'Dr. Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss'
By: Dr. Shapiro
(Paperback / 352 Pages / Warner Books / ISBN: 0446691313 / $14.95)
Description:On the left is one small, fat-free, no-sugar-added muffin. On the right is a cornucopia of food - several pounds of fruit and a pair of whole-wheat rolls. The calorie counts are identical: 720. There sits Dr. Howard Shapiro's point: dieters imagine that they're saving calories by eating the "virtuous" snack on the left, whereas in reality they're depriving themselves of the mountain of food on the right.
Verdict: It's about time that someone put some common sense into eating. Dr. Shapiro does just that. He shows us with pictures and words that losing weight doesn't mean starving to death and doesn't mean giving up eating well both in quality and quanity. Common sense may tell you a lot of what Dr. Shapiro presents here (like, eat more fruit and vegitables and grain products such as breads). but he has taken the leg work out of determining what foods to eat. As he tells us, there are no bad foods. But, he shows how we can make choices that will fill us up, keep us healthy and help us shed the pounds without fads, starvation and chronic weight loss/weight gain cycles. This book is an eye openner to anyone wanting to loose weight or just eat healthier. A revelation of common sense.
Reviewed by Jane Marsh