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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2014
First, let me say that the Lean For Life Diet is fabulous!! Great results! Here, I am talking ONLY about the book. I was so excited that this new version was coming out and preordered it, based on how happy I have been with the previous versions! I am SO disappointed!! I am familiar with the previous versions of this book, in fact I have them all, both in paperback, and where available, in kindle format. I read this new version straight through, and I hate it!!! Compared to the earlier versions, it is very choppy and hard to read. I liked having all the items that were shoved into the appendix in this version within the daily readings in the old versions. They felt more like a daily workbook; a handy guide as you work through your weight loss journey. This new version felt like I was reading a poorly written novel. I found all the gray boxes with Dr. Allouche's medical theory to be tedious and an interruption to what I am interested in....the actual process/steps to losing weight. I would've much preferred that Dr. Allouche's information was what was to be found in the appendix. I soon found that I was not interested in what he had to say, and like commercials on the TV, I began to skip them all. I also found very little new information other then Dr. Allouche's additions. I would not recommend this version of the book. Rather, I would recommend the earlier versions in a heartbeat. I believe they are much better written and easier to read/follow. The older versions are much more user friendly! Finally, I found it interesting that the equilibrium phase was covered in just a few pages...glossed over. In the previous version, this phase required a whole book. I have ALL versions, and I will go back to following the earlier versions....I'm sorry I purchased this one! Buy the older versions!!!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 25, 2014
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This is a good weight loss program, but it is presented in an unhelpful format. As I read through it, sometimes I wanted to go back and reread or find a specific piece of information, but it is so hard to find what I want. So much of this book is bullet points, bold print, and info highlighted in shaded sections, that the whole book is like a visual cacophony of information.

However the kicker for me is that there are very frequent QR codes that, if you have a smart phone, can take you to more information on the web. If you don't have a smart phone, you are out of luck. So, for example on page 103, there is a QR code and beside it is written, "Take the Denial Quiz on our website to see if denial may be impacting your life." I don't have a smart phone and there is no link given to access the quiz without a smart phone. This happens about a dozen times in the book. It's not bad enough that they periodically promote their special products, but now I have to go out and get a new phone just to get the info I want?!?

So my recommendation would be to skip this book and buy an older edition of Lean for Life that is set up better and free from QR Codes, if you are interested in going on this diet, which looks like a pretty decent weight loss diet.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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I've used the previous books in this series for weight loss and have been very impressed by the rational approach that Lean For Life takes towards losing weight.

It starts with a three-day prep and then follows with a four week weight loss program. The dieter gets a good look at the inner workings of their mind as they progress through the process. The diet also provides a lot of information on 'good' foods and 'bad' foods.

A lot of the diet is based on a cognitive behavioral approach combined with a reasonable diet. Mind and body together are used to conquer cravings and overeating.

I highly recommend this approach to losing weight. It has worked for me before and I know it can work again if I set my mind to it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2015
I have completed this book/ program and have had a great success of a 40lbs weightloss. By reading and following the program to a T.
So areas of the program seam a little cheesy but dont let that fool you. This is a program written and aproved by doctors and I am living proof that it works.
I do have to warn that this program is not for the faint of heart. You will get hungry and have cravings at times but the book teaches you how to work through it and overcome your battles.
I promise, this book is a helpful tool but only YOU can decide if you will succeed.
These are my before and after picture of only using this program. I have 40 more lbs to go and I will use it again starting next week... read the book and you will know why 😊
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VINE VOICEon February 4, 2014
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Up until a few years ago, I suffered from a debilitating case of fibromyalgia. I was also overweight and gaining more everyday. I decided enough was enough and began a journey to healing through dietary changes. I have since rid myself of the fibromyalgia and 60 pounds that I felt was slowly killing me. I did countless hours of research and read several books on health and weight loss. I have read some amazing and useful books and I have read some disappointing books. This book was somewhere in between. I first have to ask the question, how on earth can a book that is promoting health and weight loss include diet soda on the shopping list? With all the emerging research on the dangers of artificial sweeteners and diet soda, I can't help but wonder what these authors are thinking. I am also very curious about these "Lean for Life Protein Snacks" that are being sold throughout this book. What body harming chemicals are in those? Just eat an apple and some unsalted nuts. We don't need that other stuff, it just slows our progress. All that said, there is some good information in this book. It is a bit disorganized, but I did find a lot of useful information. Throughout my journey to health, I have read many books and programs, but I have not taken any one of them as gospel. I follow the advice and guidance of many health experts and I would not recommend this book being the only source of health info. I did learn a few things and I really appreciated the mental aspects involved in weight loss. That is something that has been lacking in most of the books I have read and the authors stress it in this book. So, that was a huge plus for me.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon February 1, 2014
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I did not get this book for the weight loss program, I got it to see if there were any ideas to maintain a significant weight loss. There were. They explain a lot of the brain, body, gut connections and give many ideas an tips on how to work with some of the problems encountered in each area. I have flagged many passages in the book to go back and reread. Some of the ideas were new, but most just reinforced things I have learned as I have lost weight. Reinforcement is not a bad thing.

