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New York Times bestselling author and cutting-edge
nutrition expert Lyn-Genet Recitas reveals the surprising truth behind
the "healthy" foods that cause weight gain and provides personalized
meal plans for rapid weight loss.

Carbs and portion sizes are
not the problem when it comes to weight loss, contrary to popular
belief. Foods that are revered by traditional weight loss programs, such
as turkey, eggs, cauliflower, beans, and tomatoes, may be healthy in a
vacuum, but when combined with each person's unique chemistry, they can
cause a toxic reaction that triggers weight gain, premature aging,
inflammation, and a host of health problems including constipation,
migraines, joint pain, and depression.
Lyn-Genet's
groundbreaking 20-day program helps readers finally unlock the mystery
behind what does and does not work for their individual bodies. With
detailed meal plans, recipes, and effective, personalized advice, you
will discover how to:

-Lose a half a pound a day while enjoying
generous servings of foods you love
-Identify your hidden trigger
foods that are causing weight gain and inflammation, among other
symptoms
-Build a personalized healthy foods list that promotes rapid
weight loss
-Avoid feeling bloated, tired, or unhealthy
again!
Feel better, look better, and be empowered by the
knowledge of what truly works best for your body!

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Reviews for The Plan: Eliminate the Surprising "Healthy" Foods That Are Making You Fat--and Lose Weight Fast (2014):

5

March 3, 2015

Great for people who have tried everything and nothing works
This review is written for all the 40+ women out there who have struggled and struggled to lose weight on any diet. I am one of those women. I am 48, work out 10 hours a week, eat 1200 calories a day, and am 20-30 pounds overweight and no matter what I did, could not budge the scale. I used to work out 5 hours a week and decided to double it thinking that the extra workouts would "beat" the weight off of me. So, I upped my workouts and......NOTHING! I had three kids in 5 years - the last when I was 42. I was able to get the weight off with the first two, but what worked with the first didn't work with the second and nothing worked with the third. I had had previous success on weightwatchers, so I tried that again, but given that I'm a vegan and the points system now doesn't count any of the fruits and vegetables you eat, well, that's a problem since that's where all my calories are coming from. I tried a high protein/low carb diet, which had limited success, but vegan sources of protein tend to be carby and although I'd only be eating about 1,200 calories a day, I'd struggle to even take off 1/4 of a pound a week! My 6'6", 185-pound husband, who eats whatever he wants, whenever he wants says, "it's calories in/calories out". Clearly, if that's the case, then this is new math that I don't understand. I would get down in the dumps because I felt like I'd never get rid of the extra weight, but was at a complete loss for knowing what to do to get it off. I was ready to give up, but I couldn't give up. Carrying extra weight around for many years is unhealthy.

A friend of mine, who is also in my age group, recommended this book. I'd never heard of it before, but went out to Amazon to read the premise and the reviews. The reviews seemed like they were all written by people like me. I read on and saw that she provided options for tailoring The Plan to vegans and vegetarians, so I decided "what the hell" and bought the book. I spent the first week reading the book and looking through the recipes. There's a fair amount of prep work that needs to be done to get your food ready for the first week. That said, the recipes are all super simple to make. They're not gourmet, but they're palatable. I read the book's Plan for the first week and then pulled down the vegetarian and vegan menus off her website and kind of put together a hybrid plan for the week.

I've been on The Plan for a week now and have lost.........wait for it..........9 pounds!!! How is that even possible? I don't know and I'm not asking - who cares? And even though I'm only one week into this and still have a fair number of days left to go, I don't even really care what happens from here on out because I'm down 9 pounds! The Plan makes perfect sense to me and is the first time I've ever come across a diet plan that is tailored to your body. I did another "medically supervised" diet plan where you were eating 1,200 calories a day and were supposed to take off 2-3 pounds a week. When I struggled to take off 1/2 a pound a week, I asked them why and they couldn't answer me. If it's a simple calories in/calories out equation, then anyone who was dedicated could lose weight. For some of us, our bodies attack the food we put in it and that has to be remedied. Her premise is such an interesting concept and explains so much about those folks who we all know who seem to eat whatever they want and stay as skinny as a rail. Most of us chalk it up to a faster metabolism, but how could someone's metabolism be really that much faster than another person's? The way I interpret The Plan is that it's a personalized eating plan that tailors foods to your body chemistry so that we all can eat "whatever we want" and stay slim and fit. We all have the same metabolism, but those people who stay slim eating everything have a much more efficient metabolism because there aren't any foods that hang up in their system. For the rest of us, it's a scientific puzzle to figure out what works for us and what doesn't. I also think she's really on to something with the whole aging process and our systems becoming sensitized to certain foods that once gave us no trouble when we were younger.

