Trim Healthy Mama Review
Trim Healthy Mama is one of the most-talked about diet books of the last few years. After it was released in 2012, it fueled a storm of responses across the internet: some positive and some negative.
In Trim Healthy Mama, two women named Serene and Pearl coach women through a weight loss program. The book includes 640 pages of recipes, diet guides, supplement information, and exercise routines.
Trim Healthy Mama’s subtitle is: “No More Fads: A Common Sense Guide to Satisfy Your Cravings and Energize Your Life.”
Does Trim Healthy Mama live up to that promise? Find out today in our review.
What is Trim Healthy Mama?
Trim Healthy Mama is a book published by two moms named Serene Allison and Pearl Barett. The book was released in 2012 and is currently available as a paperback, hardcover, and e-book.
The book begins by drawing people from all different nutritional backgrounds together: including paleo, high-carb, vegetarian, vegan, and fad dieters from all walks of life.
After gathering all these people together, the authors explain why all of these dietary approaches are lacking. Then, they introduce a new diet plan which they call the “common sense” plan.
That common sense diet involves separating fats and carbs. That doesn’t mean you can’t eat those foods – it just means you should avoid meals that contain both fat and carbs. You should also reduce your overall consumption of fats and carbs.
How Does Trim Healthy Mama Work?
Trim Healthy Mama works on the principle that eating fat and carbs at the same time doubles our body’s fat storage.
Our bodies use fats and carbs to produce energy. However, it processes fats and carbs in different ways. When eaten together, the body gives glucose (from carbs) priority. The remaining energy (fat) is stored as excess fuel for later use.
Of course, our bodies rarely need to actually store that fat for later use. “Later use” usually means “it’s going to stay on the body for the rest of our lives.”
As a result, we gain weight and have trouble sticking to our dietary goals.
Rules of the Trim Healthy Mama Diet
1) Reduce Overall Caloric Intake
2) Reduce Fat Intake Fats (aim for healthy fats as opposed to processed fats)
3) Reduce Carbohydrate Intake (aim for healthy carbs, like whole grains)
This isn’t some revolutionary weight loss breakthrough: these are just rules that reinforce some of the nutritional guidelines we’ve developed over the past few decades of research.
The value of Trim Healthy Mama doesn’t come from these dietary rules: instead, the value comes from the recipe lists and healthy eating tips. As mentioned above, there are about 600 pages of recipes and guidelines included in this book.
Downsides of Trim Healthy Mama
At the top of this article, I mentioned that Trim Healthy Mama has faced some criticism across the internet. That criticism is centered on three main points:
— “It’s just the Atkin’s diet”. The subtitle of the book is “No More Fads!”, but the women advertise the advantages of the Atkin’s diet or something similar. The diet simply involves eating fewer carbs, fewer sugars, and eating lots of fake substitutes.
— Speaking of fake substitutes, the women recommended hydrogenated sugar alcohols like xylitol and erythritol, both of which have been associated with some dangerous side effects.
— Both women also seem to love stevia, a natural low-calorie sugar replacement made from a plant. The jury is still out on stevia, although more and more research is suggesting that it acts as an abortificacient, which means it leads to a higher likelihood of miscarriage. Stevia, like other sugar replacements, could also disrupt intestinal flora and your body’s natural glucose, which ultimately leads to weight gain. Many people are lured in by stevia because it’s a natural compound. But as one reviewer argues, “arsenic is also a natural compound!”
Essentially, these criticisms revolve around the idea that Trim Healthy Mama is just a low-calorie, low-carb, low-fat diet which recommends using some unproven chemical compounds as substitutes for your diet.
Who Should Read Trim Healthy Mama?
Trim Healthy Mama is a collection of dietary principles from women who claim to have solved the riddle of weight loss. It’s very similar to the Atkins diet in that it recommends cutting out carbohydrates – so you can expect weight loss results similar to the Atkins diet.
The book has been surprisingly well-received across the internet. It has an average customer rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon with approximately 1000 reviews thus far.
It also has a lot more substance than your typical diet manual, clocking in at 640 pages.
You don’t have to follow every rule and restriction to enjoy the benefits of Trim Healthy Mama: some women just purchase this book for the healthy recipe tips and ingredients.
Whether you’re trying to lose pesky weight or just looking for tastier meals moms can make easily and afford-ably at home, Trim Healthy Mama could give you the weight loss support you need – just don’t expect any revolutionary diet tips beyond “eating fewer carbs” and “eating healthy fats”.