Tuesday, December 8, 2015

{Review} The 20/20 Diet: Turn Your Weight Loss Vision Into Reality by Phillip C. McGraw

The 20/20 Diet: Turn Your Weight Loss Vision Into Reality
by Phillip C. McGraw
Publisher: Bird Street Books
Released: January 6th 2015
How I got it: Received a copy from NetGalley

In The 20/20 Diet, Dr. Phil McGraw identifies seven reasons other diets fail people over and over again: hunger, cravings, feeling of restriction, impracticality and expense, boredom, temptations, and disappointing results or plateaus. Then, he addresses each of these roadblocks by applying the latest research and theories that have emerged since his last best seller on the same topic, The Ultimate Weight Solution. Dr. Phil and his team have created a plan that you can start following right now and continue working for the rest of your life. In this diet, readers will start by eating only 20 key ingredients, called the 20/20 Foods, which theories indicate may help enhance your body's thermogenesis and help you feel full. But that's just the beginning. This book explains why you haven't been able to lose the weight before, and empowers you with cognitive, behavioral, environmental, social and nutritional tools so you can nally reach your goal, and learn lifelong healthy habits to maintain those results."

Confession time, I am not a Dr Phil fan, the only reason I requested this book was because it was referred to in Stop the Diet I Want to Get Off.
As I was reading this the first thing that struck me was in the beginning Dr Phil was discussing other diets, celebrities and how they don't work. I found it ironic that he was basically doing what he was condemning. Creating a diet and using his celebrity to pimp it. Despite this I decided to give the book a chance.
Given that Dr Phil is a psychologist I found this part of the book most useful and well done. He talks about why diets fail, how to overcome cravings, boredom, temptation and disappointment. He points out our bad eating habits and how to make changes that will help you eat better. Using research to back his finding he also talks about using certain foods to make you feel more full and breaks down nutrients.
I was disappointed with the recipes, most sounded bland and unappealing. The diet itself seemed restrictive, even though Dr Phil claim to not want to restrict you, so you wouldn't want to "rebel" against it. I found many things in the book to be the exact opposite of what Dr Phil said he was going to do. For example he points out that many diets are restrictive and this is what causes us to rebel against the diet so we fail, (what I just mentioned) yet his diet is based around 20 food items. This sounds restrictive to me. Granted as the diet progresses he adds more food but you are still required to base meals around these 20 foods. Yes Dr Phil is teaching you to eat right, but I think if someone is really invested in losing weight they should ditch the diet portion of this book and focus on eating right. Use this book for the information offered not the diet.
There is a basic workout portion toward the back of the book, but I found it to be just that basic. If you are new to working out or need to ease back into it then yes use these to get you active. Yet if your already an active person then you might want to find something that will work for you.
Over all lots of good info, but shouldn't be a diet.

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