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Diet Plan for the Over 40 Year Old Woman's Needs,
This review is from: Happy Hormones, Slim Belly: Over 40? Lose 7 lbs. the First Week, and Then 2 lbs. Weekly—Guaranteed (Hardcover)
Happy Hormones, Slim Belly is an easy to read book that follows up on the author's previous diet plans, this time targeting women over 40 and their special needs. The author does take pains to note that the diet is suitable for all ages and genders but especially for older women. He cites studies of how pre-menopausal and menopausal women have hormonal issues that make their cravings and weight loss a problematic endeavor when using other diet plans.
The meat of the book is both the recipes and plans. As such, this is a book suitable for those who want a full-control plan to follow where you follow a ready made plan in the beginning and transition to normal eating later. The principle of the plan is to have 'slim days' (eat low blood sugar foods) and happy days (eat fairly normally). This alternating pattern of two slim days and 5 happy days is intended to keep your body out of starvation mode (where the cravings kick in and the plan is hard to continues). You lose weight from the two days off and the other 5 days keep your body processing the food normally. And this helps transition you into every day normal good eating habits later once your body gets out of the sweet/sugar craving cycle. Also addressed are the issues of an older woman's hormones (some technical terms are used here) and how the foods chosen the plan regulate them. That also keeps the cravings down.
I found the intro sections a bit frustrating since they seemed to pretty much say the same thing over and over. It felt like someone decided the book needed filler. But that was the only negative part of the book for me.
The recipes are fairly simple and the plan easy to follow. There aren't a lot of weird ingredients and the foods every day items you'd eat anyway. You'll see a lot of familiar ingredients that tend to show up in all the latest diets but really we're talking about normal foods - no grass smoothies or such.
There's also a webpage for the book touting 'free' enrollment that promises extra recipes and such. But note that site is subscription only for $10 or so a month with only the first month free.
I feel it is an easy to follow plan since it is very specific with the foods - as long as you aren't particular about the food you eat (e.g., if you don't like fish, all comprehensive diet plans can be frustrating and you have to be prepared to substitute). But this does feel like a better plan than Weight Watchers (too much 'counting') or Jenny Craig (too much packaged foods'). The diet is set up to ease you into it, then more intermediate, and then transitioning into the future of eating well.
I would definitely recommend this for those who need a comprehensive plan and an alternative to other diets that have failed in the past.
Received as an ARC from the publisher - it was read on a Kindle and there were no issues.
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Initial post: Dec 25, 2013 9:41:06 PM PST
Given the problems with formatting this is not easy to read. With a target of over 40 a super small font that can't be changed was a big miss.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2013 9:54:06 AM PST
Thank you so much for actually writing a review of the book not the Kindle misfire!!!! I know not to buy it on kindle now, but I needed a critique of the actual book itself.
Posted on Jan 9, 2014 5:14:48 PM PST
There was in fact a problem with the Kindle. The font was so small I couldn't read it. It was reported by Amazon that there was in fact a problem and the Author is aware of it. Disappointed I can't read it!
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2014 5:14:35 PM PST
H. Hughes says:
Has anyone tried this and lost weight on this diet? I can't find any reviews that suggest they have.
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