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Publisher's Weekly Review 
The Pound a Day Diet: Lose Up to
5 Pounds in 5 Days Eating the Foods You Love
Celebrity Chef Rocco DiSpirito (Now Eat This!) offers a rapid weight-loss regimen designed tore-educate perspectives about dropping pounds quickly. His approach dispels the belief that aslow, steady loss is the best way to lose weight. Sixty new low-calorie, low-carb, high-fiber, lean protein healthy recipes, plus a 28-day meal plan, along with the author's infectiousencouragement, guide dieters in cooking and enjoying filling, delicious meals--sure to be a hit with his fans. (Jan.)

Self Magazine: Rocco DiSpirito's Recipe for a High-Protein Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie

One of our fave celebrity chefs, Rocco DiSpirito has a new cookbook hitting shelves, The Pound a Day Diet DiSpirito, who already shared his delicious take on Italian classic Cacio e Pepe with SELF, is now sharing over 60 recipes in the book. Pick up a copy and you'll also get suggestions for the time-crunched, including healthy -- but super-fast -- cooking techniques.

There was a time when celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito could polish off
up to 10 entrées in one sitting. "I ate at least 1,000 extra calories a day". My doctor said, 'Given your family's history of heart disease, it looks really grim for you.' Scared and determined to change, DiSpirito developed The Pound a Day Diet--a weight loss plan that restricts calories for 28 days and then transitions into a Mediterranean-style diet.

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The Pound a Day Diet: Lose Up to
5 Pounds in 5 Days Eating the Foods You Love
Celebrity Chef Rocco DiSpirito (Now Eat This!) offers a rapid weight-loss regimen designed to re-educate palates and perspectives about dropping pounds quickly and keeping them off. Based on the most current nutrition research, this approach dispels the belief that a slow, steady loss is the best way to lose weight and avoid regaining. There are three keys to his plan: 1) veggies are a secret weapon; 2) lean protein "rocks your body"; and 3) "nutritional balance is paramount." Eating "calorie-corrected" and "carb-corrected " foods revs up metabolism, and adopting a Mediterranean diet helps maintain it, so that this method of eating becomes a way of life. Phase l of the plan lasts four weeks: three meals and two snacks for a total of 850 calories for each of five days, followed by two days of three meals and two snacks for 1200 calories per day, then repeated for three more weeks. Phase 2, maintenance, begins when a goal weight is achieved; calories increase but guidelines remain. Sixty new hea

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style; 1 edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455523674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455523672
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (638 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rocco DiSpirito is a chef and the author of nine award winning books including the back to back # 1 New York Times bestsellers NOW EAT THIS! And NOW EAT THIS! DIET. Rocco's NOW EAT THIS! series: features healthy makeovers of America's favorite comfort foods, from fried chicken to apple pie, all with zero bad carbs, zero bad fats, zero sugar, and maximum flavor. Everything you've always loved ... well, now you can enjoy it without worrying about what it will do to your waistline. All under 350 calories.

Chef Rocco DiSpirito is on a mission to change people's perception of healthy food by making delicious low-fat, low-calorie dishes easily accessible. To that end, he launched the Now Eat This! Truck, which features meals created from his wildly successful series of cookbooks of the same name.

Chef DiSpirito personally visits city schools to educate the students on the massive benefits of eating healthy foods. As part of that program, he will serve free lunches to the participating students paid for by the generosity of other New Yorkers who buy their lunch from the "Now Eat This Truck."

In September 2012 Rocco's weekly Show Now Eat This! With Rocco DiSpirito began airing in syndication across America. In each episode Rocco will challenge, guide and encourage a family and their children to make healthier lifestyle choices.

In September 2012 Rocco published The New York Times best-seller Now Eat This! Italian. Rocco traveled to Italy to learn how to prepare our favorite Italian dishes from the inside the kitchens of the real Mama's of Italy -all under 350 calories.

In 2012 Rocco founded Savory Place Media, his production house and its first project is Now Eat This! Italy for AOL Originals.

In January 2014, Rocco will publish The Pound A Day Diet featuring all new 5-ingredient easy to prepare recipes that produce rapid, safe weight loss.

Rocco began his culinary studies at the Culinary Institute of America and by 20 was working in the kitchens of legendary chefs around the globe. He was named Food & Wine Magazine's Best New Chef and was the first chef to appear on Gourmet Magazine's cover as America's Most Exciting Young Chef. His 3 Star Restaurant Union Pacific was a New York City culinary landmark for many years. Ruth Reichl said of her experience at Union Pacific, she "moaned as she ate" in her famous New York Times review. His reality series Rocco's Dinner Party aired during the summer of 2011 on Bravo.

