- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (February 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1623361273
- ISBN-13: 978-1623361273
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
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Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight: New Science Proves You Should Eat Chocolate Every Day Hardcover – February 4, 2014
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WILL CLOWER, PhD, is an award-winning neurophysiologist, neuroscientist, nutritionist, and founder of Mediterranean Wellness, Inc., which administers the PATH Healthy Eating and Weight-Loss Curriculum adopted by corporate clients across the United States. Dr. Clower's breakthrough work has been featured on The View, Fox News, MSNBC, CBS, USA Today, and Dr. Oz. He is the author of The Fat Fallacy and The French Don't Diet Plan. He lives in Pittsburgh.
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Now for the bad: The meal plan and the recipes. The meal plan he provides is ridiculous in a number of ways. Some of the meals are ultra low calorie. He seems completely against breakfast-- suggesting a few walnuts or an egg constitutes a reasonable breakfast? He also is completely against snacks. The recipes don't even fit what he talks about in the rest of the book-- after talking so much about reducing sugar, he gives a bunch of dessert recipes with lots of sugar. Also, some of the savory recipes only contain a half teaspoon of cocoa per serving, so what's really the point? They seem more gimmicky than worthwile. Also the claim on the back about losing 20 lbs in 8 weeks-- that's hard to believe.
I liked the book and I'd recommend it, but skip the part about the meal plan and the recipes. Use the info in the rest of the book to choose nutritious, unprocessed food. Add chocolate as he suggests but don't expect it to be a magic bullet. Use the techniques to help you enjoy food more and eat a little less.
Let me start by saying that Clower does stay true to his PATH principles. That I'm very happy about. My issue is that he took a great plan and made it center around chocolate. It simply has become another fad. Clower's research is there like always. I can appreciate the health benefits of chocolate. But a lifestyle centered around it? I'll pass. I have zero interest in revolving my meals around chocolate. In his first two books, Clower talks about cheese being a possible ender as well as nuts. There is one mention in this book about Italy and France using cheese Enders but portion sizes are not spelled out for you, only chocolate. I enjoy dark chocolate and love using it as my ender but once in awhile I love to end with some nuts or cheese.
The other thing I didn't care for were the weekly meal plans. If you have ever read "French Diet" you know that Clower says that he is giving you the tools to succeed but isn't going to guide your hand for meal plans. So if you want that cold pizza for breakfast power to you, just remember portion control and moderation. In this book, Clower gives you two weeks of meal options. I find this to be counterproductive for me (some people succeed this way but I don't) because it doesn't make me make real world decisions. Yes, I realize it's great for people to learn portion control but if you practice his values of self control and slow and thorough eating, your portions should be right where they're supposed to be.
I do like some of the recipes. The book is going to make me think about using more cocoa in my cooking and the benefits of chocolate which is why I'm giving it two stars but I worry that Clower will soon have another book dedicated solely to almonds, cheese, bread, etc..
The author does know a lot about dark chocolate and he convinced me that it is beneficial. But, if you think that you can go on eating as usual, think again. Yes, this diet does involve eating some dark chocolate, but the rest of his eating plan is rather strict and very specific.