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  • Hardcover: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Overseas Editions New; 1 edition (2 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606525433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606525432
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 2.5 x 26.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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"The Digest Diet" is a 21-day weight-loss plan based on groundbreaking science and newly discovered foods and habits that help your body to release fat. Reader's Digest sifted through all the weight-loss science to pick the foods, recipes, and habits that truly slim you down quickly and safely. We reviewed cutting-edge nutrition advances and myth-busting articles. We discovered some new reasons fat creeps on--and reliable ways to get it to fade away quickly. "The Digest Diet "targets surprising fat increasers in three key areas--eating, environment and exercise--and gives you the tools you need to turn the tables and shift your body into fat release mode. The eating plan is organized in three basic stages: Fast Release, Fade Away, and Finish Strong. Every phase loads you up on fat releasers. But the calorie and macronutrient ratios shift in each so as to maximize fat release--and results! Fast Release (12-minute exercise routine) is a four-day fat releasing jump start. The Fat-Release Workout combines both strength training and HIIT (high intensity interval training) into a 12-minute workout that's amazingly effective for fat burn and muscle growth. Fade Away transitions you into lean proteins and micronutrient-rich greens. For this 10-day stretch, you continue to have a shake a day, but the lean-and-green focus gives your body what it needs to help you release fat and build muscle, while lowering your intake of carbohydrates for faster fat fade. Finish Strong is the last week of the plan. The meals and recipes show you how to enjoy a balanced, healthy, wholefoods diet rich in fat releasers. The Digest Diet provides a list of 13 fat releasers, which include Vitamin C, Calcium, Protein and Coconut Oil, as well as an easy cheat sheet of fat releasing foods that can be eaten during the diet, such as broccoli, grapefruit, mozzarella cheese, almonds, fish, beef, red wine, dark chocolate and avocados, to name a few. Inside the Digest Diet, you will also find a 21

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I really enjoyed the info and, of course, it all makes sense. My only complaint is the layout of the recipies and how difficult they are to put with the step you are on. The cookbook does a much better job of helping us "elementary" cooks. It would also have helped me better if both the Diet Book and the Cookbook had portion sizes with the meats and meals. The shakes....no problem.....the soups.....no problem......but.....other recipes do not state whether a cup or ounce is the portion amount.
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By Kitti on 29 Mar. 2013
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I expected this book to give me more everyday type meal ideas. Some foods just not practical for me to purchase. Suggestions in book sensible but a little disappointed in what I thought should be in it.
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By Julia Gouliquer on 8 April 2013
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i would recommend this book. Great food and reading... I had heard about this book from a fried and i wasnt dissapointed. Sp 2 thumbs up...
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By Amnon Fleishman on 9 Nov. 2014
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very usefull
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More like a healthy eating plan 12 May 2012
By R NOLAND - Published on Amazon.com
Tried this eating plan for about 6 weeks and really enjoyed it. I was skeptical at first because I knew, being only about 30 pounds overweight that I wouldn't lose 20+ pounds but I did lose about 7 in the first 3 weeks and continued to drop about 3/4-1 pound a week. (I am a 55 year old female) It really should be called more of a healthy eating plan instead of diet. I have cut out sugar except for honey, all artificial sweetners, alot of the sodium in my diet, and most processed foods. It does start with a 4-day cleansing process with shakes and soup. That was a little tough because I was detoxing from all the sugar, etc. But I found the right combo of flavorings in my shake (peanut butter, strawberries/banana, cocoa, and cinnamon) and I have actually started to crave the shakes. (They are like 16 oz.) Anyway, 4 days of shakes and soup (I recommend the Mexican chicken soup) is not the end of the world. Some recipes I didn't care for or I had to tweak the seasonings but I can repeat the ones I like (like seasoned baked chicken, pork chops, pork loin, and flank steak) as often as I want. But I encourage you to try some of the "out-there" veggies. My breakfasts now consist of oatmeal w/ strawberries, egg omelets, or peanut butter and strawberry wraps. I eat a turkey sandwich most days for lunch. When I go out I have learned to pick a good salad with grilled chicken and bring my own dressing (a recipe from the book). Once you figure out the foods that you should or shoudl not be eating you can be creative and create your own dishes .And, yes, I have to actually grocery shop. My local grocer has most of what I need with a couple of items coming from the "healthy" grocery stores. If you're looking for a new way of eating without counting points or calories while losing a healthy pound or so a week, this could be it. But if you want to stick with sugar, sweetners, processed and fast foods this is probably not the plan for you.
222 of 224 people found the following review helpful
Have been really pleased with this healthy eating plan 3 July 2012
By Seattle mom - Published on Amazon.com
My husband and I have been using this plan for a couple of months. He lost 13 lbs and has been at goal weight for a while now. I have lost 14 lbs and have about 9 more to go (and would have lost more had I not been a little careless the last couple of weeks during the "birthday parties and school is over" period). My husband ate pretty healthily coming into this, but I was a total carb junky. I found the breakfasts (mainly the shakes and the parfait) to be incredibly tasty, better than any "smoothies" I've had before, and I'm amazed that I can lose weight while eating cheese and nuts (quick and easy snacks). My husband loves all food, but I'm about a 6 on the picky-eater scale, and I have been surprised that I've really enjoyed most of the recipes. The Mexican soup was a little too spicey for me, but the squash soup is to die for, and the lentil and shrimp soups are not bad either. They have a batch of chicken that can be done up several ways, so we do that occasionally and then use the meat in a variety of dishes.

