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EAT by Ian K. Smith


The Effortless Weight Loss Solution

by Ian K. Smith

Pub Date: April 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-312-54843-8
Publisher: St. Martin's

Rachael Ray Show health expert Smith (Happy, 2010, etc.), offers simple advice for losing weight without feeling hungry.

A healthier eating book is not a new idea, but Smith's version has a few qualities that elevate it above the rest. The author's quick, easy-to-follow rules will have adherents making better eating choices that won’t feel like huge sacrifices. Nutrition information can often be overwhelming for the novice, but Smith gives facts without talking down to readers. Along with the standard fat and calorie charts, the author tackles a variety of questions that often plague those who are calorie conscience—e.g. the correct amount of protein that should be consumed. Foods that act as natural appetite suppressants are included as ideas for "strategic eating." The author encourages readers to enjoy food with common-sense lifestyle changes; snacking is good, and even chocolate is OK, depending on the amount and type. Chapter six, "Spicetopia," contains brief histories and medicinal benefits for five of the healthiest spices in the world, among them ginger and garlic. Smith guides food shoppers through the difficult task of deciphering labels to determine the sugar, fat and whole-grain content of foods, and offers tips for purchasing organic food. Even people who can’t stay away from McDonald’s will find refuge in the index of fast-food choices for under 500 calories.

Fitness buffs should pass, but those who need to get started shedding pounds will find good, painless advice for healthy weight loss.