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Low Fat Lies 1st Edition

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Fad diets generally fall into two categories: extremely low-fat, or high-fat and low-carbohydrate. A pox on both their houses, say the fiery Dr. Kevin Vigilante, a medical professor and activist, and Dr. Mary Flynn, a nutritionist and researcher. The low-fat diets advocated by Nathan Pritikin and Dr. Dean Ornish are unsatisfying and hard to stick with, and the high-fat Atkins diet is based on fraudulent, speculative science. One banishes half of all possible foods (those with fat), while the other banishes the other half (those with carbohydrates). Both, the authors say, start on the wrong track and then derail.

They recommend--no surprise--the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in seafood and fresh fruits and vegetables, and is saturated with olive oil. Unlike other books that recommend this diet, though, Low-Fat Lies actually explains the science validating it. The authors explain the antioxidant properties of olive oil, and tell you why you don't want your cells to oxidize in the first place. (Same reason you don't want your car to rust.)

But that's not to imply that Low-Fat Lies is bogged down in science. The concepts are easily understandable for regular folks, which is a very good thing, considering how many of us fall prey to junk science masquerading as a "breakthrough" diet. Moving even farther away from theory, the book includes 40 pages of recipes from top American restaurants, along with a simple and useful chapter explaining how exercise blunts your appetite, and offering ideas about how to get more of it into your day. --Lou Schuler

About the Author

Mary Flynn is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and holds a B.A. in Theology. A talented writer and musician, she has long been involved in music and outreach ministry, and is currently working as an active member of the MercySong Ministries Team. Her previous book, A Study Guide for 7 Secrets of the Eucharist: Encountering the Heart of God is used in Parishes and Book Clubs around the country.

Dr. Vigilante is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Brown University. He is co-owner of Christopher Martin's restaurant in New Haven, CT.

Dr. Vigilante is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Brown University. He is co-owner of Christopher Martin's restaurant in New Haven, CT. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: LifeLine Press; 1 edition (May 25, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895263211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895263216
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very good book indeed: informative, clearly written, realistic, and practical in its approach. Drawing upon scientific evidence, the authors expose the flaws in fad diets and provide a sound, healthful, and easy-to-follow alternative: the Mediterranean diet, with its modest amount of meat, lots of fruits and vegetables, use of olive oil as the primary fat, and daily glass or two of an alcoholic beverage (preferably red wine). They stress the importance of eating and drinking in moderation as well as physical activity, recommending walking as probably the single best form of exercise. For really exciting recipes, however, I turn to my extensive library of cookbooks. One book that I have enjoyed reading and cooking from immensely is "Recipes and Remembrances from an Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen" by Sonia Uvezian. In addition to recipes for uncomplicated dishes that are not only healthful but also taste wonderful, this fascinating volume contains an important message: slow down and smell the roses. Of the two dozen-plus Mediterranean cookbooks I own, Uvezian's is by far my favorite. I was amazed at how compatible "Low-Fat Lies" and "Recipes and Remembrances" are in their philosophy; one book actually reinforces the other. In reminiscing about her eastern Mediterranean childhood, Uvezian describes precisely the life style Dr. Vigilante encourages. The region's love affair with food in general and vegetables in particular and the gardening, walking, biking, dancing, and socializing are all part of her memories.Read more ›
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Kudos to Dr. Vigilante and Dr. Flynn for writing the best book on health and nutrition that I've ever read! If you are looking for guidance to not only lose weight, but also lead a healthy lifestlye, this book is a must read! In it, they expose the hidden dangers of low fat diets that we've been subjecting ourselves to for years, explaining the science behind the nutrition in a very understandable way. I read the book in only a few days, it was that enjoyable and interesting to read! Even better, they don't just promote the Mediterranian diet, they tell you how you can easily apply it to your life; and the recipes really are delicious and easy to make. Living and eating well don't have to be difficult anymore!
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If you don't know much about the Mediterranean Diet and are confused about whether you want to try the two most popular fad diets (low-fat or Zone), then you owe it to yourself to read the book. It crearly debunks why low-fat diets are almost impossible to stay on, and shows the shoddy research methods behind the claims of the high-protein/low carbo fanatics -- not to mention the dangers of these diets.
My biggest criticism of the book is that the authors spend an inordinate amount of time debunking the bad fad diets -- nearly the entire first half of the book. Maybe this amount of space devoted to trashing these fads is worth reading if you had not heard, or were not previously convinced, about how bad the fad diets are. For me (since I previously had read plenty of articles on the topic), it was preaching to the converted. So, I did not get as much out of the first half of the book as maybe others would.
The second half, which does cover the principles of the Mediterranean Diet, is alone worth the cover price. The books summarizes the very solid research to date on the natural and very healthy diets of the Mediterranean peoples. Unlike other books on the topic, the authors tell you how to limit the calories with handy tables. There's also a good list of items to stock in your 'fridge at all times. The one complaint about the second half is wanting more: more detailed data about the benefits of the diet, more discussion of weight loss on the diet and more thought about simple rules of eating Mediterranean without gaining weight. But hey, maybe the writing team is already thinking along these lines for a sequel. I'll certainly buy it.
(P.S., if you like this book, think also about getting "The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook," by Nancy Harmon Jenkins -- it also covers the principles of the diet and features scores of great recipes).
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I had previously borrowed and read an older (now out of print) book on the Mediterranean diet, so like some other reviewers, this aspect of it was no surprise to me. However, I enjoyed reading the information about fad diets, seeing as how I had thought about trying the no-carbohydrate plans...and only didn't do it beacause, as a friend of mine said, "you know, I miss getting to eat bread" (and in my case, pasta and certain vegetables).
I have since loaned this book to that friend of mine - when she quit her no-carb diet (scheduling overload and family crisis), she regained the 12 lbs. she had lost in 2 weeks on it, and then a few more...so I know she was looking for something easy to do. I don't know that she has used the book, but I know that for me it really indicated primarily these changes in my diet: 1. Simply reduce (don't eliminate) the amount of meat you eat; 2. Increase your servings of fruit and vegetables; 3. Watch the types of oil you use; 4. Watch your portion size; 5. (Most importantly) simply eat in moderation, and don't skimp on anything.
The fact that it means I can still eat, without denying myself food, makes this a plan I can use for life - unlike "diet"s, which, to quote my Garfield poster, are "Die with a T".
However, I have to admit Ihave only tried a few of the recipes - I found other cookbooks that provide a better variety of good recipes, so Icannot say much about the recipes.
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