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The Perfect 10 Diet: 10 Key Hormones That Hold the Secret to Losing Weight and Feeling Great-Fast! Hardcover – January 1, 2010

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Editorial Reviews


"The Perfect 10 Diet will work for you, because it was designed with you in mind. If you want to revitalize your health try Perfect 10 today." - Jillian Michaels, New York Times bestselling author of Master Your Metabolism, leading health and wellness coach

"A must read. Dr. Aziz addresses how food interacts with hormones in this amazing book." - Keith Berkowitz, MD, former director of the Atkins Center

"Filled with insightful science, presented in an accessible manner, to help you take action now." - Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, president of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine

"The Perfect 10 Diet program finally answers many of the questions that you have always wanted to know about weight loss. If weight loss was just a problem of calories in and calories out, everyone would be the weight they want to be. Congratulations to Dr. Michael Aziz for bring us this informative book on answers to one of the biggest medical problems of our time." - Pamela W. Smith, M.D., MPH, Director Masters Program in Medical Science with a Concentration in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine, University of South Florida School of Medicine --This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.

About the Author

Michael Aziz, MD, is an attending physician at St. Vincent's Hospital, New York, where he also maintains a practice on Madison Avenue focusing on traditional, alternative, and complementary medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and has been featured on many television and radio shows.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House; 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581827040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581827040
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Haberman on February 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
So the "Perfect 10 Diet", as others have mentioned in their reviews, asks you to essentially get rid of sugar, white carbs, artificial sweeteners, artificial additives, high-fructose corn syrup, and preservatives. You are asked to then stock up on all organic foods and full fat products. Sounds reasonable. However you'll find that your fridge and pantry is empty and you'll end up with one heck of a grocery bill.

Being a poor college student, I simply cannot afford that. I wish I could but that's just not in the cards. If you are someone who is in a pinch financially, I don't recommend this diet.

I do appreciate the research that went into this book. It's definitely credible. Yet, I find that the book is rather redundant. I get it that our hormones are thrown off by an unhealthy diet. I get it-- organic is better and the white stuff is evil. But, I don't need every single chapter hitting me with the same facts time and time again. I think the book could have been half to a third of the size it is.

I don't necessarily blame Dr. Aziz for this. I'd say an editor is more to blame for that. In fact, I applaud him for trying to get America back to a more natural and balanced diet. It is interesting to hear that Atkins and low-fat diets are not the answer and are in reality detrimental to our health.

The most valuable things to take away from this book are the following:

1. No matter how you want to spin it, sugar and white carbs are nothing but bad news because they mess with your hormones

2. Low-fat and Non-fat products are worse for your health than full fat-- it has more sugar and you'll store that as fat

3. Increase your vegetable and fruit intake

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I bought the book around the same time that I received the CD version of this diet. Let me tell you, if you really want to lose weight, this is a diet that you can finally stick to. Forget low-carb, low-fat, high protein and all those other fad diets. This is finally a diet tht is balanced and sensible and, most importantly, doable for most people.

Do you remember when you were young and you could eat just about whatever you wanted. Then came diets. It seemed that the more you dieted, the more weight you ultimately gained! But...most of us had parents, grandparents, or older relatives who ate real butter and cream, had eggs every day for breakfast, and yet remained slim all their lives. How did they do that and why can't we?

Well, Dr. Aziz gives you the science behind why their eating habits worked and why they can still work for us today. He identifies 10 major hormones and tells why they get out of whack with today's eating habits, and discusses the devastating effects upon our bodies and health. BTW, Dr. Aziz is referring to The Perfect 10 as in great health, not being a perfect 10 in physic...although that is likely to happen if you follow his eating plan.

He tells us that we need MORE fat in our diets to help with appetite control, but that the fats must be wholesome and real (none of those manufactured chemicals of fake fat), and that they must be balanced with protein and carbohydrates. His basic formula is 40% carbs, 40% fats, and 20% protein. He emphasizes quality and organic foods are key elements to this diet. He also pretty much forbids sugar and refined carbohydrates as being empty calories and creating a yo-yo effect upon insulin and other body hormones.
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Format: Hardcover
I had an advance copy of this book from Book Expo and I put it to the test starting in mid-September. So first, I am a diet failure. I have failed on every diet I've ever tried so I was really nervous about trying this one and assumed that it too wouldn't work. And I was really shocked when I started to lose weight. And my family was too!!! So I kept a chart and this diet really worked (and it's still working!!)

So now I'm at 23 pounds (hoping to make 25 pounds by the New Year). But what's important (I think) is the many ways that it's changed me. At Thanksgiving the kids were shocked (I mean really shocked) when I started playing football and frisbee golf outside with them. I have so much more energy. I feel clearer (like my head is clearer). My husband says there's 4 or 5 inches gone from my waist. I've had to buy new clothes. And it's easy to travel with (I travel a lot) and to entertain with (entertain a lot too). You know exactly what you can and can't eat and you don't ever go hungry because it's really about what you eat (it's about the hormones).

So while I've tried lots of diets, this is the first one that's ever worked for me. And now I have a plan to have all the extra weight gone (I needed to lose 60 pounds in total...so am 1/3 of the way there) by my next birthday. And I think I can do it. It's all about balancing hormones. Got it!
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Dr. Michael Aziz comes across as a very well-informed doctor who has written a book that is a huge reality check. "The Perfect 10 Diet" promises to balance your hormones, speed up your metabolism and generally improve your heath so you don't fall prey to many diseases.

So what is the secret of this diet? Basically you have to stop eating sugar. With that said I wish this book had included a chapter on healthy sugar substitutes. Dr. Aziz talks about Stevia and uses agave in his recipes. To this doctor, sugar is only to be used as a very occasional treat. He makes the point over and over again about sugar being the worst thing you can eat. And the problem is, sugar is in everything - especially low-fat foods.

One thing I really have to get beyond is thinking fat will make me fat. This diet encourages you to eat 40 percent of your calories from fat. That means you can have butter, coconut oil, avocados, olives, whole milk, cheese and nuts. It sounds too good to be true but more and more authors are now stating that saturated fats are actually good for you. Dr. Aziz explains why polyunsaturated oils and trans fats are really bad to eat.

After reading this book you may start doing some things differently. Like instead of eating strawberries with a sugary vanilla syrup and sweetened whip cream you may be more satisfied with just strawberries and unsweetened heavy cream. Or instead of drinking coffee with tons of sugar you may sweeten your coffee with stevia. You may also start eating whole-wheat bread instead of white when you learn that white bread is worse than sugar. Potatoes are also something you don't want to eat daily, especially not deep fried.
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