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Dr. Gott's No Flour, No Sugar Diet    by Peter H. Gott & Robin Donovan order for
Dr. Gott's No Flour, No Sugar Diet
by Peter H. Gott
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Warner, 2007 (2007)

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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

The idea of giving up sugar, or even flour, for many people, sounds a bit daunting if not impossible. But Dr. Gott makes it sound easy and worthwhile.

Dr. Gott is not saying anything radical or even new - he is taking established evidence and putting it into an easy-to-follow lifestyle change. His basic premise is that fewer calories means weight loss, pure and simple. His theory is that if you give up any product containing flour, you will automatically cut back on calories, even without realizing it. For example, if you skip the bagel, you will have no reason for high calorie butter or cream cheese to accompany it. As for sugar, it contains empty calories that will leave you feeling even hungrier.

Like most diet plans, this is one that takes into account a gradual lifestyle change and is flexible. A little cheating here and there, he says, is permitted. Gott does not advocate a low carb lifestyle and in fact, criticizes the Atkins plan for being nutritionally deficient.

The book is full of enthusiastic testimonials from people who have lost weight following the diet. About half the book contains flourless, sugarless recipes that are designed to help people get a jumpstart on the eating plan. 

Dr. Gott's book is easy reading in part because it does not contain excessive scientific jargon. I can't say if the diet works or not (I confess: I had two small chocolate cookies just before I sat down to review the book) but Dr. Gott's No Flour, No Sugar Diet is self-explanatory and conveys the doctor's message in a simplistic, straightforward manner.

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