As the co-founder of one of the first women-centric clinics in the US (Women to Women), Author Marcelle Pick has a vast amount of first hand experience when it comes to providing total health care to women. This experience is the backbone of the The Core Balance Diet: 4 Weeks to Boost Your Metabolism and Lose Weight for Good.
In this book, Pick has explored the reasons for mysterious and stubborn weight gain in women. More importantly, she has spoken to women in a language that they can understand, using psychological triggers that can actually get women to do something for themselves. An example is her simple reasoning that if women can help their spouses and support their children, they can also put in some effort to protect themselves.
The Core Balance Diet: An Overview
The basic argument of the book is quite simple and forthright. Our physiology and metabolism suffer from huge imbalances as a direct result of our lifestyles. To lose weight and enjoy complete good health, these imbalances must be removed. Core balance must be established.
In her book, Pick identifies six imbalances. She asks the reader to take the Core Balance Quiz to determine their weakest systems. Then she explores each imbalance in detail. There is a wealth of information in these chapters, lots of interesting tidbits, a list of her suggested prescriptions for each imbalance, a list of foods to consume and avoid, diagnostic tests and supplements that help remove the imbalance.
The program begins with a two week detox period during which time you are introduced to healthy food patterns. In the next two weeks, you can follow the customized program that is most suitable for the key imbalance you have identified. This puts you on the way to achieving Core Balance, which in turn makes weight loss easy and permanent.
The eating plan is similar to many diet plans. You are allowed 6 small meals a day and each meal contains fat, protein and carbohydrates in the ratio of 30-30-40 percentages. But, the thrust of the program is on the quality of foods. That is why healthy foods like monounsaturated fatty acids, nutrient rich fruits and vegetables and lean protein are included.
This diet plan is different from others in that it addresses mental and emotional blocks that keep people from eating in a healthy manner. You are made aware of negative thought patterns that lead you to sabotage your efforts at losing weight.
Pick has not forgotten to highlight the importance of exercising. However, she has a different take on it. She wants followers to enjoy their exercise sessions so that these become relaxing and de-stressing.
The Core Balance diet Reviews
The diet program is very doable. Pick knows which buttons to push and she does it with aplomb, feeding interesting bits of information wherever needed. The chapters make for interesting reading.
The fact that the reader has control over the diet plan they choose makes it a highly subjective diet plan. The menus are delicious and the recipes are varied. The only problem, if one can call it that, is the amount of planning that is required for the meal plans.
Core Balance Diet Pros and Cons
- Advocates healthy eating patterns
- Not restrictive
- Advocates customized meal plans which are more likely to succeed because they are aimed at individual needs
- A book by a woman addressing the special needs of women
- Emphasizes the importance of emotional wellbeing
- Includes many meal plans and recipes
- Includes lots of interesting information
- Diet is useful for vegans, vegetarians and non vegetarians
- Requires meticulous food planning
- Require more kitchen work, making it difficult to follow
- Diagnostic tests are required
- Requires the intake of supplements
The strength of the Core Balance Diet lies in the fact that it can easily be customized to suit individual requirements. The recipes are delicious and the eating plan is easy to follow, winning the book many supporters. If you are a woman and you have failed to lose weight the conventional way, you might want to give this book a chance.