The first few weeks do require some planning and learning new areas of the grocery store. But most of the recipes use the same stuff over and over (vinegar, pepper flakes, sea salt, honey, yogurt, peanut or almond butter, etc), and many of these just need to be bought once, and then you have them. Some of the produce is new to us (kale, escarole, etc), but once we found it, now we know where to look. I'm not a big salad fan, and fortunately there are a number of recipes that use produce but are not salads. I think they've done a great job of making sure there is enough fat and protein in each recipe to make it satisfying. I'm not hungry 30 mins later like with some produce-oriented recipes.

Most of the recipes make at least 4 servings, and the soups make up to 10, so we make big batches and then freeze and do left-overs, and that greatly decreases the shopping and cooking time. At first I planned 4 days at a time, shopped, then cooked probably every other day. Now we can plan nearly a week at a time and have minimized actual cooking time even more (neither of us really enjoys cooking). The recipes are all pretty quick anyway - most can be done in 30 mins or less). And the thing I like best about them is that I actually know exactly what I'm eating since most have 5 or fewer ingredients, all made of "real food," not processed food.

One thing that could be a little challenging is that this diet is very dairy-intense which is great for me because I am at high risk for osteoporosis and love dairy. But one of my daughters can't have much dairy, and my husband found it was causing a bit of binding up. So we have to modify it for them slightly.

In general, we have both been really happy with this new eating plan, and I feel 1000% better about the quality of food I'm putting in my body.
197 of 205 people found the following review helpful
The Digest Diet 28 May 2012
By paul W - Published on Amazon.com
Great book and very easy to read. Lots of pics explaining the recipes and exercise moves. Followed the complete cycle with good success.

Starts off with lots of shakes and soups to flush out the toxins, then moves to a low-carb cycle for another week or so, and then lands on the maintenance phase. You can do anything for two weeks so first two weeks weren't so bad to get through. Maintenance plan is pretty user friendly with lots of choices. And if you get stuck down the road you just repeat the cycle.

Great book to jump start a fitness plan. Lots of hints and trivia on the sidebars for the short attention span, I recommend for anyone who is trying to get started on a good path.
117 of 121 people found the following review helpful
Will work but requires effort 30 Aug. 2012
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
(I am a cook so I agreed to follow the book for a diet for my wife.) Like others, I was skeptical but found the reading in the book intriguing. I've had to diet once in my life and used Atkins, lost the weight and kept it off. It is essential that followers read first half of the book to understand why they are doing what they do.

1. It's not all about food but requires physical activity, sleep and (probably) a complete change of types, preparation and eating times. Think of a Mediterranean diet without pasta.

2. It does NOT require starving, endless salads, exercising like an Olympic athlete or horrible yuck. Choices are based on scientific evidence - not whim.