I am a huge believer in this book and plan. I have turned three other people on to it and they're now doing it as well. Given that it's the only thing that has worked for me, if you're in the same boat and find you can't budge the scale no matter what you do, it's at least worth a try. I feel great, my arthritis has lessened, and I'm eating avocados for the first time in a couple of decades! Give it a try.
4

April 17, 2018

This will get rid of your sugar cravings if you have them!
I almost feel like my review is not necessary because there are so many but thought I’d write one anyway in case it helps someone. I didn’t have a lot of weight to loose. I’m a 45 year old mom of 16 year old twins and I weighted 129 pounds and I am 5’4”. I realize this is within normal range but I feel best when I weight under 125. When you are at this range 5 pounds feels like a lot. My clothes were always tight and I generally just felt bloated sluggish and not at my optimum weight. I can feel the collective eye roll from some of you but this review is for people like me. I had been counting calories and ordering salmon at restaurants for almost a decade trying to lose 5 pounds and I would after a few months only to have it come back the second I ate even the least bit “bad”. Worst of all I had UNCONTROLLABLE sugar cravings. The cravings were uncontrollable and they controlled me. I heard about this book from a coworker and got it and read it. I have some words of advice on the read - I read it all the way through and mostly skipped all of the testimonials. They get to be a little much. I get there are a lot of success stories but there are way too many in the book. So I read it through and skipped those but pay attention because some of the inset boxes are not testimonials and have information that you need. So after the first read I read it again with a highlighter and highlighted information I wanted to remember. Then over the course of the next few weeks I’d review my highlights. Before I started I formulated a plan and gathered supplies but I also started with the water consumption to train myself to drink the water in the quantity and timing she recommends (half your body weight in ounces per day and with 45 minutes before and after meals and to have it all drank before dinner and to not drink any after dinner). I also modified the plan some. The book cautions against this but I still had success. But everyone is different. For me the modifications still worked. For others maybe not. For example I’m never going to eat sautéed kale and during the cleanse I still had my one cup of coffee each morning. And for me turns out I am not reactive to many things so the plan was easy. But I can see if you are reactive to a lot it might be hard. But regardless better to know than not. So I lost 8.5 pounds in about 2 weeks and have stayed there. I’m on day 52 now. I had an out of town trip and ate out a lot including in and out burger (which I later regretted because it really wasn’t that tasty). When I came home I had gained 2 pounds but jumped right back into the plan and by the end of that week was back at my weight. All of this is great but here’s the most important thing for me - this plan crushed my constant sugar cravings. They are gone and it’s changed my life and I’m so thankful. My husband buys girl scout cookies by the dozens from any Girl Scout that asks him. Which is sweet but we have literally dozen of boxes of delicious thin mints in our pantry and freezer. Before the plan I could easily eat an entire sleeve of them per sitting. They would beckon me and I couldn’t resist their call. But I have been able to not eat a single one and more importantly not even think about them. This may sound dramatic but I feel like it’s a miracle. I feel better and my attitude towards food has completely changed. I feel empowered with food knowledge. A lot of reviews note the editing and the recipes being incomplete which is true but just use your common cooking sense and read the recipe completely through before starting. For example there are a couple that list ingredients but then in the instructions never have you add them. I just add them where they make sense or omit them if I think they are not necessary. There are also some reviews that say it’s expensive. This is relative. If you have no spices and have to buy them all maybe. I already had most of them. It’s pretty much all fresh food so you’ll have to shop more often. I’d say it’s added maybe $100-150 a month to my grocery bill. For me that’s not a bad trade off for the result but some might think it’s too much.
Good luck all!!
5

June 14, 2017

Good Diet Terribly Written
The Bad (yes there are a lot of bad things even with 5 stars):
One of the worst written non fiction books I have ever owned. I really don't care if one of the authors clients liked a sauce so well that she would eat it over kitty litter. I don't care to read 100s of testaments to how good the recipes are (they are pretty good). I just want to get on with the book. Prove the recipes are not good. Don't spend all those pages trying to convince me. It even backfired. I was sure they were going to be terrible are reading all the testaments.

Get ready to cook. A lot. Get ready to do a lot of dishes.

