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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Review Stop the Diet, I Want To Get Off! by Lisa Tillinger Johansen

The Paleo. The Zone. The Gluten-free. Another day, another diet. We’re caught in a never-ending merry-go-round of weight loss plans, fueled by celebrity endorsers, 


I think that the first thing I should say is that I am not a nutritionist or a dietician, maybe only for myself. But I have studied biology and chemistry as major in my high school (and passed several important exams - please, consider the differences between different national systems of education). Besides that, the weight was…is a “healthy preoccupation” in our family… and a beauty one. I said all these only for you to know the angle from which I will treat the information given by Mrs. Lisa Tillinger Johansen: I’m not a novice, but neither an expert in the matter.

I could say that the book is parted in two main parts, both important and useful.

The first part has the role to open the eyes of those stu… naïve persons in rush for the fast and fabulous effects of a diet or of those even more naïve that will start a diet only because of some commercial and/or of the declaration of a celebrity.

The author takes every diet known on the “market” and (with much more diplomacy I can offer or “those” people earned) shows their bads and goods, if the case may be, aspects. In plus, Mrs. Lisa Tillinger Johansen stresses the effects of these diets for the ones with medical problems.
So many diets!! So many absurdities!

The information is presented in a very accessible way, for everybody to understand. The explanations are in enough doses to be useful, but not to bore or to angst the reader.

In the second part, we received author’s own recommendations. What is most important is that she doesn’t only present the rules of what a person should eat in order to lose weight, but also she offers guidance regarding the eating habits and how to change them for the better.

We get some organized information as different formulas of calculation, tables of elements, but also examples that applied the notions previously presented. All these are good to kept in mind when you hear about one new and fabulous diet and you want to try it.

I cannot say that I agree with all of the author’s opinions, but also I can recognize that she offers many pertinent and good information and advices. If you want to keep a successful, healthy diet (and a life style) you should try to discover the traps of the media and diet industry.

To be clear, I do not accept any kind of bullying inclusive the one based on weight, but also I do not agree that only the inside beauty is the one that matter. So, be healthy and beautiful and if you need help, you could read Stop the Diet, I Want To Get Off.

About the author:
LISA TILLINGER JOHANSEN, MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian who counsels clients on a wide range of health issues. Her debut nutrition book, Fast Food Vindication, received the Discovery Award (sponsored by USA Today,Kirkus and The Huffington Post). She lives in Southern California.

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