Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Reality Diet by Steven A. Schnur, M.D.

It's about time someone came up with a realistic and healthy method of losing weight and keeping it off. I'm in the natural health industry, and we have many people who come to us for advice about their health and diets. One of the most important things we tell them is to get enough fiber in their diets to help eliminate all the wastes and toxins in their bodies. Losing weight is a natural side effect, since the fiber ensures that most of the wastes exits the body instead of piling up inside (for the sake of delicacy, I won't go into much more of the details of body wastes), but you won't lose a lot if that's the only thing you change about your diet.

We recommend fiber to combat constipation among other things, rather than to combat fat, so when I came across The Reality Diet, the tagline "Fight Fat with Fiber" attracted my interest immediately. I thought to myself, 'I've got to read this book' and I was immensely delighted by what I found inside.

Dr. Steven Schnur doesn't make false promises. He doesn't give you unrealistic advice or tell you not to eat. He doesn't pretend that you can lose weight without exercise. Instead, he tells you the truth; if you want to lose weight, you need to watch your diet, and you need to exercise. The good news is, you can eat a variety of healthy and delicious meals, and you can eat a lot of it. The better news is, they will give you lots of energy to exercise. The even better news is, you'll lose weight and all the risks of medical problems that come with it. You'll look good, and you'll feel better.

Dr. Schnur takes you step by step on how to make The Reality Diet work for you. The book is divided into four parts. In the first part, he educates you about food and how it affects your body, the different types of carbohydrates, protein, and fats, and what is good or bad for your body. Contrary to what the low-carb diet programs are telling you, carbohydrates are actually good for you, and they don't make you fat. You should stay away from refined carbohydrates though, because those are the ones which contribute to unwanted weight gain.

The second part of the book describes more about the details of The Reality Diet. Dr. Schnur advices on how to choose the right food for you out of all the choices in the supermarket, and how to plan ahead on your diet to ensure that you will succeed in losing weight. If you want to slim down for an upcoming event, make sure you plan ahead for plenty of time to do it. He also tells you to set realistic goals, so that you won't despair and give up if you don't lose 30 pounds in 30 days.

In the third part of the book, Dr. Schnur guides you on how to make The Reality Diet work for you in the real world. He addresses the serious business of exercise because not only is exercise essential for burning calories, it also makes your body feel and look so much better and healthier. He also tells you not to worry yourself to death about straying or setbacks, The Reality Diet is designed to allow you certain indulgences once in a while. Most importantly, he advices on how to stay on The Reality Diet when eating out and during holidays. We all know that holiday feasts are the dieter's nemesis, but not with Dr. Schnur's sound advice. Finally, Dr. Schnur gives practical advice on how to keep the pounds off for good in the last chapter of this part.

The fourth part of the book consists of an 8-week program of healthy reality recipes that makes up about half the entire book's contents. There are a variety of healthy and wholesome easy-to-prepare meals, and they all look delicious. You can also mix and match them, or come up with your own variations of the recipes, as long as they fit the dietary requirements Dr. Schnur has recommended. There is a useful list of possible alternative ingredients that you may use for your recipes at the back of the book. There's also a weekly shopping list for the 8-week program available on the website.

Overall, I think The Reality Diet is very well-researched, and is filled with much valuable and practical advice. Dr. Schnur has obviously done extensive research on his part, and he has had many successes in helping his patients lose weight using the principles found in this book. Follow the instructions in this book, and you'll be losing all your extra pounds in no time!

The Reality Diet is the best diet plan I've seen, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who's serious about losing weight and being healthy. Losing weight, being healthy, and feeling good, while having the most absolutely delicious and satisfying meals? What's not to like? In fact, slim people should absolutely go on this diet too!


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