Saturday, January 30, 2010

Book Review - The Serotonin Power Diet

The Serotonin Power Diet by Judith J. Wurtman, PhD. and Nina T. Frusztajer, MD. explains what serotonin is and why it can help you with your food cravings. Serotonin is the substance that makes you not be hungry. It also prevents you from overeating when you are stressed out. This book guides you through a 12 week program.

The first thing in the program is that you have to snack. This is one thing that most diets eliminate. Phase 1 lasts 2 weeks were you have 3 snacks. Phase 2 are weeks 3-8 were you eat two snacks and from week 9 and beyond it is one snack. The snacks are always carbohydrates.
The book guides you through how to eat the right type of carbohydrates by phases. It gives a menu to follow (with choices) so you are not hungry and are not to overeat or eat emotionally. The book also has a chapter on the type of exercise to do to maximize your weight loss and keeping it off.

One of the chapters that I liked the most was how to eat at restaurants. It gives you choices by cuisine. I think most people will find this very useful whether they are on a diet or not. Another chapter is the one where it helps you troubleshoot problems with your weight loss.

Part four of the book is the part that contains recipes you can use. Chapter 12 gives you a list of things to have on hand for a quick meal. Chapter 13 has basic meals and quick kitchen tricks. Chaper 14 has the recipes.

I did the recipe on page 204 Sauteed Scallops. It was easy to do and very tasty. If the rest of the recipes are just as easy this will be a nice (and tasty) diet to follow.

The goal of this diet is to learn how to eat it in moderation as well as to learn the difference between appetite versus being hungry.

About the Authors
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD, discovered the connection between carbohydrate craving, serotonin, and emotional well-being in her MIT clinical studies. Founder of a Harvard University hospital weight-loss facility and co-founder of Adara Weight Management Center, she has written five books, including The Serotonin Solution, and more than 40 peer-reviewed articles for professional publications. She lives in Miami Beach, Florida.

Nina T. Frusztajer, MD, co-founder of Adara Weight Management Services, is a practicing physician and certified professional life coach. She received her Masters degree in Nutrition from Columbia University and her medical degree from George Washington University. She lives in Boston, MA.

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (December 22, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594869723