Go UnDiet” (HealthCastle Media, 2011) by Gloria Tsang, R.D. is all about getting off the “diet” merry-go-round and taking small steps to achieve weight loss. The “undieting” approach described by Tsang, the founder of the popular online nutrition network HealthCastle.com, cuts through the confusing diet advice you’ve heard for years, such as that the best way to lose weight is on a low-carb diet, low-fat diet, high-protein diet, high-, low- whatever diet. She believes that rigid meal plans advocated in many diet books can help you lose weight over the short-term, but they are often overly restrictive, unrealistic, and leave you feeling hungry and unsatisfied.
So, what’s the antidote to frustrating weight loss diets? Unplug and “undiet” according to Tsang, who offers a collection of 50 simple, “undieting actions” (essentially eating tips) that can change your diet and result in weight loss without the necessity of strict diet plans. “Go UnDiet” is written in a simple, straightforward fashion, and offers easy-to-follow actions that you can incorporate into your diet immediately, such as “start one change per week” and “unleash whole grains for breakfast.” Each action comes with a brief discussion that prompts you to think about how the suggested action fits into your own lifestyle. Tsang introduces a whole new vocabulary of “un-actions” along the course she plots for “undieting,” such as recommendations on how to “un-bore water,” “un-count 5-a-day fruits and vegetables,” and “un-complicate your breakfast cereals.”
In addition to the 50 “undieting” actions offered in “Go UnDiet,” there are a variety of mini-lessons on nutrition, such as which packaged foods to avoid, relearning the facts on healthy fats, and understanding healthy beverage choices. Helpful charts that display facts like the amount of sugar found in beverages and the number of calories found in “extras” like sauces and dips further enhance your nutrition knowledge. The nutrition advice offered by Tsang, a registered dietitian and accomplished nutrition journalist, is sound and fact-based. If you’ve had it with diet books, then the commonsense, small-steps approach to weight loss that she offers in her book just might be the answer for you.