In The 20/20 Diet, Dr. Phil McGraw identiﬁes 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 ﬁnally reach your goal, and learn lifelong healthy habits to maintain those results.
About the Author
“Dr. Phil” (Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.) is the host of America’s number one daytime talk show and is perhaps the most well-known expert in the field of psychology and human functioning in the world today. In his 18th year on television and his 13th year of the Dr. Phil show, he has devoted his international platform to delivering common sense information to individuals and families seeking to improve their lives. Passionately pursuing such topics as family functioning, domestic violence, anti-bullying, addiction, and the myths of mental illness, he works tirelessly both on and off the air. Dr. Phil has carried his message from the senate chambers of Washington, D.C. to the suburbs and inner cities across America. Dr. Phil is the prolific author of seven number one New York Times best-sellers, published in 39 languages with nearly 30 million copies in print. He and Robin, his wife of 39 years and counting, along with their “wonder dog,” Maggie, reside in Southern California, as do their two sons, Jordan and Jay, along with daughter-in-law, Erica, and two grandchildren, Avery Elizabeth and London Phillip.
Let me start by saying I have read many different diet books, and this is in the top tier of them. Its informative and easy to follow. Basically, DR. Phil doesn’t just tell you what to do and what results to expect, but he goes into detail on why. For me, understanding the reason behind things makes it easier for me to motivate myself. After reading this book, I shy away from less healthy foods simply because I can envision the damage they are doing to my body, and not just because I know they are “bad”.
The major purpose of the book is to identify the foods your body needs to “fuel” itself properly. Basically, how to put super unleaded in your car, instead of cheap gas that overtime will break down the system. This is done in 3 phases.
These 3 phases are two 5 day and then followed up by a 20 day.
Phase 1 (days 1-5): “Boost” – You eat every 4 hours, increasing metabolism, with basic foods.
Phase 2 (days 6-10): “Sustain” – Same pace, but now adding in more diversity of foods.
Phase 3 (days 11-30): “Attain” – Same pace, but by now all foods have been added in.
The approach to food is simple. Dr. Phil knows that we simply can not eliminate foods forever. So what he does is just have you “put them off” for amounts of time. This allows you the comfort of knowing you will eventually have that piece of cake or other goodie you love. However, since he is keeping it space out, you have controlled “slip ups” and only end up having these treats a harmless amount of times over the course of the program, or however long you choose to live your lifestyle this way.
Overall I think the program and goals are obtainable. Out of all the books/programs I have tried, this is one of the few I have been happy doing, and personally bought into. I understand the reasoning, can handle the program and am seeing results!!!
Trust me when I say get this book. Its not expensive, and at minimum it will increase your health and make you loose a few pounds. At best, you could make an entire lifestyle change and see dramatic results!!!
I wish you all the best on your journey to physical change through diet. Keep in mind we are all beautiful and you can reach any goal you set your mind to. Keep the faith in yourself!!!