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The 5-Factor World Diet Hardcover – January 19, 2010

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Author of the bestselling 5-Factor Diet, Pasternak is a fitness trainer and nutritionist to big-name celebrities like Halle Berry, and Jessica Simpson. Accompanying his clients on international tours and to far-flung film sets, he discovered and now shares food preparation techniques, recipes, and weight-loss secrets from the world's healthiest countries—China, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea , Spain, and Sweden. Pasternak lists the five reasons Americans are overweight—caloric overload, portion distortion, on-the-go eating, animal product excess, and lazy lifestyle—and suggests remedies borrowed from nations with leaner, healthier populations. The original 5-Factor diet couldn't be more basic: five meals a day to elevate metabolism and decrease body fat; five specific nutrients for each meal (protein, carbohydrates, fiber, healthy fat, and water or tea); five-minute prep time for meals with five core ingredients; and a 25-minute workout five days a week. There is also, once a week, a free, eat-whatever-you-want day. The book's 120 recipes and five-week menu plan are appealing, and there are tips for understanding exotic ingredients and smart shopping. (Jan.)
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“Harley’s ‘World Diet’ proves that dieting doesn’t have to be boring or difficult. Who knew that you could still eat the world’s most delicious foods and lose weight?!”—Hilary Duff

"Between recording music, filming movies, and designing my fashion line, I’m a busy woman. That's why I love Harley’s plan! I get the most results in the least amount of time. The meals are delicious and I never feel like I'm on a diet."—Jessica Simpson

“Harley’s 5-factor food tips, menu plans, and philosophy on nutrition helped me get the body I have today! They also gave me more energy and helped me feel healthier. Harley knows what he’s talking about–his knowledge of the human body is based on extensive medical studies, so he understands the effects of exercise and nutrition on the body. Ask him a question: You just can’t stump him!”—Vanessa Williams

"Harley's 5-Factor World Diet goes where no diet has gone before! He takes the best of global nutrition and gives it back to us in an accessible and delicious package. It's as inspiring as it is effective!"—Jillian Michaels, author of Master Your Metabolism and Making the Cut

"Harley’s approach to a healthy lifestyle makes so much sense. It’s easy to start doing, and keep doing!"—Jeff Goldblum
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (January 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345511093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345511096
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recommend this common-sense diet book, particularly for the recipe section. This book is 271 pages long, not including notes, an index, and a separate index of recipes (which I think is a good idea). There are 125 pages of recipes, and I have tried a few and found them to be simple to prepare and very good. The estimated preparation times appear to be accurate. The various cuisines included in the recipes provide a good deal more variety that many diet plans, yet they all adhere to the basic principles of this diet. If the diet you're on is getting boring, this one should provide some good alternatives. Even if you're not on a diet, the recipes are worth the price of the book.
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Okay, so this book explains why many Americans are overweight/obese (and you already know the reason: too many calories + not enough exercise) and then compares the way we eat to the diet of people from a handful of other countries (Greece, Italy, Japan, Sweeden, etc.), who rely on natural, fresh, low-calorie foods (and a good walk). It is all very common sense, but what makes this book so awesome are the recipes the author includes, inspired by his travels to these "healthy" countries. The recipes are easy, delicious, and nutritious (with many of them taking less than 30 minutes to make!) Follow the recipes and you won't be disappointed by the meal or snack you make. P.S. The salmon teriyaki is delightfully simple and crave-inducing!
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The pot sticker recipes are healthy and fabulous. It is easier to make these then to order carry out. I also loved reading about the different approaches to eating and exercise in countries with low obesity rates.
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changing your eating habits, as with any "diet" is a life time.. not a temporary fix.. the recipes in the book are great, unfortunately Im a vegetarian, and wouldn't use more than half of those recipes. The ones I know I'd try, I modify to using tofu instead of seafood or beef.
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Another weight loss book but with an international twist. It has some very interesting information, but let's face it, we all know by now that broccoli is good for you whether or not they eat in in Japan. There are some very interesting recipes but am I really going to make smoked salmon nori roll and eggplant caponata for my snacks today? That is not to say that I wouldn't eat them because in all honesty, many of the recipes look delicious. Also, the recipes make 2 servings, and that's a plus in my case. Another good thing, most of the dishes look relatively easy to make. The bad thing, some of the ingredients may not be readily available in some areas. For adventurous cooks interested in healthy eating, this may be just the book you're looking for.
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Bought a second copy of the World Diet book just in case I lose the first. Harley put some great recipes in there.
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Very easy tips from various countries that I could easily incorporate in my daily eating programme. Plus easy recipes and very tasteful...
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