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The Hamptons Diet: Lose Weight Quickly and Safely with the Doctor's Delicious Meal Plans Hardcover – April 29, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (April 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471478121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471478126
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

"Indulge yourself and be fabulous because of it" is the motto of The Hamptons--a 40-mile oceanfront stretch of Long Island where New York City's rich and famous frolic--and of Pescatore's diet. Former medical director of the Atkins Center, Pescatore incorporates what he believes to be the best of both low-carb and Mediterranean diets. The Hamptons Diet eliminates "unhealthful foods that your body does not metabolize well," Pescatore explains. His diet is high in monounsaturated fats (especially macadamia nut oil), vegetables, fish, lean meats, nuts, whole grains, and low-sugar fruits: "real food"--unprocessed, unrefined, mostly organic. Pescatore tells anecdotes about his rich and famous clients (first names only) who achieved health and weight loss with his program. His writing is peppy and easy to follow, though he falls into self-praise a bit much. He explains his concepts clearly, although you might want to skim some of his 21 pages about the properties of 32 different oils. About half the book consists of a 30-day menu plan and recipes that certainly don't shout "I'm dieting": quiche, pancakes, hot dogs, burgers stuffed with blue cheese, steak salad, ham, casserole, meatballs (with veal, pork, chuck, and cheese), and pork chops, for example. --Joan Price

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It's the new Atkins but better, easier to follow, good for you& -- Sunday Mirror, 28 March 2004

The Hamptons Diet has the perfect credentials for fashion-obsessed New Yorkers seeking to purge themselves of unwanted calories. -- The Independent, 22nd March 2004

the latest on the low-carbohydrate dieting craze& -- UK.news.Yahoo.com, 18 March 2004

"...the latest on the low-carbohydrate dieting craze" -- UK.news.Yahoo.com, 18 March 2004

"It's the new Atkins but better, easier to follow, good for you" -- Sunday Mirror, 28 March 2004

"The Hamptons Diet has the perfect credentials for fashion-obsessed New Yorkers seeking to purge themselves of unwanted calories." -- The Independent, 22nd March 2004

“…breakthrough new diet book…” (Goodness Foods, September 2004)

The latest geographically correct diet with star appeal—Sara Jessica Parker and Renée Zellweger are said to be fans—Dr. Fred Pescatore’s plan stresses veggies, fish, omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats like Australian macadamia nut oil (Your Diet, June 21, 2004)

Named after the exclusive Long Island, NY, beach community he calls home (as do many A-list celebs), Dr. Fred Pescatore’s get-thin guide takes the low-carb craze and makes it safer by focusing on healthy cards (wheat bread is allowed, white is off limits) and fats (monounsaturated), instead of restricting them entirely. Recipes like Gardiner’s zucchini salad are perfect for summer. (Star Magazine, May 24, 2004)

“It’s the new Atkins but better, easier to follow, good for you…” (Sunday Mirror, 28 March 2004)

“the latest on the low-carbohydrate dieting craze…” (UK.news.Yahoo.com, 18 March 2004)

“The Hamptons Diet has the perfect credentials for fashion-obsessed New Yorkers seeking to purge themselves of unwanted calories.” (The Independent, 22nd March 2004)

Customer Reviews

Now, everyone in my family can eat like this!
Sharon T.
Dr. Pescatore's approach to weight loss focuses on good health as much as shedding extra pounds.
Loaiza
With easy to follow instructions, delicious recipes and ingredients it's easy to stick with it!
Linda Blaine

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144 of 149 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 22, 2004
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The latest offering from this former Medical Director of the Atkins Center is his best work yet - from both a reading standpoint and with the viewpoint of the average dieter (in other words, with a realistic assessment of what the average person is and is not willing to do on a long-term basis) considered.

The Hamptons Diet focuses on controlling the number and quality of carbs eaten while eating the right types of food and fat. This book is much lighter on the actual science (the part that goes right over most reader?s heads anyway) and a lot heavier on the simply explained How-To?s (the part the average reader benefits from the most.)

