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3.0 out of 5 stars Alright With Modifications, January 19, 2010
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This review is from: The Big Breakfast Diet: Eat Big Before 9 A.M. and Lose Big for Life (Paperback)
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.
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Initial post: Oct 3, 2010 7:26:50 PM PDT
Every low carb diet takes a week to detox.

Posted on Dec 24, 2010 4:45:45 PM PST
I tried the diet for a week and I found that I had less energy after the fairly low carb lunch, even though I had sweet potatoes which are allowed at lunch. After a week, my afternoon carb cravings increased, even though I followed the breakfast plan very closely. I really wanted this to work the way it did for the doctor's patients, but I may try to do as you did, having a big breakfast and incorporating more carbs into the lunch and dinner plans to see if I feel better.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 6:30:13 PM PDT
In the interests of full disclosure, I was the person who discovered carbohydrate craving a few decades ago at MIT and its link to serotonin. Thus I was interested in this book which supposedly was based on some of our research. But I afraid that the author got it all wrong! Our many published studies ( some of which are reported in the Serotonin Power Diet) show that cravings increase dramatically in the afternoon or mid evening. This was published in the J of Eating Disorders in the late l980's. This is because serotonin levels drop in the afternoon. So the brain sensible way of eating is not to eat carbs in the morning when serotonin is high but late afternoon, for dinner and/or as an after dinner snack. This way the new serotonin made late in the day removes stress, removes appetite and increases the ease of falling asleep.

Posted on Sep 8, 2012 7:24:32 AM PDT
Judy Roberts says:
It's unfortunate you didn't give it longer than three days. That's typically the transitional discomfort that occurs with any major change of intake. Almost like a 'healing crisis'. It's actually a sign that you're on the right track. After you break through that, you generally feel a surge of energy and well-being, plus a drop in cravings. I'm can't speak specifically to this diet, as I'm just starting it myself, but I do know that principle applies almost universally.
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