Any new diet book worth its salt-substitute claims to have found that Grail of dietersthe ``no willpower'' weight-loss plan. Giller, a doctor in private practice and the author of the bestselling Medical Makeover , has devised a more practical alternative: a healthy diet that helps the dieter's metabolism to work more efficiently. His short, easy-to-read book, filled with comforting case histories of less-than-perfect dieters, takes us painlessly through the five steps of the maximum metabolism diet: reducing fat consumption; sticking to nonstarchy complex carbohydrates (fruit and vegetables); timing meals so that our metabolism can burn them more efficiently; making sure we're getting adequate nutrition; and exercising regularly. While Giller's explanations of the diet's physiological basis (especially the section on ``active brown fat'') are occasionally baffling, the central message is clear: an active metabolism makes for a healthy, thin body. First serial to Redbook; second serial to New Woman; Literary Guild/Doubleday Book Club selection. (Jan.)
Bricklin, editor of Prevention magazine, recommends a diet low in fats and sugars, with the key to weight loss being a simple 300 calorie reduction per day as well as a 200 calorie increase in exercise. Weight containment will result, he says, from this new way of eating. This revised edition updates the original ( LJ 6/1/79) with new information on diet tips, successful diet motivation, food and nutrition hints, beverage calorie guide, and safe nutritional health. The material is well presented; however, there are not enough changes to justify purchase by libraries having the first edition. Literary Guild and Doubleday book club selections. Giller and Matthews also recommend a diet low in fat and sugar, but stress consumption of nonstarchy complex carbohydrates rather than all complex carbohydrates. The diet provided contains 900 calories per day, and timing of meals and starches plays an important role, as does the elimination of caffeine and the use of some supplements (guar gum, chromium, tryptophan, and an antistress formula vitamin) to help battle cravings. Meal plans and recipes are provided. What's offered here is not significantly special, but serialization in Redbook and New Woman may bring patron demand.-- Susan E. Holmer, Peninsula Lib. System, San Mateo, Cal.