Book Review: The Insulin-Resistance Diet: How to Turn Off Your Body’s Fat-Making Machine
Authors: Cheryle R. Hart, M.D. and Mary Kay Grossman, R.D.
$16.95, McGraw Hill Companies, 238 pages
[dropcap][/dropcap]Are you overweight? Have you tried dieting or exercise without losing weight? Do you suffer from or are at-risk of Hypoglycemia, Heart Disease, or Diabetes? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions you may be suffering from insulin resistance. Dr. Cheryle Hart and Mary Kay Grossman, a registered dietitian, bring to you the Link-and-Balance Eating Method that is sure to help you lose weight and keep it off. The Insulin-Resistance Diet: How to Turn Off Your Body’s Fat-Making Machine provides the proper nutrition and exercise to help improve your health.
This book is full of scientific data that explains what insulin resistance is and how the Link-and-Balance Eating Method is sure to help improve that resistance. Don’t be turned-off by this type of language, Hart and Grossman want you to better understand their Method and they do this through client testimonials. They want to teach you how to read the nutrition facts in order to better take care of yourself. The Link-and-Balance Eating Method is NOT a diet, it is a lifestyle. However, before you begin their Method, they encourage you to consult your physician. The Link and Balance Eating Method does not require you to give up any of your favorite foods or even count calories! It is all about balancing, balancing your carbohydrate intake with your protein intake. Hart and Grossman provide lists of all the major food groups with the appropriate serving sizes to balance against one another. You are not limited to one serving! But proteins and carbohydrates must always be balanced.
The Insulin-Resistance Diet has tons of resources to ensure that you understand what Hart and Grossman are trying to get across, including a website, survey, and quiz. They also provide you with logs for you to record your daily food intake, exercises, any splurging (which they encourage) and more. However, they do not want you to rely on recording because then this Method will turn into a diet. Hart and Grossman adamantly refer to the Link-and-Balance Eating Method as a lifetime method not a diet, despite what the title of their book suggests.
Additionally, Hart and Grossman provide recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner (including appetizers, soup, sides and main dishes), and dessert! The Link-and-Balance Eating Method will get easier as you develop an eating pattern. What makes this book so great is that Hart and Grossman actually teach you what at-home “fast foods” you can eat as well as eating out at restaurants and actual fast food restaurants including Arby’s, Burger King, McDonalds, and Subway.
Most importantly, however, is that Hart and Grossman encourage you to exercise. Can you lose weight without exercising? Yes – but then the Link-and-Balance would become a diet. And you do not want to be a “lifetime dieter.” They give specific types of exercises to preform: brisk, aerobic, and muscle-building; and they explain why each type is important to your overall success. The great thing is that YOU get to make your exercise-action plain. You will not have to do activities that you do not enjoy because it will deter your from maintaining this lifestyle.
Hart and Grossman understand that commitment is difficult and relapses may happen, but don’t worry, they also provide you with the encouragement needed to stay on this path. You can do it! Change is possible. If you are ready to take this step, this book can be the change you need to lose weight, keep it off, and live a happier, healthier life.