Myerson and Adler unabashedly jazz up a fast-weight-loss diet developed by the New York City Health Department's Bureau of Nutrition in 1958--one that calls for alternating weeks of low (600) calorie and ""binge"" (1800 calorie) regimens. There's also a maintenance diet for lifelong use after desired weight is reached. With the catchy name and the fad-diet lingo, the book could be a winner--and in this instance readers have nothing to lose but excess pounds. In all respects, the diet conforms to present standards: low calorie, high density (high amounts of vitamins and minerals per calorie); low fat (unlike Atkins); medium protein (Scarsdale and Stillman are too high); high fiber and complex carbohydrate content; low in salt. ""Spectacularly sucessful features""--including immediate rapid weight loss (only from fluid loss at first, but the psychological lift is important), utter simplicity, and no decision-making (all menus must be followed exactly)--will keep readers to their resolve. Add a healthy emphasis on exercise and some simple behavioral tricks, and this could score in the hostile hinterlands too.