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The Rice Diet Solution: The World-Famous Low-Sodium, Good-Carb, Detox Diet for Quick and Lasting Weight Loss Hardcover – December 27, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; English Language edition (December 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743289838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743289832
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The diet is very simple and easy to follow.
a reader
It is a lifestyle change that works very well for us, having lost most of the weight we wanted to, and are happier as an unexpected benefit.
Grace and Kobie
If we don't get that mouth jolt, we feel like we're going without.
Nadia Mumida

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264 of 266 people found the following review helpful By Regina Allen on January 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Years ago, I weighed over 310 pounds and had tried every diet program out there. I bought the original Rice Diet/Duke University diet book, since I could ill-afford to enter the actual program in Durham, N.C. I found that for me, being a vegan, this program was quite easy to follow...though I do believe that if one is not a vegan, it will take some struggle to deal with a meatless menu. I cannot say that I never cheated on the program, because I did grab an occasional piece of chocolate, a cookie, and even some pretzels...but I always erased those infrequent sins from my memory and did not let them defeat me. If you are extremely overweight as I was, of course you will lose a large amount of weight within the first month...since the larger you are, the bigger the initial weight loss will be...and yes, it is mostly fluid. Nonetheless, it is a fantastic ego boost to keep you on the right track. Did I exercise? Hell yes! One can never expect to lose weight or tone by diet alone...no matter which diet you follow. Walking is sufficient. No need to commit yourself initially to a workout plan that befits only the likes of Jennifer Aniston! Be realistic. For me, no, I did not regain any of my weight. I chose to think of the rice diet as a life plan, not a diet, tweaking a bit here and there to keep it real, once I reached my goal weight. I have weighed between 135-140 pounds since 1990. Not only did I lose weight, but my skin is radiant and youthful, and I am healthier than ever. I am 56 years old and on no medications, without any medical problems. Buy it!
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Grace and Kobie on December 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My wife and I stumbled upon this book last May and made a commitment to give it a try for one week. We were both overweight to the tune of about 40 pounds each. At first, the diet seemed a challenge because it was so different from our eating habits, but as the first few days went by we both noticed how much happier we were with everything in our life. Much to our great surprise these feelings continued AND we continued to lose weight. Having lost the weight we both marvel at how easy it seemed to be, after many attempts to lose weight via other diets and methods.

I agree with one reviewer that the book is not cross referenced very well and that it is a cumbersome read, but the benefits we got far, far outweighed such a trivial matter.

It is a lifestyle change that works very well for us, having lost most of the weight we wanted to, and are happier as an unexpected benefit. Give it a try for a week and see if you feel better. Perhaps you will experience it the way we have, and your life will be changed forever.
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308 of 342 people found the following review helpful By Just Bill on January 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Rice Diet Solution contains everything that I believe would help turn Americans around -- not only in regards to their weight problems, but also their propensities for mental and physical exhuastion.

Essentially, this book espouses an Eastern lifestyle: lots of meditation, exercise, breathing exercises, and low sodium, whole grain meals. For example, the authors quote liberally from -- and highly recommend -- Zen Buddhist author Thich Nhat Hanh.

On a philosophical level, I would rate the book five stars. But as a cookbook/lifestyle changing work, I'd give it 1 or 2 stars. Here's why:

1. The book is ponderously written, taking forever to make simple points clear. I found myself reading and reading and reading, wondering when the authors would make their point. Too much background information.

2. The recipes listed in the Rice Diet Phases One - Three Weekly Menus are impossible to find in the index -- even the so-called Recipe Index. What they're called in the Weekly Menus, they're not called in the index. Sometimes, not even close. Or at all. Someone should have cross checked to see if there was consistency in recipe names. (Example: I dare anyone to find "Penne Pasta in 'Meat' Sauce" listed on page 185 of the Wednesday Lunch menu in the index in the back of the book.)

3. As my wife pointed out, the amount of food created for just one week of this diet would be so unbelievably wasteful as to fly in the face of the Zen Buddhist way of life. For example: Hardly any recipies are repeated throughout the week. So, in effect, you're creating 2-4 new dishes for every single meal, every single day! Let that sink in a minute. Then imagine the grocery bill, as well as the level of waste involved.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By gayle anderson on August 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Rice Diet Solution makes this excellent program completely accessible and it is working remarkably well for me. I've been sitting on 60 extra pounds for abut 10 years. Fad dieting brought instant but temporary results once I returned to eating 'normal' foods made addictive by sodium, fats and sugar. Once I accomplished the initial cleansing phase of low sodium and no sugar and, most importantly, no processed foods, my addictions vanished and the weight continues to peel off. I lost half of my goal in two months. I now prefer salad to pizza and won't touch meat. I eat three high nutrition, high fiber, fresh meals day, which prohibits hunger and keeps the calories low. The exercise part is easy! I just gave up my car and walk and take public transit. I'm saving money and stopped my daily contributions of packaging and plastic to the landfill. The book is a guideline to a new way of life that continues to nurture my spirit and redefine my presence and participation in the world.
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