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I try to read at least one diet book a year. I look at it like going to the doctor for an annual exam. I just want to make sure there isn't something else out there I should know, some other knowledge or useful way of thinking about weight. Plus, it serves as a literary kick in the behind, something to help me find my jogging shoes in the back of the closet.
I actually enjoyed Bob Greene's book more than most. It's technical enough to explain to me what the issues really are with body fat and water retention, without being so technical that I have to look at diagrams of my insides. Then - it breaks the plan down into three phrases. I can handle that.
Phase one is four weeks and it requires some basic life changes - stop eating two hours before bedtime, eat three meals plus snacks, drink plenty of water and no alcohol, and increase your level of activity, whether that means working out or just parking farther away from the door at the grocery store.
Phase two lasts for four more weeks and ramps up those changes, with an emphasis on increasing your level of activity. And Phase Three is your diet for life. The book includes lots of recipes and weekly meal plans, including a look at an actual week in the life of Oprah's eating. Interesting.
All in all, a good read and a useful tool. Plus the forward is written quite candidly by Oprah herself. The Best Life Diet by Bob Greene. On the Book Beat for KSL Newsradio, I'm Amanda Dickson.