This week Erika of Notes From My Dressing Table is hosting Fashion Flash. I love her real time approach to beauty and value her judgement on a wide range of products. And she has a wicked sense of humor that never fails to make me burst out laughing.
There is certainly no shortage of diet books, but One Hour Power Diet has original and useful isights. Written by a bariatric surgeon to help his patients to successfully lose and mantain weight loss, it provides fresh tips and strategies for anyone trying to control their dress size. For example, he tackles the universal advice of “eat breakfast”. Dr Thomas points out that when we hear this advice, most people visulaize an entire meal at a local pancake palace. Instead Dr T sees breakfast as a few walnuts or a handful of blueberries. This I can do. The book also tackles food triggers like holiday eating, cultural habits and aversion to throwig out food. It refinforces that eating and weight gain is more than just saying no to pizza and ice cream.
I was particularly interested on the advice to avoid drinking liquids, even water, during meals because it disrupts digestion. Apparently fluids during meals washes food out of the stomach too quickly. And while he recommends drinking water between meals, he is not a fan of liquid foods like smoothies. He believes that they pass too quickly thru the digestion for the nutrients to be absorbed. Additionally, he urges readers to avoid salt and take an iodine supplement.
I was especially intrigued with role of sleep in weight management. Whiile he does believe that exercise is helpful, he is more concerned with healthy sleep patterns for weight control. At first I wanted the book to offer acceptable menus and recipes, but as I read on I realized that it is our relationship with food that needs to be adjusted before we think about meal plans.