This is one visual diet book.
The Shapiro Diet was created by Doctor Howard Shapiro in 1978. This diet is addressed to people who like to see things. It uses photos to compare the calories in different foods, helping dieters make the right choices. For example, there may be as many calories in a croissant, a banana, a quarter pineapple, two figs, or a quarter cantaloupe. This is a 2000-calorie a day diet whose length is indeterminate. Here are some of the diet principles.
Keep a log of what you eat, when you eat it, and the meal’s context such as who joined you at lunch. Use this log to analyze your food consumption on a weekly basis. Choose your portions according to the book’s visual presentation. Vegetables, fruits, sugar-free drinks, fish, soy foods, legumes, and grains are highly recommended. Limit your consumption of meat, poultry, and dairy products. Be as physically active as possible. Practice regularly a sport, preferably one that involves endurance.
This is one visual diet cookbook.
One advantage of the Shapiro diet is its simplicity. Another is the lack of forbidden foods. On the other hand, this diet is not addressed to those who must carefully watch their food intake for medical reasons. People who aren’t particularly visual may have trouble losing weight with this diet. This diet does not take into account the dieter’s hunger pangs.
Here are two sample menus:
Menu 1 Breakfast: 50 grams (about 2 ounces) of whole-grain bread. 2 teaspoons of jam. A banana. A small bowl of red fruit. Lunch: Tomato salad. Halibut filet. A quarter plate of whole-grain rice. 50 grams of broccoli. A glass of white wine. An apple. Supper: Vegetable soup. 300 grams of cassoulet (bean and meat stew). An orange.
Menu 2 Breakfast: Half a bowl of oatmeal. A glass of soy milk. A tangerine. 100 grams of grapes. Lunch: 2 Sushis. Lentil salad with onions and carrots. Three scoops of sherbet. Supper: Split green pea soup. Chicken breast. A plate of peas. An apple.
Some of the information in this article comes from a fascinating new book, La Bible des Régimes, written by Jenny de Jonquières and published by Amérik Media. Her book describes more than 80 diets and weight reduction programs. Each diet is presented with 5 menu plans, a detailed discussion of its advantages and disadvantages, and lots more. This information-packed book is presently available only in French. For more information consult the publisher’s website www.amerik-media.com.