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A diet doctor to such celebrities as Bebe Neuwirth and Anjelica Huston (and foreword writer Ann Reinking), Dane serves up a customized weight-loss plan for each of six metabolic types. Readers first complete a detailed questionnaire on their habits and preferences, which renders their types: the "synthesizer," for instance, is allowed a higher protein intake, while the more energetic "accelerator" may focus on carbs. She encourages aromatherapy, massage and exercise across the board, a holistic approach backed by Chinese medicine, in which Dane has a doctorate. Even though Dane claims that in a mere month followers will look and feel "like a million dollars," readers looking for a quick fix won't find one here: a slimming "synthesizer" tea, for example, includes no less than 22 separate ingredients, ranging from alisma to fennel fruit. Such methods are unlikely to work for readers without time on their hands. Still, the book's tone is friendly and encouraging, and dedicated dieters may find the metabolically oriented strategy gives them further insight into their needs. (On-sale date: July

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Dane, whose doctorate is in Chinese medicine and philosophy, posits that one's metabolic type, which ranges from strongly yin-based to strongly yang-based with several combinations on the continuum in between, determines the best weight-loss strategy for each type. The science/philosophy behind her argument is explained in jargon that sounds impressive but means little. The specific foods that are allowed, in whatever combinations, are so limited that no one could help losing weight, which Dane acknowledges by insisting that supplements (for sale by the author) are necessary, along with aromatherapy and herbal teas (ditto). Dane's diet, for example, includes "uncooked popcorn, with no oil or salt," hardly appetizing but probably effective for weight loss! She also recommends exercises combinations of yoga, t'ai chi, ballet, and other range-of-motion and stretching movements for each type. There are the usual celebrity endorsements from Ann Reinking and others. While it may be popular with New Agers, this is virtually useless as a sustainable diet plan. Not recommended. Susan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345479114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345479112
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,018,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In private practice since 1976 both in New York, Los Angeles, and now South Hill, Virginia, Dr. Elizabeth Dane has earned a reputation as one of today's foremost practitioners of complementary medicine. She is also author of the best selling health book, Your Body, Your Diet and owns Thrive Health Center in South Hill.

Because of her own frustrating and unsatisfactory experiences with Western Medicine in her early twenties, Dr. Dane eventually turned toward Eastern Medicine, earning degrees as an O.M.D. (Oriental Medical Doctor) and a Ph.D. in Chinese Medicine and Philosophy.

For over 3 decades, Dr. Dane has been pioneering an approach that draws on the best that Eastern Medicine and Western Science have to offer. Dr. Dane's unique system combines both approaches and a variety of proven modalities to help her clients successfully address the issues of diet, nutrition, fitness and both stress and weight management.

In addition, Dr. Dane's system helps with a wide variety of difficult health problems such as chronic fatigue, severe allergies, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis and infertility. Dr. Elizabeth Dane does not dismiss what is of value in Western Medicine and science. She merges her knowledge of Eastern and Western Medicine, frequently working with many local physicians to heal patients.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By timothy hawkins on July 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I was amazed at how wonderfully the author was able to integrate eastern and western medicine in this unusual diet book. Why is it a great diet book? Because it doesn't tell you just how to lose weight -- it gives you a weight management plan for life that flows directly from its healthy lifestyle recommendations.
As someone who put on and lost close to 1,000 lbs over a 30-year period, using a variety of temporarily successful fad diets, and then overate again, I'm in a position to say how this one differs from other diet books.
This book enabled me to pin down my own metabolic type. The author calls it "Meta-type," and by that term she means not just how quickly your body breaks down food, but the entire way your body, emotions, and personaility work. This makes sense because eastern medicine -- unlike western -- doesn't try to separate the body from the mind (and emotions).
While this is not a simple fix (I've sure had enough of those!), I found myself learning a great deal about how my body, my emotions, and my stress level have kept me from maintaining a stable weight. What I most liked about the book is that it explains -- using solid science from endocrinology -- why the diet that works for my friend fails to work for me. The book helped me recognize how often my worst periods of weight gain correlated with periods of stress, and it provided me with many tools to keep on a healthy diet plan even when I'm under stress.
I strongly recommend buying this book to anyone who's tried Adkins, the Zone, and other "one size fits all" diet books -- and still cannot maintain their desired weight level.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Losing weight and achieving wellness and under the guidance of Dr. Elizabeth Dane is no piece of cake, but the long term rewards can be delicious.
Weight gain is greatly a function both of personal biochemistry and the Law of Entropy. We gain weight from we what don't know or choose to ignore, eating what we shouldn't and without attention to who we are and what we have become.
Dr. Dane's program requires time, dedication to a fairly strict though highly personalized healthy food regimen, and the organization of/adherence to a nutritional supplementation schedule (a considerable number of capsules, tablets, powders and teas, perhaps several times a day) that is, quite honestly, challenging. In addition, supplements can cost a significant amount of money. However, changing one's body and body image is a major physical and emotional TRIUMPH, and with the first taste of success that can come fairly quickly, these are, at worst, sweet/bitter pills to swallow.
From the beginning her new book, Your Body, Your Diet, Dr. Dane forgoes any pretense of a one-fits-all diet simplicity, positing instead her belief in a more complex guiding princilple, that "It's All About Your Metabolic Type." She then sets out to help her readers understand that truth and stepwise, via the five parts of her book, to organize a more personalized strategy for losing weight and achieving wellness.
In Part 1, Dane, who has earned doctorates in both Chinese medicine and philosophy, and has practiced for some twenty-seven years, introduces the concepts of metabolic types and energy flow, and presents an overview of her program.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Huckle on July 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Dr Dane has packed years of her own experience as a practitioner who has helped thousands to better physical and emotional health, and centuries of oriental, traditional healing wisdom into a great book. She gives anyone who reads and uses her programs the key to staying young, healthy and powerful in mind and body. This is more than a diet book; it's one of those rare reference companions for times when your own self feels less than you would like it it to be, and you are ready to understand why and do something about it. The book presents a wealth of detailed information about why people put on and take off weight in different ways. I enjoyed finding my own "meta-type" and speculating about what types others might be. This is a book that makes a serious contribution to the science of nutrition, what we know about body weight, and how you can control it along with your energy level and your sense of well-being. It contains many interesting personal examples that I could identify with and a variety of programs to try, from gourmet food combinations to diets and exercises. At last, a really informative and effective book, that puts me in charge and lets me know what works for me. Since following Dr Dane's program for my "meta-type" I look and feel fitter and more powerful than many much younger men-- and my wife thinks so, too! This book can help a lot of people and should become a hot conversation topic.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The truth is there is no quick fix! The combination of Eastern and Western medicine in this book is truly a breakthrough. The first thing I realized in reading it is that my weight is not the real problem, but just a "symptom" of being out of balance overall - body, mind and spirit. I immediately was able to identify myself as a "Balanced Accelerator" Meta-type by using the questionnaire, and could see at a glance why I crave certain foods, why my energy levels fluctuate throughout the day, what nutrition I really need and why my response to stress was so critical! I was also eating at all the wrong times of day. It was also easy to see why my friend's diet (though successful for her) failed completely for me. I don't understand why anyone would dismiss this book as "New Age" - it is a New Age and many people are discovering that Chinese medicine works far better than pep pills, fad diets, and prescription weight loss drugs. It will take some commitment, but it is not at all as complicated as some have made it out to be, and the book has shopping lists, menu plans, and all the details I need to follow. Dr Dane, thanks for this incredible book - a real lifetime achievement!!
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