All You Need is Love: From the New York Times best-selling author of The Sonoma Diet and the acclaimed medical director of 20/20 Lifestyles—one of the country’s most successful weight loss clinics—comes the revolutionary plan that will forever change the way you feel about food, yourself, and how you look.
According to doctors Connie Guttersen and Mark Dedomenico, the secret to successfully losing weight isn’t HDL, LDL, or DNA. It’s LOVE: loving yourself, loving your body, loving your overall health. Self-doubt and self-loathing are responsible for our dysfunctional relationships with food and our destructive health habits, which inevitably lead to poor nutrition, unwanted weight, and dangerously low self-esteem. Learning to recognize your own worth is the first step to finding the waistline—and the life—you deserve.
Drawing on their revelatory research, the latest science on nutrition and weight loss, and thousands of patients’ accounts, Dr. Guttersen and Dr. Dedomenico have developed the Love Diet, an accessible, practical, and proven plan to transform your body, emotionally, mentally, and physically, from the inside out.
The Love Diet includes:
• 21 days of meal plans for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner, based on ideal nutrient distribution and nutritional strategies for both men and women;
• Illustrated “power pairings” for feel-good meals and easy-to-manage portion control;
• Anti-inflammatory diet strategies to limit the metabolic syndromes of obesity;
• Low-glycemic meals specifically designed to optimize your body’s blood sugar level, decrease cravings, improve energy, and promote weight loss;
• Micronutrient information related to the science behind the “gut-brain connection.”
Combining good nutrition with positive emotional reinforcement, The Love Diet can deliver sustained weight-loss and radically transform you mind, body, and soul.
More than just a diet guide, this book from Guttersen (The Sonoma Diet), a nutrition instructor at the Culinary Institute of America, and Dedomenico, a former cardiovascular surgeon, presents a comprehensive plan for lifestyle changes. It includes seven stages, combining components of Guttersen's Sonoma Diet, which "teaches a new level of consciousness about food and flavor," and Dedomenico's 20/20 Lifestyle program, which aims to restore metabolic balance. Foods are initially eliminated to target food sensitivities and then gradually reintroduced. The authors' credentials are impressive, and their disclaimer to check with a doctor before starting is reassuring. However, despite their references to "extensive clinical research," they cite little specific evidence other than the 20/20 Lifestyle Clinic case studies peppered throughout. A bibliography referencing this research and clinical studies backing up other parts of the text, such as the genetic component to binge eating mentioned in Chapter 3, would have been useful. The seasonings, recipes, and meal plans listed in the fourth section appear healthy and flavorful, with wholesome, easily sourced foods and basic nutrition facts. What sets this book apart from the deluge of other diet books on the market is its long-term focus on lifestyle and behavioral changes and on learning the importance of self-respect.