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5.0 out of 5 stars Does what is says on the tin 7 Aug 2012
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Having fought a losing battle against an ever expanding waistline and tried a variety of approaches which had mediocre effects at best I stumbled across this book. After a couple of weeks I noticed I was, uncharacteristically, passing up junk food opportunities that presented themselves (would you like a cake with your coffee, sir?)
Now, a little over six weeks in, I have had to tighten my belt two notches. I am a physician and spent some time working as a diabetologist. I knew then and I know now that the conventional medicine approach to treating type 2 diabetes does not work. I never bought the simplistic approach to weight control (if you eat less calories that you burn you will loose weight). The quality of the food – the non calorie components – play a role also. I was just never clear how to put this into practice. Now I know.
I have a certain advantage in that I like salad. It was a big thing in our house growing up. Dad grew lettuce and tomatoes and fruit in the garden. Mum was big into salads so for me salad is family meals on a sunny evening; the starter for Sunday lunch; family picnics etc. This probably explains why in my early 20s I was 70kg (6′ 2″) with a cholesterol of 2.1 (Yes, 2.1).
I take a large mixing bowl every morning and put lettuces and other salad veg into it. Then I add various fruits (which sweetens the whole thing up nicely). I tried some dressings but just adding some water to bring out the fruit and other juices works just as well for me. I fry a few mushrooms. I eat a pasta bowl of this for breakfast, put the rest in the fridge and eat the rest during the day. Dinner starts with cleaning up the last of the salad and then the diet kind of goes in the bin I’m afraid. I am being less than rigorous about this. Weirdly, when I do overdo the junk food (and I more than occasionally do, I’m afraid) I find myself rooting out my salad box afterwards. In spite of the less than rigorous approach the weight is still falling off.
This approach has worked spectacularly well for me. I may go back to clinical practice now that I have found something that actually works for weight loss, diabetes, cardiovascular disease. The book, naturally, has an American bent. I had to adapt the foods used to what is more widely available in this part of the world and the recipes are not really to my taste.
I had many reasons for wanting to loose weight. All the usual ones and also a kind of pride – I am a doctor and an academic. For all my learning and research I was not able to control this thing. My body was kicking my ever expanding pants. Not any more. Now I know how to loose weight in a healthy and sustainable way.
It’s taken over 20 years to learn this. The sad thing is, when I was young I did know. I just did not know I knew.