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No-Fad Diet - A Personal Plan for Healthy Weight Loss
By the American Heart Association

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No-Fad Diet
A Personal Plan for Healthy Weight Loss
By the American Heart Association
Random House Large Print, (2005)
ISBN: 0-375-43445-3
Genre: Health - Weight Loss, Cookbook

Reviewed by Angela Evans - August 22, 2005

Let's face it, there are very few people now-a-days that can't afford to lose a few pounds. For many of us, with our hectic schedules, it is a day to day struggle to eat healthily and to maintain our ideal weight. For those seeking an 'easy' way of losing weight and keeping it off, it is all too easy to fall afoul of the numerous fad diets that are so readily touted. The American Heart Association has come to the rescue with their new book, the No-Fad Diet - A Personal Plan for Healthy Weight Loss. Part cookbook, and part diet plan, this book provides a concise and easy to follow guidance on how to eat right, how to change your mind-set so that you will eat healthy automatically, and how to transition into a healthy and active lifestyle. Combined, these three elements serve as a life-long plan that will help you get that excess weight off - and keep it off.

The No-Fad Diet is a guide book that will help you to develop your own, personalized weight loss program that will also help you live a heart healthy lifestyle. The book provides tips on how to assess your current eating and exercise habits, then offer suggestions on how to choose which habits you need to alter, and how best to do so. The three keys to this program are: The Think Smart key covers changing your current eating and exercising habits to more healthy ones. It also provides the reader with a basic grounding in the science behind weight loss, what calories are, and how they are used by the body.

The second key, Eat Well, covers healthy eating, meal planning, the value of small portion sizes, and how dietary exchanges work in both weight loss and healthy eating menu planning. Most important, this book includes more than 190 healthy, easy to prepare recipes that include nutritional information. The bulk of the book is devoted to these recipes.

Lastly, and perhaps most important, is the third key, Move More. This is the simplest key to follow - simply by moving more than you do now - you'll burn more calories than you do now and will, by extension start to lose weight without changing your diet. When coupled with a change in diet, the pounds will pour off. This moving more can start out as something as simple as walking up a flight of stairs when you would normally take the elevator, to following a standardized exercise program. Basically, the more you move, and the more 'active' the movement, the more calories you'll burn. How much you choose to move, will depend on how you personalized your weight loss program.

In short, the No-Fad Diet offers sound advice and guidance on formulating and following a healthy weight loss program. It is easy to follow, practical, and the recipes in this book are delicious. They run the gamut from dishes such as Gourmet Tuna-Noodle Casserole and Pan-Style Whole-Wheat Dinner Rolls to Chocolate Biscotti, Bayou Andouille and Chicken Chowder. Basically, the recipes cover just about everything from soups and salads to main dishes and deserts. Even if you are not interested in the weight loss advice, you will value this book as a useful cookbook. If you want to lose weight, this book will help you take the weight off, and keep it off. Highly Recommended.

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