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The Plan
Eliminate the Surprising “Healthy” Foods That Are Making You Fat – and Lose Weight Fast
Lyn-Genet Recitas
Read by Jean Alexander

Hachette Book Group
January 2014/ ISBN 978-1455515486
Nonfiction / Self Help / Health / Nutrition / Audio Book (7 hours 27 minutes)

Reviewed by Leslie Halpern


Now an audio book, The Plan presents the author’s best-selling elimination plan, which is also available in hardcover, paperback, and as an e-book. The theory behind The Plan is that chemistry, not calories, pack on the pounds through inflammation, and lead to a variety of health problems including premature aging, migraines, joint pain, depression, insomnia, and eczema. During a 20-day controlled experiment, starting with a three-day detox, readers learn how to eat a non-reactive diet, gradually adding more foods each day to test how their bodies respond.

Going against conventional thought that certain foods are good and bad, the author defines all foods as potentially bad, depending upon an individual’s reactivity to them. She promises quick and easy weight loss (averaging up to 8% of body fat) once reactive foods are determined. The book includes menus, recipes, and lists of supplements, products, and foods to buy.

“Cookies and nachos are not the problem,” she writes, but foods we’ve been told are healthy, including oatmeal, salmon, beans, turkey, and Greek yogurt, might be the source of many illnesses. Once readers adopt the plan and write down physical reactions, such as elevated temperature and weight gain, they begin to change their health by recognizing and interpreting signals provided in response to food.

Beautifully read by Jean Alexander in a clear, sweet voice, The Plan is easily accessible in terms of understanding the concepts, however, the overly frequent testimonials disrupt the flow at times. A PDF containing 20 days of meal plans helps guide readers through tasty combinations of breakfasts, soup/salad/snacks, dinners, and desserts with low-reactive foods. Recipes range from healthy-sounding dishes such as Kale and Black-Eyed Pea Soup to more decadent delights including Apple Pancakes with Cinnamon Butter.

Reviewer Leslie C. Halpern is the author of Passionate About Their Work: 151 Celebrities, Artists, and Experts on Creativity, Rub, Scrub, Clean the Tub: Funny Children's Poems About Self-Image, and Shakes, Cakes, Frosted Flakes: Funny Children's Poems About Table Manners.
Reviewed 2014