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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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“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.”
“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.”
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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.Read more ›
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's so helpful to understand how to eat right food and easy to follow with understanding. I recommend everyone to buy this awesome book. 👍👍Published 20 days ago by Kathleen McElwain
Oh, I THOUROUGHLY enjoyed this book. Very easy to follow and I followed her daily steps and lost 11 pounds effortlessly. It does become a lifestyle. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great simple steps to making small changes in life to forms the habits and get big results.Published 5 months ago by Julie Lawton-Miller
I appreciate the information in this book. Great suggestions for gradually "leaning" away from some bad habits and toward some healthier ones. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nbax
I saw Kathy Freston on The Ellen Show a few years ago and I liked the idea of "The Lean" but I never got around to trying it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carolyn
This was a very helpful book in learning how to wean oneself off animal proteins. While I'm not an advocate of a vegetarian diet, I have found that eating less animal protein has... Read morePublished 11 months ago by E. Benham