August 2, 2021

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Book Title
:  The Great Weight Debate: Get the Facts and Choose the Diet That's Right for You by Amy Newman Shapiro
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 188 pages
GenreSelf-help, Health and Fitness
Publisher:  Snewman Media
Release date:  January 2021
Content Rating:  G
The Great Weight Debate helps you evaluate which diet will work for you and which can hurt you. It is your essential, trusted resource to sift through the minefield of recommendations and misinformation when choosing the best diet for weight loss success. The Great Weight Debate summarizes many popular weight loss plans and explains the principles and research behind each diet. It also highlights the factors that may or may not make the diet a healthy choice for you. It explains why and how to choose a diet that takes into account your food preferences and meets the needs of your lifestyle, schedule, and food availability. It will help you discover and understand the rules, food restrictions, and health risks of each diet. In addition, read up on the new trends, the latest buzz, and the results of the most up-to-date research science has to offer. So...Whether you choose Paleo, low carbohydrate, intermittent fasting, Whole30, or Mediterranean, do it with realistic expectations and do it smartly. Find weight loss success with The Great Weight Debate.


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1. Why don’t the same weight-loss diets work for everyone?

One Reason is Biology. Hormones and brain chemicals control weight by regulating appetite and fat storage. These systems signal the brain as to what, when and how much to eat. These hormones are control by genes, the inherited material that makes us individuals or scarily resemble our parents.

Your friend’s diet may not work for you because individuals respond to diet plans differently because of genetic differences.

Genes are responsible for more than height and eye color; they also determine approximately 25% of a person’s likelihood to become overweight/obese. Some experts suggest that genes are responsible for up to 70% of the variables that determine which diet will work best for you given that genes are responsible for normal weight regulation, appetite, calorie intake, taste preferences, and how nutrients are processed.

For example, genes influence the production of hormones like ghrelin, the appetite controller, and leptin, the fat storage manager. There is a specific gene determining whether or not a person will gain weight from consuming saturated fats and another gene will reduce the risk of overeating. There are also genes that govern the tendency to choose sweet over fatty food or a preference for carbs instead of fats

To date, about 30 genes have been linked to BMI (Body Mass Index). One gene variant leads to obesity on a high-fat diet while another variant results in obesity with a high carbohydrate intake. One gene is known to increase the probability of weight gain with dairy in the diet and another that results in greater weight loss with high fiber consumption. Another gene determines weight response to sweetened beverages, and yet another that is affected by fried foods.

Another reason is lifestyle, which affects weight in two ways.

We are born with a unique genetic makeup, but it’s our lifestyle and environment that determines which of these genes are expressed or activated. So, our lifestyle can have a positive or negative affect on weight regulation.

Lifestyle not only influences gene expression but a physically active lifestyle influences how many calories are burned and rate of metabolism, both key factors in weight loss. One person may be more successful on a particular diet adhering to an exercise regimen, burning more calories and building muscle, while following the same eating plan.

2. Are there any proven ways for permanent weight loss?

There are no guarantees with dieting, however, there are lessons to be learned from weight-loss superstars, those who have lost significant amounts of weight and have kept it off for a long time. They have many habits in common:

· Eat a lower fat diet, 25-30% of your total calorie intake

· Adhere to a daily calorie goal by eating portion controlled-low calorie dense food

· Self-monitor, keep a food journal for example

· Engage in high levels of physical activity, 30- 60 minutes daily

· Be consistent and that means sticking to mealtimes, snack time and planned exercise schedules

· Eat breakfast!

· Sleep well, 7-9 hours every night

· Practice mindful eating, don’t rush, enjoy the taste, texture and temperature of the food, and eat till the hunger is gone, not till you are full.

3. Do you have a favorite indulgence?

Chocolate! Given the choice it would be dark chocolate, no filling or add ins, just plain chocolate. My favorite food used to be pizza. Growing up in Brooklyn, pizza was my idea of the perfect meal. Unfortunately, several years ago I became gluten-free for medical reasons, and try as I might, cauliflower crust pizza is just not the same.

4. Why do women gain weight with menopause?

This answer will surprise you. The changes the body goes through in response to changing hormones is responsible for thickening waist, drying skin, hot flashes and sleep disturbances, but not weight gain directly. Let me explain. The weight gain in menopause is more likely the result of other factors. Stress eating, poor sleep quality, and being less active, are more of a factor in weight gain. An interesting study found people ages 45-55 doing yoga were able to maintain their weight during that decade of life. Once aware of the challenges, you can devise a strategy for avoiding the pitfalls. Regular exercise burns calories, preserves muscle, improves sleep and reduces stress. Accupuncture may also help. Many women forgo self-care, prioritizing work and family above health. Menopause may be the right time to set aside me-time in your schedule for your health, keeping in mind we best serve others when we take care of ourselves.

5. How did you research your book?

Along with culled questions from clients about popular diets in use, I read previously published diet books, magazines, internet news topics, and social media posts to familiarize myself with the diets most frequently discussed. I collected scientific journal articles on the subject and used Google Scholars to search for others to obtain the research results for every weight loss plan covered in the book. That way I was able to present both public opinion and expert advice to provide all of the information one would need to choose the best diet plan for weight loss success.

6. Do you ever get writers block? What helps you overcome it?

I always know where I am heading since I use an outline but sometimes the words just won’t flow. I find it difficult to be creative when I have other things on my mind. If I’m stuck, I walk away from the laptop. I will get some exercise or take care of my to-do list, both usually clear my head. Then I will try again. Usually my writers block is followed by a moment of inspiration at the unlikeliest of moments, while I am driving, in the shower, or when I just wake up, so there is a pen and paper within reach at all times.

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Amy Shapiro RD, CDN, CPT is a registered dietitian and professional speaker promoting wellness in corporate, clinical and private settings. With degrees in both Psychology and Nutrition, Amy’s focus is on behavior modification and lifestyle management. Additionally, Amy is a personal trainer certified by the American Council on Exercise and a wellness coach. With thirteen years of experience educating and coaching clients and worksite wellness groups to achieve weight loss success, Lose It For the Last Time is Amy’s first book. She is the mother of two grown children and lives with her husband on Long Island New York.
Connect with the Author: Website ~ Facebook

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  1. I think I could use this book.

  2. If you are trying to figure out which diet will work the best for you, The Great Debate will help you. Wishing you the best of health-Amy

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    1. Hi Shelly, I hope you enjoy reading The Great Weight Debate and it helps you find success with your health goals-Amy


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