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‘Eat, Drink & Be Healthy’ is the healthy eating and diet book from Dr. Walter C. Willett and his colleagues at the Harvard Medical School. This research founded diet and weight loss book doesn’t rely on fads or the newest superfood, simply on rethinking the balance in your diet and returning to basic nutritional and medical principles regarding weight loss. All in all, this is a book that turns academic studies and the pages of the American Medical Journals into readable, honest and realistic diet advice. If you’re serious about losing weight the right way, ‘Eat, Drink & Be Healthy’ is definitely a good choice for you.

Dr. Walter C. Willett has created his diet plan on the understanding that the USDA Food Pyramid, on which most American dietary advice has been based for a number of years, is actually contributing to an overall health problem. Dr. Willett considers that the recommendations of the USDA Pyramid (6-11 servings of carbohydrates per week and all fats used sparingly) should be replaced with a diet based ostensibly on balance and moderation – vegetables, fruits, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats and a small amount of a variety of different foods, including meat and fish. While for many, the recommendations in this book will hardly be revolutionary, it is this, plus the range of tools and guides contained within the book that make it an ideal option for those who have struggled with dieting and weight loss in the past.

‘Eat, Drink & Be Healthy’ contains a number of features intended to make translating Dr. Willett’s advice into practice a little easier. Dieters can check out a selection of recipes, a GI Index and multivitamin guide, a shopping and eating out guide (to help address the issue of temptation when grocery shopping or faced with a menu of not-so-healthy meals) and some helpful advice on exercise. Although the fact that ‘Eat, Drink & Be Healthy’ doesn’t contain a prescriptive meal plan for each day of the diet will please many, others may find it difficult to see how Dr. Willett’s diet advice translates into practice on a day-by-day basis and how to fit the meals he suggests together into a balanced diet. It’s a minor criticism, but perhaps the inclusion of a week’s diet plan would help clarify the principles of the diet in some cases.

All in all, ‘Eat, Drink & Be Healthy’ is a great choice for those looking to adopt a general healthy eating plan in order to lose weight. Backed by solid scientific evidence and medical expertise, this readable guide to healthy eating and exercise is a bestseller for good reason!

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