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on January 18, 2013
While I agree with other reviewers that this book contains a lot of interesting information about the science behind good and bad foods, I don't think this book offers a true "metabolism reboot" plan. After outlining the extremely strict food plan (which is not a bad thing, just note that it is EXTREMELY strict) she goes on to admit that the "maintenance phase" is that you really just have to stay on this plan forever.
She discourages adding back in any dairy (her treat to herself is one tablespoon of goat milk yogurt) and no fruit! Really, a life without fruit or dairy or any grains, forever. In my opinion this is not a metabolism reboot, or you would be able to eat these things in moderation and still maintain a healthy weight. She even mocks other plans that allow you to lose weight then put it right back on after you finish the diet. Yet this plan is the same, unless you stay on it forever.
There are plans that really do reboot your metabolism, so that you are burning so much that you can eat a lot of healthy food and even treat yourself with reasonable frequency, and still maintain your health. This plan may get you to a healthy weight (if you take all the supplements needed to get the nutrition you are missing) but it requires very strict diet, no snacking, and only 1 to 2 meals per day most days forever.
Of note is that she discourages all but the lightest of exercise for the first phase, then allows more if you wish. If you are looking for a strict diet that does not require much exercise, this may be for you.