Dieting in the Fast Lane: TurboCharged
line, restrict calories by constantly filling up with water, and eat the right combinations (or separations) of foods according the way humans subsisted for thousands of hunter-gatherer years. Here the authors boldly go against the grain, not to mention the USDA Food Pyramid (gasp!), by abolishing all grains, both whole and refined, and explaining why they are roadblocks to fat loss. Perhaps more surprising is the Supplemental Reading list that recommends both The China Study and the Atkins Diet. Sure enough, lean meats are on the Griesels’ map. While animal protein is known to contribute to heart disease and cancer, at least we know that with the required calorie restriction (or “enlightened fasting”) would be TurboChargers won’t be consuming large portions. Meanwhile, we applaud the emphasis on unlimited fruits and vegetables (which contain plenty of healthy protein, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, etc.). But for many, the most welcome revelation may be the instruction to forget about high-intensity, calorie burning aerobics, or hours of anaerobic muscle-building weight lifting. Instead, TurboChargers will encourage their bodies to burn fat for fuel by opting for smart “mini workouts” of low intensity exercise with great frequency and an emphasis on rest. Once fat loss goals are achieved, and bystanders are presumably left rubber necking, TurboChargers are flagged with instructions for cruise control.