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388 of 397 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In 3 months, I have lost 23 pounds, gone down 5 points in my body fat percentage, and lost 4.5 inches from my waist...after struggling with my weight for decades. (I received a copy of the of the plan guidelines and sample menus in September through the author's Facebook group.) In addition to the outer changes, my cholesterol level dropped to 121, with a commensurate reduction in triglycerides and LDLs.

I do know a little bit about nutrition (what heavy person doesn't?). I wanted a plan that followed sound nutritional guidelines and had some research to back it up. This one does. Marla does a great job of explaining why the things I learned about nutrition in my 20s aren't working for me in my 40s, and then lays out, clearly, concisely, and with menus and recipes, what *will* work...and it did. I was nervous about cutting down on grains--I attempted the Atkins plan a few times and it just made me sick--but I felt fine. The menu plans are satisfying and tasty, and Marla has really helped me to re-frame the way I think about food.

The 2-week turbocharge is a great way to kick off the plan: all the claims about resetting your body's expectations proved true for me. In the 3 months I've been on this plan I started a new job; celebrated my anniversary, Halloween, my birthday, & Thanksgiving, and now find myself surrounded by all the Christmas treats...and still find it easier than it's ever been to make conscious choices about what I eat.

I hope you find this helpful...if you've been fighting this battle for decades and began to think nothing was ever going to work, give this an honest shot. It may change your life. My weigh-in this morning was the lowest it's been in ten years.

Gotta go...exercise class starts soon!
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168 of 173 people found the following review helpful
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I have been following this program via Marla's Facebook group since September. I have always struggled with my weight and in late August found that I had very high blood pressure. My husband (a General Practitioner) had been to a talk on hypertension where they talked about the benefits of The Dash Diet. I researched the diet and decided to give it a go and so glad I did! I have lost a total of 14 kilos (just over 30lbs) and my blood pressure has come right down. I'm not one for exercise but I did start walking every day. This program is the best and one that I can see myself doing for life. Marla and the group have certainly changed my life and I am so grateful for their support.
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130 of 142 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2013
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
My doctor noted that my recent weight gain was impacting my high blood pressure and recommended the dash diet. The book will not steer you wrong, in that it gives solid, scientifically researched food principles. I've had a lot of experience with various diets and have always stayed away from the trendy ones. This book advocates less sodium, lower fats and lots of fruits and vegetables. Where it lost me was the induction phase. The author warns that you will eat very repetitively during this phase, but its only two weeks. It reminded me of Atkins/South Beach - trendy. I was glad that this was not the first diet I tried, because I knew how to substitute for tomatoes, which I don't enjoy. But it was hard to eat that strictly.

