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The Way to Eat: A Six-Step Path to Lifelong Weight Control Paperback – April 1, 2004
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Katz, a professor at Yale University School of Medicine and director of Yale's nutrition center, offers a comprehensive overview of food and diets. The book begins with a guide to nutritional basics and what people need to eat vs. what they may want to eat. Katz debunks common myths and offers specific suggestions such as how to eat less salt, what percentage of different foods should be consumed daily, how to limit foods, etc. The book contends that people can train themselves to eat certain foods and not eat other foods by eliminating less healthy choices. For example, by knowing something contains both excessive fat and salt, people can plan for a healthier substitute. Much of the book offers prescriptive steps designed to help people make these smarter food choices. The advice, while not completely original, is still worthwhile. For example, in a section on the right way to snack, Katz says, "For snacking to be beneficial, the snacks themselves must be well chosen, and used in substitution for, rather than in addition to, other items in the diet.... Good snacking should have a certain rhythm, with certain types of snacks eaten at certain times of day." While not offering a specific diet plan, the book provides practical tips, along with persuasive reasons, for changing eating habits. This title is a solid addition to the nutrition and diet shelves.
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About the Author
David L. Katz, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.M., is Director of the Center for Disease Control-funded Yale Prevention Research Center. He is also Associate Clinical Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health, and Medicine, at the Yale University School of Medicine, and a Board-certified specialist in both Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine.
Dr. Katz lectures on nutrition and disease prevention throughout the United States and abroad, and directs related courses at the Yale Schools of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing. Author of a weekly preventive medicine column in the New Haven Register, and contributing health expert to O magazine, Katz has authored or coauthored five medical textbooks. Katz lives in Connecticut with his wife, Catherine, and their five children.
Maura Harrigan González, M.S., R.D., is a Registered Dietitian certified in Adult Weight Management. She has served as Head Dietitian at the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic of the New York Hospital, Chief Clinical Dietitian and Associate Director of Nutrition at Saint Vincent's Medical Center in New York City and Research Dietitian at the Yale Prevention Research Center. González lives in Connecticut with her husband, Carlos, and their two daughters.
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Healthy U of Delmarva recently selected The Way to Eat as the book we would use for our "Let's all read the same health book" program and also, this book won our $1000 award for the Best Lifestyles Improvement Book. If you're considering buying The Way to Eat, you might enjoy knowin what went into selecting this book out of all the hundreds of diet and exercise books that are out there.
For a start, we were a little skeptical about all the currently popular diet books. We are aware of studies that show that even though virtually all of the popular diet books will enable you to lose weight initially, a year after starting their diet, you'll almost certainly have gained all the weight back and then some. We wanted a book that would give readers the best chance at long term, healthy weight control, and that meant the book we selected would have to be one that took into account the kinds of diets that actually work long term. What you're about to read isn't the biggest reason we chose the Way to Eat but we were impressed by the fact that this book is based on a review of literally thousands of long term studies on which diets really work.
In addition to wanting a book that had the best chance of achieving what it aimed at, we were also looking for a book that is scientifically sound, one that was written by someone with true medical and scientific credentials. Dr. Katz is a medical doctor, a scientist, and a professor at the Yale University Medical School. He wrote the technical book on nutrition that your doctor may be using as a reference book.
The book we selected also had to pass yet another screen, once our committee of librarians and physicians were satisfied that the book would be reliable and scientifically sound: the book would have to be written in a popular style. Dr. Katz writes the nutrition column for Oprah's O Magazine, so he has experience writing in a popular style. Our county librarians agreed that The Way to Eat was written in a clear, accessible and reader-friendly style.
We recommended The Way to Eat to the 156,000 people in the Tri-County area that Healthy U serves because it scored the highest among the dozens of books that our local librarians and physicians reviewed. They felt that it had the greatest chance of helping people improve their lifestyles, that the author had credentials that they would trust, and that it was written in a people-friendly style.
If you want a book that can make a difference in your health and your family's health as well, Healthy U of Delmarva recommends this book. Why not use this book for your area's "Let's all read the same book" program? E-mail me and I'll tell you how we did it.
There are 2 things you can do.
1) Burn more calories (exercise).
2) Eat less calories.
He explains that the most effective way to loose wieght is to reduce caloric intake as we often consume calories without thinking (using anecdotal asides that struck a chord with me).
Dr Katz clearly lays out the the most comon problems that people have. He explains how our eating habits that evolved for our survival can cause us to consume too many calories in the modern world where we have easy access to food. His suggests by paying a bit more attention you can shed pounds and provides strategies and tactics help. He explains that fad/popular diets do not provide long term solutions as they are not sustainable and do not provide the required permanent eating habit changes.
Losing weight is not easy, but it is simple.
For those who have been reading this kind of stuff for years, however, I would like to point out that Katz recommends the American nutrition and medical communities' orthodoxy on low - fat, low protein, high-carb diets that is such a source of controversy in the medical community. We are currently at a nexis of research that may very well debunk much of what mainstream medicine has taught for years about nutrition.
So, I would only recommend this book for those who are just beginning their nutritional explorations. If you have travelled this low protein, low fat road before, and it has not worked for you, you might want to look at the alternative nutritional plans that are making their way into popular culture, like South Beach or Sugar Busters or the Zone. They offer a real alternative to Katz's, Ornish's and others' low-fat, low protein diets.
No one knows at this point, given the knowledge base, which eating method is "best" for optimal weight and long term health. I would encourage readers to experiment to discover which methods work best on an individual basis.
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Good read for any one that is interested in their health.