The Power Foods Diet by Neal Barnard [7/10]

I am tiring of reviewing diet/health books but the flood of quality advice continues unabated. Dr. Neal Barnard is a physician with a prodigious output of books recommending my dietary regime of choice, the Whole Foods Plant Based (WFPB) way of eating. He heads an influential, patient-centric nonprofit. His latest is The Power Foods Diet: The Breakthrough Plan That Traps, Tames, and Burns Calories for Easy and Permanent Weight Loss. I see this book as a gentle, persuasive polemic in favor of WFPB, focusing on three properties of WFPB’s preferred foods (vegetables, fruit, legumes, nuts, whole grains): they reduce appetite (a natural equivalent of the latest pharma fad, Ozempic), trap and flush calories, and boost metabolism. As a result, Dr. Barnard and many others have had tremendous success at putting overweigh patients onto a path to a lesser girth and enhanced health. Using simple, chatty language, the author walks through the same WFPB terrain as a number of recent authors have done, but with a directness and clarity that astonished me. My understanding of several key dietary issues shot up after my read. After the education and advice, Barnard does what all diet books must do, namely presenting a huge array of simple recipes (plus general practical eating and cooking advice) intended to launch a WFPB beginner on a fresh path. The Power Foods Diet is intoxicating and, for those new to the concepts in play, potentially lifesaving.

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