By nature, we're wary of books announcing ""A Whole New Approach to Losing Weight,"" offering excessive good cheer (""Every...

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THE BODY CLOCK DIET BOOK

By nature, we're wary of books announcing ""A Whole New Approach to Losing Weight,"" offering excessive good cheer (""Every Day Is Your Birthday!""), and promising new scientific breakthroughs: ""Most people can go on eating the same foods they are eating now, and lose weight if they will just eat them earlier in the day."" Enter Chronobiology: ""When you eat during the day can be almost twice as important as the total number of calories you eat."" The ""twice"" comes from a set of statistics taken from one experiment in which people ate one high-calorie meal a day. Those eating only breakfast more often lost more weight; those eating only dinner usually lost less weight or gained a little. Oh, exercise (especially jogging), enough fiber, and attitude are important, and a balanced diet matters too, but biorhythms get top billing here. Gatty writes a slippery prose and manipulates all the dietary catchwords in good time. But passing this off as conclusive scientific evidence is misleading: it's hardly revolutionary, and what's noteworthy could fill a pamphlet.

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1978

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1978