This was also the first diet book I bought for my Kindle app, and I found it very difficult to move back and forth in the book, even with bookmarks. I would have preferred hyperlinks to the recipes in the back, so. I didn't lose my place in the text when I needed to cook a recipe. I may have had a better experience if I'd bought the hard copy.
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164 of 183 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2013
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I am a 67 year old, diabetic for twenty-five years, over-weight, woman with hypertension who recently found I had four blockages in two main arteries, and subsequently needed four stents inserted to combat an immediate heart attack. I have attempted to lose weight on everything that has come down the pike over the last fifty years including the Stillman Diet, Nutri System, Atkins, Weight Watchers (four times!), Mayo Clinic (?) Diet, Hard-Boiled Egg and Grapefruit Diet, a diet doctor who gave me thryoid meds and told me to eat chicken and broccoli once a day (which gave me numerous medical problems in the long-run), every powdered diet drink available, well- known packaged meal plans, etc. I finally just gave up. Fear of imminent death from more blockages and the high blood pressure caused me to do a little research and I came up with the Dash Diet being voted best diet plan three years in a row. I ordered Marla Heller's book, The Dash Diet Weight Loss Solution, and when I tell you that this is the first diet I ever saw that actually had my favorite food - cheese - on it, I wanted to dance. I did the Phase I Section and lost over ten pounds. I am now in Phase II, and have lost a total of eighteen pounds, adding some carbs which scared me as my blood sugar readings have been in the 90's and very low 100's, but they have remained low because I am eating the right carbs in the right amounts! Have not had my HbA1C done since I was on it, but am very excited for the next three month lab test. I am full and satisfied, and love the choice of foods and snacks. This isn't a diet where you need to chart everything. The menus are clear and you pick and choose what you want. It's a win-win situation and I thank God I found this. My blood pressure is excellent, I have a hundred times more energy, and walk like I did when I was younger - I have two knee replacements and I find steps and walking are not agony anymore. I feel great and would recommend this diet to anyone who struggles with weight, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Thank you, Marla Heller for a clear, concise, life-saving book.
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132 of 151 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2012
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
For the past several months I have had the privilege of participating in Marla's DASH Diet Challenge group on Facebook. Since starting the DASH diet in September of this year my husband and I have both experienced slow, steady weight loss. If you have been dieting all your life and think you know everything, read this book! You will learn to eat healthy and lose weight without calorie counting, weighing and measuring. You will learn how to order at a restaurant without sabotaging your diet. I cannot believe how our appetites have changed in a few short months. We have tried so many new foods! More than half of our grocery list is now made up of fresh produce. We feel satisfied with smaller, DASH friendly meals. I also sleep more soundly and have a renewed feeling of mental well-being. If you are a woman over 50 and think the extra pounds around your waist are never going to come off try this diet! I love the compliments I have received from people who have not seen me in a while! Thank you Marla!
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81 of 93 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
The description and cover of this book are misleading. This is NOT the same Dash Diet that U.S. News and World Reports has ranked the "#1 best diet overall" 4 years in a row. That would be the original Dash Diet developed by the National Institute of Health in the mid-90's after years of research. The original Dash Diet advocates a diet high in whole grains, poultry, fish and nuts while being lower in red meat, sweets and sugar-containing beverages.

This book advocates a modified version of the original Dash Diet that basically turns it into just another low-carb/high protein diet, which is something the original Dash Diet was never intended to be. It claims it is based on "previously overlooked research" that allows you to "supercharge weight loss" and "wake up your fat burning metabolism". I tend to be turned off quickly by these types of hocus-pocus claims. I also can't help but wonder why if this "previously overlooked research" proves this diet to be so great, then why does the National Institute if Health's own website still advocate for the ORIGINAL Dash Diet instead of this new and improved version? And why is it the ORIGINAL Dash Diet that has won the awards and not this one?

Look, I'm not a dietician and I really don't know if this version is better than the original Dash Diet, but I take issue with it claiming to be something that it is not. It is NOT the same diet that has one best diet awards multiple years! If you are so proud of the diet that you created, then let it stand on its own and stop trying to ride the coattails of another diet's success.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I almost joined WW (again), but heard about this plan and decided to try it instead. No weight loss effort is easy, but this one makes sense. I really like not having to eat specialized or obscure foods, that can't be found in your local market or deli. I am excited to get started on this new way of living!
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2014
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I am returning this to Amazon unused. I needed a good low-sodium cookbook. This one jumps on half a dozen gimmicky bandwagons (since when is gluten-free part of DASH? Or artificial sweeteners?) and relies on named, pre-packaged ingredients (sugar-free Jell-O, 'BabyBel' cheese) for its recipes. Not for me, sorry.
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37 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
recommended by my doctor, very easy to follow. I am down 14 pounds, have lowered my blood pressure meds in half. I sleep better, I have more energy. I am part of Marlas group on Facebook which has offered great support and Marla's advice it's right on. Buy it, easy to read, easy to understand. it's a lifestyle change. a healthy lifestyle change.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book thinking I might have finally found something that wouldn't be so much a diet as an eating plan I could follow for life. But no, it's nothing new - all the same egg whites, diet cheese, and sugar free jello you'll find on any other diet. Very disappointing.
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