The Hamptons Diet introduces several new food pyramids, instead of just turning the Standard USDA food pyramid upside-down. This strategy will help you to make wise food choices from each food category while not making you feel hopeless about *never* again eating [whatever your favorite is]. For each of the food groups, there is a separate pyramid that presents the basic choices in levels of desirability - in other words, choices can be made that are always desirable and preferred over all others, even if the other choices are not actually prohibited, per se. In the protein pyramid, processed and fried meats are not actually prohibited, but they are undesirable in comparison to the other choices, so they appear up at the peak of the pyramid, with a recommendation to limit their consumption. There are separate pyramids for vegetables, grains, fruit and sugars, fats and oils. Whole grains and legumes are allowed on the Hamptons Diet, in varying amounts depending on your individual needs/progress.
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 2004
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I am so glad for the Hamptons Diet. If you take time to read this book and learn from Dr. Pescatore's 11 years of practicing nutritional medicine, you will see that this is the future of weight loss. It is the first sane, practical approach that I have ever seen. I can't tell you how much better it is than South Beach and heads and tails above Atkins. Talk about sellling one's soul. Atkins sold out long before he died and Agaston signing a deal with Kraft is like signing a deal with the devil. I could never recommend my patients to follow the Atkins program but thought I could recommend South Beach but I was upset by the lack of depth of any knowledge or information in that book.
As a cardiologist, monounsaturated fats are the healthiest fats to eat and Dr. Pescatore should be applauded for pointing that simple fact out and taking the time to explain how to understand cooking oils - by far the most misunderstood yet critical parts of our diet. And he does it in such a way that I have photocopied that chapter and hand it out to all my patients and they are all enjoying it much more than SB. I don't know what his interest in MacNut oil is but I sure wish I had thought about it - good going and keep up the great work Dr. P
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 2004
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This is one of the best diet books and healthiest plans I have ever read - and I've read a lot! It combines the Atkin's diet with good science and common sense. It finally taught me about the different oils - oincluding the canola oil myth. It is far superior to the Southbeach Diet book(which never seems to give a real diet plan, just menus). The two things I would change about the Hampton's book: 1. Give a more definite protein portion size (the recipes seem to be about 4 to 8 ounces per serving)and/or total daily protein count 2. Include a carbohydrate table. However, all in all, an excellent book!
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By "fitnfine" on June 18, 2004
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I don't know about anyone else, but I have been doing this diet wihtout using macadamia nut oil and have had the same amazing results as the people in his book. I am using olive oil and some other oils and doign really well and have lost 18 pounds in one month following this program - the most weight I have ever lost. I had to read the book twice to see that Dr. Pescatore is simply giving us a healthy way to eat for the rest of one's life. He is trying to make sense of all the fads and trends out there to make low carb a sustainable way of life and to be healthy in the long run. I am so happy for Dr. Pescatore and The Hamptons Diet and I can't wait to lose more weight
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2004
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Until I found The Hamptons Diet, I spent countless hours explaining to my clients why Atkins and South Beach were not the right way to lose weight and eat healthy. Dr. Pescatore's healthy approach to weight loss, taking the best of controlled carbs and the Mediterranean diet built on a whole, organic foods platform is right on the money! And anyone who knows even a little bit about the science of fats knows that monounsaturated fats should make up the majority of everyone's fat intake. My clients have found Macadamia nut oil at all their local health food stores and are making sure that the local grocers stock it, too. And while it costs more than the junk oils they're used to, nobody seems to mind spending a couple of dollars more for the results. They can't believe something that good can be healthy. So thank you Dr. Pescatore, now my clients can just buy The Hamptons Diet and spend all the extra time we spent on nutrition doing a few extra sets to get ready for the beach this summer!
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Fred Pescatore, M.D., is the head of the Centers for Integrative and Complementary Medicine in New York. He is the author of The Hamptons Diet, Feed Your Kids Well, and The Hamptons Diet Cookbook. Dr. Pescatore has been featured in the New York Times and has appeared on the Today show, The View, and many other television programs.