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The Portion Plan: How to Eat the Foods You Love and Still Lose Weight Paperback – Bargain Price, December 18, 2006

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"The South Beach Diet" is in hardcover, has more words and has the sexier name. But "The Portion Plan" is "where it's at." -- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

About the Author

Linda Gassenheimer is a syndicated journalist, radio personality, and best-selling author of more than 12 books, including The Low Carb Bible and Low-Carb Meals in Minutes.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT; 1 edition (December 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756626048
  • ASIN: B002WTCAYQ
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,080,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Linda Gassenheimer is a TV and Radio Personality, Syndicated Journalist and Best Selling Author.
Her weekly National Public Radio program, Food News and Views, is heard on WLRN 91.3 FM and world-wide at wlrn.org. She has appeared many times on the Television Food Network and many other national TV shows. Her syndicated Dinner in Minutes column reaches over 6 million readers each week. In addition, she writes regularly for several other national publications. She is the author of several books. Her newest book, Flavors of the Florida Keys will be published in December, 2010. Her latest books are Mix N' Match Meals in Minutes for People with Diabetes, The Portion Plan, Prevention's Fit and Fast Meals in Minutes, Good-Carb Meals in Minutes, Good-Carb Diet for Life, and Low-Carb Meals in Minutes which reached number 1 on Amazon.com's bestseller list for all books and number 2 on the L.A. Times Hot Books List. . Visit Linda Gassenheimer on her website, www.DinnerInMinutes.com. Join her on Facebook.com.


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Cordon Blue chef, syndicated columnist, best-selling author twelve and national television guest are just a few of the things that show Linda Gassenheimer knows food.

I wasn't surprised to read that our food portions "have ballooned." We have all experienced this in restaurants and fast food joints where we eagerly agree to super-sizing. With The Portion Plan Linda wants to show readers "how to eat the foods you love and still lose weight." Instead of denying yourself the foods you love by cutting them completely from your life she wants you to learn to control your portions sizes. This is not the same as serving sizes; which she explains in the intro.

This 187 page, glossy, heavy card stock book is full of pictures. Linda starts things off by getting you to test yourself with a 'fun-to-do quiz' on which portion is better for you. It immediately gives you a visual reference to work with.

The Portion Plan is designed to show you what to choose and what to avoid at a glance by using a simple plate geography (similar to that used in Jorge Cruise's books). A color photo filled with food divided into portions of 1/4 meat, 1/4 pasta/bread, 1/2 veggies gives you a visual representation of what your plate should look like.

Linda leads the reader through each food group: meat and poultry, dish and shellfish, dairy, vegetables and fruit, grains, sweet treats, drinks and snacks. Throughout the book are symbols to help you determine portion sizes of different foods by using your palm, hand, cupped hand, cupped hands, fist, thumb or finger.

There are also tips for reducing fat intake like mixing some of the real thing with other ingredients i.e. 1/2 tbsp mayo with 1/2 tbsp nonfat yogurt. Or using low fat buttermilk when making mashed potatoes.
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Hello there!

I had bought this book "The Portion Plan" and have found it to be VERY EASY reading - quick - and with that said, you can use it as a referance, when forgetting.

It's photographic sizing of images and it's iconic representations of portions are PERFECT. Especially for me, who has Diabetes...and suffers from the cycle of cravings in large portions, that come with this dis-ease.

I find her book and explanations comforting, and fit well into my overall plan to create a LIFESTYLE change, I am not dieting (though I am), I am not dieting because the whole modality and mindset, heartset, spiritual and physical paradyme (?spell) must change, or declining health will be my lot in life.

I use "The Portion Plan" in conjuction with "The Portion Doctor" who has a line of portion plates, bowls and so forth. It's so simple it's mind boggling, but, combining this helps me to re-learn HOW TO EAT.

I am also using the Mediterranean Diet with The Portion Plan and Portion Doctor plates and so forth. I am not using butter, and only olive oils, veggies, fruits, predominantly fish and periodic chicken and beef less than that, couple of vegetarian days per week only, and working it out on the Portion guides with both, the book and eating utensils.

Though I am not perfect at it, bit by bit, I am implementing changes. I am withdrawing from large amounts of daily meat eating and pastas and breads. I have had little attention on fruits, veggies, nuts and smaller amounts of the pastas and breads, my whole life. But, I am adjusting.

The Portion Plan book helps when I feel like I want something like chocolate or chips, I use the guidelines, which is two fingers, like two strips on a bar.
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This is a good book for people who want to improve their food choices but who are not interested in precise calorie counts and weighing their food. The visual references are easy to use and remember. The plan also does not require users to give up their favorite foods, provided they have the willpower to eat them in very small quantities.

This plan would work well in conjunction with the Volumetrics books.

This plan is easier to use when cooking at home than it is at restaurants, where the plate sizes are larger and there is little control over how the food is presented. The "dining out" section of the book is not signficantly different than the advice given in numerous other diet books, consisting of lists of food to look for or avoid in different types of restaurants.
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The pictures and explanations in this book really help put the "servings" you get in restaurants in their proper perspective.
After reading that even our normal plates have expanded I got a dinner plate from my grandmother's china out and checked it against a plate from a set I bought several years ago. The modern plate is two inches bigger all around. The salad plate of the modern set is nearly as big as the dinner plate from Grandma's set. I bought a tool to measure portions to go with this book and found it helps immensely in really learning how much portions are. Meal Measure 1 Portion Control Tool
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This is an excellent book to have in your collection of health books. It does show you about the portion control differences. I myself purchased the book for the reason of controlling how much I ate. So when I came across this book it was so excited because I rarely see anybooks talk of the portions you should eat. I high recommend this book. Check it out!
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