3. It contains enough variety to make long-term dieting possible unlike many that require endless oatmeal, bacon or squash.

4. Best of all, the meals are GOOD and extremely easy to prepare (even for non-cooks).

Results: First 14 days she lost 12 pounds and it has continued at a slower pace due to lack of physical activity. (She has joined a gym.)
109 of 115 people found the following review helpful
Great diet, book needs a few tweaks 29 Jun. 2012
By Gail - Published on Amazon.com
I am on Day 9 of the Reader's Digest Diet, which goes for 21 days. So far I've lost 8 pounds without being the least bit hungry. The first four days are two shakes, one 2 cup serving of soup and a snack. In the second phase, there are two snacks and some "real food" menus for breakfast/lunch/dinner with a shake for one of them. Looking ahead, I see even more variety added for the final phase. One great thing about the diet is that you can switch foods within a phase [such as a snack from Day 7 can be substituted if you don't like the snack suggested for Day 10].

The diet includes a 12-minute workout that is very do-able for most people, plus a lot of walking. I am older, so I am doing less than what is suggested so that I don't hurt myself. I did get the worst leg cramp I have ever had during the night early on, but I think I hadn't drunk enough water and was dehydrated. I had also overdone on the treadmill and elliptical. So take it easy in working into the exercises. Be sure to warm up, which I don't think is mentioned in the book.

I think most of the food suggested is very good, and it's certainly wholesome. I'm eating things I'd never tried before, such as Quinoa. I enjoy whole foods and don't use much sugar anyway, so giving up sugar was easy for me. They have you add honey to the Quinoa and the shakes, and they taste pretty sweet to me. My favorite shake is made with mixed berries that include cherries, and using the sunflower butter as the fat. I have come to really like 0% Greek Yogurt with some marjoram and sunflower seeds in it.......used as a dip for raw veggies. This is not an inexpensive diet. I have learned that foods in the ethnic sections are less expensive than in the health sections.

That said, my husband didn't care for most of the foods and gave up on the diet at the end of Day 7 [he had lost more than I had by then]. That evening we had grilled shrimp, mashed Edamame and a salad make with kale and grapes. I also didn't care much for the Edamame and salad, though I could eat them. I loved the grilled shrimp. He prefers them fried and missed his ketchup.

The Italian Shrimp & Veg Soup was really good. I froze some of it for later in the diet. For my husband's sake, I also made the lentil soup. In some early printings of the book, the liquid is left out of the recipe. I think the newer books call for 7 cups of water. I just added 5 cups and a can of the no salt added diced tomoatoes since they were in another soup. It was yummy.

I find it difficult to fit in everything I am supposed to eat, which is not a bad thing. I don't care for milk, so rather than drinking the skim milk, I put some Skim Plus in a cup of coffee [one cup allowed per day] and I add and extra tablespoon of powdered milk to the shakes.

Someone on the RD site suggested the book be in a binder form. That would be really helpful since I am using it three or four times a day and having to turn back and forth so much. I am about ready to put page markers for some of the basic stuff. Right now I have lots of bookmarks in the book. I also wish the publishers had a place online for questions to be answered, like about the liquid in the soup. I noted questions about it [in comments after the section to download shopping lists] for months at a time and no response or help from the publishers. Someone called RD and was told everyone would be emailed with the corrected soup recipe, but I've never received any such communication. Perhaps those who are signing into Facebook are getting the answers they need. I am too busy planning and shopping added into my life to go onto FB for the diet. But having a support group is always nice, so I recommend that if it's important to you.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who is serious about losing 10 or more pounds and who is willing to put in a lot of time shopping for some hard to find items [like lite coconut milk, fennel bulb, Quinoa, etc.].....and it is extra work if you are figuring out the recipes for two people who don't have the same likes and dislikes. I have found that now that I am just fixing things for myself, and because I already have tracked down all the ingredients, it is going very smoothly. I needed to lose some weight and am determined to do so. If you are of that mindset, this is for you. I plan to continue with the maintenance phase once I am finished with, perhaps, a few indulgences. This diet is a very good start to my plan.
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