>a href=”http://www.amazon.com/Holford-Low-Diet-Revolutionary-Fatburner/dp/0743287223/”>The Holford Diet (named after author Patrick Holford) is a book that focuses on the glycemic index. Patrick Holford is a prolific nutritional writer, and brings a lot of knowledge into the area of fat loss.
UPDATE: Book can be ordered in the US here via Abebooks.
I had the opportunity to browse through the book. At a hefty 320 pages there is a lot of impressive information in this book. Holford’s concepts of fat burning diets revolve around Glycemic Load (which in my opinion is a far better measure than Glycemic Index alone). The diet basically consists of quality lean proteins, the right fats, and low GL carbs – such as whole wheat breads, oatmeal etc. He advocates exercise – not just as a fat loss exercise – but as a good appetite suppressant.
– Glycemic load builds on the GI to provide a measure of total glycemic response to a food or meal
– Glycemic load = GI (%) x grams of carbohydrate per serving
– One unit of GL ~ glycemic effect of 1 gram glucose
– You can sum the GL of all the foods in a meal, for the whole day or even longer
Quoted from http://www.glycemicindex.com/
It’s hard to do justice to this book in a few paragraphs. The book expounds what many fitness trainers and bodybuilders know. The same information seems to be coming out again and again. Maintaining balanced blood-sugar levels, getting enough good proteins and fats seem to be the common threads that are tying many successful diets together. This is the same nutritional basis as Body For Life, Burn The Fat Feed The Muscle, and even The Abs Diet.
However The Holford Diet is written from a more nutritional perspective that adds considerable credence and science to the diet.
Are we finally coming up with a balance? Lean proteins, whole carbs, essential fats, and exercise (and weight training). No extremes, no dropping of entire food groups. I believe extremes do have a place – but only for a small section of the population. Each of us will have our own variation because of our unique genetic makeup.