FOOD IS THE CURE by Buck Willis


For the Overweight Disease
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A weight-loss manual dispenses nutrition and exercise advice to dieters.

Willis (The Overweight Cure!, 2018, etc.) began his journey to good health after he was in a near-fatal plane crash. Suffering through 16 operations to rebuild his legs, he was obese when he first began medical school. Now an integrative, board-certified holistic physician, he’s 55 pounds lighter than he was in his younger days. Calling himself his first patient, the author claims that he cured his “overweight disease” once he addressed the causes of his obesity—hidden food allergies. Divided into three parts, this cheerful, easy-to-follow self-help book begins by urging readers to determine the roots of their weight gain. He also encourages them to eat natural foods—in single portions five times a day—to kick-start the body’s metabolism. Those who have little time for exercise may be pleasantly surprised at Willis’ assertion that merely performing two minutes of high intensity aerobic exercise five times a day could be as beneficial for weight loss as working out for much longer periods. While that claim may be hard for some dieters to swallow, it could at least inspire sedentary folks to incorporate a little healthy movement into their daily routines. Section II provides some common-sense solutions, such as 32 simple exercises complete with clearly explained instructions and uncredited color photographs. Proving that eating healthy doesn’t have to be drudgery, the author adds some mouthwatering recipes in Section III, like “Annie’s Sautéed Pork and Potatoes.” This section also includes a short but practical blueprint for a 30-day plan for weight loss. Offering plenty of inspiration for ordinary folks, chapters begin with a short, real-life success story, or “taste of victory.” For example, Willis’ pastor lost 20 pounds in two months and decreased his blood pressure from 160/80 to 125/75. There are several before-and-after weight-loss photos (including of Willis), and the people in the shots look realistic—not model thin but wonderfully healthy.

An enjoyable and useful guide to a healthier life.

Pub Date: Nov. 29th, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-578-57712-8
Page count: 231pp
Publisher: Self
Program: Kirkus Indie
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2019