Rocco is a frequent guest on Good Morning America, Rachael Ray, The Talk and The Dr. Oz Show and has appeared on The View, Today, The Doctors, Ellen and many other programs.

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707 of 739 people found the following review helpful By Anima on January 10, 2014
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I was more than ready to embrace this book. I had just seen a segment on THE VIEW and was impressed with the weight loss of Sherri Shepard and her husband. The meals looked great, especially the smoothies. I do remember that Sherri made sure to add that Rocco supplied and prepared all the food. After reading the book, I now know why. I bought the book and started reading it immediately. My first shock was the incredible laundry list of food needed the first week. I looked up some of the ingredients and check on Amazon to get some idea of what some of the more exotic items like Monk Fruit in the Raw cost. In addition, I was trying to figure out how I was going to have enough room in my pantry and refrigerator for all the ingredients on his list for the week! It might be a wonderful program, but just to prepare to set it all up and to follow it is overwhelming as well as expensive. I was looking forward to making some of the smoothies, but was stopped in my tracks when I found the they all had sugar-free instant puddings in them (I don't use artificial sweetners). As someone said in another review, I am the only one that would be on this program and everything is for 2 to 4 people.

This may be a great program for someone whose whole family would be on it, has the capacity to get all the ingredients and has the money to pay for it all. Some of the recipes are great and I will certainly make use of adding them to a program that fits my life better. Unfortunately, I will have to continue my search.
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742 of 806 people found the following review helpful By Momx5 on January 12, 2014
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Such a disappointment. I bought the book the first day it came out on Kindle and read it that morning. I saw the titles of the recipes at the beginning and got really excited. I forced myself to actually READ the book instead of skipping to the meals and then going back to figure out how to work the plan (I'm guilty of doing this a lot so I can hurry to the "good stuff"). I was impressed with Rocco's thoughts on how we need to change our thoughts on meal preparation and do things more Mediterranean style. I was totally into this book and getting excited to get to the actual food section until I got there. Ugh. What a let down.

A lot of the meals include really random ingredients that I would need to google before knowing what I am looking for. The recipes that were "normal" included things like egg beaters, fat free cheese (gag), and light whole wheat bread. I would rather buy the book in print and eat the pages with hot sauce than fake eggs, fat free cheese and dry bread. Ok maybe not, but I would rather not see recipes of typical foods being turned into low fat versions by using tasteless products. I could have figured that out myself. I bought Rocco's book expecting the meals to be professional chef inspired, not something I could have figured out on my own by trying low fat versions of typical foods. The chapters leading up had me thinking I would see amazing Mediterranean recipes, not fatty American foods revamped with low fat options.

There are some recipes that sound good and I will probably try them, but I will definitely be making my own shopping list because the one in this book gives me a headache just thinking about it.

Also, on a more random note, did anyone read this: "...
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What the heck. The layout of this book is awful. You cannot even read the ebook version it's such a mess. I returned it and ordered the hardback to give it a fair shot.

First of all every day lists a meal plan, supposed to be "metabolic" based. Without even telling you the page number to find the "recipe". Like "The Green Monkey". Oh wait. Let me schlep through these 300 pages and find something about a Green Monkey.

The shopping list is OUTRAGEOUS - extremely extensive and expensive. Yes you can order it all on Amazon, so what? It's going to take me a whole DAY to map this out. Not to mention it's for MULTIPLE SERVINGS and the "recipes" are for FOUR PEOPLE. Oh wait. It's really FUN to do the math cutting a recipe DOWN to quarters, Duh, dude how about you give it for ONE and I can easily increase it IF I WANT.

Lastly the ingredients are very processed and I eat clean. ALL THAT PROTEIN POWDER, psyllium husks, INSTANT PUDDING, STEVIA, "sugar free" vanilla ice cream (meaning more fake chemicals for sweetness) and other crap. I can just feel the impending stomach cramps now.

I will make the sacrifice of following MY version of the meal plans, ie using the shirataki and other low cal replacements for the quick weight loss benefit.

And Rocco? Don't brag you can add a bunch of veggies/fruits on TV - then give us a "dinner" of ONE cup of ICEBURG LETTUCE.

If Rocco REALLY wanted to give a clean eating low calorie book, he would have used actual CREATIVITY like sorbets instead of chemical laden "ice cream".

I strongly recommend the One One One Diet. A lifelong eating plan.
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