Have to plan ahead. Have to make lunches the night before often. The flax seed breakfast takes some work and time. Can't just whip it up. If you run out without having already prepared more you will find yourself without a breakfast.

Terribly organized. It is not sequential. You will read something and then find out later you were not suppose to do it when you did unless you read the entire book, and remembered it, first. Does not explain a lot of things until after you are asked to do it. Without the understanding we ended up doing it wrong.

It asks readers to do a few things that are simply not proven. For example the author recommends liver detox pills. All the empirical studies done on these rather expensive pills show they do no more than a placebo.

Do not buy on Kindle. Nightmare jumping from place to place and you will need to do it if you use this book. We ended up buying both Kindle and paperback.

The Good:

It works. I have lost 15 lbs in 17 days. I had been eating extremely healthy for nearly a year (most would say I had been eating extremely healthy for the 25 years I have been married to a physician). I had lost a few pounds but even with a lot of exercise (I got really fit). I lost little weight. There is no issue with eating as much as I want.

In short I recommend the diet but not the book.
2

April 9, 2016

Frustrating and confusing!
After my friend has great success on this I was so excited to try it out and contrary to so many, I actually enjoyed the cleanse and didn't feel too sick, just a little tired. I lost 5lb in 5 days which is quite remarkable considering I was full on the food, but the good review ends there! My weight didn't shift for a week after that, even while I was stuffing myself with "friendly foods" and my allotted water intake. The flax granola is gross, even though the author raves about it, and the prep work is so time consuming and labour intensive that I had to start during spring break when I wasn't working. There is nothing easy about this plan apart from easy money spending as the ingredients are not cheap. If you are cooking for a family, you will not be able to do both. My kids were fending for themselves while I focused on plan food! Not doing that anymore! I was tied to the kitchen and even though some recipes were delicious, after a few days I couldn't take anymore brocolli or zucchini! Especially as my weight wasn't shifting, forget that! I just couldn't do it anymore. There are many inconsistencies but if you want to try it, it's worth just getting into her website and downloading the info as opposed to getting the book. In fact the website (lyngenet.com) tells you NOT to use the menus in the book as they are being tested all the time. I'm heading back onto South Beach. Happy dieting friends, and don't let the claim that this is not a diet fool you, it is soooo a diet!
5

February 5, 2017

I started The Plan in November (in conjunction with going gluten free two months before) and by January I was in remission and l
I was 26 years old, 5'1, 242 lbs, and diagnosed with graves disease (hyperthyroid). I started The Plan in November (in conjunction with going gluten free two months before) and by January I was in remission and losing weight like crazy. A year later, I got down to 132 lbs (IMG is 10 lbs heavier). The Plan is a HEAVEN send, and I can't recommend it any more highly!
5

March 16, 2017

The best eating that I have been able to stick to
The best eating that I have been able to stick to, at 68 years old I lost over all 60 lbs. and have kept it off these three years and feel great.
Thank you Lyn
1

January 28, 2019

There is a new version of this book - do not buy
This book should not be on the market. More than half way through "the plan" I messaged the author on instagram. I learned that I shouldn't be using the book "the plan" but instead using the "updates" on her website. I then learned that there is a whole other book called the metabolism plan where the recipes are updates, the way you test reactive foods is also different. I know a lot of people who used this book and it was effective. But if you suddenly get stuck, the support team/author will push you over to online or to the metabolism plan.
4

Jan 31, 2013

This is a different type of "diet" book. The author, Lyn-Genet Recitas, is a nutritionist. Her "plan" calls for a 3 day cleanse where you eat only low reactive food. For the remainder of the 20 day plan you add one new food a day and record whether or not the food is reactive for your unique body chemistry. Her premise is that different foods are reactive for different people & each of us must find out what foods are reactive for us. She says eliminating reactive foods will reduce This is a different type of "diet" book. The author, Lyn-Genet Recitas, is a nutritionist. Her "plan" calls for a 3 day cleanse where you eat only low reactive food. For the remainder of the 20 day plan you add one new food a day and record whether or not the food is reactive for your unique body chemistry. Her premise is that different foods are reactive for different people & each of us must find out what foods are reactive for us. She says eliminating reactive foods will reduce inflammation in the body and help you lose weight.

I have not tried the plan yet - but I do believe there is something to what she is saying. I'm looking forward to doing the plan and will update my review once I have completed it.

