Author: Dr Melina Jampolis, MD
Publisher: Nelson Books (January 2, 2007)
Reviewed by Jennifer Barnett Lesman
This year we have so many great books to choose from for reviews – even more than we can possibly read this season. We’re all busy chicks here at 3FC, but my life is particularly fast paced. I have my ‘real job’ which lasts on average 65 hours a week. And then I have my hobby-slash-passion job at 3FC for several more hours a week. I share homeschooling duties with my husband. And just to prove I’m totally insane, I’m a partner in a new family business to be launched in the coming months. Of course when I saw The No Time To Lose Diet – the Busy Person’s Guide to Permanent Weight Loss, I heard the angels sing as a warm light cast over the book in my hand. I read it, and I’m so happy I did!
Dr Melina Jampolis is Discovery Channel’s Fit TV Diet Doctor. She’s taken healthy weight loss advice and backed it up with sound and well researched nutrition advice. At 3FC, we’ve heard from more than our share of women whose doctor doesn’t have a clue about nutrition. Dr Jampolis will teach you what your doctor’s photocopied handout doesn’t tell you. She has done her research and she has it all packed neatly between the pages.
One important thing to know is that this is not a cookie cutter diet. This is a plan customized to fit you. We all burn calories and pack on pounds at slightly different levels. Dr Jampolis adjusts each persons carbohydrate intake based on information such as medical history, activity level, and age. This may sound complicated, but it is really very easy. Dr Jampolis does a good job at making this easy to calculate and even easier to remember. She’s an advocate of eating fiber filled carbs, good fats and lean protein. You’ll be eating fruits, vegetables, protein, and even some starches at each meal. What’s the No Time To Lose part? The book is loaded with lots of easy meal ideas. No time consuming diet potions to cook, no difficult recipes, and many of the ingredients are interchangeable, based on what you like. Just mix and match and the possibilities are endless. You’ll get meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, and since restaurants are a side effect of being a busy person, Dr Jampolis has given us options for that as well.
What do you do when you don’t have time to exercise? While Dr Jampolis points out that new recommendations for weight loss is currently 90 minutes of exercise per day (and our kudos to her for including this), she knows this is not realistic for everybody. If you simply do not have that much free time, she advises at least 30 minutes a day, plus some strength training each week. However, if you exercise more, you’ll obviously lose weight quicker. Dr Jampolis also advocates doing small things that add up. Walk while you talk on the phone, turn family movie night in to family bowling night, take the stairs, wash the car by hand instead of driving through. These things might be small, but they add up and help counter the effects of activity reducing technology like remote controls, portable phones, washing machines and dishwashers.
This is not an All or Nothing book. This is very much a get-every-bit-you-can diet. Along with diet and exercise, there are also tips for behavior modification. If we want to be a thin person, we can’t think and live like an overweight person. Gradual changes in how we think and feel will eventually take over. Even the most pessimistic dieter can learn to make adjustments from the suggestions in this book. It’s all livable, and it’s all doable. Unlike most diet plans, this book gives you options at every corner to get in small bits of achievement even when it looks like everything is against you. That might just be a plan we have time for!