You choose. You Lose. Where do you want to start?
At the beginning of every year, millions of people step on the scale and bemoan those extra holiday pounds. They resolve to change their eating habits, lose weight, and get healthy. It’s not an easy task. In fact, many of us go through this pattern every year, not only at the beginning of the year, but again when swimsuit season rolls around, or some special event on the calendar, perhaps a class reunion, a wedding, or a vacation to Hawaii.
There are so many diet plans out there, it is easy to become disheartened. After all, with so many choices, how do we truly know which ones will work? We want results NOW. We haven’t got the time to cull through the best, most effective parts of each diet plan to create our own plan of attack. And we don’t have to, because author James Beckerman, M.D., has written an appealing new book The Flex Diet – Design Your Own Weight Loss Plan, pulling the best most effective steps from a wide array of diet plans.
It’s about flexibility. Too often we fall off course, splurge, and then kick ourselves because we strayed. We’re weak. Yes, when we put ourselves on a tough regimen, we vilify certain food groups. Beckerman’s book still does that, suggesting the elimination of particular foods and drinks from our food choices. What I like most about this book is the attributes or reasoning presented with each flex solution, to explain why this or that step can work. The Flex Diet might be the diet for you – because you can customize and combine various solutions into a plan that works for you.
“Beckerman is the WebMD.com health expert and the weight-loss/healthy-living authority for MedHelp.org. As a cardiologist, he has been confronted with patients seeking help to lose weight following a diagnosis of cardiac issues. Here, Beckerman introduces 200 different suggestions for losing a single pound. Rather than prescribe a strict diet plan with rules, charts, and scales, he encourages readers to choose those techniques that best fit into their lifestyle, thereby promoting a strategy for lifetime success. A nice summary of the 200 tips is given as an appendix for quick referral. The author also includes a number of recipes with a nutritional breakdown of calories, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, and fiber.”
I love the last line!
The Flex Diet: Design-Your-Own Weight Loss Plan
James Beckerman, Touchstone, $24.99 (288p) ISBN 978-1-4391-5569-1
Beckerman, an Oregon cardiologist who is the heart expert at WebMD.com and MedHelp.org, takes a personalized approach to weight loss, claiming, “You can’t treat everyone the same way even if they have the same problem.” His plan is divided into three phases–a two-week period covering what readers can do “Today,” three weeks of tips for “Every Day,” and long-term options called “Your Way.” “Today” ideas include finding a weight-loss buddy or joining a support group, as well as Internet solutions such as signing up for automatic Flex Diet texts, blogging, and joining Twitter. “Every Day” suggestions include eating beans, tofu, and fish once a week (recipes included), avoiding all-you-can-eat restaurants, and refraining from finishing off your child’s dinner. In “Your Way,” he offers a range of exercise choices and even suggests dining on unappetizing blue plates, eating only until 80% full, or ordering a kid’s meal at fast food restaurants for better portion control. Wellness, Beckerman maintains, is about choice and change; he offers a flexible plan and a smorgasbord of weight-loss ideas that readers can customize to fit their taste and lifestyle.