Saturday, March 27, 2010

Book Review: The Perfect Formula Diet, by Janice Stanger, Ph.D.

The Perfect Formula Diet

Paperback: 278 pages
Publisher: Perfect Planet Solutions (September 23, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0984106731
Rating (1 to 5 *): ****

The Perfect Formula Diet Review

Many people who struggle with their weight search for that perfect diet that is tasty, easy to follow and gets results. Some of these diets are extreme, promoting rapid weight loss in an unhealthy way, while others are more conservative. The Perfect Formula Diet is really not a diet at all, but a natural, healthy way of eating for life—one that will allow the dieter to coast to their perfect weight almost effortlessly—and stay there.

In The Perfect Formula Diet, Janet Stanger, Ph.D., discusses the merits of a plant-based diet. Citing study after study, scientific research and examples of people who thrive on vegetarian diets, Stanger gives a convincing argument that a plant-based diet is what humans are meant to eat and what they thrive on the most. At the same time, she makes her eating plan, which revolves around six kinds of whole foods, sound so delicious and satisfying that it becomes very attractive—if you don’t mind giving up meat. She also convincingly refutes the common thinking that humans need the large amounts of protein they get from animal products.

Stanger’s pleasing writing style is full of vibrant language that had this reader drooling and almost had me convinced to give up meat…well, perhaps I can give up just a little! In addition, the book is convenient to read, with summaries at the end of each chapter so the reader can get the most important points quickly, then go back and read the details later when there is more time.

The Perfect Formula Diet
is a loose, free-flowing way of looking at how we eat. Rather than focusing on meal plans like many other diets, Stanger suggests simply eating the suggested whole foods when you are hungry and stopping when you’re full. While there are some guidelines on how to balance the foods and suggestions for getting started, it is a fairly uncomplicated diet. Personally, being a person who likes eating meals, I would have liked a little more guidance on ways to prepare the whole foods into tasty meals to get me started. However, I am sure many people will enjoy the grazing nature of it, which is probably a more natural way to eat.

In addition to the healthful benefits of eating a plant-based diet, Stanger discusses economic, social and environmental reasons for switching off of food derived from animals. For me, some of these arguments fell flat and actually detracted from what is otherwise a very good diet book. She also goes on to discuss next steps in improving your health, such as getting proper exercise and sleep and making your home free of harmful chemicals.

If you are looking for a natural, healthy diet that will help you lose weight comfortably and pleasantly, check out The Perfect Formula Diet. You just might find the perfect answer.

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