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The Plan: Eliminate the Surprising "Healthy" Foods That Are Making You Fat--and Lose Weight Fast (2014) Paperback – December 30, 2014
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Forget fresh tomatoes and cauliflower? Both occasional and career dieters may blanch at the thought, but holistic practitioner Recitas promotes her 20-day weight-loss program by dispensing with much “conventional wisdom” about food intake and weight and introducing a structured program for testing which foods may be triggering not only weight gain (rather than loss) in particular body chemistries but also constipation, inflammation, headaches, depression, and eczema. Cookies may not be villains, packing on the pounds, readers may discover as they explore “friendly foods” versus “highly reactive foods” that can no longer be seen as universally “diet-healthy” nutrition. Preparation, a three-day cleanse, and then a testing phase to determine which foods and food combinations to avoid can yield not just another diet but, instead, a plan for life, according to Recitas. To support her case, she includes photographs and testimonials of before-and-after successes, various recipes, the procedure for a five-day self-test, an index, and perhaps the most useful diet aid—enthusiastic encouragement. --Whitney Scott --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"The Plan is not a diet. It is a way of changing how you eat--for life. And that is why it works. And as promised, I didn't have to give up baking: I still eat sweets!" -Lesley Jane Seymour, Editor in Chief, More Magazine
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A friend of mine, who is also in my age group, recommended this book. I'd never heard of it before, but went out to Amazon to read the premise and the reviews. The reviews seemed like they were all written by people like me. I read on and saw that she provided options for tailoring The Plan to vegans and vegetarians, so I decided "what the hell" and bought the book. I spent the first week reading the book and looking through the recipes. There's a fair amount of prep work that needs to be done to get your food ready for the first week. That said, the recipes are all super simple to make. They're not gourmet, but they're palatable. I read the book's Plan for the first week and then pulled down the vegetarian and vegan menus off her website and kind of put together a hybrid plan for the week.
I've been on The Plan for a week now and have lost.........wait for it..........9 pounds!!! How is that even possible? I don't know and I'm not asking - who cares? And even though I'm only one week into this and still have a fair number of days left to go, I don't even really care what happens from here on out because I'm down 9 pounds! The Plan makes perfect sense to me and is the first time I've ever come across a diet plan that is tailored to your body. I did another "medically supervised" diet plan where you were eating 1,200 calories a day and were supposed to take off 2-3 pounds a week. When I struggled to take off 1/2 a pound a week, I asked them why and they couldn't answer me. If it's a simple calories in/calories out equation, then anyone who was dedicated could lose weight. For some of us, our bodies attack the food we put in it and that has to be remedied. Her premise is such an interesting concept and explains so much about those folks who we all know who seem to eat whatever they want and stay as skinny as a rail. Most of us chalk it up to a faster metabolism, but how could someone's metabolism be really that much faster than another person's? The way I interpret The Plan is that it's a personalized eating plan that tailors foods to your body chemistry so that we all can eat "whatever we want" and stay slim and fit. We all have the same metabolism, but those people who stay slim eating everything have a much more efficient metabolism because there aren't any foods that hang up in their system. For the rest of us, it's a scientific puzzle to figure out what works for us and what doesn't. I also think she's really on to something with the whole aging process and our systems becoming sensitized to certain foods that once gave us no trouble when we were younger.
I am a huge believer in this book and plan. I have turned three other people on to it and they're now doing it as well. Given that it's the only thing that has worked for me, if you're in the same boat and find you can't budge the scale no matter what you do, it's at least worth a try. I feel great, my arthritis has lessened, and I'm eating avocados for the first time in a couple of decades! Give it a try.
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Found out what foods I react to, which changed my diet in a great way. Love her books!