Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Australian Low-Carb Book Spawns Recipe Sequel

Dr. Manny Noakes thinks a recipe book is needed for her diet plan

Dr. Atkins did it. Dr. Agatston did it. And now Dr. Manny Noakes is "in discussions" to do it, too.

When you've got a bestselling book on your hands, the only logical next step is to write a sequel!

Dr. Noakes is the co-author of the hit Australian weight loss book Total Wellbeing Diet. Because over a half million copies of her books have sold in Australia alone, Dr. Noakes believes the demand is there for yet another book to help people implement this way of eating into their lives even more.

The Total Wellbeing Diet
now available at

With more and more people beginning to understand what this low-fat, high-protein weight loss program entails, they're looking for practical ways to make it a part of their daily lives. That is why they want and need help in the kitchen with making it happen and a recipe book will certainly do the trick.

"People have taken it very literally," Dr. Noakes observed. "While the menu plans are a guide, people don't have to follow it to the letter."

But guess what, Dr. Noakes? People WANT to follow something very closely so that they can LEARN how to make it their own. Those of us who have struggled with weight problems our entire lives didn't get this way because we KNEW what to do to get our weight under control.

That's why specific instructions are so crucial when it comes to losing weight on a certain program. Then when we become comfortable and understand how to do it, we can customize the plan and make it our own. That's what I did with the Atkins diet before transforming it into my own concept of livin' la vida low-carb.

I remember Dr. Noakes asking me about what I ate during my weight loss when she sat next to me at the lunch table one day during the recent Nutritional & Metabolic Aspects of Carbohydrate Restriction conference in Brooklyn, New York in January. She was astounded by the kinds of foods I put in my mouth that have helped me shed the pounds and now keep my weight steady. Satiety, the feeling of being satisfied or "full," is a crucial part of the concept behind Dr. Noakes' plan and many of the foods I eat rank very high on the satiety index.

Although it was a surprise bestseller with both the authors and publisher expecting the book to only sell about 100,000 copies during its entire print run, Dr. Noakes has been struck by the way families and individuals have latched on to the Total Wellbeing Diet approach. While I have expressed my concerns about the CSIRO diet, I proudly stood up for it when it was unnecessarily attacked earlier this year.

But I suppose a little controversy never hurts (just ask Michael Moore and Mel Gibson!). :)

Despite the fact that this diet is being proclaimed as the next step from the Atkins diet because it allows a half cup of pasta a day, Dr. Noakes is quick to point out that people will still need to keep an eye on their carbohydrates as part of her program.

"Lots of pasta and rice is not necessarily great to keep calories down, and these foods are not necessarily high in nutrients either," she said. "The big bowl of pasta isn't what The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet is about."

In the coming months, Dr. Noakes will be looking into how many people have actually gone on her diet and have used it to lose weight. Perhaps she will release a third book detailing the weight loss success stories of people on the CSIRO diet. I wouldn't be surprised to see it.

After the smashing success in Australia, the book then moved on to New Zealand and the UK where it has done pretty well so far. It's coming to the United States in May although Dr. Noakes isn't convinced Americans are ready for her book that focuses more on home cooking than with our love affair with dining out.

"The downside is, a lot of Americans don't prepare a lot of their own food," Dr. Noakes noted.

She's probably right about that. But that hasn't stopped people from buying diet books, Dr. Noakes! I think it will do VERY well in America and so will the recipe book. The publisher would be CRAZY to NOT go along with a sequel after the unexpected success of the first book. It oughta do just as well!


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