As looking great for the festive season begins to loom large in our collective consciousness, the inevitable search for the diet to fix all our sinful gluttony and sloth begins. We all know how bad yo-yo dieting is for our bodies, often resulting in weight gain over time, but yet who hasn’t found themselves buying into a no-carb, no-fat, no-solids miracle diet that ultimately made us miserable (and not to mention irritable and hungry)? That’s why we have decided to review two books that actually aim to transform your health, losing weight along the way and changing your perceptions about the way you eat for good. Sound good?
Here are two books which are making waves in the diet world.
Le Boot Camp Diet – Valerie Orsoni
The author of this book is a likeable lady, and she sets out her stall early. Valerie Orsoni (pictured), nutritionist to stars like Jennifer Anniston and Demi Moore, loves food. She loves to eat, loves to cook and doesn’t really buy into that mantra that chewing on a celery stick with a dour expression is the way to any kind of lasting fulfilment. Instead, along with her father, she researched the fundamentals of human biology and gives you an account of the things we should eat more of and the things we could really do without.
The plan focuses around four phases: The Detox, an initial two week blast of detoxifying foods to start you on the right track, The Attack, a phase designed to make you lose weight through sensible diet and moderate exercise, Maintenance, helping you to maintain the weight loss once you have achieved it and Booster, for when you’ve had a particularly glutinous weekend and want to get back on the wagon of health and well-being.
The phases, combined with what she calls 25th hour exercises (those you can do as you go about your daily business like squats and wall push ups) aim to get you to the healthy weight for your height and build, which she helps you calculate.
Now this isn’t an easy diet by any means, the first weeks requiring you to cut out pretty much anything processed, including anything containing gluten, dairy, refined sugar, red meat and caffeine. If this sounds too hard core for you don’t be put off – it’s far easier than it sounds with her selection of recipes and some research online.
For instance, did you know you can make a delicious and filling banana milkshake by blending frozen banana slices and almond milk? Or healthy fish and chips with grilled fish and chunky sweet potato fries? With a little creativity and perseverance, you’ll see results fast.
LeBootCamp Diet by Valerie Orsoni (Quadrille, £9.99). Available in all good book shops. For further information please visit lebootcamp.com
The Back to Basics Diet: Seven Weeks to Change Your Life – David R Hack
Dismissing the advice to “eat less and move more” as well-meaning but misguided, author David Hack cuts through confusion and misinformation of so many diets to get right back to basics – our original, natural diet.
David leads the reader on a fascinating journey through human evolution, which examines the science of food and the workings of the human body, before revealing the truth about why we all get so fat on our modern diet – the refined carbohydrate. Perhaps most exciting of all, we are shown that simple changes to our diet and lifestyle can hold the key to a longer, more youthful and healthier life for us all!
What is so appealing about Back to Basics is its straightforward approach rooted cutting edge science. An initial seven-week weight loss programme helps you adapt to a new, healthy lifestyle, followed by a method that ensures you keep on the straight and narrow for life! It is a programme which is ideal for busy people as it does not require hours of food preparation, just clean eating. With recipes, motivational tips and tricks and some common sense, this empowering new programme is sure to become an indispensable guide for anyone looking for lifelong health.
The Back to Basics Diet (published by Matador RRP £9.99 paperback, RRP £5.99 ebook) is available to purchase from online retailer including amazon.co.uk and to order from all good bookstores. For more information please visit thebacktobasicsdiet.com