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The Four Corners Diet: The Healthy Low-Carb Way of Eating for a Lifetime [Paperback]

Jack Goldberg , Karen O'Mara , Gretchen Becker
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8 April 2004
In 1996, Drs. Goldberg and O'Mara embarked on an in-depth review of the scientific literature concerning weight loss and improvements in serum lipids through diet, as well as all of the popular diets being touted at the time. Sifting through hundreds of studies, they set out to create their own diet -- one based on the most proven elements and soundest data from the scientific literature. The diet they created emphasizes very low carbohydrates with normal protein amounts, using high monounsaturated fats and reducing saturated fats, eating plenty of fiber, as well as natural sources of vitamins and nutrients from a variety of vegetables and some dairy products. After first testing the diet on themselves, and both losing weight, they started a formal clinical study in moderate-to-severely obese subjects, and they and others have now tested this diet more informally with hundreds of people of varying weights and ages. The Four Corners Diet has proven to be a bold and easy plan for eating a healthy, nutritionally balanced diet at each meal, every day, for losing weight now--and keeping it off for life.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Marlowe & Co (8 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569244278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569244272
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 15.3 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 709,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Your diet is effortless and it really works." I just turned 50 and cannot go through the rest of my life heavy. I am motivated encouraged and losing weight.

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Finally a diet I could follow. I have a history of starting diets and giving up on them within 2 weeks. I have been doing this for years.
This diet or eating plan is different. Yes, the first week us challenging and yes I tripped up a few times. But it does work.
I have been on this eating plan for 2 months now. I have lost 19 pounds. I need to lose between 6 & 7 stones to get to a healthy BMI.
I probably could have lost a lot more in that time, but I struggle with my addiction to sugar.
Therefore, my weightloss will be slower than it should be as I struggle with my cravings for sweet things but I am losing the weight.
Because the eating plan is high protein, I don't feel hungry and my portions are much smaller. I am actually enjoying eating green veg and berries. Never thought I'd say that.
My alcohol consumption has drastically reduced to 1 or 2 small glasses of red wine a week. But that's not saying that I go out with the girls I won't binge drink.
This eating plan definitely encourages a lifestyle change. This, I think is better than a quick fix diet where you return to bad habits afterwards.
Give it a go and be patient.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great diet 15 Jun 2004
By Reader from the suburbs - Published on Amazon.com
I have been on this diet since it was called the GO diet. Not only did I lose all the weight I desired without starving myself to death, I have also managed to keep it all off!! This diet is so simple it's a wonder everyone isn't on it. Easy changes to my eating habits has resulted in a permanent change in not only my weight but also my overall health. The sleepy feeling halfway through the day is no longer there. I do not need to sleep as many hours at night as I used to either. I love this diet!! It's given me more energy and at least a couple more hours a day of "awake" time. To me that is priceless. My 29 year old son went on it and his triglycerides were improved by it. He remains on it to this day as he too believes it is a life style change and not just a weightloss diet. I am wondering if the "reader from Alabama" even read this book or is perhaps confusing the Four Corners diet with another diet, because coffee is a "pharmafood" and is NOT discouraged on this diet. It is, in fact, specifically included in the diet. I should know because I drink at least 3 or 4 cups of coffee a day - a habit I've had for 20 plus years now. I love this diet and I love this book. I will remain on this diet for the rest of my life.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a healthy lifestyle!!!! 15 Jun 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Not only have I lost weight on this diet, I also lowered my cholesteral. I originally took on this low carb lifestyle after my doctor hit me with the high cholesteral news about 5 years ago (which was long before the low carb craze of today). The original "go diet" was recommended at that time and I'm staying with the program with this book. Bottom line, simple reading, simple to implement into your life, simple to maintain. This diet works!
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I lost 45 lbs. with this diet with no side effects! 9 Jun 2004
By Allison - Published on Amazon.com
I have been on the Four Corners diet since August 2002. During that time I have lost 45 lbs. and have experienced no side effects of any sort. I have always battled with my weight and I have personally tried every diet on the market with no success. This book made me realize that I needed to completely change what I eat as well as my eating habits. This diet has changed my life and I have passed it on to friends, family, co-workers, basically anyone who asked me about my significant weight loss. After reading one of the customer reviews posted on Amazon, I was deeply troubled when someone questioned Drs. Goldberg and O'Mara's research and then shamelessly promoted a competing diet. I have known the O'Mara family personally for several years and I know first hand the extensive research and hard work Dr. O'Mara has put into this book. Her entire family follows this diet and her son, who started the diet the same time I did, has lost 85 lbs. and has kept it off to this day and also experienced a significant drop to his high blood pressure. I will continue to recommend this book to anyone who wants to lose weight in a healthy way.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not A Bad Attempt At Mainstreaming Low-Carb Diets, But Sorely Needs An Updated Version 22 May 2009
By Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Man - Published on Amazon.com
What do you get when you mix a biochemist, an internist, and a diabetes-focused medical writer to collaborate on a book about low-carb eating? Well, you would think it would be a winning synergy of talent for writing a solid low-carb book. Unfortunately, that's not exactly what happened with The Four Corners Diet.

It was a nice idea at the time to try to look at the scientific data about livin' la vida low-carb prior to 1996 (and there wasn't nearly as much evidence in the research world then like there is now), but much of the information included in this 2004 book release is already outdated by the advancements made in studies by researchers on subjects like the health benefits of consuming saturated fat, why fiber isn't as important as once thought, and much more over the past 5-6 years. Maybe an updated version of the book is in order to include this vital information.

Nevertheless, the "four corners" of this diet include low-carb eating, "heart-healthy" monounsaturated fat (I put that descriptive phrase in quotation marks because the veracity is in doubt), fiber, and pharmafoods (nutrient-dense foods with added benefits like yogurt, veggies, and fruits). I applaud the authors for attempting to make the idea of low-carb living more palatable for people who still seem to fear fat despite all the studies showing it is not as harmful to health as most people have been told. But replacing healthy saturated fats (like butter) with questionable monounsaturated fats (like canola oil) is not helpful to those people who need to replace the carbohydrates in their diet with their new fuel source-healthy and delicious saturated fats. Coconut oil, full-fat meats and cheeses, cream, and more are all an essential part of a healthy low-carb diet and omitting these from your low-carb lifestyle will set you up to stumble and fall.

I think the authors were on the right track with the promotion of foods with added health benefits because the probiotics and phytonutrients you consume in these foods are as essential to health as low-carb eating. Overall, the book is not bad, per se, but it certainly could use a sorely-needed update.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lifetime Approach to Healthy Eating 15 Aug 2012
By Ovilla Tex - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book with very user friendly recipes, but the recipes only represent the tip of the iceberg. If you follow the low glycemic approach to eating recommended in this book you will find yourself making lifetime changes in your eating habits. With the help of this book and the 3rd edition of "The New Glucose Revolution" I've lost 20 pounds in the first 4 weeks, and have never felt hungry. On top of that, my blood glucose readings are back to normal after years in the pre-diabetic range. If your serious about losing weight, lowering your blood glucose levels, and improving your self image don't just buy this book, read it and put it to good use.
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