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Alright With Modifications
on January 19, 2010
I haven't written an amazon review before either, but wanted to give my honest opinion about this book. I ran across an article a couple of weeks ago on how a big breakfast can help you lose weight. I came across this book and thought this was the answer to the 30 pounds I needed to lose. I was very excited and couldn't wait to get it in the mail (the price was good too). The book is a pretty fast read and it kept my interest. Gives you several recipes and meal plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When I saw you can eat dessert every morning, I was on board because I love my sweets. The first day went pretty well even though I started to crave carbs in the late afternoon. The one thing about this plan is that it is a low carb diet, only 2 servings of carbs plus the sweet every day. You don't eat carbs after 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. (depending on the season - 9 a.m. Spring/Summer & 10 a.m. Fall/Winter). The end of the second day I felt tired, craving food/carbs really bad (not craving sweets though). Made it through and the third day I noticed I was depressed, out of sorts and just didn't feel well. That is when I decided this isn't going to work the way it is laid out. I will take some of the concepts, like eating upon waking (she recommends within 15 minutes), and having more protein and a bigger breakfast to keep you from binging later on. I am incorporating carbs at lunch and dinner but I am careful about what kinds and how much. I do like her concept of eating a lot of veggies/salads at lunch and dinner and getting your fruit in. I think this plan will work with modifications. If you are used to eating minimal carbs, it could work for you, but if you exercise late afternoon, like she recommends, you could feel a little woosy with no carbs (I did).
I am now going to read "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat," which takes a non diet approach and helps you break the emotional eating/food addictions which I have been suffering from for so long. I know the Big Breakfast Diet also takes about being hungry all the time and carb addictions, but a little too restrictive for me. In all honesty though, I did lose two pounds in one week, which I am happy about.