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Monday, August 9, 2010

Let's Do Lunch

Let’s Do Lunch is the weight loss story of Roger Troy Wilson who lost 230 pounds and has kept it off for over 15 years.  He not only shares his weight loss journey, he also shares the plan he believes that God showed him in order to lose all of the weight.  While I found the plan extremely interesting and I do intend to try a few of his recipes, I can’t say that I agree 100% with this plan.   

I know people who have been very successful using a variety of weight loss plans, including the one where you count “points” and attend meetings and am not sure that one is superior over the other.  It's simply a matter of which one works best for each individual.  (Find one you like, that works for you and stick with it!)

What I do like about this book, is that Roger advocates a healthy lifestyle and makes some very good suggestions on how to make better food choices.  The Let’s Do Lunch Message Board is VERY helpful if you need immediate feedback and support for starting this plan.  

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The one thing that is a bit misleading about this plan, is that the claim on the front of the book which says “eating all the calories and carbs you want to lose weight!”  Technically, you *are* eating carbs but NOT all of the carbs YOU choose to eat.  You have to eat carbs that are approved for this plan.  On this plan, you do have to give up (almost completely) bread, pasta, potatoes and white rice which I fear would be next to impossible for me.  

According to the author, there is no difference between eating a slice of bread and eating a piece of CAKE. In order to be successful on LDL (Let’s Do Lunch), you have to eliminate these items for the most part.  Roger states that the calories in a slice of bread are not burned...they turn into pure fat in your body.  This goes for pasta, potatoes, rolls, buns, muffins, bagels, cereals, crackers & rice also.  This book says that eating more than a little  bread, pasta, potatoes and rice, etc. WILL cause you to be hungrier and hungrier, and WILL cause you to have cravings for more of the same.  It’s a vicious cycle.  You also have to eliminate refined sugar, white flour products and full fat dairy products as well as nuts.  

I understand the fat concerns about nuts, but I’ve also read many an article about the benefits of a handful of almonds a day for heart health and I know people who have lost weight, using them as a small snack.  Ultimately, readers of this book will have to decide for themselves if in fact this plan is something they can stick with.

I also found it interesting that the plan requires you to give up refined sugars – yet it suggests “fat free” dressings and other products which if you look on the nutrition label, often have a higher sugar content than the low-fat or full fat product.   I remember a diet guru once saying that you’re better off eating a “low fat” item in place of a “fat free” item, because when the company removes the fat from a product, they have to put something back in it’s place and many times, they use sugar to improve the taste.   You will have to read labels very carefully and choose which item works best for you.

Also, those who have to watch sodium intake may have to make some changes because the recipes call for a lot of "canned" food items such as beans, tomatoes, etc.

If you do not like beans, corn or peas or cannot tolerate them in large quantities, you will be in trouble on this program, because those foods are used to replace the breads, pastas, cereals, noodles, etc that you are required to give up.  The new edition of Let’s Do Lunch explains why the program worked for the author, and includes answers to many questions submitted by readers of the first edition, as well as tried and true recipes from those who have successfully used this plan to lose weight.   As with any weight loss program, make sure you consult your doctor before starting the diet.

This book was provided free for review by Book Sneeze (Thomas Nelson Publishers)

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