In a world full of books promising instant (and totally unrealistic) fixes, a sensible book about diet and health is a welcome change.
Professor Rodney Bilton and Dr Laurence Booth have delivered such a book. It is not a “get thin quick” guide, despite articles implying that it is. No, Know what to Eat looks like the real deal and may just have the potential to make a major difference in the lives of those struggling to keep the weight off.
Despite being presented by some media as just another diet fad, Professor Rodney Bilton’s ideas deserve serious attention and could change your life.
In the book, Professor Bilton says, “Saturated fat is an excellent source of calories in a healthy diet and can displace carbohydrates as the main calorie source.”
Know What to Eat has received great reviews with most people giving it a five-star rating.
“I found this to be an extremely interesting and valuable book,” Eileen, from Goodreads, wrote.
Professor Bilton, who is from Liverpool’s John Moores University in the UK, suggests Australians looking to lose weight should eat green bananas.
“Many healthy alternatives are out there,” Professor Bilton told The Newsroom. “Foods that are low in carbohydrates and high in protein are generally better for your health, and that’s one of the points I try to make in the book.”
Professor Bilton also suggests that people should avoid consuming too much mashed potato, due to the amount of sugar contained in it.
Mashed potatoes contain 0.5 grams of sugar per 100 grams, and 13 per cent starch content that can sometimes remain if the potatoes are not cooked properly.
Daniella Di-Benedetto, a Melbourne-based dietician told The Newsroom, “There are no pills or fruits to help weight loss. It’s just a hype; just a scam. People say grapefruit and other acidic fruits can help weight loss, but in this case it’s not true. There are no magic fruits or potions that can help weight loss.
“Lap band is a successful medical procedure in helping healthy eating habits, however, we’re finding that there is another weight loss procedure that seems to be working, known as a sleeve gastrectomy – removing 70-80 per cent of your stomach. There are no foods that people can’t tolerate using this surgical procedure.”
On social media, ads have been claiming that women can achieve a leaner waistline by taking special pills or eating specific foods.
“I see them all the time, when scrolling through my newsfeed,” Melbournian Zapphira Annabelle told The Newsroom. “It’s very annoying, to say the least, because they never really work. These people are just making fake claims for the sake of wanting to make money.”
Instead, simple choices like drinking more water can aid in maintaining the balance of body fluids and aid in controlling calories – two key factors in losing weight the healthy way. – Sarah Batt