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  • By Vatsug on November 15, 2009

    This book has alot of great information that is backed up by scientific research. Some of the content is outdated and old fashion (especially the chapters on how to eat at dinner parties - very 1980's). But the approach to eating a diet low in sugar and low in foods that spike insulin levels just plain works. It is a balanced diet that makes sure to include ALL food groups (including beneficial carbs). It is almost like not being on a diet at all. If you have diabetes or even the complete opposite (hypoglycemia); if you have high cholesterol (there is even a chapter on how to adjust the diet for high cholesterol); if you just want to be as healthy as possible, and work out on a daily basis - this is a diet you should look into. There is no trickery - just good, healthy choices in the foods and combinations of foods you eat. This is the type of eating that doctors and nutritionists love, because you are not depriving yourself of a major food group - ie, carbs like grains, rice, pasta, and bread (although, potatoes are consistently "out" in this diet) - and it is not a "fad" diet. One chapter is called "Sugar is Poison", but goes on to say that one of life's greatest joys might be a homemade strawberry pie. So why deprive yourself of that once in awhile? Just choose low-glycemic foods for your meal, and then indulge. The spike in insulin will not be as dramatic, and you won't gain weight (just don't do it every day).I lost about 10 pounds in the first few weeks - albeit along with daily exercise (which he recommends) - and I had one day a week that I ate anything I wanted (but you will be surprised on how little you do eat on that indulgence day). He is also big on dried beans or lentils, so get used to making a big pot on Sundays and using them throughout the week. And I think that his emphasis on dairy products, such as low fat yoghurt and cottage cheese is also a bit outdated - you may want to experiment with cutting down on those to see if it helps lose more weight (but don't eliminate them completely). And I think that his suggestion to eat beer yeast and wheat germ instead of taking a daily multi-vitamin is just not necessary (especially if you have tasted beer yeast).I am not a doctor or a nutritionist, but I myself stay away from diets that restrict carbs completely (especially whole grains and beans). The thinking behind this is insane. There may be body types out there that thrive on this type of diet, but you are playing with fire - eliminating the high fiber properties of whole grains and beans from your diet is unthinkable for people at risk for heart disease (like high cholesterol), and will surely raise your risk for cancer (especially bowel). My aunt and uncle were staunch "Atkins" diet advocates for nearly 20 years. They both died in their early 70's from strokes, wasting away the last 10 years of there lives - very frail and sickly.Overall this book has really focused my thinking on eating habits. It is not the be-all, end-all of eating (for instance, he really does not talk about healthy nuts), but it is a great way to mold your own lifestyle changes for a healthy, long life.

  • By madmanxman on August 29, 2001

    In 1986, Frenchman, Michel Montignac, wrote his first book, How to Lose Weight While Enjoying Business Lunches. In 1987 he followed with a new publication for the general public entitled Eat Yourself Slim (Je mange donc je maigris). Since then, this book has gone on to be a best-seller in twenty-five countries. If it didn't work, it would probably never have even been translated from its original French version.Montignac expounds the virtues of never mixing carbohydrates and lipids in the same meal. His method means that you never have to calorie-count and you never have to go hungry. Hence, it is long-term sustainable because it is fundamentally healthy and leaves you satisfied after every meal.For many years, critics, comprising for the most part traditional nutritionists, tried to undermine Montignac's credibility by claiming that his nutritional practices, though "possibly effective in producing weight loss", were not scientifically proven and perhaps even dangerous. However, numerous scientific studies have now demonstrated not only that the Montignac Method works (producing long-lasting results), but is also an important factor in reducing the risks of cardiovascular disease. In 1999, Professor W. Willett of Harvard University released the results of a 12 year scientific study, which confirmed the absolute validity of Montignac's methods.My wife is a doctor who not only specializes in heart diseases, but has also practiced as an allergist, and is qualified in many other aspects of medicine, including alternative medicines and acupuncture (in other words, her experience is broad and she keeps an open mind). I ran the Montignac method past her, for her opinion, and she wholeheartedly supports his theories. Not only are they logical, I can vouch that they work.Though Michel Montignac first wrote with examples of foods that are commonplace in France, his book has been revised and adapted to include more traditional North American fare. The only small 'negative' to the Montignac method is that you need to adjust to slightly non-traditional meals. In other words, some of the COMBINATIONS of foods that you may be used to seeing on your plate are not permitted. However, this is a VERY small price to pay for a diet method that not only works, but improves your general health and increases your vitality.

  • By A customer on January 8, 2000

    I must say that this Method is by far the most effective plan overall for me. I am most grateful...Mr. Montignac has found the key (low glycemic carbs) that gave me great fat loss success where on other programs I met with only moderate success. This is a way of eating I can follow for life! It has worked for me in spite of the fact that I have eaten a little more good fat than is recommended and I do make sure I eat some form of protein with every meal (like cottage cheese with the carb based breakfast or dinner just like the Method recommends.) I do not have cravings, and am satisfied throughout the day (rarely getting hungry before 4 hours or so between meals) and have loads of energy, even at 4:00pm. I am a 42 year old mom who loves to cook and is short on time, with a diagnosed underactive thyroid. Diana Schwarzbein's book and her cookbooks are great companions for me for the Method,(her thoughts on fats in the diet have been of great help to me, too) but I always have to use low glycemic carbs in order for the program to work for me, just as Mr. Montignac has said. Thank you, Mr. Montignac for sharing your Method with America!

  • By A customer on April 22, 1999

    I have been losing weight continuously since I started using the Montignac method. The method strongly discourages starving, while it advocates eating wholesome food - and enjoying it! While it does take some time to plan your meals for the day, the method is easy to follow. But it is much more than a weight loss method. The eating pattern advocated in the book is great for lowering the risk of heart disease and type II diabetes. And while it introduces the reader to the whole world of food that is both nutritious and delicious, the book helps one develop a healthier relationship with food. I could go on about the virtues of this book, but I shall stop at saying that I would recommend it to anyone.

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