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"Large bellies cause insulin resistance and inflammation," says
Roizen, "inhibiting blood sugar from getting into brain cells and muscles
that control hunger." The answer, say the authors: Improve insulin
resistance with waist-loss, physical activity, and more natural foods.
You: On a Diet recommends dedicating at least 30 minutes a day to
walking, even if you do it in 10-minute intervals. Making exercise a priority
helps build psychological discipline and foster compliance, say the
Dieters are also encouraged to do 5 minutes of stretching every day, and 20
minutes of strength exercises three times a week, to help increase muscle mass
and counter the natural slowdown in our metabolism. Illustrations in the book
demonstrate how easily dieters can stretch and do strength
training without equipment or joining a gym.
You: On a Diet: What the Experts Say
The reason You: On a Diet is a best-seller is because, overall, it's
a solid diet book that makes dieting fun. "They present scientific
information in an easy-to-understand, light-hearted, and humorous manner,"
says American Dietetic Association spokesman, Elisa Zied. The diet "has
great appeal, and is getting people excited about learning about their bodies
and shrinking their waist sizes."
For those bored with diets and looking for a fun and campy approach to
dieting, this just may be the diet for you. "Wonderful illustrations help
explain the body and how it works, along with lots of scientific references for
anyone who wants to learn more," says Zied, who likes the book's positive
approach, exercise recommendations, and realistic goal-setting aimed at helping
people trim inches from their belly for health benefits beyond looking
While You: On a Diet is ideal for people with belly fat, Zied
disagrees with the one size fits all approach. "Everyone is different and
if you carry excess weight below the waist, this may not meet your
individualized needs," she says. And while most of the book's information
is sound, some recommendations may be overstated and are not substantiated with
scientific studies, Zied says.
Zied also thinks the recommendation to eat the same foods every day is
extreme and impractical. To help people stick with the lifestyle changes
necessary for a healthy diet, Zied recommends a slow, gradual approach, with
plenty of professional support.
You: On a Diet: Food for Thought
If you're tired of extreme and
fad diets, and want to start living a healthier lifestyle, You: On a
Diet could be your ticket to permanent weight control with the added
benefit of reducing the risk of chronic diseases with a slimmer waistline.
With You: On a Diet's emphasis on choosing healthy foods, getting in
touch with hunger and satiety, and getting regular exercise, it's possible this
plan can help people find success improving their health, their diet, and their