Although it hasn't been subjected to clinical studies, the weight-loss plan laid out in Bob Greene's "The Best Life Diet" is nutritionally sound and focuses on lifestyle changes rather than short-term dieting, experts report. Reviewers love that the diet includes exercise recommendations and is centered around whole foods. Dieters are encouraged to replace processed and fried foods with whole grains, lean protein and fresh produce. An online component (*Est. $10 per month) with user forums and recipes is also available.
Overall, reviewers say "The Best Life Diet" contains no gimmicks and is a smart way to lose weight and keep it off for good. However, many users are annoyed with the book's frequent plugs for Best Life-approved products. If you need a more structured approach, Weight Watchers (Est. $20 to $30 per month, plus weekly meeting fees) gets the best reviews overall and has been proven in numerous research studies.
"The Best Life Diet" is included in a review of diet books from ConsumerReports.org. Although the analysis is short, the diet is rated on a variety of criteria, including nutrition and ease of use. WebMD and Health magazine have lengthy reviews based on expert opinions, and user ratings at Amazon.com are helpful in evaluating the book from a dieter's perspective.
"The Best Life Diet" is included in this review of seven diet books, and the program is rated on science, nutrition, exercise, ease of use and meal plans. The book receives an overall score, which makes it easy to compare to the other diet books evaluated.
Review: Diet Books, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, May 2007
"The Best Life Diet" gets a positive review from experts at WebMD. Editors say it's "a safe, effective way to lose weight and improve fitness," and it can help you make a lifestyle change to keep the weight off for good.
Review: The Best Life Diet, Editors of WebMD
Health magazine calls Best Life one of the healthiest diets around. "This is a well-balanced plan that helps control calories, maximize nutrition and improve your fitness so you lose weight steadily and keep it off," they write.
Review: Review: The Best Life Diet, Editors of Health, Oct. 15, 2009
This writer likes that "The Best Life Diet" focuses on replacing unhealthy foods with healthy ones rather than strictly monitoring every calorie. However, she says author Bob Greene's concerns about mercury in fish are "alarmist."
Review: Diet Review: The Best Life Diet, Shelley Levitt, May 15, 2008
"The Best Life Diet" gets a 3.8-star rating (out of 5) from nearly 150 reviewers. Most appreciate the book's sensible approach toward weight loss, and like that author Bob Greene focuses on exercise as well as food intake. However, some are frustrated by the many product plugs.
Review: The Best Life Diet, Contributors to Amazon.com
Fitness expert Myatt Murphy says "The Best Life Diet" offers a healthy approach to weight loss. The exercise guidelines are in sync with his recommendations, but he wishes the book devoted more attention to portion control.
Review: Bob Greene Best Life Diet Review, Myatt Murphy, Nov. 25, 2009