Book review: Lose the right kind of weight, permanently

A common scenario:

Your goal is weight loss and you have tried every diet plan: Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, The Zone, Atkins, and Cabbage Soup Diet.

More often than not, you are not eating because eating equals weight gain.

Exercise can be extreme at nothing at all or a hamster on a treadmill. You may initially lose weight, but then a few months later it comes right back on and more.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Here’s the skinny:

The answer can be found in a great book by Jade and Keoni Teta, called The New Me Diet. “Me” stands for Metabolic Effect, and the book offers an eye opening and “non-conventional” view on diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes resulting in fat loss.

Fat is what we all want to lose, isn’t it? Our body composition consists of fat mass, fat-free mass, and water. Weight loss can occur in any of these compartments but the most meaningful and health-altering weight loss should come from fat.

The Teta brothers happen to be my Naturopathic colleagues, which means I am in total agreement with their explanation of both hormonal metabolism and nutritional plans. They also happen to be certified personal trainers who have years of experience with getting people toned, lean and fit. A great combination, I’d say!

The New Me Diet starts off with a metabolic effect questionnaire, so you can see what type of fuel your body currently prefers to burn. Based on the questionnaire, the book then outlines a diet specific to your metabolic type and an easy to follow exercise plan that can even be carried out in the comfort of your own home.

The Diet

Good news for those of us who don’t like to starve ourselves: you get to eat! The focus is not on quantity of calories but rather quality of calories to bring about the desired hormone signals for fat loss. Understanding the hormone response to foods is important as it determines whether your body will burn fat or store it.

A great example from the book compares a 600-calorie intake of donuts vs. chicken. While the caloric intake is the same, the response in energy, feeling full and fat burning capability are drastically different.

There are tips for eating healthy including the right amount of protein, fat, and carbohydrate consumption for each metabolic type. Recipes and detailed food plans are also included.

The Exercise

More great news: no need to be in the gym for two hours five days a week! In fact, all that is needed is 30 minutes three times a week. The exercises are laid out with photo illustrations which make them easier to follow for a visual person. Grab a pair of dumbbells, which can be found in the gym or purchased at any sporting goods store, and you’re good to go.

The goal of the workouts is to “push until you can’t and rest until you can.” This is where the difference lies. Push as hard as possible and for as long as possible until you can’t anymore. After resting, start the exercise again with the same intensity. This results in high quality workouts at the gym with less time wasted. Work until you are breathless and sweating.

If fat loss is your goal for 2011, get yourself The New Me Diet – a wonderful book that will help get the job done.

Dr. Rhodo Nguyen is a Naturopathic Doctor at The Spa in Tranquil Space. Along with nutritional counseling, colon hydrotherapy and CranioSacral Therapy, she offers body composition testing, an assessment which provides basal metabolic rate, the measurement of body fat in relation to lean body mass, and water weight. The body composition analysis provides the necessary information to help guide your diet and exercise plans. To book your appointment, please call 202.328.9642 or email drnguyen@tranquilspace.com.

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