Finding the perfect diet that allows you to eat food you like, is easy to follow, and works is the Holy Grail for anyone who struggles with their weight. The Perfect Formula Diet, written by Janice Stanger, PhD., is really not a diet at all. It's actually just a natural, healthy way of choosing the foods you eat. Instead of losing weight drastically fast, the idea is to "coast" to your perfect weight and stay there. From the beginning of the book, I thought this sounded like a very logical and reasonable plan.
In The Perfect Formula Diet, Stanger explains the merits of a plant-based diet. She cites study after study, scientific research and examples of people who thrive on vegetarian diets, giving a pretty convincing argument that this is what humans are supposed to eat and what they thrive on the best. She also manages to make her meal plan, which is based on six kinds of whole foods, sound totally delicious and satisfying—that is, if you don’t mind never eating meat again.
Stanger’s writing style is very pleasing and full of vibrant language that makes her food sound amazing. She very nearly had me convinced to give up meat, but I just can't do it! The book is also convenient to read, because it has summaries at the end of each chapter so you can go directly to the most important points if you want.
The Perfect Formula Diet is not a regimented diet plan, but a loose, free-flowing way of eating. Stanger does not provide meal plans like a lot of other diets, instead suggesting that you simply eat the whole foods listed in the book when you are hungry and stop eating when you feel full. While there are some guidelines on how to get started and how to balance what you eat, it is a pretty simple diet. Personally, I like my food in meal form, so I would have liked a little more guidance on how to prepare the six whole foods and plan my meals. However, I am sure the grazing nature of the diet will appeal to many. After all, it is probably a more natural way to eat than what we're used to.
Stanger also discusses social, economic, and environmental reasons for giving up food derived from animals. In my opinion, some of these arguments fell flat. In fact (like if we all stop eating meat, the resources used to raise meat animals could be redirected to feeding poor countries--which is completely unrealistic), it caused her to lose a little credibility in my eyes. However, it is a pretty good diet book other than that, and she discusses other ways of improving your health, like getting enough sleep, exercising, and removing harmful chemicals from your home.
The Perfect Formula Diet just might be the perfect answer for some people, but I don't think I'll be giving it a try any time soon.