Book review: The 2 Day Diet Cookbook – M Harvie & T Howell

2 Day Diet Cookbook

2 Day Diet CookbookRRP: $37.99

Developed by acclaimed scientists Dr Michelle Harvie and Prof Tony Howell at Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention, The 2-Day Diet is pitched as an eating plan that’s not about counting calories, fasting or going hungry. Simply follow the straightforward plan for two days per week then eat normally but sensibly for the other five – whilst simultaneously enjoying a whole host of other health benefits.

What’s inside it?

It’s tagline is ‘Diet two days a week. Eat normally for five’; though the book intro does try to distance the approach from anything to do with fasting or meal skipping. With this method, you are required to eat a low carbohydrate, high protein diet for two ‘restricted’ days out of your week. Dr Harvie and Prof Howell’s research has indicated this may be more effective for weight loss than trying to maintain a constant diet for seven days a week.

The book teaches what serving sizes are, what sort of foods (carbohydrates, proteins, fats etc.) you should be eating throughout your day, how to follow a weekly meal plan, and, of course, recipes.

There recipes are divided into two main sections; the first being recipes for your restricted days which contains some delicious options including Indonesian Chicken Soup, Piri Piri Turkey & Green Pepper Skewers, and Griddled Tuna Steak with Pineapple Salsa. They have also included vegetarian options that ensure adequate amounts of protein and they haven’t forgotten dessert options in case you have a craving for something sweet on your restricted days.

The second main section covers a range of healthy recipe options for your unrestricted days (translation: just as healthy as the restricted day recipes, but these contain carbs). Some of the best from here include Wholemeal Banana & Flaxseed Pancakes, One-Pot Chicken and Veg, and Braised French Chicken.

Read it if…

You would like to learn some healthier recipes to add into your weekly meals and would like to learn how to eat healthy in more detail. While NZ Real Health doesn’t advocate ‘dieting’ and would rather that everyone learns to maintain a healthy, well-balanced nutrition regime every day of the week, we do like it that the recipes in here are full of protein, vegetables and have some fantastic herb and spice combinations to season your meat. Plus you will learn more about correct serving sizes and which many people trying to lose weight often struggle with.

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