Book Review: 20/20 Diet: Turn Your Weight Loss Vision into Reality by Phillip C. McGraw

January 23, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews 0

Book Review: 20/20 Diet: Turn Your Weight Loss Vision into Reality by Phillip C. McGrawThe 20/20 Diet by Phil McGraw
Published by Bird Street Books on 2015-01-06
Genres: Diet & Nutrition, Diets, Health & Fitness, Weight Loss
Pages: 243
Source: NetGalley
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In The 20/20 Diet, Dr. Phil McGraw identi?es seven reasons other diets fail people over and over again: hunger, cravings, feeling of restriction, impracticality and expense, boredom, temptations, and disappointing results or plateaus. Then, he addresses each of these roadblocks by applying the latest research and theories that have emerged since his last best-seller on the same topic, The Ultimate Weight Solution. Dr. Phil and his team have created a plan that you can start following right now and continue working for the rest of your life. In this diet, readers will start by eating only 20 key ingredients, called the “20/20 Foods,” which theories indicate may help enhance your body's thermogenesis and help you feel full. But that's just the beginning. This book explains why you haven't been able to lose the weight before, and empowers you with cognitive, behavioral, environmental, social and nutritional tools so you can ?nally reach your goal, and learn lifelong healthy habits to maintain those results. As Dr. Phil says,

My Thoughts

Ok… to be honest I am not a lover of Dr. Phil McGraw. Because of this I think I lowered my expectations of this book and felt that it was probably the next big fad out there, yada, yada, yada… I also have to admit I skimmed over his anecdotes. I find that he is really snarky, and although I can be snarky at times this really puts me off. Snarky is ok but condescending is not.

All that said, I again have to admit that I really enjoyed this. Minus the condescending portions. Once I got to the actual diet part of the book I fell in love!

First of all there are technically three phases:

  • Phase 1: The 5-Day Boost
  • Phase 2: The 5-Day Sustain
  • Phase 3: The 20 Day Attain

Basically there are 20 foods that are good for you for a variety of reasons. They are natural thermodynamics, good fats, or good proteins. In later phases he also introduces good carbs, like Fingerling Potatoes (YUM!). He explains why these foods do what they do but there’s not an overly amount of sciencey stuff in here (sadly for me).  It’s all very understandable underneath his sarcasm!

I get what he’s saying though because I am an emotional eater.

Feeling sad? Let’s eat. Lonely? Got to eat. Time to celebrate? Bring on the food. No date tonight? That’s OK, order a pizza. It’s pretty outrageous when you think about how practically everything we do and every emotion we feel leads to some form of eating.

This is totally me. I love to eat but sadly sometimes I do not pay attention to how much I’m eating, or even worse, and not even on that list above, I’m eating because I’m BORED! ACK! He does talk about that too. How the mental capability to say no to food can be more difficult than it would be to stop smoking! Amazing how food has us in it’s tight, mean little grip!

After all these explanations, which hit way too close to home, he gets into what a person on this diet would eat! Check this first phase out! The meals sound amazing:

  • Apple Walnut Parfait
  • Green Apple Smoothe
  • Egg Salad on Rye Crisp
  • Cod Cakes

And a favorite of mine… the PB & P. Peanut Butter on Rye crackers with 5 dried plums! What? YUMS!! That doesn’t sound like diet food!

That was all phase one! I feel like there is more on that phase than on entire diets that I’ve tried! Yes, there are smoothies but they are chock full of healthy food and ways to never feel hungry. Phase two there are a few items added to the first 20. Brown Rice and Corn are my favorites on this list although I love avocado and sunflower seeds too! Is this even a freaking diet? Seriously?! The meals that he has in here for phase 2 sound just as yummy as phase 1. I can see myself eating this food! So it’s interesting to be curious but not overwhelmed at this point and ready to tackle phase 3!

In phase 3 is a lot more lenient than the first two phases. So much so that he adds meals from restaurants like Panera Bread, Olive Garden, and Macaroni Grill. Basically at this point you have hopefully learned how to eat, taste, and really enjoy your food. So much so that you will not be craving crazy diet sodas or anything chock full of sugar and basically a bunch of mess.

But the book doesn’t stop there. Dr. Phil continues to explain why exercise is another important portion of this phase and how you can exercise to lose the weight and keep it off. He vehemently expresses that it is important to just not pick a number from thin air when you are thinking about losing weight. As an advocate for being healthy he has a pretty moderate scale of how much one should weigh at what heights.

In short: I’m pretty flabbergasted. I was ready to throw this out of the window before I even started reading it but once I started I was thoroughly sucked in. I cannot wait to introduce this into my husband’s life!




The Author

Phillip Calvin McGraw, best known as Dr. Phil, is an American television personality, psychologist and author who is the host of the psychology themed television show Dr. Phil. He gained celebrity status following appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

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