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The Ultimate Weight Solution Cookbook: Recipes for Weight Loss Freedom Hardcover – May 25, 2004

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The Negative Calorie Diet: Lose Up to 10 Pounds in 10 Days with 10 All You Can Eat Foods by Rocco DiSpirito
"The Negative Calorie Diet" by Rocco DiSpirito
This cookbook features simple, delicious recipes and a whole foods–focused approach to rapid weight loss. Learn more | See more healthy living books

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Amazon.com Review

Dr. Phil fans should be delighted with a book of more than 100 recipes that complement his best-selling Ultimate Weight Solution and pledge to "taste better and cost less" while avoiding refined carbohydrates, saturated fats, salt, and sugars. Though your taste buds might have to readjust a bit, Dr. Phil promises that you won't find "skimpy diet-type meals that taste like wallpaper paste," nor will you have to fix separate meals for non-dieting family members. If you need structure, his "rapid start" 14-day menu plan, averaging 1200 calories/day, will get you going. You'll find updates of familiar classics with Huevos Rancheros, BLT (using turkey bacon or meatless bacon and light mayo), No-Fry Chicken-Fried Steak, Southern Oven-Fried Chicken (Grape-Nuts and egg white batter), Mac and Cheese, Guacamole (with tofu), and Three Bean Chili. Or explore new tastes with Curried Tabbouleh, Moroccan Chicken, Halibut Baked in Packets, and Asian Tofu Stew. Desserts range from Poached Pears to Apricot Cheesecake (Chocolate lovers will find Mocha Fudge Pudding, but no chocolate cake.) Recipes include a nutritional analysis: calories, protein, carbohydrates, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, fiber, sugars, and sodium. Most recipes seem heavy on meat and light on vegetables, however. --Joan Price

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Dr. Phil, who once dispensed folksy tough love on the Oprah Winfrey Show, is now America’s favorite living diet guru, penning the bestselling The Ultimate Weight Solution and an accompanying food guide. With this companion cookbook, Dr. Phil expands the brand further, although the doctor, by his own admission, doesn’t "do a whole lot of cooking." Instead, he’s assembled a roster of "culinary and nutrition experts" to create his recipes, many of which are designed to mimic unhealthy favorites (shepherd’s pie, meatloaf, grasshopper pie), minus the salt, fat and sugar. It’s a great idea, but it can involve a lot of chemicals: Banana Cream Pie uses crunchy banana cereal, light margarine spread, fat-free powdered dry milk and sugar-free, fat-free vanilla yogurt, among other ingredients, to create a lifeless dessert with a medicinal aftertaste. Enchiladas with Barbecued Greens ask for both liquid smoke and packaged low-fat shredded Mexican cheese blend, which may cause some readers to wonder: why not just make a salad? Dr. Phil’s recipes are much more appetizing when he keeps them simple. His Herbed Beef Tenderloin is faultless, and his soups are uniformly delicious. Dr. Phil also includes some worthy, commonsense advice: exercise, make time for breakfast and get that ice cream out of the kitchen. He also includes a 14-day diet plan, which is nutritionally and calorically excellent. Readers who skip the desserts (Vanilla-and-Orange Parfaits made with tofu; Pumpkin Custard made with sugar-free maple syrup and sugar substitute) may find the weight comes off even faster—and they won’t be missing anything.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (May 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743264754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743264754
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D., has worked in the field of human functioning and strategic life planning for over twenty years. Dr. McGraw is co-founder and president of Courtroom Sciences, Inc., America's leading litigation consulting firm, and has been associated with some of the highest-profile cases in the country, including Oprah's highly publicized "Mad Cow" case. A professional psychologist, he appears regularly on Oprah as her resident expert on human functioning. He lives in Dallas.

