THE DALLAS DOCTORS' DIET by

THE DALLAS DOCTORS' DIET

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KIRKUS REVIEW

How seven overweight Dallas doctors lost weight and how readers, too, can: eat less. Through extensive case-histories of the seven subjects (biographical sketches, pre-diet self-assessment forms, during-diet commentary), the authors present their basic recommendations: retrain your senses to truly feel hunger again, then document hunger pangs to determine ideal eating patterns, and eat only when hungry (it may only be twice a day)--what isn't crucial. Nice and chatty as all this is (""Dr. Cliff Daniel is open to a weight loss he can feel comfortable with, instead of fantasizing about trying to get back to his all-time bottom weight of 160 pounds. . .""), the program disagrees at important points with some of the newer nutritional knowledge: the authors discourage breakfast-eating (except for the few who are truly hungry in the morning); some of the daily intakes described fail to meet nutritional requirements. The biggest fault, however, is the observation that while exercise is strongly recommended, it ""won't affect your ability to change from an Overeater to a True Thin"": recent research strongly suggests that exercise does just that. Out of date and off the mark.

Pub Date: Aug. 29th, 1983
Publisher: McGraw-Hill