The idiot proof diet written by Neris and India is an awesome read! I am not sure if I consider this post a review of the book or not, but what I really liked about the book is its claim to be about “real” women who have “walked the walk”. Their thoughts about losing weight and being fat and comfort eating and boredom with failing with so many diets mimic the way many of us feel when we think about ourselves and our situations.
Neris and India’s idiot proof diet is really just a variation of the Atkins, Zone, or South Beach diet, but the real value from the book comes from the emphasis on overcoming negative thoughts about yourself, and what to do when you want to cheat, feel like cheating, or actually do cheat. I have in many ways been against diets of this sort, and the reason why I like this one is because within about 3-4 months, you can basically eat all foods with high glycemic carbs kept in check.
The other points specifically about the idiot proof diet that I like is that they stress healthy fats that come from sources such as olive oil, nuts, and and avocados. While bacon, eggs, and red meats are all okay on the diet, other lean sources of protein are included and encouraged such as fish, chicken, whey protein, and tofu. Along with the good fats and proteins are the low glycemic veggies such as green leafy salads that include tomatoes, mushrooms, and onions. Dairy in the way of cheeses and heavy cream are included as well. This is all just part of the first phase with other low carb foods introduced slowly through the second phase of the diet.
During the second phase of the diet “real” life and real social situations become a little easier. You are allowed certain alcohols, fruits, flax, soy meal, oats, and even chocolate. The rate of weight loss slows with this phase, but is a more “livable” diet. The third phase is just one of maintaining.
Another point to make about the actual diet is that it really stresses eating whole, organic, and unprocessed foods. This is the kick I am on, basically with all of my posts. Neris and India’s idiot proof diet cookbook has also hit the shelves and offers some great ideas that they have pulled together from their own experiences with the diet.
I really recommend this book if you are up against the wall with weight loss and how you should be eating. Even if you do not plan on going on an actual low carb diet, you could still use phase 3 as an overall diet plan. You will laugh, you may cry, but overall, you can relate with one or both of these “real” women. This really says a lot, because as both of them said in the beginning, many weight loss books on the market are by (over) educated dieticians who may have never had a weight problem or type of eating disorder.