The Bottom Line
- An excellent book for menopausal women concerned about weight gain
- Covers all aspects of menopause, from biological to psychological changes
- Provides a detailed and easy-to-follow diet for weight loss
- Some information can get a bit technical
- Could use more specifics about setting up an exercise program
- Provides information about how menopausal women can lose weight and get healthy
- Discusses the factors that contribute to weight gain and offers solutions for how to deal with them
- A specific diet with recipes and meal ideas to help readers manage weight and eat healthy
- Readers can also get The Mini Meal Cookbook and the Daily Journal
- Also discusses a variety of treatments including hormone replacement therapy, natural remedies and more
Guide Review - The Menopause Diet
The meat of the book explains the theories behind the Menopause Diet, detailing how protein, caffeine, thyroid, alcohol and other elements affect a woman's health, body and weight. The diet itself suggests women eat 40% protein, 25% fat and 35% low glycemic carbs (carbs that are released more slowly into the blood stream) and encourages readers to eat 5 small meals a day. Exercise is another important part of the mix, along with eating soy and, unfortunately for some, avoiding alcohol. The basic principles Larrian preaches hold true for anyone trying to lose weight, but ring true particularly for women in menopause who are trying to get rid of the fat the magically seems to migrate to the belly.
She then offers 5 days worth of simple meals followed by a variety of recipes that even I (as a kitchen-phobic) had no difficulty cooking. Most were tasty and healthy, a tough mix to get in many healthy recipes. She offers some basic advice about exercise (I would've like to see more specifics here, but she does a good job covering the basics) and discusses other ways to to handle the symptoms and issues that come with Menopause: Hormone replacement therapy, natural therapies, dealing with stress, helpful nutrients and how to chart your own personal history. Overall, Larrian offers an in-depth understanding of what happens during menopause and, more importantly, offers hope for making this time enjoyable and healthy.