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I was watching Larry King some weeks ago and saw Dr. Phil on there talking about this cook-book of his, and it seemed like what he was saying made a lot of sense, so I gave it a try -- and I'd be darned if it didn't work just as great as he said it would.
The foods he had in the book were delicious, and they were satsifying too. It became a whole new way of eating for me -- eating healthy foods that won't make me keep tipping the scale. (...)
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I have made the Mushroom-Leek Soup and really enjoyed the flavors of this soup it has become one of my favorites now. I also made the Enchiladas with Barbecued Beans and it was very good. I altered it a little bit to include more vegetables that I like and still enjoyed it. As for the deserts I really did like the Banana Cream Pie and the Grasshopper Pie (I now know that tofu is located in the produce department.) I did try the Mocha Fudge Pudding and didn't like it that much but I think it might have been that I can't find or don't know what coffee powder is, it's not coffee grounds that is for sure. I have enjoyed making meals with this cookbook for my family and my lunches for work. I always have something healthy in my refigerator that I like to eat, and if I want to make something I use my Dr. Phil Cookbook for suggestions. I really like the seasonings and spices that the cookbook recommends because it is like eating at a special restaurant in my home. I really like Tarragon spice! The recipes are easy to understand and easy to find for the most part. I live in a tiny small town with only a few grocery stores and if I can find the ingredients in one town I believe anyone can. It takes a little bit of energy to figure out what you want to make but in the long run it is fun, and the rewards of what you make is so rewarding and exciting! I really like Leeks and love the texture in my soup! I am looking forward to making more recipes in the cookbook and I know that they are healthy and good.
You have to make the recipes to know they are good or bad. For the most part I would give this cookbook an excellent review I enjoy having the tools needed to make great decisions for my new life style!
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I've got to admit, I've been a Dr. Phil fan for quite awhile now. He has given me some great tips in many areas of my life, so when I heard him mention this book on his show I ordered it immediately. I'm delighted with what I got. The recipes are easy and use normal ingredients - not lots of expensive stuff from gourmet shops that you will never use again. Since both my husband and I work full time we don't have a lot of time to cook so I need something that doesn't take hours to prepare. We tried the Dijon-Roasted Salmon today and it was delicious. I've already purchased the ingredients for several other meals and am looking forward to all of them. Another kudo for Dr. Phil!
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By A Customer on June 1, 2004
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This book is a very nice companion to his Ultimate Weight Loss Solution as I was stuck when it came to preparing meals. The recipes were easy to follow and tasty. I'd also like to add Dr. Phil by no means trys to sell himself as a wonder product and his philosophy is very simple which includes cutting down processed foods, exercising, and any one who has read his Ultimate Weight Loss Solution (which by some reviews is obvious they haven't) knows he makes it clear there is a psychological side to weight loss and not some magic cure. The cookbook is not a weight plan, it is a part of his plan. And if you buy the cookbook, you really should look into his Solution and Food Guide. And in my own opinion, don't judge a book by it's cover. Yes, he is a big man at 6'1" but by no means is he overweight.
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By A Customer on June 1, 2004
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Thats why I bought his new cookbook. The recipes are GREAT--my family LOVED the banana creme pie!!! His advice makes sense, he has helped many many people lose the weight they have carried for many years. His plan is easy to follow, its healthy and should be followed the rest of your life. I do NOT believe in the Atkins plan, WW is too bothersome to have to weigh everything and write it all down, the low carb thing is just a fad, Dr Phil is just plain common sense. I highly recommend anything that he puts out!!
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This book is fantastic. I love all of the recipes in it. I can't say I eat many muffins, but these recipes make me want to experiment. So far I have made the major items, including zucchini lasagna, no-fry chicken fried steak, popcorn variations, etc. I have loved everything I have tried. Plus, a bonus that I've discovered is that I am learning how to adapt other recipes into healthier versions by understanding how they are using the flavors in these creations. It's fabulous -- you've just got to try it!
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I have noticed many people have said stuff like, "I wouldn't even want to try the recipies", and that they are "unconventional". Well, lets face it - the reason you (and I) are fat is that we don't eat healthy foods. If we liked eating all of the vegtables and spices (instead of salt) in this book, then we really wouldn't need it would we?

So I say, if you are serious about eating healthier, give it a try. I have found some of the dishes that sounded the least appealing actually tasted great. The only reason I gave the book a four instead of a five is that I have had to tone down the seasonings and experiment with flavors I am more used to, but other than that most of the recipies are great. I have been using it 3 weeks now and have lost 12lbs.

So, don't knock it till you've tried it.
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