One thing that impressed me - while reading the book I sent a tweet twice to Lyn-Genet asking her a question. She responded both times the same day!!!

UPDATE after doing the 3 day cleanse - I lost 4 pounds! After doing it for one week I lost 6 pounds! I have never lost this much weight in one week on any diet plan & I never was hungry - you eat a lot of healthy food.

ADDITIONAL UPDATE FOR JULY 2013 - I signed up for a 20 day program - to work directly with the author, Lyn-Genet. I lost an additional 10 pounds (AMAZING weight loss for me!!!). I had daily email communication with her guiding me through the program & answering my questions. She is extremely knowledgeable & has done a great deal of research on weight loss. What I learned from the experience of working with her for 20 days was the following (1) I learned which foods help me lose weight & which ones make me gain weight (it's unique for each person) (2) I learned that if I exercise LESS that I actually lose more weight. Exercising too much was increasing inflammation in my body. Less inflammation for me led to greater weight loss. Exercising 30 minutes a day was optimal in helping me personally lose weight (3) I learned that I can use my BBT (basal body temperature) measured first thing in the morning along with my weight on the scale - to measure how my body was reacting to food/exercise. ...more
3

February 23, 2018

1. WHAT I WISH I HAD KNOWN WHEN BUYING THIS 2. It is an incredible source of information despite its shortcomings
WHAT I WISH SOMEONE TOLD ME BEFORE BUYING THIS BOOK:

The following would have saved me a lot of wasted time, money, and confusion had I known before buying the book and especially PRIOR to starting to shop/prepare recipes:

1. The recipes in this book have been superseded - the newest recipes are on Lyn's website under "Updates." Lyn's own website actually states "do not use the recipes in the books" (all recipes here are now thyroid friendly). As others have mentioned below, this is why the shopping lists online are useless. I live in Japan and went to incredible lengths to find as many of the ingredients as I could only to discover ACCIDENTALLY the recipes have been replaced when I happened to read the FAQs on her website. I think this should be made MUCH more clear somewhere more obvious. I understand due to the empirical nature of the composition of these diets that Lyn is constantly getting updated information and she is doing a public service by providing that, however, at some point the poor structure and clarity is working against her goal of being able to help as many people as possible.

2. "The Metabolism Plan" is the updated version of this book. (I purchased "The Plan" due to the larger number of positive reviews thinking they were different). From what I can understand it takes the place of this book and adds to it - almost like a new edition but it doesn't indicate that anywhere. Why not?

3. I bought this book because it seemed to address the thyroid specifically. Her website states that, today, all recipes are thyroid friendly. (online recipes and Metabolism Plan).

Aside from above, the actual content of this book is INCREDIBLE. There is such revelational wisdom in this book. Lyn has compiled it from the thousands of people she has experience helping to lose weight. If you are suffering with weight loss plateau (I stopped wanting to eat out or go on vacation because I would gain so much weight despite eating what I considered 'moderately', I was completely struggling with losing it), and hypothyroidism, to me, the knowledge and results I have had has been worth ALL of the confusion and inconvenience and time in the areas this content could be improved through better organization. And that is saying a lot. I read so many of the reviews below and agree with all of them - make shopping lists is a nightmare (don't go by the ones provided online - they don't match up), I have no idea how to substitute when I fail to pass for one type of food and it is included afterwards in many of the meals, and when one ingredient isn't available there isn't enough information on how to replace it. I understand that this would be exponentially difficult to tackle when writing a book to include for combinations and sheer volume of available products on the market.

At the end of the day for me, I have busted through a weight loss plateau in 5 DAYS that I was stuck at for 3 MONTHS. I have eaten more than I can remember eating in years, have enjoyed the food a lot more than I would have guessed by reading the recipes, and I am much more regular than I can ever remember being. I have spent a ridiculous amount of time searching, shopping, calculating, making lists, purchasing online, etc only to find the online recipes as the newest and much of what I had managed to locate was to be thrown away. I won't have answers to why some products can't be substituted, and I am winging the rest by omission where I have failed a food, and the good results of that are enough for me so far.

It says to simply email her if you have any questions many times throughout the book. My first email was answered in part and my second and third email went to crickets for so long that I thought I might pay to join the online community. To join the online community, it states you must agree to have already read both the Plan and The Metabolism Plan before joining (so as not to ask something you should know the answer to and increase the non-value added content).

