- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd; Revised edition edition (October 27, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0732266912
- ISBN-13: 978-0732266912
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (579 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,673,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Harvey Diamond is the world-renowned coauthor of the #1 New York Times best-seller, Fit for Life, which held that position for an unprecedented forty straight weeks and has sold over 12 million copies worldwide. Mr. Diamond has dedicated thirty-plus years of his life to the development of a truly healthy lifestyle. In pursuit of that goal, he overcame a debilitating, longtime digestive disorder, ended his migraine headaches, lost over fifty pounds, and in a stunning validation of his methods, triumphed over a condition called peripheral neuropathy (brought about by Agent Orange poisoning while serving his country in Vietnam). His energy, charisma and relaxed, conversational style have made him a sought-after guest expert on countless radio and television shows, including: Oprah, Geraldo, Nightline, Larry King Live, Live with Regis, The Today Show, and many others. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Spoken from personal experience as well as hvg witnessed a business associate get healthy over an 18mth project.
The book theorises that the body undergoes 3 major phases of food processing through a 24hour day. Phase 1 - Eating & Digestion (12noon-8pm); Phase 2 - Absorption (8pm-4am); and Phase 3 - Excretion (4am-12noon).
The author categorizes food into 3 categories: 1) carbohydate, 2) protein and 3) vegetables and advocates that food be consumed in compatible category combinations that would result in optimal digestion. For example, it maintains that proteins and carbohydrates should never be consumed together as the enzymes secreted to digest the respective classes tended to cancel out each other's digestive powers, neutralising the acidity/ alkalinity of the enzymes. As a result of which slows digestion, lengthening the time poorly digested food spends in the stomach. Nutrient absorption is impaired, and food would end up sitting in the digestive tract longer than it should, exposing it to a higher incidence of putrefication whenever it encounters sugary substances (desserts after a meal is a bad idea). This contributes to rapid putrefication - imagine foul odious sludge & gas sitting in one's intestines, going no where and the resulting emissions!. Rather - the aim is to maximise digestion and absorption and waste material expelled in the shortest possible time.
RATHER than carbs as the common food staple, theory advocates treating vegetables as the staple (common food) to be taken together with proteins and then separately in a different meal with carbs. Importantly, Diamond advocates that fruits be consumed on an empty stomach, best for breakfast in any amount till satisfied up till noon. The rationale here is to avoid diverting fresh energy from the previous night's good sleep to digesting a heavy meal, preferring rather to channel the available energy to the day's morning pursuits. Simple carbs from fruits are in absorbable form and provides the required energy for the cleansing (waste mgmt) cycle in the morning - when excretion best take place. A logical deduction from here then is for carbs & vegetables to be eaten at lunch - hence allowing the energy it generates to be used through the afternoon (rather than stored overnight). Proteins & vegetables otoh, is best consumed at night to resource muscle repair & recovery after the day's pursuits.
This overall eating formula aims to promote digestive health as well as aid effective weight loss - and it works! Caution though that what works for one may not work or be redundant for another. Hence listen to your own body. It's a gem for me.
One of the suggestion I got out of this book was to eat my fruits first thing in the morning and infact only have fruits until noon or lunch time. This alone has changed my life. Fruits help with detoxing the system and are most effective on an empty stomach. The book talks about the value of "green" foods over meat or dairy product and how much protein we actually need.
It also provides some recipes in the end, which I have not really used, as I found them a bit intense. But this book will clear a lot of your misconceptions that we have grown up with, such as having a heavy breakfast is good for you...
This is a book you will want to read a couple times to fully understand and incorporate while some things will just jump out and be easily incorporated in your daily life, with quick results. Yes, I lost weight while on this diet, and my skin absolutely glows. I also get compliments on how shiny my hair look. Enjoy this book and use it for life.
Some of the information and opinions are extreme and should be taken with a grain of salt, but when I followed the diet strictly, I lost 3 lbs a week without any effort (other than eating tons of fruit and farm fresh veggies). This time I'm looking forward to trying more of the recipes and am psyched to revisit this great book.
Discipline!! Want to get results? Read and apply all the Easy Rules that are in this book.
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