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I bought this book on the recommendation of a co-worker who read it & is enthusiastically trying out The Plan. I'm writing this after having only read half of The Plan. I know, I know. Not fair right? I plan to give it a 2nd chance & finish reading it this week. I had to walk away from it for a while when I read a statement that [the brain is 80% fat]. Really? A typo maybe? I highly doubt that. The science is very sketchy here, mainly observations. Everything seems to be loosely based on successes that her clients have reported, while using her 'trial & error' diet model which 'may, or may not work for you'. The premise is that some foods react differently within each of us based on our individual body chemistry. These foods can cause weight gain, or halt weight loss, depending on various amounts, combinations, or time of day that we consume them. I get it. I really do. We know this stuff already. But, Recitas sorely lacks in scientific underpinning for her ideas... a lot. As well, I'm skeptical whether the clients quoted are genuine. Every one who's quoted in the book has, strangely, the same voice & tone. So if you buy it, be aware that she is not an educated nutritionist & is writing this book based merely on her 'experience' which is varied at best.
After my friend has great success on this I was so excited to try it out and contrary to so many, I actually enjoyed the cleanse and didn't feel too sick, just a little tired. I lost 5lb in 5 days which is quite remarkable considering I was full on the food, but the good review ends there! My weight didn't shift for a week after that, even while I was stuffing myself with "friendly foods" and my allotted water intake. The flax granola is gross, even though the author raves about it, and the prep work is so time consuming and labour intensive that I had to start during spring break when I wasn't working. There is nothing easy about this plan apart from easy money spending as the ingredients are not cheap. If you are cooking for a family, you will not be able to do both. My kids were fending for themselves while I focused on plan food! Not doing that anymore! I was tied to the kitchen and even though some recipes were delicious, after a few days I couldn't take anymore brocolli or zucchini! Especially as my weight wasn't shifting, forget that! I just couldn't do it anymore. There are many inconsistencies but if you want to try it, it's worth just getting into her website and downloading the info as opposed to getting the book. In fact the website (lyngenet.com) tells you NOT to use the menus in the book as they are being tested all the time. I'm heading back onto South Beach. Happy dieting friends, and don't let the claim that this is not a diet fool you, it is soooo a diet!
I REALLY wanted to like this book! It was recommended to me by a doctor to help me with my joint pain and weight loss. To be fair, I'm only on day 3 of the diet, so I can't really speak to the long-term results one might achieve from the plan. IF anyone can keep this up for long! The book is not well organized at all. It should contain shopping lists. It should provide instructions for prepping ahead (for example, if I am supposed to eat a special soup tomorrow, it would be helpful if I was guided to prepare it the day before. For those of us who work, we can't have homemade soup for lunch unless we prepare ahead). Sometimes the book specifies how much of an item to eat and other times not with no explanation. It is so very difficult to go through just a few days' worth of menus, look up the recipes in the back of the book to create a shopping list, and then prepare the food. It is also not affordable for many; I paid over $130 in groceries just to feed myself and my boyfriend for three days!
So, I’ve been reading the rave reviews this book has gotten about helping people with digestive issues. I decided to give it a try to help with my chronic stomach pain. It’s been a lot of anticipation leading up to me trying this “lifestyle” (it’s a diet) and I’m pretty disappointed. Here’s why:
This book needs to be updated. The fact that it acts like a lifestyle change guide and the information and recipes haven’t been updated for almost 10 years is quite annoying. Apparently The Metabolism Plan is the updated version. So take this one off the market or update this one?? I don’t understand that.
The recipes aren’t super tasty. Personally, I don’t believe anything is sustainable if you don’t like how it tastes. But the testing period is basically all carrots, broccoli, and zucchini and it gets old quick. I understand that this is so you can test more foods, but making soft broccoli taste good after you’ve been eating it for 5 days in a row is a hard sell. I didn’t know that the flaxseed granola was supposed to have agave added, and is absolutely nasty without that addition, so I was thoroughly hating my breakfasts every day. And lunches. And dinners.
And yet, despite how limited the menu options seem, I still spent 100’s of dollars at the grocery store and hours prepping all this nasty food?? What the hell?
Speaking of gut health, did I mention that I’m still in so much pain? Every evening I go through a painful couple hours where the pain is so bad I almost can’t bear it.
Look, if you don’t care about what your food tastes like and think you can keep up this charade for a month to painstakingly “test” foods for “reactivity”, be my guest. I’m going to go to a gastro specialist for my gut and an allergist for food sensitivities. F this crap.
Tried it. Lost weight. (It IS a diet.) The book is a bit disorganized (lost a star there) and the explanations for some things about the plan are, frankly, hoaky, unfounded, or even outdated based on the latest evidence based research (lost another star there). But as far as I can tell, there's nothing dangerously unhealthy about following it. Some of the recipes were truly delicious. You will be eating less. You will be weighing yourself daily to see if foods or combos of foods you ate the day before caused inflammation (indicated by an uptick or non-movement of the scale). At first blush, this sounds like a very scientific method. However, multiple foods are introduced daily, so it's difficult to tell which foods are doing the damage. In the end, this was quite frustrating and I felt pretty lost with the lack of instructions or explanations about that in the book (lost another star).
This book was confusing. It says it is a day to day food/eating/cooking guide where it enters in a different food each day to test your reaction to it, yet if you follow the recipes exactly there are many things that are added in each day. With the recipes there are sauces and other items to spice things up - yet then how do you know if your reactive to the new food item or the sauce. Additionally, by the time I finished the plan I had more than enough of goat and manchego cheese. I used to love goat cheese before doing the plan - yet it is used so much in the recipes I had OD'd on it and haven't wanted it since.
There are some good recipes and some not so good. I did learn certain foods that I do react to. So it was good to learn the philosophy behind this.
If you are single and work full time - the amount of time spent cooking and chopping is extreme and very difficult. Additionally the sizes of the meals appear to be for four people - so when you make something you may want to cut the recipe in half. I still have soups in my freezer from doing the testing phase.
Additionally, I did the thyroid menu because I am hypothyroid. None of the techniques to increase my BBT - an I tried really hard with that part because who wants to be hypothyroid. So while this may work for some folks - I found it a very difficult plan to maintain due to the excessive preparation and cooking times for a working person, some good recipes, some not so good - yet NOT that well planned out so that you can tell what food you reacted to due the days plan adding more than one new item a day.
I got this book in 2014, clearly after all the hype had completely died down. The books website, blog and online community is poor if not non-existent. The recipes are enough to get your through the original 20-days of testing foods but then that is it. Because there is not a place to connect with other people on the diet it is all up to you to come up with ongoing recipes. And you need something beyond what is given because the food gets old quickly. Her reasoning for determining food reactions based on fluctuations on the scale is sketchy at best - most dietitians and health professionals would argue the validity of this concept. HOWEVER, the principle of detoxing for three days, getting to a baseline and testing in physically reactions to "tested in" food (aches, pains, bloating, gas) is helpful and worth buying the book and putting in at least 30-days of trying it out. I have no desire to keep up with her "plan" but it built a nice foundation for figuring out my body and moving forward with different eating habits. Readers should note that this is not a miracle diet - it is hard work, and not a realistic way of life.