‘How Not To Get Fat – Your Daily Diet’ is Nutritional Therapist, Ian Marber’s latest book and will be on sale from January.
So what can you learn by reading this book? Well, I’m a food blogger and like to think I know quite a bit about food and eating food, but I’ve learnt a lot in the last week. Here are some of the things that have stuck in my mind:
- Think of food principally as fuel.
- Eat every 2-3 hours to maintain steady energy levels throughout the day.
- Eat large carbohydrate meals in the middle of the day, not for an evening meal.
- Fat is helpful in our diet – it triggers hormones which tell our brain we’re full and can actually make us eat less.
- Always combine protein and carbohydrate.
- Reduce simple carbohydrates and replace them with complex carbohydrates.
All these ideas, as well as many more, are carefully unpicked by Ian Marber to help us understand exactly what is on going on in our bodies when we eat. Really understanding how our bodies deal with the food we put in our mouths means we can make considered decisions about what, how and when we eat. Some of Ian’s writing is quite tough going, with a lot of theory to comprehend, but useful summary bullet points make this theory section of the book easier to read.
After Ian explains his ideas I was pleased, as a food blogger, to find the next section was a breakdown of 50 recommended foods, accompanied by recipes. Best of all, following the recipes, were Ian’s case studies. The case studies range from a high school student to the over 60s and detail three days of meal plans for each person. It is in this section of the book that you can really get to grips with Ian’s information to see how to apply his ideas to your daily life.
Well, have I changed anything in my diet since reviewing this book? I’m surprised to say I have changed quiet a lot! Here’s what’s different:
- My main carbohydrate meal is now at lunch*, leaving the evening free for a light meal – this actually makes my day at home with my little boy easier. Late afternoon I am not rushing around cooking and he eats better at lunch time when he is less tired.
- We are eating a snack mid-morning and mid-afternoon, this is improving my mood and my son’s!
- I am reducing my carbohydrates in the evening.
- Whenever possible I am eating less simple carbohydrates and more complex instead.
*Check us out enjoying our carbohydrate rich lunch!
I’m pleased I was sent this book to review, it’s really been helping me. My energy levels are better, and my little boy’s mood is generally improved. What I want now are more books from Ian Marber, I want to learn more and get more ideas for my daily life. His book really is food for thought!