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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Book Review: The Millenium Diet: the Practical Guide for Rapid Weight Loss by Mark Davis, M.D.

The Millenium Diet:  the Practical Guide for Rapid Weight Loss
Author:  Mark Davis M.D.
Copyright:  2008
Publisher:  Healthnets
pages:  106
Note:  This book was provided by the author and Bostick Communications in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.  No compensation was provided.

Table of Contents:
   Chapter One Why Lose Weight
   Chapter Two Sweet Tooth
   Chapter Three  The Physiology of Obesity
   Chapter Four  The Psychology of Obesity
   Chapter Five  The Diet
                                                      Chapter Six  Common Questions Asked by Dieters
                                                      Chapter Seven  How to Read Labels
                                                      Chapter Eight  Appetite Suppressants
                                                      Chapter Nine  Vitamins and Minerals
                                                     About the Author

From the back cover:  "Lose thirty pounds in five weeks utilizing this unique diet plan that works with your body's physiology to maximize weight loss.  The Millenium Diet is a physician conceived program to cause rapid weight loss in a short period of time.  No other program on the market today is designed for expeditious weight loss at the levels achieved by this diet.  Diet histories of thousands of people were studied.  Certain common foods and food groups were noted to cause most of their weight gain.  When these foods were eliminated or reduced in portion size the dramatic weight loss that occurred caused this program to come into existence.  The Millenium Diet is safe, effective, and adaptable to most lifestyles.  The book is packed full of information every dieter should know and is now available to anyone interested in a quick weight loss program."

Review:  Is this diet plan just like any other high protein low carbohydrate plan?  Is it safe to lose 30 lbs in 5 weeks by following The Millenium Diet?  Is it a no-brainer to cut sugars and simple carbohydrates while increasing protein?

If you ask anyone who has done competitive body building or is a professional athlete, they will tell you that this plan or one similar works!  I spoke with a lady who was a competitive body builder who said she took in well over 2000 calories a day, her diet was high in protein and low in simple carbohydrates. She also ate small meals throughout the day.  The exercise regimen she partook in required an incredible amount of protein.  She also used multi-vitamins.  Lots of athletes prescribe to the use of protein shakes as well.

But you and I, the average person reading this book, are not typically professional athletes.  So, what does this book have to offer us?  For one, Dr. Mark Davis does not preclude this diet for athletes alone.  In fact, he said it is for the average person.
"What is revolutionary about this program is that is has been tested in thousands to patient visits.  The patients are the best teachers and with their tremendous input this diet came into being."  ~  page v, Introduction, The Millenium Diet
This is not a no-carbohydrate diet.  The Millenium Diet recommends a diet 40-50% carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates being the type recommended.  Brown rice, high fiber breads, whole wheat products...you get the picture.  Carbohydrates with a lower glycemic index enter the bloodstream more slowly, thus they don't cause large amounts of sugars to enter the bloodstream which is then stored as fat.

The Millenium Diet states:
"The best science presently available directs us to utilize the following premises: a) you must want to lose weight, b) portion control is a must, c) an elevated protein diet with a moderate amount of carbs and low fat will increase the rapidity of weight loss." ~ page 57, The Millenium Diet
That is the premise of the book and the diet.
"There are no quick fixes just hard work and dedication with the knowledge that in a short time you will look and feel better." ~ page ix, Introduction, The Millenium Diet
I looked over the suggested menus and they do seem rather restrictive but, like Dr. Davis says, if these restrictions inhibit you trying the diet, perhaps you are not ready to full-heartedly diet.  He claims that after several years of working with his own patients, this diet has seen the best success because it focuses on portion control and caloric intake.  In addition, he also recommends aerobic exercise and weight training for ultimate weight loss and weight control in the future.

This book was published a few years ago but would definitely benefit from the skills an editor can offer in regards to spelling and format.

Rated 3.5/5 


  1. The vitamin chapter is quite valuable as it breaks down each vitamin, its source, its role in the body and what happens if you are deficient.

  2. Mark Davis, MD June 17, 2011 RE: Book review of The Millenium Diet

    Hi:Thank you for the unbiased book review. You are correct about the spelling/grammar. The book is presently going through an update. These errors will be taken out of the next edition. When an update is available, please allow me to send you a copy. Thanks for the consideration.

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