The Most Decadent Diet Ever!: The cookbook that reveals the secrets to cooking your favorites in a healthier way
What You Should Know
This is a book of recipes, not a complete diet or diet philosophy. The intent of the cookbook is to show how you can eat the foods your love, like bacon cheeseburgers and chocolate cake, without sacrificing your diet. It is intended to offer healthier choices for people who have a hard time sticking to a stringent diet.
The Most Decadent Diet Ever! contains an introductory chapter and 125 recipes in eight categories: Breakfast; burgers, sandwiches and wraps; salads; entrees; starchy sides; veggie sides; savory snacks; sweet snacks. Each recipe lists the amount of carbohydrates, cholesterol, fat, saturated fat, fiber, protein and sodium and references the data for the traditional recipe for comparison. In general, recipes are lower in fat and calories and made with healthier ingredients.
About the Author
Devin Alexander is the chef who wrote The Biggest Loser Cookbook. She has a background in catering and has personally maintained a 55 pound weight loss over a period of 16 years. The message of her book is that you don’t have to deprive yourself to be healthy and fit. To date, she’s written seven cookbooks with weight loss/healthy eating themes.
- The Most Decadent Diet Ever! is beautifully produced, with heavy, glossy pages, full color photos, and color-coded text.
- The recipes are fairly simple and easy to follow.
- Recipes are either 100, 200, 300, 400 or 500 calories. This format makes it easy to plan a complete meal within a calorie range.
- Most of the recipes are familiar, everyday, homestyle favorites, not exotic, unfamiliar, or high end foods.
- This is not a complete diet. There are suggestions about how to use the recipes to formulate a diet, but it is not a complete plan.
- This is all cooking, no shortcuts. No microwaving, and no packaged foods.
- Spices and other ingredients can be pricey.
This would be a great cookbook to have on your shelves, but it is not a diet and can’t be considered as such. Most of the ideas are familiar. The recipes make common sense substitutions to lower the fat content, which is hardly a new concept. There are dozens of books on the market – and recipes available for free on the web – that espouse the same concept. If you like to collect cookbooks, this one is nice. If you’re looking for a guide to help you lose weight, this is not it. The bottom line of every sensible diet cookbook is the same: Eat more vegetables, eat lower saturated fats, eat more fiber and less sugar, reduce overall calories, switch to whole grains. If you want to jumpstart your weight loss, invest in a fat blocker and an appetite suppressant, adopt a sensible diet, and get some moderate exercise. That’s really our best advice.