Monday, January 21, 2013

AARP New American Diet: Lose Weight, Live Longer; John Whyte, MD

Title: AARP New American Diet; John Whyte, MD
Author:  John Whyte, MD
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Wiley
Edition: eGalley

Source: Net Galley
Date Completed: January - 2013 
Rating: 4/5 
Recommend: yes

Every January you can count on me checking out at least one healthy eating or weight loss book, and there are certainly plenty of these books out there to choose from.  As a baby boomer, this new book seemed like a wise choice.

Although I enjoyed this book, I have to admit that there wasn't much in the way of new information.  I think we all know, as the book suggests, we should: limit eating out, choose healthy snacks like nuts, baby carrots and low fat dairy choices.  Also, eat more fish instead of red meat and fill up on fruit, veggies and whole grains. It is sensible eating, not eliminating everything that we like that makes a weight loss program work.  

There are some chapters on diet, exercise and disease as well a chapter about emotional eating and cravings that I enjoyed.  I did like that there were some good menu plans to follow for either 7, 14, 21 days or even for an entire month.  There is also a section with questions and answers about certain foods and beverages like coffee, soda, processed foods and meats, but again, much was familiar.  I do plan on trying a few of the recipes provided which includes soups, side dishes and even some main dishes.  One thing that I did notice is that with a few of the recipes the portion side seems inaccurate so I will use my judgment if that seems to be an issue with one of the recipes I select.

As with most weight loss books, the goal with this book is make the plan work for you and your lifestyle, with the goal of long term healthy eating to minimize our risk for cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure etc. I think most of us know what we need to do, it's doing it that is the hard part.  

I liked this one well enough, but you might want to browse a copy at your local bookstore or library to see whether it's for you.


  1. I was just reading about this in the latest AARP magazine. Like you, I thought it sounded good but nothing new really. Can there still be people out there who don't know they should be eating more fruits, veggies, and whole grains?

    Thanks for the review!


    Book By Book

  2. Oh no, there is that four letter word, yikes!

  3. I always manage to read some sort of diet/exercise/healthy living book in January, too. Will take your advice and browse through this one at B&N.

  4. May not have something new, but I need a healthy reminder occasionally of what I should be doing. Winter is harder than summer because fresh fruit is scarce and comes with a big carbon footprint.

    I've really embraced the nuts/dried fruit as snack approach, and that feels good.

    Thanks for the review and timely reminder to live well.

  5. Personally I think carrots suffer from always getting included in the diet books! LOL I now always tend to think of them as "diet punishment" for overeating and not exercising instead of something tasty!

  6. I tend to do the same things year after year, and have to eat a specific way for my diabetes, so I am less likely to try out a book like this one, just because I have a routine that works for me. I do need to exercise more though, as that part has seemed to go out the window over the last few months, but other than that, I think I am ok!

  7. I'm convinced there really is never going to be anything new regarding weight loss. You have to eat less, eat the right foods and exercise. Simple as that! (But as hard as that!)

  8. I need to read one of these soon, but don't have the time or concern right now. Maybe next month. Even if there is nothing new I think we all need yearly reminders!

  9. There are so many out there!! At times I feel overwhelmed and realize that I should just do WW again. It worked for me and I didn't have to buy special stuff.


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