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From Barnes & NobleThe Barnes & Noble Review
Weight-loss guru Dr. Howard Shapiro structures his stunning visual weight-loss technique into a 30-day program with this book. Full-color photographs illustrate the disparity between the ill-advised meal choices that so many of us make and the wiser, more fulfilling calorie "bargains" we could opt for at mealtime. After viewing page after page of examples, readers will be prepared to choose bigger, healthier meals and snacks rather than small but calorie-rich foods.
Debunking many of the smart food choices we think we're making, the book teaches readers to spot common mistakes. For example, compelling illustrations drive home the point that eating fruit is a much sounder calorie choice than drinking high-calorie fruit juices or smoothies ("real fruit beats the drink every time"). And why ingest 210 calories from an individual-sized package of reduced-fat cookies when you could enjoy 11 butterscotch candies for the same 210 calories?
Dining out is a facet that most weight-loss plans just do not cover adequately, but that is not the case here. Shapiro addresses a number of ethnic food choices, giving readers no excuse to stray from the plan when they feel a sudden urge for Mexican or Chinese food. And while some readers will have little use for the menus from 11 of New York City's most famous and glamorous restaurants (with Picture Perfect choices highlighted), they will undoubtedly be grateful for the suggestions Shapiro offers for what to eat when dining in some popular fast-food chains.
Healthy doses of sound nutritional advice, four weeks worth of attainable diet and exercise goals, and scores of practical hints and tips accompany the visual element of the Picture Perfect plan. But in the end, it is the lasting impression left by the book's illustrations that will have the most dramatic effect on readers. (Karen Burns)