Book Review: The Diet Code: Revolutionary Weight Loss Secrets from DaVinci and the Golden Ratio by Stephen Lanzalotta

Just when you thought you’d seen the last of the DaVinci Code knockoffs comes a diet book based on the Golden Ratio which Lanzalotta claims will allow readers to achieve and maintain their ideal weights. Although in fairness, the author insists he has been applying this principle to his eating habits for years prior to Dan Brown’s success, one cannot help wondering why he waited so long to bring these diet principles to light. In addition to laying out the Golden Proportion consisting of 52% carbs, 20% protein and 28% fat, Lanzalotta advocates eating what Leonardo ate, including seasonal, locally grown foods and follow Mediterranean eating patterns. Redesigning the food pyramid to reflect the 52% angle of Khufu’s Great Pyramid and tying proportions in with the Fibonacci series is unfortunate as many of the basics presented here are generally sound without attempting to make questionable ancient connections. The percentage of fat applied in Leonardo’s day when people had to work hard every day just to survive is simply too high for today’s sedentary lifestyles.

The author is correct in saying that most people take food for granted, eating on the go with little regard to what or how much they are consuming let alone the work that went into its growth and production. Adding vigorous daily exercise, eating more fruits, vegetables and unprocessed foods while eating meals slowly and being conscious of portion size, these are basic common sense principles that will assist with overall health and weight control that shouldn’t need to be spelled out again yet clearly, with the rising obesity rates, many still aren’t getting the message.

Helpful daily diet plans laid out by target weights based on desired weight along with recipes are located toward the back of the book. Following these plans will require commitment and money as the reader will have to make time to shop and prepare meals with wholesome ingredients that sadly, do not come cheap. The recipes provided are tasty, generally easy enough for new cooks to master and might just restore a sense of connectedness with the food that nourishes us. Unfortunately, in a culture obsessed with quick fixes, fast food and video games, no number of diet books is going to make much of a dent in the prevailing obesity epidemic regardless of the latest reading trends.


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