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The Digest Diet: The Best Foods for Fast, Lasting Weight Loss Hardcover – October 2, 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest; 1 edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606525433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606525432
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (387 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author


Liz Vaccariello is the editor in chief and chief content officer of Reader’s Digest, one of the world’s largest media brands, with 26 million readers. A journalist with 20+ years experience in health and nutrition, she’s also the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestselling Flat Belly Diet! and The 400-Calorie Fix. Previously, Liz was the editor-in-chief of Prevention. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and twin daughters. Her blog, Losing it with Liz, lives on She has over 3,000 followers on Twitter (@LizVacc).




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Liz Vaccariello
Editor-in-Chief, READER'S DIGEST
Author, Digest Diet and Flat Belly Diet! franchises

Liz Vaccariello is the Chief Content Officer and Editor-in-Chief for the Reader's Digest brand. For years, Liz has been a staple on the network morning shows Good Morning America and Today. In 2009, as editor of Prevention magazine, she began guest hosting in the fifth chair on the Emmy Award-winning CBS syndicated show The Doctors. She has appeared on Dr. Phil, The View, Katie, Regis & Kelly, Extra and two seasons of The Biggest Loser.

Liz is a six-time New York Times bestselling author, including the Flat Belly Diet! She went on to write the 2010 follow-up to Flat Belly Diet!, 400 Calorie Fix. In April, 2012 she released her new weight loss book, The Digest Diet, which also became a New York Times bestseller.

Liz's approach to a happy, well-rounded life is singular, and fits well with the Reader's Digest brand promise to give people simple, easy, proven solutions that improve their lives. Her approachable style, high energy and unique vision have been a point of inspiration for the tens of millions of readers of Every Day with Rachael Ray, where she was Editor-in-Chief from May 2010 to October 2011, and Prevention, where she was SVP/Editor-in-Chief from 2006 to 2010. Before Prevention, Liz was executive editor of Fitness magazine. Prior to Fitness, Liz served as chief Editor of Cleveland Magazine.

She lives in New Jersey with her family.

Customer Reviews

The food was really good, book well worth its money.
The menu plans and recipes are so easy to follow - even a shopping list, so one can say they can't do it.
Kathleen Davies
If you like a sweetly written and thoughtful book, it might be OK.
Radar Mile

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559 of 567 people found the following review helpful By R NOLAND on May 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Tried this eating plan for about 6 weeks and really enjoyed it. I was skeptical at first because I knew, being only about 30 pounds overweight that I wouldn't lose 20+ pounds but I did lose about 7 in the first 3 weeks and continued to drop about 3/4-1 pound a week. (I am a 55 year old female) It really should be called more of a healthy eating plan instead of diet. I have cut out sugar except for honey, all artificial sweetners, alot of the sodium in my diet, and most processed foods. It does start with a 4-day cleansing process with shakes and soup. That was a little tough because I was detoxing from all the sugar, etc. But I found the right combo of flavorings in my shake (peanut butter, strawberries/banana, cocoa, and cinnamon) and I have actually started to crave the shakes. (They are like 16 oz.) Anyway, 4 days of shakes and soup (I recommend the Mexican chicken soup) is not the end of the world. Some recipes I didn't care for or I had to tweak the seasonings but I can repeat the ones I like (like seasoned baked chicken, pork chops, pork loin, and flank steak) as often as I want. But I encourage you to try some of the "out-there" veggies. My breakfasts now consist of oatmeal w/ strawberries, egg omelets, or peanut butter and strawberry wraps. I eat a turkey sandwich most days for lunch. When I go out I have learned to pick a good salad with grilled chicken and bring my own dressing (a recipe from the book). Once you figure out the foods that you should or shoudl not be eating you can be creative and create your own dishes .And, yes, I have to actually grocery shop. My local grocer has most of what I need with a couple of items coming from the "healthy" grocery stores. If you're looking for a new way of eating without counting points or calories while losing a healthy pound or so a week, this could be it. But if you want to stick with sugar, sweetners, processed and fast foods this is probably not the plan for you.
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216 of 218 people found the following review helpful By Seattle mom on July 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My husband and I have been using this plan for a couple of months. He lost 13 lbs and has been at goal weight for a while now. I have lost 14 lbs and have about 9 more to go (and would have lost more had I not been a little careless the last couple of weeks during the "birthday parties and school is over" period). My husband ate pretty healthily coming into this, but I was a total carb junky. I found the breakfasts (mainly the shakes and the parfait) to be incredibly tasty, better than any "smoothies" I've had before, and I'm amazed that I can lose weight while eating cheese and nuts (quick and easy snacks). My husband loves all food, but I'm about a 6 on the picky-eater scale, and I have been surprised that I've really enjoyed most of the recipes. The Mexican soup was a little too spicey for me, but the squash soup is to die for, and the lentil and shrimp soups are not bad either. They have a batch of chicken that can be done up several ways, so we do that occasionally and then use the meat in a variety of dishes.

The first few weeks do require some planning and learning new areas of the grocery store. But most of the recipes use the same stuff over and over (vinegar, pepper flakes, sea salt, honey, yogurt, peanut or almond butter, etc), and many of these just need to be bought once, and then you have them. Some of the produce is new to us (kale, escarole, etc), but once we found it, now we know where to look. I'm not a big salad fan, and fortunately there are a number of recipes that use produce but are not salads. I think they've done a great job of making sure there is enough fat and protein in each recipe to make it satisfying. I'm not hungry 30 mins later like with some produce-oriented recipes.
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194 of 202 people found the following review helpful By paul W on May 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Great book and very easy to read. Lots of pics explaining the recipes and exercise moves. Followed the complete cycle with good success.

Starts off with lots of shakes and soups to flush out the toxins, then moves to a low-carb cycle for another week or so, and then lands on the maintenance phase. You can do anything for two weeks so first two weeks weren't so bad to get through. Maintenance plan is pretty user friendly with lots of choices. And if you get stuck down the road you just repeat the cycle.

Great book to jump start a fitness plan. Lots of hints and trivia on the sidebars for the short attention span, I recommend for anyone who is trying to get started on a good path.
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108 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on August 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
(I am a cook so I agreed to follow the book for a diet for my wife.) Like others, I was skeptical but found the reading in the book intriguing. I've had to diet once in my life and used Atkins, lost the weight and kept it off. It is essential that followers read first half of the book to understand why they are doing what they do.

1. It's not all about food but requires physical activity, sleep and (probably) a complete change of types, preparation and eating times. Think of a Mediterranean diet without pasta.

2. It does NOT require starving, endless salads, exercising like an Olympic athlete or horrible yuck. Choices are based on scientific evidence - not whim.

3. It contains enough variety to make long-term dieting possible unlike many that require endless oatmeal, bacon or squash.

4. Best of all, the meals are GOOD and extremely easy to prepare (even for non-cooks).

Results: First 14 days she lost 12 pounds and it has continued at a slower pace due to lack of physical activity. (She has joined a gym.)
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