Review: the 20/20 Diet by Dr. Phil Mcgraw

The 20/20 Diet: Turn Your Weight Loss Vision Into Reality - Dr. Phil McGraw

Published by: Bird Street Books (6th January 2015)


Source: Netgalley


Rating: 4*



In The 20/20 Diet, Dr. Phil McGraw identifies seven reasons other diets fail people over and over again: hunger, cravings, feeling of restriction, impracticality and expense, boredom, temptations, and disappointing results or plateaus. Then, he addresses each of these roadblocks by applying the latest research and theories that have emerged since his last best-seller on the same topic, The Ultimate Weight Solution. Dr. Phil and his team have created a plan that you can start following right now and continue working for the rest of your life. In this diet, readers will start by eating only 20 key ingredients, called the “20/20 Foods,” which theories indicate may help enhance your body’s thermogenesis and help you feel full. But that's just the beginning. This book explains why you haven't been able to lose the weight before, and empowers you with cognitive, behavioral, environmental, social and nutritional tools so you can finally reach your goal, and learn lifelong healthy habits to maintain those results. As Dr. Phil says, "You can choose to see your goal with 20/20 accuracy, and when you see a goal that clearly, you can achieve it."



I have read a lot of diet books and tried so many different diets over the years, but I'm always happy to read another, in the hope that it might give me that 'eureka!' moment and  provide the easy answer to my weight issues.


The 20/20 diet seems to make sense. You start by eating just 20 different foods, all have thermogenic properties to help enhance the rate at which you burn calories. Other foods are then introduced. You are even allowed a splurge now and then.


This book is well written and easy to read and understand. The diet and how it works are well explained and the list of 20 foods easily obtainable at a reasonable cost. There is no expensive outlay or need to buy any expensive equipment, so it's ideal. I will give the 20/20 diet a try as I already include most of the 20 foods in my diet - it's the other ones I add in that are the problem!