I saved the third book I read while on vacation, to include as this weeks diet.
The book is called FAT to SKINNY by Doug Varrieur. The BRIGHT YELLOW book with BOLD RED writing is partially autobiographical (he lost over 100 pounds doing this diet) and partially recipes he used to lose weight. It’s written in a large font and easy to read children’s style book (think back to your 3rd & 4th grade). It is even suggested to let your child read this book – it’s that EASY to understand – but it doesn’t dumb you down.
The front cover grabbed my attention, the back cover made me want to start the diet immediately (even before reading the book)....Lose weight without pills, surgery, special expensive food, crazy diets or exercise.
The book contains easy to read, easy to follow descriptions on what Doug did to get himself thin and he outlines EVERYTHING. Through trial and error he found what worked for him. How to read labels, what foods to eat and even provides website links to the foods he has found helpful on this diet.
This is a LOW-CARB diet. The diet seems similar to Atkins or a South Beach - but he lays it out so simply that ANYONE can read ,understand it and be able to start almost immediately!The scope of the diet is to cut out sugar. Sugar found in corn, carbohydrate laden foods, veggies, grains and SUGAR. Doug Varrieur uses all-caps when talking about SUGAR. He wants to stress to anyone that reads this book to realize eating foods that contain sugar will make them FAT. He lays out the sugar content in foods from a fast food place – Burger, Bun, Fries and Soda, when you look at the numbers you would be as shocked as I was. When laying out the content of sugar it’s explained by how many teaspoons of sugar is in some of the foods we eat, seeing it laid out so bluntly is shocking. He also compares a diet a doctor had given him years earlier against his own plan. With the realization the sugar content had kept him fat (or very slowly losing).
The diet is a lifestyle change - but not in a bad way! Pretty much anything you eat now can be substituted with something that has NO SUGAR. So you get to eat what you like - you are just replacing the high sugar content foods with NO SUGAR foods without giving up flavor or desserts.
Being on several diets these past several months, I really never looked at sugar content. I always did the quick carb or fat content check and I was on my way. Sugar (per the book) is our downfall and why we are all so fat.
I found myself pulling boxes of stuff out of the cabinets and really reading the labels on things I thought for sure had no sugar or carbs and I was wrong. I referred back to the book on several occasions during my vacation to get an idea of how much sugar I was eating. Honestly, I was shocked.
The book discuss what to cut out, helps walk you through what you have in your refrigerator , making his diet work for you and has specific foods he has found that work in conjunction with this diet along with the the website links to get the products if you can not find locally. One item in particular I was interested in was the GG Bran Crsipbread, "Appetite Control Cracker". It can be used as a replacement for crackers, bread, etc. I could not find locally and purchased over the internet. I ended up buying a 1/2 case @ $41.00 (free shipping) - they arrived within two days of ordering!!
My interest in these crackers as the book it outlines, having this for breakfast with some sugar free peanut butter (in addition to other times) which for me would make breakfast a no brainer. But the fact that it has 50% fiber means that it will help fill me up and assist in preventing constipation.
If you are 35 years old or over you may already notice your body does not process food the way it used to, especially if you are eating a heavy protein diet. The extra Fiber will help especially since this is a higher protein diet. If you are in your 20's you probably are lucky not to have this issue yet.
He also has a website that you can check out here: http://www.fattoskinny.com/
The website is just as valuable. There are additontional testimonials of those that have done the diet. Recipes, helpful tips and information on additional books relating this this diet.
The website is in BRIGHT Yellow and Red also, I suggest not bringing it up at work as the site is pretty bold and if you aren't supposed to be surfing the net while on work hours - this site is a dead giveaway that you are not working!!
I want to add a final note that I had a question regarding a pasta substitution (No oodle: http://www.nooodle.com/index.cfm/act/What-is-NoOodle), I had read about and wondered if it would be acceptable to use. I wrote Mr. Doug Varrieur this past Friday morning at 10am, told him about my blog and asked him about this product and he responded within a half hour with the below information:
We recommend Konjac flour products and although I haven't tried this one it is made with Konjac (Chinese yam root). We usually recommend these two products as pasta replacements.