The entire program looks pretty good. They emphasize what I have been doing - focusing on protein and vegetables. The commercial part of the book is when they push their Lean For Life products and programs. There is a website that I have not checked out and you are supposed to be able to join their program and would have access to many things, including chat groups. When they give you a sample day's meals, it is usually something like 1 egg or 1 Lean For Life protein. When they did the section on vitamins, there was a lot of reference to supplements they offer.

If you can get past the commercials and plugs for their products, there are valuable tips and hints on how to lose weight, get past obstacles, get your brain on your side, etc. I am glad I read this book and will keep it handy for reference. I have lots of experience gaining and losing weight, maintaining is new for me. Here's to success at maintaining!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Forget reading romance novels while eating bonbons, reading diet books is my guilty pleasure and this one does not disappoint! It's like a throwback to the 80s or 90s, and it has everything: before and after testimonials WITH PICTURES, an exotic French doctor with a weird line of diet cookies and pancakes, a bunch of lay person science mixed with pseudo science, different weird foods to eat on different days. I love it. I also have no doubt you can lose weight on it. I'm totally not kidding. It has easy charts of foods that fit into your diet a la Richard Simmon's Deal A Meal (sadly, no cards included with this book, but it is recommended you write up some note cards with positive messages on them and carry them around.)

Overall this book does include a healthy eating plan with somewhat flexible food choices. The claim on the front cover that you can "Lose Up To 20 LBS in 4 WEEKS" is typical ridiculous diet book hype. Up to? Really? That means you could lose nothing or even gain weight on this diet. The only way you could follow this diet for 4 weeks and make liars out of them is if you lose more than 20 pounds in four weeks, and who's going to complain about that? I was actually going to try following this diet for four weeks so I could report back on how I did compared to this nonsense claim, but ultimately decided it's not vegetarian friendly enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The first time I was referred to a diet program nearly identical to this was around 1968 after my son arrived. I've followed several low-carb high-protein and 'eat lots of greens' dietary plans ever since. This program offers a biological function perspective that is medically based. In the initial phase "Three Day Prep" starts with a strict regimen of approved foods then cycles between "Protein Days" and "Menu Days" with planned menus included. The authors provide lists of approved foods and thorough shopping lists. There is a lot of education on the insulin-carbohydrate function of the body. I really liked the amount of good medical education provided with a goal of teaching readers how to maintain healthy eating habits. The chapters cover re-training "mind, body and gut," the three-day prep phase, then chapters per weight loss week one through four. Appendices offer "Lean for Life high protein products," a Glycemic Index chart, BMI chart, forms to record starting measurements, and maintaining a weekly progress reports (sorry, I'm not exactly sure which or how much of those should be enclosed in quotations because they are not exact from the book.) The authors go on to provide helpful information on maintaining healthy diet and weight for the remainder of life. This will work if the reader sticks with it. I'm proof.
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VINE VOICEon January 28, 2014
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I've lost and gained a whole me at least once in the last 4 or 5 decades, and as someone who has maintained 'ideal' weight and BMI for most of the last 20 years, I have sad news to tell you. It really is all about calories in and energy out. And as you age juggling that equation gets more challenging. Sorry. But some regimens are easier than others. I found attention to the balance of foods and their glycemic index to yield much better results and help me maintain weigh t loss much more consistently than all the Adkins, Cabbage, Grapefruit and other magic diet programs around. I think I've tried most all of them.

So why do I like this book? This is weight loss for dummies without making you feel like a dummy. Bitmaps out why we struggle with weight and how to win the weight loss game. It has a decent collection of charts and tools in the back of the book and gives you a day by day roadmap to reach your goals. Unfortunately, it leans a bit heavily on protein powders and such, but the recipes are not too off the wall expensive. Three things to take away from the book: (1) your ideal weight is probably 10 or 20 pounds less than you think it is. (2) Weight loss requires a change in the way you think about food. (3) Keeping weight off requires continued vigilance. It really requires a permanent change in how and why you deal with food.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2014
I bought the Kindle edition of this book and it's not very user-friendly. It's difficult to find items in the book because of the Kindle format - there's a lot of info in grey boxes. There are a lot of helpful items in the Appendix, but you can't print them out from a Kindle or Kindle app. I went to their website, and the only option was to buy the Daily Action Plans for the Maintenance phase of the program. You can register online to enter your Daily Action Plan on their website, but you have to pay a substantial fee to do it.
The program may be beneficial for weight loss, but the Kindle book makes it very difficult to get started. Others have complained about the book format, but at least you could copy the food lists and Daily Action plans from a printed book. I would not buy the Kindle edition of this book again.
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