Yes, this has the recipes and the diet plan...but more, at last, it actually has some good advice, little things you can say to yourself that just MIGHT trigger your control over your appetite and food. I liked that better than anything...the little sayings that are scattered throughout the book and run along the bottom of the pages.
The main point of this book teaches the reader how to adjust their thinking about food. It assists with the way we (in the first world of over-abundance and "on-demand" eating) sometimes psychologically give food control over our bodies instead of the other way around. Dr. Gullo (the author) has treated a career-ful of cardio (and, at times, diabetic/endocrine) patients with weight-related health issues. He has learned through them (and self discovery) about common triggers, habits, urges and other thought-induced food issues. His book is well written, very easy to read & relate to, and is quite helpful in suggestions/proven methods to changing your inner "script."
One caveat - Dr. Gullo is quite anti-carbs. He pretty much preaches NO carbs EVER throughout the book. This might be unrealistic for some (most?) people and probably very difficult for the average user (e.g.: me.) I have been following this edict for approx 6 weeks now and have "cheated" several times. However, on a day-to-day basis, it is not that outrageous (once you get over the initial 10 -14 day period.)
I highly recommend "Thin Tastes Better" to anyone who truly wants to gain control over food's temptation and who is ready to actually put Dr. Gullo's proven techniques into action.
This is a great companion book to The South Beach Diet. They overlap on many ideas and compliment each other well.
I enjoyed this book full of practical weight-loss strategies.
From the back cover:
*Learn to avoid the 10 most common slipups-- and never again say "I blew it!"
*Find your "emergency exits"-- actions to get you through a craving attack.
*Discover the revolutionary new food pyramid you should follow for permanent weight loss.
*Count calories in a brand-new way.
*Weigh yourself on the New Scale that keeps you thin.
The author writes under the assumption that over-weight people suffer from food addiction and just like alcoholics, who don't want to give up their "drink," over-weight people don't want to give up the food they crave. This book helps you understand the process of food addiction and how changes can only be made if you CHOOSE to make them! Serious stuff.