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Nice effort, but incorrect information.
on June 13, 2008
I bought this book along with two other books, The Fat Resistance Diet by Leo Galland and The Leptin Diet by Byron Richards. After studying all three I would ONLY recommend The Leptin Diet by Richards. I give Dr. Isaacs one star simply for the fact that he brought this topic to press, but DO NOT READ/BUY THIS BOOK if you want accurate information about leptin. Leptin is a hormone discovered in 1996 and it controls all other hormones in the human body. This is a huge discovery because it told scientists why we are such an overweight culture...our hormones, which regulate appetite and energy, are out of whack. In order to maximize metabolism, end cravings and reprogram body chemistry, as Dr. Isaacs has printed on his cover, we have to stop snacking and allow the body enough time between meals to do what it is designed to do. Dr Isaacs doesn't get that and it is basic science that he is ignoring. Everything he has written in this book is useless because he recommends snacking. He even chastises another author for recommending no snacking. That author is Byron Richards. He is a Clinical Nutritionist and has written two books titled Mastering Leptin and The Leptin Diet. They are the only books on leptin that will give you the truth and the sound scientific information to use in order to reverse the effects of the 6-small-meals-a-day myth that has lead us to being a society of overweight diabetics. For the body to do what it is designed to do, it needs 5-6 hours in between meals to complete the digestion and calorie usage cycle. When that cycle is interrupted by snacking, the body can not burn energy and spends time trying to digest the constant supply of food we have been told to eat. This is very hard on the body and is the reason the body stores calories as fat--it never gets a chance to use the calories eaten because more food keeps coming. The eating of snacks is not natural. The snack food industry does not want us to know this because they would be out of business if we stopped eating their unhealthy products. The only way to kick start your metabolism and improve leptin function is to eat 3 meals a day, do not snack, and do not eat after dinner. I never thought it would be possible for me to do this and rejected it right away. Byron Richards' book helped me to see that it was possible and easy.
I have made great strides with my health by following Byron Richards 5 Rules of eating for leptin balance. I didn't think I could ever go 5-6 hours between meals because the common myth of eating every 3 hours, perpetuated by the media over the past 2 decades, was completely engrained in me. After 2 days I was going 5 hours between meals and felt completely satisfied as far as hunger. I have no more insomnia after 35 years of poor sleep. I no longer crave sweets (a huge change, because this was a way of life for me--it was my drug of choice), have thrown away my artificial sweetener (yuk), and miraculously prefer coffee only with cream. Fluid retention and bloating are gone, my weight is stable, I no longer need a nap in the afternoon, my energy is back (sometimes I have so much I don't quite know what to do with myself!), no more indigestion or heartburn, I can read in the car without getting sick, and I wake up in the morning before my early-riser husband, which I NEVER would have thought possible.
Ten years from now I predict more people will be eating to maximize leptin function. There is a lot of denial in the medical community that this is proper nutrition. Pharmaceutical companies are trying to make money from this discovery by manufacturing pills for us to take--no pills are necessary, only good food at the right times of day.