The Wild Diet – Book Review
Overview of Book:
Written by Fat-Burning Man weight loss personality Abel James, this book is an overview of his program for losing fat rapidly, naturally and permanently. The book is broken up into very comprehensive sections beginning with general education and information. It then transitions into specific what to dos and what not to dos and lists broken down by specific food type. Finally, it wraps up with a comprehensive plan to get you started.
Who This Book is For:
This book is for anyone who has struggled with weight and failed at random diets and weight loss supplements. It is for anyone who has felt they previously maintained a healthy weight but has now hit the age of the middle-aged spread and needs some guidance and advice on maintaining their previous health. This book is also for anyone who wants to understand better health and healthy eating for the long-term for themselves, and their families.
I love that this book is broken down into simple, comprehensive chapters with concise sub-sections and that the table of contents lists each of these. This style of presentation, rather than long, lengthy chapters filled with different concepts and information, means this book will serve as an easy and ongoing reference guide for longer term success.
Top 3 Chapters:
I love the first section of Part II – What to Know. This chapter describes in simple terms what everyone should understand about fat, insulin, proteins, how we metabolize fats, the different kinds of fats, and cholesterol. This chapter provides a very basic understanding that can help you look at foods and how you consume them in a different way.
My next chapter pick then has to be what follows: Stop Eating Foods That Make you Fat and Sick. I can’t tell you the number of conversations I’ve had with people that began with a complaint about how they feel when they eat food ‘x’ and the responding ‘it would be too hard to give it up’ when I suggest if it makes them feel bad, perhaps they should stop eating it. The other thing that makes me cringe is our attraction to marketing gimmicks placed on the fronts of labels that make us ignore what we should really be looking at – the ingredients. The terms gluten free, no added sugar, and low fat are applied everywhere but they don’t tell us anything about what we’re really eating or what has been added to replace the taste of what has been left out. This chapter is all about additives, artificial sugars and oils and what the different terms really mean.
Finally, I like the 15-day Meal Plan. While the previous chapter lays out lists of healthy foods, this chapter actually shows you what your meal planning could look like and gives you plenty of options to choose from. With this variety, if a meal includes something you may not like, you can skip ahead to the next day and find a substitute. I believe many people want to make changes in their lives but find implementation is a challenge they can’t overcome. With two weeks of meal planning laid before you, the excuse that it’s too hard to figure out or too hard to try, simply doesn’t wash.
About Heather Seftel-Kirk: Not a physician or nutritionist, Heather came to her understanding of food and health through parenting three children, now teens, who seemed not to fit the ‘norms’ of health and through questions…so many questions.
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