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The Metabolism Plan
Discover the Foods and Exercises That Work for Your Body to Reduce Inflammation and Lose Weight Fast
Lyn-Genet Recitas
Read by Carolyn Cook

Hachette Audio and Blackstone Audio
January 2017/ ISBN 978-1478968931
Nonfiction/Health/Nutrition / Audiobook - Unabridged

Reviewed by Leslie C. Halpern


Best-selling author of The Plan, The Plan Cookbook, and accompanying workbooks, Lyn-Genet Recitas offers an expanded version of her holistic health and nutrition plan – this time including a way of testing exercise and food reactions. Her premise, that certain foods and exercises cause inflammation leading to discomfort, weight gain, and disease, is backed by science and clinical trials. This audiobook provides a 3-day cleanse followed by 27 more days of experimenting with different foods and exercises to test for reactivity (as defined by weight gain and differences in body temperature upon awakening).

One of the key elements of this book is determining a personalized plan for weight loss and good health, because a healthy food for one person is not necessarily a healthy food for someone else. The author’s plan to boost metabolism as a means of burning fat and having more energy involves first purchasing a digital thermometer, digital scale, and a long list of healthy vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices, and supplements. Recitas gives specific instructions how to test for food and exercise reactions. Her instructions for food preparation and exercise routines are less detailed.

A PDF that accompanies the CDs lists common foods and their reactivity percentages, and gives daily menu plans for 30 days. The recipes are included in the text, but not provided on the PDF, which creates a bit of challenge. Readers can copy the recipes from the audio portion, use the same recipes from her earlier books, or search online to find most of the recipes used in this new book. It would have made things easier for the reader to have the recipes on the PDF along with the daily menu plans. Food preparation takes a little time, but is not difficult. Some of the dishes can be made in large quantities and frozen for later use. Many of these low-reactive, healthy recipes also are quite delicious, including the apple streusel (breakfast) and spicy coco sauce (vegetable topping).

Read by Carolyn Cook in a clear, friendly voice, this audiobook expounds upon the author’s earlier work, but also covers some of the same material explored in the first book. There’s also some repetition when the daily menu plans are described (such as the same salads on different days and the repeated portion sizes for men and women), but this may be necessary to ensure clarity. Despite the organizational issues and repetition of material, The Metabolism Plan is an important book because it offers readers a proven method for achieving and sustaining good health for a lifetime.

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Reviewer Leslie C. Halpern is the author of 200 Love Lessons from the Movies, Passionate About Their Work: 151 Celebrities, Artists, and Experts on Creativity, Reel Romance, Dreams on Film, and the Funny Children's Poems book series.
Reviewed 2017