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The Starch Blocker Diet Hardcover – April 29, 2003

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Steven Rosenblatt, M.D., Ph.D., O.M.D., practices in Los Angeles, California, and is president of Sierra Medicinals.He holds degrees in medicine, psychology, and oriental medicine and has authored several research articles published in peer-reviewed journals. He is board certified in Family Practice and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs as a leading authority on complementary medicine.He has served as director of the Complementary Medicine Program at Ceders-Sinai Medical Center and was appointed to the Medical Advisory Commision of the 1984 Olympic Games.He lives in Los Angeles, California.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 1 edition (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060548231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060548230
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,463,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lee Mellott TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
...The book describes a progrom that explains how you can eat carbohydrates like rice, pasta, bread and potatoes and lose weight. You lose the weight by taking a starchblocker. This calorie neutralizing substance called Phase 2 binds with the enzymes that digest starch. So when you take it with your meals most starch passes through your system without releasing calories. Phase 2 is made from white kidney beans and is very safe with no side effects aside from minor bloating or gas for some people.
The authors outline a 3 step program. You redistribute your calories so you eat more starchy foods so you will neutralize some of those calories. You learn to take emotional control of your eating and you burn body fat by exercising.
The authors state that by taking the correct dose of the product Phase 2. you will negate about 50%-75% of the starch calories in a carbohydrate meal. If you eat carbohydrate rich meals and take the supplement several times per day you will negate those calories thus be eating less calories and lose weight... In one study, patients lost an average of 3.9% of total body weight or an average of 6.45 pounds over 30 days compared to those on a placebo who lost 3 quarters of a pound. Another study shows a weight loss of .5 to 1 pound per week using the starch blockers...The biggest qualm I had with the book is it is not consistent with other informations as to when to take the starch blockers. The book says right before a meal. At the website of the starch blocker the authors sell it says take 30 minutes before (yes the authors sell starch blockers). So exactly when to take it is unclear. And very important for someone to know to have success with the plan.
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By A Customer on August 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you are tired of low/no carb diets and and still want to lose weight say hooray for this book and starchblockers. The book has some helpful info in it but mostly it serves to motivate you to get started. The effect of taking the starchblockers seems to be:
1 you don't absorb the calories from the starchy food we all eat and love
2 you seem to crave these foods less and be satisfied with normal size porions. This may also be because you take the starchblockers with a large glass of water before you eat so they probably fill you up some.
3 the starchblockers ameliorate adverse reactions to carbs especially bloating and gas.
4. The guilt goes away because you can eat what you like without toturing yourself about it. So food becomes just food, not the enemy or the unattainable pleasure.
Of course taking the starchblockers is not a oppotunity to just sit around and eat whole loaves of Wonder Bread. The author encourages exercise and balanced eating. And again without a high protein/fat low carb emphasis or any super special meal preparations. Eating in restaurants and packing your sandwhich for lunch once again become doable and fun.
I have taken them and they really work. Of course not as dramatcally as they are advertised to but they do work. And that is the good news. The other news is that you have to keep taking them with every starchy meal. I think 3 or 4 times a day for any supplement of this sort is a bit much. You can choose to eat non starch meals (veggies, fruit protein etc) or low starch meals and that way moderate the amount of the starch blockers that you take if you share these concerns.
But that is the only down side I have discovered.
And yay for being able to eat, happily, and enjoy popcorn and mased potatoes again and still lose weight!
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By A Customer on September 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is not just another Weight Loss book! It is a guide to healthy eating and living!
It is an instruction manual for the body and how different foods affect your energy, mood, alertness and general health. When reading the book I was reminded of the phrase, "You Are What You Eat". When I first opened the book, I was initially disappointed with what I thought was "fluff". I thought I was buying a book that would tell me straight out, "Eat this or eat that". However, after reading the first couple of pages in the introduction, I was glad I didn't get the type of book I had expected-I just could not put it down. The Authors mix health education with mystery and history to make this book a wonderful read. Several times while I was reading, my jaw dropped over some of the information.
I had tried Starch Blockers in the 1980's just before the FDA pulled them but I did not know their history (The Howard Hughes and Dead Rats connection). I thought that Starch Blockers were just another gimmick of the "Health food" industry for a quick fix to overeating. Starch Blockers got a bad (but deserved) rap in the 80's because a few "Quick Buck" artist produced an inferior product based on solid a research into controlling Blood Sugar Levels (Not Weight Loss) . I found in reading that our blood sugar levels control our moods, energy, alertness and the ability to gain or lose weight. Among other things, I have learned about food allergies and food reactions from this wonderful text.
More importantly, I have learned that Starch Blockers by themselves are not a "Magic Weight Loss Bullet". This book details how (and why) to use Phase 2 in conjunction with proper food selection and exercise to create a non-self defeating weight loss (Not Diet) and wellness program. Reading this book and following its advice will make a program using the Phase 2 Starch Blockers more effective.
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