The Barnes & Noble Review
Nutritional psychologist Julia Ross never tells the patients she treats at her eating and weight disorders clinic, Recovery Systems, that they lack willpower. On the contrary, she sees people every day who have done their best to lose weight, but nothing seems to work. In fact, dieting often does more harm than good. What they really need, she contends, is a biochemical overhaul. In her new book, The Diet Cure, Ross writes that most chronic yo-yo dieters suffer from one or (often) more of the eight biochemical imbalances she has identified that contribute to food cravings, mood swings, and weight problems.
Ross writes that she first discovered the link between biochemical imbalance and weight problems while counseling outpatient drug and alcohol addicts. She and the staff nutritionist found that certain nutritional supplements could help end the clients' drug and alcohol cravings, and also seemed to stem the insatiable craving for sweets many of them experienced. At her own clinic, Ross treats patients suffering from severe eating disorders and those simply looking for an escape from yo-yo dieting, low energy, and moodiness. The key to her program is supplements of amino acids that she contends can help to rebalance levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and GABA, but this is just the first step in her eight-step program. The others target harmful low-calorie dieting, unstable blood sugar levels, low thyroid function, food allergies, hormonal imbalances, yeast overgrowth, and fatty acid deficiency, all of which, Ross has found, contribute to chronic weight andmoodproblems.
The Diet Cure begins with a detailed questionnaire designed to help readers discover which of these imbalances are likely to be at the root of their own problems; each is then addressed in a chapter with specific information on how to correct the imbalance. A final section contains food plans, menus and recipes, a mood log, a 12-week "master plan" for following the program, and help with finding support and health professionals if needed. The relationship between weight, mood, and the body's biochemical systems is a complex one that scientists are only just beginning to understand; The Diet Cure offers a way to approach the problems that can result when imbalances occur.
Ross, the executive director of a clinic that treats serious eating and weight disorders, has developed a method that uses amino acids to rebalance body chemistry for the promotion of weight loss. Ross presents her eight-step program in three parts: Part 1 starts with a Quick Symptom Questionnaire to check which biochemical imbalances you might have and reviews the eight types of imbalances; Part 2 gives recommended steps to correct imbalances; and Part 3 provides a plan for maintaining good health, including menus and recipes. Although this book contains much the same type of healthy eating advice that other diet books promote, its emphasis on biochemical imbalances as the cause of weight problems and its listing of specific amino acids as the key to the solution may be just the answer some dieters have been looking for. A useful addition to public libraries.--Kristine Benishek, Shank Memorial Lib., Good Samaritan Hosp., Dayton, OH Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.