Always Hungry: A Review and Trial.

A new nutrition book hit last week: Always Hungry?: Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently

I listened to the audio version and have tried a couple of recipes.  My thoughts? I love it.  It's really reasonable in its presentation of the evidence.   And the recipes are not aspirational.  They make sense. 

The basic argument of the book is that we don't eat enough fat, especially quality fats.  So we never feel satiated.  And so we eat more calories and lose weight. 

Dr. David Ludwig is an endocrinologist specializing in pediatric obesity.  He really, really cares about healthy weights.  

He put a few hundred people through a diet program with three phases.  The overall macronutrient target is 20% protein, 50% fat and 30% carbohydrates with very few processed carbohydrates.   So is the evidence he has for this particular diet plan excellent?  Absolutely not, it's quite flimsy.  But the basic science and epidemiological evidence for the macronutrient ratio is very good and Ludwig takes the reader through it all. 

There are a few really lovely things about this book.  First, it nestles pretty nicely into what I call the third space of dieting.  It provides a reasonable framework for macronutrients and encourages awareness of what feels and tastes good.  It doesn't demand a radical elimination of an entire food group, nor does it recommend we eat whatever we want, whenever we want. 

And the recipes are delicious.  Today I made the Trail Mix, which is basically just toasted coconut and nuts.  And I made the Eggplant Parmesan to take for lunch all week.   It has cheese.  THREE KINDS of cheese.  And it's delicious and gooey and something I will actually look forward to eating. 

Bon appetit!