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The No-Grain Diet: Conquer Carbohydrate Addiction and Stay Slim for Life

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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Don't be put off by the sample menus

I'm a big fan of Dr. Mercola, and I was quite pleased when his book finally came out. Most of the material is not new since it's available in his website, but it's easier to access now since it's all in one spot. The one thing I was really disappointed with was the sa...
I'm a big fan of Dr. Mercola, and I was quite pleased when his book finally came out. Most of the material is not new since it's available in his website, but it's easier to access now since it's all in one spot. The one thing I was really disappointed with was the sample menus for the first three days. Unless you love to cook, you will be quite dismayed when you see it. You are supposed to eat small meals every two hours for the first three days, but no sooner are you done eating one meal then it's time to start cooking the next. Nothing on the menu is grab & go, so to speak. While I agree that eating 'real' food is the healthiest, I think that Dr. Mercola grossly underestimates how difficult it is for people to change their cooking and shopping habits. Let's face it, most people don't really cook from scratch anymore. Most meals consist of whatever can be thrown together in 20 minutes or less with minimal thought and preparation. Suddenly you're being asked to cook completely new dishes with new ingredients, lots of veggies with added prep time, etc. Let's not forget additional time preparing a grocery list and shopping since you're completely changing your shopping habits. Don't get me wrong, these are very necessary changes, but most people can't accomplish them overnight. When you read the sample menus, don't be put off. If you don't have time to cook all those meals, then substitute. Stick with the recommended food lists, but choose the more familiar items. Make use of a variety of cheeses, fruits, familiar veggies and salads that are portable and quick to prepare. As you get more familiar with the basic priniciples you can gradually get fancier with your meals.

posted by Anonymous on May 7, 2003

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Excellent Diet but The Book...

The No-Grain Diet itself is excellent. I'm on it and have successfully lost weight and improved my health. The book, however, is not very entertaining, and I was even more disappointed that so much of it was devoted to recipes. Good information poorly presented.

posted by Anonymous on January 21, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2004

    Load of B.S.

    Complex Polysaccharides (Carbohydrates) are *not* the enemy. They provide ATP's, our body's source of energy. Protein cannot be burned -- the excess protein gained in diets like these and others are harmful and lead to liver and kidney problems. Wanna lose weight fast? Don't really care about the negative health reprecussions? Cut off a limb. You won't even have to wait 6 weeks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2003

    Too complicated,unorganized and needs a study guide.

    A wonderful take off of Atkins; great timing. Very impractical for working stiffs, who must eat out, very limited cuisine for most citizens in my neck of the woods. Should be a way to utilize The Fast Food offerings, grocery stores and menus for average joes in this pitiful economy. Bottom line...what is the author,really telling us...protein, carbos(complex), what percent and how much. Get real......

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