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Dr. John T. Daugirdas, a retired kidney specialist, shares the diet he uses in The QOD Diet: Eating Well Every Other Day. QOD stands for quaqua (Latin for "every") other day. The diet calls for the dieter to eat regularly one day while doing a semi-fast of 300-400 calories the next.
Daugirdas stresses that the diet has not been rigorously tested, and he sets strict guidelines to limit who tries it: a healthy person with less than twenty-five pounds to lose, between the ages of twenty and sixty, who likes tomatoes and other vegetables, who has no diabetes, heart disease, anorexia, bulimia, kidney disease, hypertension, stroke or stroke-related conditions. Dieters must also be able to take sodium and potassium supplements without problems with their medications.
Mainstays of the diet include taking vegetable juices that are high in potassium and supply adequate sodium to keep the dieter from feeling weak, supplements for valuable nutrients and fiber, and limiting calories on the day "off." By taking food but keeping the portions low every other day, the doctor believes that you will be able to prevent the body's starvation defense mechanism from kicking in. The fiber keeps you from constipation. He also promotes exercise, taking adequate amounts of water, and not bingeing during the "on" days.
Daugirdas writes for a general audience, rather than for Christians in particular. He refers to the spiritual benefits of the diet for specific religious backgrounds, such as Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist, Hindu, and others. He also refers to a sense of "Zen peacefulness" that he acquires on the diet when eating is not demanding much of his attention.
Being a specialist does not mean that he writes in "medicalese." The book is readable and easy to understand, straightforward and focused. Though he does not include many anecdotes, he does give the readers excerpts from his blog while he used the diet. He also provides an annotated bibliography and a section on mini-meals. -- Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book Previews.com
QOD (Quaque Other Die) is a term used by doctors meaning every other day. In his revolutionary new diet, Dr. Daugirdas shows how to reduce calories by eating most food every other day. On those days a normal amount of food is eaten, but on the intervening "off" days, the dieter eats only enough to provide for constant intake of essential minerals and high-biologic-value nutrients.
The diet is not for everybody. Dr. Daugirdas does not recommend it for those who need to lose a large amount of weight, or those with certain medical conditions, such as heart disease, kidney problems, or diabetes. But for most Americans -- those who would benefit from taking off 25 pounds or so -- this is a healthy regimen that is easier to follow than other diets.