What You Should Know
Eat, Cheat, and Melt the Fat Away is a 2001 book from Suzanne Somers, who went from being a 1970′s actress to a leader in the diet and exercise field. Eat, Cheat, and Melt the Fat Away (Eat, Cheat) is one of more than a dozen Somers books outlining areas such as nutrition, hormonal balance, exercise and general wellness.
The theory behind Suzanne Somers’ Eat, Cheat book is that the main culprit in obesity is insulin production. According to the theory, certain foods that are high in carbohydrates, especially simply carbohydrates, spike blood sugar levels when consumed alone. The body produces insulin to counteract the heightened blood sugar and this triggers the body to store fat. This is also the main tenet behind other popular diets including the South Beach Diet and the G.I. Diet.
Somers takes it one step further and incorporates food combining into the program. Food combining was popularized in the 1970′s and states that proteins and carbohydrates should be eaten at different times and never together. Fruit should be eaten alone. According to Somers, there are seven steps to her diet: cutting out funky foods, eat fruits alone, eat protein and fat with vegetables, eat carbohydrates with vegetables, wait three hours between meals when switching from proteins to carbohydrates, and do not skip meals. The funky foods to be eliminated from the diet include sugars, highly starchy foods, caffeine and alcohol. These are permanent deletions, meaning that followers of the diet will never again have a glass of red wine, green tea, or a potato.
Customer reaction to the book seems to be mostly favorable with readers reporting various levels of weight loss. The main complaint appears to be the complexity of the food combining and how difficult it makes it to eat traditional meals.
The Somers diet plan.
- Provides many healthy recipes.
- Follows similar weight loss theory as many popular diets.
- Does not require purchasing pre-packaged foods.
- Repeats some of her prior books.
- Suggests purchasing more of Somers’ products.
- Food combining can be confusing and difficult to learn.
While some of the Suzanne Somers’ Eat, Cheat book focuses on common sense in eating, some of it, especially the food combining sections, veers off the straight and narrow road. Food combining does not have a solid history of clinical testing and it is a controversial subject to this day. Somers provides little in the way of proof that this methodology has sound scientific backing, instead relying on her experiences and customer testimonials. As with any other diet, it is important to check with your doctor before starting, especially with such a radical change in the way you eat.