All of that and I am still glad to have the information because it is freeing me from something doctors couldn't/didn't diagnose likely for decades (hypothyroidism) and enabling me to lose the weight I couldn't seem to stop gaining. That was such torture I would have done just about anything to help myself.

If and when I read the Metabolism Plan and join the community, I will update.

Good luck to you on your journey for better health!
2

Sep 11, 2018

I did not learn anything new, this is all old stuff, a bit confusing and too restrictive and difficult to follow for most people.

I prefer The 2 Week Diet plan by Brian Flatt because of it actually a legit and effective way of losing weight. It is quite easy to follow and I have just completed the first two phases, which is just 7 day and have lost 7lbs so far which I am thrilled about.
5

February 19, 2018

Run, don't walk--Buy The Plan now! And, don't forget to buy the Plan Cookbook too!
This book has been life-changing so far. My wife and I started the 20-day (and counting) plan on Jan 1, 2018 and we've both lost some weight (still in progress), but most importantly, we FEEL GREAT!! We are getting more in touch with our own bodies and our own body chemistry. We are discovering the wonderful taste of real food and our cravings have really decreased. We are enjoying cooking together, food shopping and prepping, and watching the benefits of Lyn-Genet's research.

We recently ordered the Plan Cookbook, and I would say this is a must-have companion to The Plan. The Plan has recipes, but it doesn't always give exact amounts. It will say "add cinnamon to taste," etc. That may be fine for lots of people, but we weren't very skilled at that, so our first couple weeks were a bit rough because the food was so bland!!! Not gonna lie: the first 3 days were brutal because we were in the detox/cleanse phase, and didn't have the full recipes for some of the things. Now that we have the full recipes in the Cookbook, we are happy campers.

Lyn-Genet appears to be a genius! :) I am turning 50 this year and have been dealing with menopause and all that comes with it. While my hot flashes got more frequent during the first week or two of the Plan, they are completely GONE NOW!! Maybe it's a coincidence, but somehow I don't think so. My body feels good and I'm starting to fit back into my clothes.

Lastly, if I'm going to be totally transparent, I was a big fan of fast food, at least occasionally. While I have an occasional craving, I am mostly really happy with the food that I'm eating. Very rarely do I get hungry, and if I do, it's because I didn't have time to eat all the food I planned for that particular meal. I've never been a breakfast eater, but I have become one now. I am eating a lot of food, good food, and I am losing weight steadily.

I enjoyed reading the book (it really made sense to me--it made my brain happy), and following the Plan has made my body happy.

Warning: there is one downside that my wife and I have experienced. We have started talking almost obsessively about the Plan! It's so life-changing that we can't seem to help ourselves. I try not to even bring it up, because once I do, I can't stop talking about all that we are learning from our own bodies, about our own bodies!! So cool!!

Lastly, I think, I love that Lyn-Genet is teaching me how to eat the right foods FOR ME, rather than telling me what I should or should not be eating. Again, I think she's a genius.
4

October 22, 2017

Life changing book that requires commitment
This is a wonderful lifestyle change book that will change your body chemistry and eliminate cravings. I was 166 pounds at 5'4". In 35 days I have lost 15 pounds. More importantly I feel healthy and in control of my eating. The Plan really works for me and I will continue to use the information indefinitely. That being said the book is a little difficult to navigate like so many others have commented. You really have to be willing to go back and reread and reread certain parts. I even tabbed the book for recipes, 3 day cleanse etc so I could more easily find what I needed at the time. The Plan is also an investment. It is not a get thin quick (even though I have done better than hundreds of other wacky things I have tried). It really takes some commitment to fully read, understand the concepts and follow it. If you do that, you should be successful. So if you want a non sustaining quick fix, don't buy this book. If you want to be healthy, get away from processed foods and other foods that don't work for you and feel in control of your eating habits and life, then I totally recommend this book. Best thing I've done in 30 years.
5

Mar 25, 2013

***9/25/2013: After having followed The Plan for 6 months, I am changing my rating from a 4 to a 5. I've easily kept the weight off, I've lost more, and I still feel better than ever. I continue to drink dandelion tea daily, and continue to take MSM once a week. I have joint issues and these help keep the pain away without pain relievers. I would also note a change to one thing I said below. My husband HAS noticed improvement with his specific health issues. He just didn't realize it until the ***9/25/2013: After having followed The Plan for 6 months, I am changing my rating from a 4 to a 5. I've easily kept the weight off, I've lost more, and I still feel better than ever. I continue to drink dandelion tea daily, and continue to take MSM once a week. I have joint issues and these help keep the pain away without pain relievers. I would also note a change to one thing I said below. My husband HAS noticed improvement with his specific health issues. He just didn't realize it until the 20 days were over and he went "off-Plan". Then he felt horrible and finally realized how much of an improvement it had actually made. I have been recommending this book to everyone!***

