A new book by Lucy Danziger, the editor-in-chief of SELF magazine for more than 10 years, aims to end all the pain associated with a diet — the pain of thinking about food and feeling hungry all the time. And her recipe for effecting that is the liberal use of ‘Superfoods’.
About the Book:
A new weight-loss book, titled “The Drop 10 Diet.” By Lucy Danziger is written with one aim – making losing weight a negative Activity , That’s no thinking about food all the time and feeling healthy while losing kilos.
As the editor-in-chief of SELF magazine for more than 10 years, Danziger says that she has seen every fad diet known to woman come across her desk. She tried numerous diets herself as well. But all those diets, without exception, appeared to be missing on one important part of life – Food.
Then, five years ago, Danziger, also an avid triathlete, who hates weight loss diets for the little energy they provide to the dieter, decided to ditch dieting all together and focus on choosing foods that would “pay her back.” Foods that help her run, swim and bike faster, and provide her the proper fuel to do that — while shedding weight at the same time.
Danziger started eating superfoods: foods like nuts, berries and whole grains that are full of fiber, protein and important nutrients. In less than six months, she dropped 25 pounds.
About her experience with the super foods, the author says: It’s certainly not a new nutrition concept: Avoid processed foods; eat more vegetables and fruits; replace white bread with wheat. But the idea of focusing on what you should eat, instead of what you can’t, could change the way we look at weight loss in America.
The new book by Danziger, offers the reader so many options in SuperFoods; that the dieter would never have to think about ‘What to eat’ in the next meal or in between meals. In the author’s world, “We’re going to give you so many choices of what you can eat, you’re not thinking about starvation. … You’re thinking about feeding the engine.”
What are Super Foods?
Dr. Steven Pratt, invented the term Superfoods in 2004 with his first book, “SuperFoods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life.”
To qualify to the List of Dr. Pratt’s Superfoods, a food has to have three qualifications:
1) It has to be readily available to the public
2) Should contain nutrients that are known to enhance longevity,
3) Food’s health benefits have to be backed by peer-reviewed, scientific studies.
Going by Pratt’s own picking — salmon, broccoli, spinach, berries and green tea are some of the Super foods.
The virtues which help Super foods graduate to the list of eatables for dieters, include they having high concentrations of crucial nutrients, but at the same time many of them being low in calories. In other words, the virtues of super foods allows a dieter to eat them and that too for a life time; and still lose weight.
That apart, Super Foods or foods containing these nutrients have been proven to help prevent and, in some cases, reverse the well-known effects of aging, including cardiovascular disease, Type II Diabetes, hypertension and certain cancers, says Dr. Pratt.
Lucy Danziger’s reply to the critics:
The author agrees that touting Super foods as the foods which burn fat is not correct. What is being said is that there are many Superfoods, which the dieter can eat liberally without getting too much concerned about gaining pounds. One such example is spinach.
For Danziger, eating superfoods is about energy. She feels super after eating superfoods. She wants to work out, which in turn helps her sleep better, which gives her more energy and keeps her diet on track. Her Book talks of Superfoods to help all those weight loss aspirants out there.
Book and a little description:
by: Lucy Danziger
publisher: Ballantine Books, published: 2012-03-20
sales rank: 209
price: $13.99 (new), $14.10 (used)
These days, we’re constantly bombarded with trendy, restrictive diets that instruct us to “Eat only this” or “Give up that”—diets that ultimately fail when you find that you can’t sacrifice the foods you love. But now you can lose weight without deprivation: Lucy Danziger, editor in chief of SELF magazine, and her team of nutrition experts have created the ultimate flexible plan for melting off ten, twenty, or more pounds at any age—you can see results in as little as a week! By eating more of thirty superfoods—everyday favorites like eggs, yogurt, steak, Parmesan, cherries, kiwi fruit, dark chocolate, and coffee (yes, chocolate and coffee!)—you can shed weight while naturally reducing your dependence on less healthful foods, lowering your risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer, inflammation, and more. The food plan has room for all your can’t-resist treats—you can eat them and still slim down!
This revolutionary diet isn’t about denying yourself; it’s about indulging in delicious, satisfying foods that help trigger weight loss and instill better body health. Guiding you every step of the way, The Drop 10 Diet includes
• 101 quick, tasty breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners. You choose your favorites. Each meal or snack incorporates at least one Drop 10 superfood and leaves your cravings and your stomach satisfied!
• 40 delicious family recipes that even a novice cook can fix. Your loved ones will never know they’re eating healthfully!
• 1,400 extra “happy calories” each week to enjoy on top of your Drop 10 meals and snacks. Use your happy calories for daily splurges (ice cream!) or save them up to spend for a big night out (Mexican? Bring on the nachos!).
• 8 exercises you can do at home or in the gym to boost your metabolism and supercharge your weight loss.
• Inspirational stories of weight loss from women just like you!
Don’t waste another bite on bland, strict diets that don’t work. It’s time to grab life by the fork!