The title of Let’s Do Lunch: Eating all the Calories and Carbs you want to lose weight! immediately caught my eye when Thomas Nelson offered it for review. It sounded like it might be compatible with a traditional foods way of eating rather than the typical calorie-restricting, low-fat diet, so I agreed to take a look at it.
The author, Roger Troy Wilson, tells the story of how he lost 230 pounds and shares the plan that was successful for him. Here’s the publisher’s description:
With this Revised and Updated Edition of Let’s Do Lunch, you eat until full in all the food groups, including all you want of unprocessed starchy carbs, the sweetest fresh fruits and fruit smoothies, lean red meat, corn thins, cheese, healthy fats, veggies, whole-grain cereals and crispbreads, dark brown and wild rice, snacks, dressings, condiments, and sauces. But because these foods stabilize your blood sugar, your body forces you to become less and less hungry with each passing day. Thus, you begin to eat less and less, consume fewer and fewer calories, and lose all the weight you want.
In Let’s Do Lunch, Roger Troy reveals:
Eat until full whenever you are hungry, no matter how often that is and no matter how many calories you consume (even if you start by eating 10,000 calories a day)-thus eliminating your hunger cravings.
Your body can’t tell the difference between starchy carbs, so when you eat the Let’s Do Lunch starchy carbs, it eliminates your cravings for the fattening starchy carbs.
Your body can’t tell the difference between sugars, so when you eat the sweetest fresh fruits and fruit smoothies, it eliminates your cravings for all the foods made with fattening sugar in them.
Sounds promising! I especially wanted to see what he had to say about “healthy fats”. Unfortunately, I was disappointed once I got into the book. The eating plan outlined by Mr. Wilson is certainly better than the typical Standard American Diet, but it still falls short of a truly healthy, whole foods approach to eating and dieting.
Some of his tips…like making lunch your main meal and advice for managing cravings and eating out…were good. I appreciated the emphasis on eating fresh fruit and avoiding refined grains. And yet, he also recommends things that are NOT good at all. For example, he repeatedly recommends I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray. Ugh. He also advocates eating many fat-free or low-fat dairy products, including fat-free processed cheese (p. 61), all of which have unhealthy fillers and additives to make up for the missing fat content. The plan prohibits avocados, nuts, and seeds altogether!! I understand that the goal of the plan is weight loss, but eliminating even the GOOD fats is not the healthy way to achieve that .
Overall, this eating plan is an improvement over the average American’s diet, and it has undeniably helped Mr. Wilson as well as his mother, wife, and others who’ve followed it, lose weight. For that, I’ll give it a couple of stars. Still, there are too many unhealthy recommendations here to make this book worthwhile in my opinion. For a healthier approach using whole foods and replacing unhealthy fats with healthy fats, I’d recommend Eat Fat, Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats by Mary Enig and Sally Fallon.
(Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing a review copy of Let’s Do Lunch to me.)