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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (January 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345443152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345443151
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you know you swell up after bee stings, you avoid bees. If you know a close encounter with poison ivy will leave you itching and scratching for a week, you keep your eyes open for three-leafed plants. But, according to The False Fat Diet, many of us spend our entire lives eating foods that "don't agree with us," and as a result carry around extra pounds, put up with allergies, and go through life looking older and feeling less energetic than we should. Of course, the hook here is weight loss. If you eliminate the foods that make you gassy and bloated, you can probably drop pounds instantly--up to 10 pounds of "false fat" in a week, Elson Haas says--and then keep dropping weight in subsequent weeks and months, the real fat, all without feeling hungry or deprived.

Haas offers two ways to figure out if you've got food sensitivities: a medical blood test or an elimination diet, in which you cut out certain foods for a while, then gradually reintroduce them to see if they're the ones causing the problems. (The usual suspects: dairy, wheat, corn, sugar, eggs, soy, peanuts.) The False Fat Diet offers detailed instructions on how to eliminate each of these foods, and also offers ideas about supplements to take and other strategies to deal with the strangeness of not eating what are probably your favorite foods.

Although the basic idea behind The False Fat Diet is counterintuitive--that the foods you like and crave the most are causing you the most severe physical problems--the potential benefits are enormous. Haas and Cameron Stauth tell numerous stories of patients (including Stauth and his sister) who lost weight instantly, looked younger, and felt better by following the diet that makes the most sense for them. --Lou Schuler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"An awesome contribution to the puzzle of losing weight. I will recommend this to everyone I know. Clear, reflective, and easy to use. A real gem!"
--KATHLEEN DESMAISONS, Ph.D.
   Author of Potatoes Not Prozac

"Elson Haas is the doctor you turn to when you need a professional and sensible perspective on integrated health care."
--GARY NULL
   Author, radio and TV personality

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112 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Laura Haggarty on May 28, 2000
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I am using this book, in conjunction with "Eat Right For Your Type" by Dr. Peter D'Adamo, and seeing wonderful results! The premise is simple: certain foods make certain people's bodies react in ways which cause them to gain and retain weight. Some of these reactions are food allergies, some are food sensitivities. If you determine which foods cause reactions for your particular body, and stop eating them, you'll be amazed at what happens!
I am following these two programs (they go together very well) under the supervision of my doctor. I have stopped eating wheat/gluten products and dairy, and having done so am quite pleased with the results. In only two weeks I have lost six pounds and 2% of my body fat (I have a scale which measures both). My clothes are much looser (I should have measured myself before starting), a long term health issue is clearing up and going away, and I feel terrific!
I will note that I did not do the juice fast part of the elimination diet suggested in this book as one of the ways to determine food sensitivites. As someone with hypoglycemia, and having tried juice fasts before and had problems, I knew that was not the right route for me. But I did use the "Sensitive Seven Elimination Diet", and have had great results!
If you're willing to make some real changes in your eating habits, in exchange for real and measurable changes in your life, don't hesitate, buy this book. It's full of great information which can help you lose the weight you're hoping to.
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2000
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I'm at the other end of the continuum: early 50s, overweight, raging eczema, chronic sleeping problems, &c. Eternally questing for some "fix," I happened upon Dr. Haas' book, ordered it & the rest is incredible. In ONE WEEK on the Elimination Diet I lost 10 lbs (NO food cravings), eczema healed, have boundless energy & am sleeping! Eliminate the reactive foods (clearly presented) and heal. "Don't think of eliminating foods as deprivation, but as POWER!" Finally, a lifestyle change I can DO--and live with. I recommend this book unreservedly. Try it.
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By callista35 on April 9, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book after listening to the author being interviewed on New Dimensions Radio. He is very knowledgeable about helping people discover their own keys to good health. Unfortunately, this book presents the material badly.
Here's the premise. Most of us have reactions to certain foods -- not severe enough to close our throats or break us out in hives, but enough to cause nasal congestion, low energy, 10 pounds of water retention ("false fat"), and other undesirable side effects. With his program, you spend the first week eating from a very small group of foods that are usually non-reactive. If all goes well, after a few days your reactivity symptoms go away so you feel great. The second week you begin reintroducing foods into your diet, one at a time, and observe whether your symptoms return. In this way, you identify the foods you need to avoid in order to feel your best. It's a great idea, simple and elegant.
One of the strengths of the program is that you get to customize it to meet your meeds. For example, you get to choose from among four different options for Week 1, ranging in severity from a juice fast to a diet that only restricts the most commonly troublesome foods. He also includes sample menus for the first week.
My main complaint throughout is a surprising lack of guidelines to help you figure out how to apply it in real life. For example, the author warns that food sensitivities can develop from eating the same food too frequently, but he fails to say what to do if a sensitivity develops during your juice fast, as happened with me.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Laura Haggarty on May 23, 2000
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This is a really interesting book. I began reading it just as I started working with a holistic doctor here where I live. Many of the things she suggested are things Haas mentions in his book.
I've been following a food elimination diet for over a week now, and am amazed at how my food cravings (especially those for sugar and chocolate) have gone away. This is not an easy process to follow, I'll warn you of that up front.
To start with, the elimination diet has you giving up what he calls the Sensitive Seven: Most Commonly Reactive Foods: Dairy, Wheat, Corn, Sugar, Soy, Eggs, Peanuts. Cutting those seven things out of a diet is very hard to do without some real planning and committment. But once you do so, the benefits are tremendous. Problems that had been plaguing me for years have gone away, simply by cutting out all gluten (wheat and other gluten-containing grains) and dairy out of my diet.
I do suggest that you follow this, or any major diet change, under the supervision of a doctor. The most stringent elimination diet Haas recommends is five or more days of juice fasting, which is fine for some people, but would be difficult for people with blood sugar issues like diabetes or hypoglycemia. So check with your doc first.
That being said, the advice in this book is, for the most part, excellent, and sure to help those who are dealing with food sensitivities and allergies which keep them from losing weight.
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