The basic thesis of this new approach to reducing is to ""pick the galloping calories instead of the sauntering ones"". Example -- proteins help make the carbohydrates consume themselves. The same intake of calories in some other direction keep the total intake at the same figure, but don't do any work for you. In amusing, sometimes glib, style, with occasional wise cracking, the author manages to drive home some sound truths about such discussed subjects as alcohol and reducing, drinking water, using salt, combining exercise with diet, quick reduction versus moderate reduction, post-reduction diets, fallacies as to vitamins, minerals, etc. Plenty of charts and diagrams and diet records, so that it should serve as a blue print for the serious dieter, without being too involved. Some new notes in discoveries about such things as mineral oils, canned and frozen foods. Place of diet in problems of skin, hair, teeth, etc.