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About the Author(s)
IAN K. SMITH M.D. is a medical contributor to ABC's "The View", a columnist for Men's Health, and the medical/diet expert VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club."
Contradicts Itself?, June 28, 2006
I really wanted to love this book, and since I don't have a television, I had no idea what to expect beyond what I read on Amazon. These things are highly personal, but there's no way I could follow this diet. The basic precept of the plan is wonderful: Eat reasonably and make exercise a part of your life. The 90-day plan is supposed to build healthy habits that become your lifestyle, so it's not so much a "diet" as a long-term life change. In the Philosophy chapter, he even uses the word "balance," which is, I believe, a concept missing from our society as a whole. That said, however, the plan seems to me to be unrealistic, i.e., no whole-grain bread or pasta for over a month, and the ultimate exercise goal is for you to have a routine of one intense hour per session on five days of each week, in addition to lifting weights at least twice a week. And his assertion that an occasional slice of cake is acceptable doesn't come into play until after the eighth week of the plan. I suppose that this plan COULD work for a celebrity who's livelyhood depends largely on his/her apperance, and possibly even for a single person who cooks only for him/herself and doesn't have a lot of obligations to others, but I really don't see how a person like me (44-year-old homemaker, mother of a ten-year-old and a two-year-old who tries to cook healthy meals for her family and keep everyone active) could possibly stick to it. Instead of this book, I recommend Dr. Andrew Weil's 8 Weeks to Optimum Health as a significantly more balanced and realistic plan for the rest of us.
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