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The Simple Diet: A Doctor's Science-Based Plan by [Anderson, James, Gustafson, Nancy J.]
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About the Author

Currently Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Clinical Nutrition at the College of Medicine, University of Kentucky, James W. Anderson, M.D., is the founder and president of the Obesity Research Network, a group of leading experts who perform clinical research in the area of obesity.

Nancy J. Gustafson, M.S., R.D., is a registered dietician and has served as a nutritionist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, clinical dietician at the University of Maryland Hospital and Carle Clinic in Illinois, and nutrition instructor at North Dakota State University.

John Allen Nelson's critically acclaimed roles on television's 24 and Vanished are among the highlights of his twenty-five-plus years as an actor, screenwriter, and film producer. As a narrator, he won an AudioFile Earphones Award for his reading of Zoo Story by Thomas French.

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  • File Size: 5763 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1st edition (December 27, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 27, 2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XFZ7SI
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I don't have enough positive things to say about this book or the diet itsself. I was planning on waiting a few months before writing a review, but I'm just too excited! This diet focuses on calories in/calories out, which is extremely important to me. There is no "miracle" behind it. Just healthy meal choices and plenty of exersize. I'm never hungry as I'm able to eat something small every 2-3 hours. If you're watchful, the diet is also relatively inexpensive. I put my name on mailing lists to recieve coupons and since the meals are kept in the freezer, I can stock up when they're on sale. There is no measuring, no counting calories, or countless hours spent cooking a meal I probably won't even eat, or eat way too much of without realizing its double the correct portion. There is no guesswork.

The book was also very well written and full of success stories and research proving why this diet will work, even if others similar wouldn't. It also comes with shopping lists, charts, etc. The only complaint I have is I bought the book on my Kindle, so I had to type annd print all that information when it could've been photocopied from the book.

Overall, I've been following the diet about 85% but still have been averaging a 3lb/week weight loss. Love, love, love it!!
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I can't recommend this book more highly. Over the years, I have read many diet books, some good, others just downright bad. But this book is the exception. Not only is it an engaging read (I was particularly shocked by the chapter on the potential dangers of bariatric surgery), but it is, as others have mentioned, a very do-able, practical, and economical program to follow. What's more, Dr. Anderson is very upfront about his struggles with his own weight. So you don't get the feeling that you are being preached to, but rather guided by a benevolent, been-there sage, who truly understands your frustrations and pains as you grapple with your weight issues. Also, Dr. Anderson offers really workable suggestions if you're faced with one of those days (or weeks) where you just can't satiate your hunger--have another shake or even one or more extra meals, up your fruit and veggies (none of this drink a gallon of water while concentrating on affirmations). Eating more Simple Diet foods are turns out to be a better alternative than, say, binging, crying, journaling and will not derail your efforts.

And if you're wondering if the plan works, I can only speak from experience. I have been following the diet for less than a week and have dropped 4.5 pounds, even though my exercise has been spotty. As I increase my activity, which I feel very motivated to do, I expect that the remaining 30 lbs will drop off within a reasonable amount of time. But in a way, I'm not that bothered by the timeline. The diet is so varied, so satisfying, so in-synch with my busy life as a mom, volunteer and writer, that I feel I could stay on it indefinitely and be perfectly satisfied and happy.

Thank you, Dr. Anderson, for penning such an encouraging, insightful, and effective book!
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Wow. What can I say here? This diet is easy, simple, inexpensive and smart. It's very easy to follow, and seems to work very well. I can't believe I didn't think of this before - it's so simple!! I've done Medifast for 9 months, HCG for 3 rounds, and pretty much anything else you can think of I have tried...but this little plan is genius! If you are a person who does not like hours grocery shopping and having to plan ahead and plan out meals then this plan will also work for you. With the selection of frozen entrees out there these days, and most with no chemicals in them, this plan makes staying on the diet so darn simple! I've found a butternut squash ravoli by Lean Cuisine that I just love! Anyway, this guy knows what he is talking about, he's been researching for years and years and this plan also allows me to enjoy as many veggies and salads as I want as well as fruit!
I really have to recommend this diet over Medifast and definitely over HCG. there's no hunger involved here if you do it right, and it feels more like a lifestyle choice than a diet.
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I purchased this book last Fall and gave it a trial run for a month. Three shakes, 2 entrees, 5 fruits and vegetables per day. If you are still hungry, either drink another shake or eat more fruits or veggies, but don't go "off plan". I lost weight but I was still hungry. I don't find shakes to be filling at all.

Brand suggestions are in the book. For instance, to keep this affordable, many Michelina and Banquet dinners are included which you can get for under $1.00 at grocery stores...of course, not all dinners fit the specs, you have to read the labels. Once a week I would go slightly over the calorie limit on one of the entrees so I could enjoy a Smart Ones or Lean Cuisine pizza to eat along with my friends, when they were having a REAL pizza. You try to adjust for your lifestyle.

The Simple Diet is on FaceBook, and Dr. Anderson will answer you personally. There are also a couple private groups you can join for support.

It's good to at least check the FaceBook page now and then because there are updates to the plan that were not available when the book was published. One example is in place of a shake, you can have a small container of Greek yogurt, such as Chobani.

Edited May 2014: I decided to try this eating plan again; eating low carb is very boring considering I hate fish and chicken.
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