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The Lean: A Revolutionary (and Simple!) 30-Day Plan for Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss Hardcover – March 27, 2012

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Andrew Weil, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Spontaneous Happiness
“Kathy Freston has been a steady source of reliable, practical advice about health. In The Lean,she presents a sensible plan to jump-start weight loss and improve well-being. I recommend this book.”

Neal D. Barnard, MD, President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine
“Abundant scientific research has convincingly shown that the approach Kathy Freston brings is the most effective way to reach your goal weight and stay there, and to enjoy the very best of health. The Lean puts this breakthrough into practice with a simple, step-by-step, can’t-fail guide. Kathy’s guidance is easy to understand, beautifully structured, and so encouraging that you’ll reach your goals more easily than you could ever have imagined. Our clinical studies and those of other research teams have shown how powerful a diet change can be. The Lean now makes it available to everyone.”

About the Author

Kathy Freston is a bestselling author with a focus on healthy eating and conscious living. Her instant New York Times bestsellers include Veganist, Quantum Wellness, and The One. She has appeared frequently on national television, including Oprah, The Dr. Oz Show, Ellen, Good Morning America, The View, The Martha Stewart Show, and Extra, and also on OWN. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Weinstein Books; 1 edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602861730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602861732
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kathy Freston is the New York Times bestselling author of Quantum Wellness and The One. She has produced a popular series of guided-meditation CDs on relationships, healing the body, creating prosperity, losing weight, and destressing. Her work has been featured in Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, Self, W, and Fitness, among other publications, and she has appeared on Oprah, The View, Good Morning America, and The Martha Stewart Show. She and her husband divide their time between New York and Los Angeles.

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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Joanna D. #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The plan of this book is unique; rather than suggest you make a monstrous change in your life (and we all know that momentous change is hard to keep up), the author gives us a day by day plan to change just ONE thing towards healthier, leaner and better eating and habits. That's a lot more "digestible" than cleaning out your entire fridge, adopting a completely different food plan and then having to live with it.

A good friend of mine (who has a degree from the premier university for holistic health) prevailed on her (non-vegan) husband to try her way of life and as he adopted it (slowly) he did lose weight and improved many aspects of his health. Her approach was rather similar: don't do it ALL at once, try this ONE thing. Then...another. He lost a lot of weight. His overall health drastically improved. Something she couldn't get him to do suddenly, she persuaded him to do by degrees. And they are both happier for it. This book proposes a similar, gradual and gentle plan.

The chapters are arranged by day:

Day One: water. (Ok, how hard is that? Get a water bottle, fill it with filtered water, drink.)
Day Two: Eat a big breakfast, and yes, it can be carbs. Just get a lot of fiber. I was happy with this because I like porridge (steel cut oatmeal) and I like rice porridge. The author suggests eating these, even veggies for a big, hearty breakfast. So far, I am totally with this (I love breakfast.)
Day Three: Eat an Apple (woo. that was tough. NOT. I love apples. I love them sprinkled with cinnamon for dessert.)
Day Four: Clean out the cupboards. Now, we are getting personal here but still --get rid of cookies if you have them, puddings, mixes for desserts, things full of preservative. Out of house, out of mind.
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165 of 180 people found the following review helpful By Walt P on March 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am a big fan of Freston's from her previous books and didn't know she had a new book out. Caught her on Ellen and bought the book immediately. While I began eating "veganish" from her other books, her approach on this one for simple weight loss was what caught my eye. On Ellen, Kathy talked about just drinking water (something about losing 5 pounds more if you drink 8 glasses a day than those that don't) and eating an apple a day. Really do-able and easy steps that I can do. (and I'm one of those that have tried every fad diet and have never stuck with a program since they are so stict and hard to keep up.) I just got this book and I cannot put it down!!! It's so basic and so simple and so intuitive and the information seems common sense yet is done in such a non-judgmental and insightful way. It makes me feel not only that I can do this program, and stick to it, but that I won't judge my own self if I slip, as I can just "lean" into it.

The book is set up with 30 Days, adding a new step in each day, while continuing the previous days steps. Drink water, eat a hearty breakfast, an apple a dy, eat nuts, use flax seed, incorporate superfoods, cut down on oil...all basic things and all so acheivable. AND...the best part is...THERE ARE RECIPES in the book!!! 30 days worth to get you started and keep going on getting lean.

I highly, highly recommend this book for yourself or as a gift. Whether you are a meat eater or not, this book is a do-able weight loss plan that will make you feel encouraged rather than discouraged and sets you up for success rather than failure. I started the water chapter today and, whether it's mind over matter or what, I already feel better.

This is a MUST HAVE (especially before bikini season!) book!
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By read4life on May 25, 2012
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This book is so simple and the reason I like it so much. So easy to read...just take 15 minutes of your day to read the few pages for that day's "addition" to the program and then the hardest part...applying it!! As usual no matter how much you learn and how many good intentions you have there is only one YOU who can do the actual work.
We all know the importance of drinking water but I like how the author digs deeper into the why's of this fact and the many other interesting topics/food products she brings to the table. Some things are not new ideas to me but some were.Overall it's a very light-hearted, positive way to read about some things us "less-disciplined" folks would rather not take the time or energy to do. :-)
As I've mentioned, it's one thing to understand what is/is not good for you but another to actually do it...that being said I suggest going into this book with the mindframe to really be committed to following through. I can admit I struggle with this in general and found myself skipping around in this book, doing some of the things and not the others. I suppose that any positive change is better than none but I can say I do believe this book's guidance would lead to some great health benefits the more you can follow it's daily suggestions.
I'm not vegetarian at this point but certainly understand all the health, environmental, moral, etc. reasons to live such a lifestyle so was not at all offended by the authors notes affirming this. I think it's important for everyone to keep an open mind and it never hurts to try something to see if it fits you personally or not...I know from my own experience whenever I have gone on any variation of a low-sugar, low-dairy or no red meat diet I feel better, lighter, have better digestion,etc. so what's the harm in entertaining a vegan diet if only for a week or two just to try it?? I didn't get the impression the author was "sneaking in" this info or had a hidden agenda by any means.
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