This is not a normal "diet" book. The author is a nutritionist. Her plan calls for a 3 day cleanse where you eat only low reactive food. For the remainder of the 20 day plan you add one new food a day and record whether or not the food is reactive for your unique body chemistry. Her premise is that different foods are reactive for different people & each of us must find out what foods are reactive for us. She says eliminating reactive foods will reduce inflammation in the body and help you lose weight.

I am on Day 17 of The Plan. I have NEVER done a fad diet before. Not Weight Watchers; not South Beach; not Adkins; or even a strict "diet". And I'm not her target audience as I don't fall into the "If you eat well and exercise but can't lose weight" category. Granted, I eat fairly healthy and have still kept on a few pounds, but I also don't exercise; so that really doesn't apply to me. The reason The Plan intrigued me is because of what she says about inflammation in the body (which I've read about in the news over the past few years) and because of how well a friend of mine did with it. I decided to do this not specifically to lose weight, but in the hopes of addressing certain health issues that have developed recently. Though I'm still young and healthy by all the doctors' charts, I keep noticing new health issues that develop out of nowhere. I was tired of feeling exhausted and old at 34. I figured something had to be wrong and that I might as well see if this was it.


PROS:
As of today, I have lost 8 lbs, which is a big deal for my size. And that was with ZERO exercise.
I've noticed that my eczema has cleared up; my circulation has improved (i.e., I no longer have to wait 2 full minutes while stretching my ankles before I can walk after kneeling for 10 minutes); and I have more energy. Lately I had been experiencing severe head, neck and shoulder pain every night right before bed; but now those are gone. Other health issues I won't get into here have also shown dramatic improvement.

In addition to the food part of it, she also teaches you the proper way to drink water. Yes, I typed that correctly. I began following her instructions on water 3 weeks prior to actually beginning The Plan, and it helped my digestion tremendously from the start.

I also believe the detox helped me with some of my health symptoms. I did do the dandelion tea and the MSM supplements (something I'd never heard of before this) and I just might make them a yearly thing.

I was rarely hungry (only once, and that was due to a difficulty with menu planning--see below).

I discovered new dishes that I thought I would HATE that I actually LOVE! And I one of them is actually cheap!


CONS:
I do believe there is something to what she is saying, but since I am already fairly small, it's been a little bit of guesswork for me, since one indication of a "reactive food" is losing less than half a pound. For me, I believe losing anything at all, "even" less than half a pound is still good; but since I don't have her for my personal consultant, I have no way of knowing for certain.

It is complicated, and expensive. We ended up following a modified version of her menu, both to save time and money. We also did not stick to a strictly Organic selection. My husband is doing The Plan with me, and we are both reactive to different foods, which also adds to the complexity and stress of menu planning.

A lot of this approach makes a lot of sense to me; and in general I thought this was an interesting concept. I’m sold on it, but I can understand why some people might not buy into all of it. It's not a very scientific approach. First, some days add more than one food. Second, the menu heavily relies on certain foods early on THAT YOU DON'T TEST, so if you are reactive to any of those foods (A) it's difficult to determine; and (B) it screws up your meal planning (including all the food you already bought for it). This happened to both me and my husband. He is reactive to zucchini and pears (neither of which are actually tested--he was just aware enough of his body responses after eating them to figure it out); I am reactive to almonds and chicken. Every day has those 4 foods! And trying to substitute is difficult b/c you need to find the right amount of protein and good fats to balance out the diet properly.

Scheduling food/water intake throughout the day requires you to pay strict attention at all times. There have been a couple days where I screwed up a test b/c I drank my water too late--usually b/c we had events that night and I was distracted.

S T R E S S. I was so stressed out that first week! It might have been the complexity of everything; it might have been the extra work involved with all the food prep and the extra dirty dishes all over the place as a result; it might have been residual effects of the detox. But that first week was not pretty. I stuck with it because I kept noticing little physical improvements here and there, but it was hard.


