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The Diet Code
Revolutionary Weight Loss Secrets From Da Vinci and the Golden Ratio
By Stephen Lanzalotta
Read by Stephen Lanzalotta
Time Warner AudioBooks, (2006)
An Abridged Recording on 3 CDs
ISBN: 1-59483-229-3
Genre: Nutrition & Health

Reviewed by Sheldon Ztvordokov - April 6, 2006

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) was the quid essential Renaissance man. He was a scientist, mathematician, painter, sculptor, architect, inventor, and more. In many of his paintings, Da Vinci made use of something called the Golden Ratio. This is an irrational number that when used as a guide to draw shapes, they automatically (for some unknown reason) take on a pleasing appearance to Western viewers. The Golden Ratio can be worked out mathematically, and is often applied in the realms of both art and architecture. A study of the Golden Ratio is an intriguing subject, and should you be so inclined, you can find a wealth of information, both mathematical and artistic, scattered throughout the internet by searching for such terms as the Golden Ratio, Golden Mean, Golden Section, Magic Ratio, or Divine Proportion to name but a few of its manifestations. However, for the purposes of this review, we are only concerned with how the Golden Ratio can be applied to ones health and nutrition.

Stephen Lanzalotta is a master woodworker, painter, and baker, and in his book The Diet Code he lays out a seemingly sound dietary formula, based upon the Golden Ratio that he claims will not only provide you with a nutritious and healthy diet, but one that will also help you lose weight and which will increase your overall sense of well being. In this audio edition of his book, Lanzalotta (who also serves as the book's narrator) presents a convincing case for the efficacy of his program.

Lanzalotta's diet plan is very similar to what has been called the Mediterranean Diet. It is high in bread, pasta, fish, and fresh vegetables washed down with liberal doses of red wine. Most important - stay away from processed foods and aim for natural products. This is a humane and easy to follow diet but definitely not for anyone riding on the anti-carbohydrate bandwagon. Lanzalotta clearly lays out how to organize your foods so that you receive the most benefit from them. For example he advocates eating a lot of bread - but only in combination with a source of fat or protein. He explains why in the book.

In addition to describing his Golden Ratio based diet, Lanzalotta also offers menu suggestions, information about Da Vinci and the Renaissance and Italian eating habits. This audio edition of the book also includes menu plans, recipes, cooking tips, and Golden Macronutrient Profiles. While I don't think that Lanzalotta manages to effectively connect his diet plan with Da Vinci or the Golden Ratio, overall this was an interesting book to listen to. More important, he offers some practical nutritional advice and outlines a diet plan that is easy to follow and does not leave you feeling deprived - and it is a diet plan that you can easily follow even if you eat out a lot.


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