounds even after starting to eat carbs again, and if there is one thing I have learned, it is the importance of a decent breakfast. It would never have crossed my mind to eat fish for breakfast (poached haddock and gruyere or an egg on top for example) but now it is a fairly regular occurence in our house. Also you do not have all that obsessive low-fat crap that so many diets insist on which makes the whole thing a lot more palatable - butter etc is allowed.
I dont think the book really deals with the downsides of the diet, as well as what I have already mentioned, it makes you feel pretty spaced out and wierd to start off with, plus can give you terrific cravings for carbs - which do stop but it wouldnt help to be prepared (look on the internet like we did). Also it is a lot of work changing your diet with the thinking, meal planning, shopping and extra prep compared to usual (probably,for most people, tho I do speak for myself) if you follow his recipes. I suppose Dr Clark just doesnt want to put people off by saying anything about the downsides, also he runs a private diet clinic and has his reputation to think of I suppose!
For us this book has been a useful step on the ladder to the longer game of trying to work out a long term, sustainable way of eating healthily without feeling deprived or hungry. If you are trying to work out your own system, try Kate Adams Flat Tummy Club. I have also just ordered 'Escape the Diet Trap' by Dr John Briffa, which I understand also has good things to say about a high protein approach but I think is a bit more about general principles than giving you a strict formula to lose weight like Dr Clark's book.