So you've decided to lose weight, and you want to find the perfect diet book to help you achieve your goals. Just one problem: How do you know which weight loss plan is right for you? Physician David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, has the answer. In a recent interview with the Washington Post, he offered his expert insights on the most popular diet books:
- Gluten-free is gold. And the number one book on gluten-free diets according to Amazon is "Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health" (click to order). Here's what Dr. Katz has to say: "If you cut out crackers and cookies and cakes, you’re taking in a lot fewer calories, and you may lose weight." However, you lose weight because you're eating fewer calories and "it has nothing to do with the gluten," he emphasizes.
- Paleo diets also are hot - and Dr. Katz applauds that trend. Although many books are available on that topic, the essential guide is by Robb Wolf, a former biochemist: "The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet" (click to order). What you'll get: An understanding of the theories that humans aren't evolved to digest grains and all those processed foods so many of us subsist on. Dr. Katz terms it "a contender for the best diet out there, if you do it right,” praises Dr. Katz.
- Mediterranean food plans have existed for awhile. The newest studies accentuate the benefits, from reducing your risk of heart disease to helping you lose weight if you follow a diet such as "The Mediterranean Prescription: Meal Plans and Recipes to Help You Stay Slim and Healthy for the Rest of Your Life" (click to order).“The very best thing about it is it’s not a radical concept,” says Dr. Katz. “It’s mixed, and that makes it more familiar and easier for people to adopt.”