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Diet Cure: The 8-Step Programme to Rebalance Your Body Chemistry, End Food Cravings, Weight Problems and Mood Swings - Now! Paperback – 5 Jan 2001

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (5 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140284575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140284577
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With every day that passes, nutritional experts are providing us with more and more evidence to confirm that hoary old adage, "You are what you eat". Here's a book that takes the argument a whole step further.

Author Julia Ross is a nutritional psychologist who runs pioneering California-based treatment programmes that aim to address chronic dieting and weight problems with a combination of "nutrient therapy and biochemical balancing". The Diet Cure represents the culmination of 10 year's clinical work.

Ross argues that dieting can be just as much of a problem as the chronic weight gain it seeks to remedy. For her, the causes of such nutritionally dysfunctional behaviour as yo-yo dieting, food cravings or bingeing are not about a lack of self-control but a direct result of biochemical imbalances in brain and body. In other words, eating problems have definite causes that can be identified and put right by dietary means.

And so she begins with a Quick Symptom Questionnaire, to help you work out which of eight key imbalances is/are most affecting you. The results may well be an eye-opener: you may suddenly discover a hitherto unknown addiction to the allergens in sugar or a problem with your blood sugar levels. The rest of the book guides you through the right nutritional steps to restore your body chemistry and reach your ideal weight, such as upping the protein levels in your diet and taking an amino acid supplement. "Amino acids are the key to the Diet Cure", says Ross. "They are stronger than willpower and more effective and safer for most people than drugs..."

All in all, it's a challenging programme, lucidly presented and powerfully argued--Ross claims you'll notice results literally overnight. Her insistence that weight problems CAN be addressed and by practical, testable means, places the responsibility for eating healthily squarely back with us. You may never touch another doughnut as long as you live. --Dan Fielder --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 April 2002
Format: Paperback
I personally use this book as my bible. It has helped me overcome long term problems with PMS which at one point drove me to attempt suicide.
I have used this book as a reference for me and others to help end the torture of monthly depression, food cravings and irritability. I have used it to help advise friends and family.
It is a fact that even men have monthly mood cycles, they may not be as severe as those in women with PMS but they exist all the same. The advice in Julia Ross' book has helped me help my brother too. He now regularly takes an amino-complex, which has help him cope with his divorce. In the past every crisis in his life caused him to sunk into a deep depressive state and turn to alcohol His amino regime has changed that, he can cope much better and has the confidence to tackle problems with a clear mind.
Thanks Julia I really though Prozac was the only way out of my problems, but you showed me a different way, and I only have you to thank for that. I bought this book four years ago and still refer to it regularly.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Feb. 2001
Format: Paperback
For someone who was already convinced that more dieting was not the answer, this book screamed out at me from the book shelf.
A flash on the cover promises to 'end food cravings by end of day 1' and to 'rebalance your body chemistry, end food cravings, weight problems and mood swings - NOW!' But we all know it is NEVER that simple....
The book is fascinating, the theory makes perfect sense and the whole concept of replacing depleted amino acids in your brain to regain balance, control, health and energy, is highly appealing.
I did the questionnaire, I studied the chapters relevant to me, and I began reading the 'Master Plan'. I was all ready to commit to it, when I encountered one problem. Try getting the multi-vitamins and amino acid supplements in Boots, Tesco, your local chemist, Holland & Barrett or even a specialist store, and you'll be out of luck.
It seems that the only way to follow the Diet Cure is by spending a small fortune on mail order supplements from the States. To be honest, this wouldn't bother me if the idea of having to carry a pill organiser around with me for at least three months and set an alarm to remind me when to take the next four or five different supplements didn't worry me just a little.
At the end of the day, the Diet Cure recommends supplementation to put you on the right road to healthy eating. It advocates high protein and fat intake and low 'refined/white' carbohydrate and processed food or sugar intake. It is a basically sound diet that emphasises natural supplementation to help you overcome addiction and cravings.
I like the theory, but the practice for me will probably be a good multi-vitamin that I can get in Boots, and a low carbohydrate, sensible eating diet.
Maybe if I lived round the corner from Julia Ross's clinic it might be different...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Stipanovsky TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Sept. 2012
Format: Paperback
This book has just been re-released and I'm about to buy the new copy - so it prompted me to get out my copy of this issue which is now over 10 years old - how time flies - and give it a quick review...

First of all - this is a very interesting and cleverly laid out book. It begins with a questionaire that looks to uncover which of the 8 imbalances you may have - and you may have more than one...

It is also "on the money"... When I explain to someone who is 10 stone plus overweight that they are suffering from malnutrition - amongst other things - the normal reaction is one of disbelief - and that's when the fun starts...

The questionaire is worth the price of this book 10 times over because it lays out in simple terms what you are actually experiencing right now...

And the cause is your actual diet...

The title "Diet Cure" is a bit of a strange one because we're all on a diet. Maybe the meaning is to overcome unhelpful restrictive misinformation type diets...

There are only 3 types of "diet" anyway - one restricts food types (think Atkins), one restricts amounts (think Weightwatchers) and the third is a combination of the above two...

Where the Information in this book differs - is that there are 8 ways our current diet may be harming us - and Julia spends the first part of the book addressing this.

The second part of the book is about redressing the balance - and she uses a combination of food and supplements to achieve this.

The third part of the book is "The Master Plan" and is about going shopping for the foods and supplements, menu planning, nice recipes and so forth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret H on 16 May 2007
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I have had this book for a while and just recently remembered about it. I have started to read it and find it very interesting, which is quite unique for this kind of book! It goes into detail about yeast infections, homonal imbalances and good fats versus bad fats to name a few subjects. The information given is very useful and written in an easy to understand form. I find this book fascinating and very easy to get involved in. If you like reading about healthy eating, supplements and are interested in how your body uses food and the effects food has on us, you will find it very interesting.
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