Fit for Life

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

In the first half of this book, Harvey Diamond discusses the principles of his program by recalling the concept of natural hygiene to which he was introduced years ago in his personal struggle for weight control. That natural hygiene movement began in 1930, and he has incorporated some of its ideas into his seminar program called the Diamond Method which he began in 1981.

Diamond proposes altering one’s life-style based on the principle of consuming largely high-water-content foods; namely, fruits and vegetables. Proper food combining is also important. Only one concentrated food should be eaten at a meal. In other words, have a baked potato or a chicken breast, but not both, for dinner.

Correct fruit consumption is the cornerstone of the program. Diamond contends that fruit should be eaten all through the morning during the body’s natural detoxification phase. It should never be eaten with or closely following a meal as it causes digestive problems that throw off the natural cycles of the body.

In the second half of the book, “The Program,” Marilyn Diamond attests the effectiveness of her husband’s ideas in ensuring weight loss and a sense of well-being as well as high energy levels. Her four-week menu plan in section contains a variety of recipes to help the reader restock his or her kitchen and reorganize for a new approach to eating.

FIT FOR LIFE has been a major nonfiction bestseller for months. Intuitively people seem to recognize that the Diamonds make valid points based on experience and expertise. Their gentle encouragement to take any steps in their direction is also appealing. What this book will offer to its readers, layman or expert, is bound to vary widely. Most will be cautiously interested.