We're rounding the bend into the final week of following Christine Lakatos' My Diva Diet ($16), (check out our intro and first week observations), and it's been an interesting road. Here are our thoughts and observations from our second full week of this Diet Road Test.
Layout: While the information given is mostly nutritionally sound, i.e. lean proteins, veggies, and whole grains, the book's layout remains the most frustrating aspect for us both. Most diet books are split into introduction, methodology, how-to-follow instructions, tips, recipes, and encouragement. This one is all over the map, and doesn't reference many actual nutritional guidelines until the "References" section at the end.
WHY Should I Eat This Way: We would have preferred more scientific reasons for the guidelines presented, i.e. why it's important to drink water all day or to avoid gluten. The "Because Paw Said So" attitude gets a little... scold-y and preachy after awhile, as do the cartoons. With all the "eat this, not that!" advertisements and books out there, we want to know the scientific reasons WHY soda is bad, or why shellfish and pork are verboten.
Seven Ways? Where? How? The cover, as we mentioned before, claims that there are seven ways to use this diet, but they're not clearly outlined. a strongly defined starting point and plans for each of the seven ways to use My Diva Diet (as you'd get with, say, the South Beach Diet introduction book) would be very helpful.
1200-1300 Calories A Day? Seriously? Again, the lack of scientific evidence behind this diet rears its head here. The American Heart Association's bare minimum for a 19-30 year old woman with a sedentary lifestyle to maintain their current weight is 2000, and for a woman 31-50, it's 1800. If you're active, that number goes up. Of course, if you're trying to lose weight, cutting calories and increasing activity is the way to go, but not to such drastic levels. We both tried to stick to the 1200-1300 calorie limits, which she recommends for moderately active women, and were both starving, which lead to evening dessert binges.
However, It's Not All Bad: As we mentioned before, we appreciate the paws-itive (ha) attitude of the My Diva Diet, which is a refreshing change from the doom-n-gloom tone of many other diet & nutrition books. Lakatos and her team truly want women to be healthy and happy for life, and emphasize that this should be the last "diet" you'll ever need, simply because it isn't a fad diet, but rather a lifestyle. Still, we'd like more science and less cartoons.