Tuesday 28 January 2014

Book ~ "Can I Have Chips?" (2014) Louise Graham

From Goodreads ~ FED UP WITH BEING OVERWEIGHT? Join millions of others and learn how to succeed at losing weight and stay your perfect size - without giving up chips and other starchy foods. Ditch the faddy diets! You may lose weight initially, but unless you can maintain your weight loss for six months - the time it takes for hunger hormones that are triggered by dieting to return to normal - you may end up heavier than before you started your diet.

Based on the latest medical research, scientist Louise Graham explains that our modern diet makes us fat because it is highly palatable and energy dense. She reveals how you can lose weight permanently by increasing your intake of protein - more filling than other foods - and avoiding foods containing added sugar and added fat.

A diet high in protein is not only an effective weight loss tool, it also partly compensates for the natural increase in appetite triggered by weight loss. There's no need for confusing calorie counting, intermittent fasting or expensive commercial diet products - just eat three, filling, protein rich meals a day, cut out snacks and soft drinks and watch your weight plummet. Follow the sustainable maintenance plan inside and you never need go on another diet Can I Have Chips? is a refreshing change from the usual faddy diet books, making it the perfect partner for anyone looking to lose weight and keep it that way.

I like reading books about getting healthy.  While I don't eat a lot of chips (aka French fries), I figured the concept would be interesting.

This book is divided into three parts:
  1. Get Motivated - eating less, eating better, eating intuitively, self esteem, etc.
  2. Get Smart - starches, proteins, fruits and veggies, alcohol, etc.
  3. Get Real - the diet, the two phases, an FAQ, recipes, etc.

This author is promoting a diet higher in protein and eating the right carbs.  In reference to the title, you can have whatever treat you need (be it chips, chocolate, etc.) but sparingly if not at all.

The chapters are in bite-size chunks so not overwhelming and there are key points at the end of each in bullet form (like cut portion size, cut out between meal snacks, etc.).

The information is very basic and at a high level.  This book would be good for someone who is just starting out wanting to lose weight but doesn't want to feel overwhelmed with heavy duty reading material.  At the end of the book, there are sample combinations (A protein + B carb + C fruit) along with recipes.  For me, it was too much of a beginner's manual and I didn't get anything out of it that I didn't already know.


Masshole Mommy said...

I also like tips on getting healhty & eating right.

Louise Graham said...

Basic possibly - the clue is in the title - but highly effective, realistic, affordable and it works.

Give it a go, it may surprise you.