FINAL OPINION: I couldn't decide between a 3- and a 4-star rating. One could argue that "of course anyone would lose weight if you eat mostly fruits, vegetables and seeds"; and that is definitely true. And I don't know that I won't gain the weight back, as we can't afford to continue eating like this. However, I FEEL so much better having done this that regardless of all the cons, for me, it has definitely been worth it. I will continue to monitor my water intake, and will continue to eat as many "friendly" foods as possible and avoid as many reactive foods as possible, while hopefully testing new foods on an ongoing basis. I just won't have the quantity of fruits and veggies as I've had while on the plan. Maybe I'll just eat lots of dark chocolate to fill up (lol).

My husband also feels better, generally; but he has not noticed any improvements with his specific health issues. He also did not use the detox supplements or tea, so I don't know if that affected that result or not.

Both of us had wanted to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into our diet for some time now; but the expense kept us from being able to do it. I think the best benefit to all of this is that my husband (who does the budget and grocery planning) now has a more positive view toward being financially able to make small changes to add more of those things to our diet, and plans to continue to look into finding more ways, as well.

FOLLOW-UP: The first weekend after finishing the strict 20 day menu, we decided to “go off Plan” for the weekend. We had several family functions going on and decided it’d be easier to just eat what was available. The first day, I ate stuff I knew I had tested poorly on. I not only gained weight but also experienced a headache. The next day, I ate zero foods I had tested negatively with, several Plan “friendly” foods, and lots of stuff I had not tested yet. I lost weight (essentially adding several foods to my list of food-friendly menu items—including carrot cake). We both also noticed a huge difference between how we felt each day depending on whether or not we ate stuff we were reactive to. So we are going to try to continue to stick with it as much as possible.


TIP:
DON'T eat the flax granola WITH the rice or coconut milk. It turns slimy and gross. Instead, drink the milk separately or add it to your morning coffee.
DO begin on a Saturday (or whenver your particular 2-day weekend begins), because you WILL have detox symptoms, and you will not feel great for at least one day. ...more
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Feb 19, 2013

I read this book. In a quest to curb some serious auto-immune and inflammatory processes in my own body, I have started to follow the diet. I am not doing it for weight loss.

It looks like good, healthy food and a reasonable eating plan that does not deprive you, once you get past the first three days.

My question about this plan include how the author introduces new foods into the diet to see if they are reactive.

We start with 3-day "cleanse" using foods that do not cause a reaction in most I read this book. In a quest to curb some serious auto-immune and inflammatory processes in my own body, I have started to follow the diet. I am not doing it for weight loss.

It looks like good, healthy food and a reasonable eating plan that does not deprive you, once you get past the first three days.

My question about this plan include how the author introduces new foods into the diet to see if they are reactive.

We start with 3-day "cleanse" using foods that do not cause a reaction in most people...flax, carrots, lettuce, coconut milk, broccoli, chick peas, chicken and zucchini. Logic tells me that someone is going to react to one of these foods, but introducing them all at once will not help a reactive person know what they are reacting to.

On day five you are instructed to eat a rye cracker. As someone with celiac, this is a no-no anyway, but for most people who do not think twice about rye, the author should mention that most rye crackers have wheat in them, so when you test the rye cracker to see if you have a reaction, you truly will not know if you are reacting to the rye, or the wheat in the cracker. Readers who do this diet need to find 100% rye crackers, if they exist, and this should be stated in the book.

Also, unless I read like an idiot, on day four, you are adding goat cheese and dark chocolate and whipped cream on the same day. If you have a reaction, you will not know which of these three caused it. This is dairy from two different animals *plus chocolate*, which cause problems for many people.

I suppose this book is fine for people who want to lose weight and are new to the idea of food intolerances, not for people who are in serious medical need of sleuthing out their food intolerance issues. Likely, these folks have already been through ringer and will know to take this diet very slowly, logically stretching out the number of days and introducing one food at a time, though this might mess with the food combination methods that the author uses.

I do agree that when you maintain a spell of clean eating of non-reactive foods, it is easy to see when you do have a reaction. I forgot and "cheated" today, on day four, with a five ingredient "primal/paleo" cookie that I make for my children, and within twenty minutes I was ready to fall asleep and had a bright red rash on both my cheeks. I put all of the ingredients on my "test list" and will get to them in due time. Egg and pumpkin and chocolate were in there (uh-oh), as well as almonds, which I have already been eating these past few days without a problem. We'll see. I have suspected eggs and chocolate for a while now, anyway, long before I read this book.

I do think this is a good book, but I think the author is misinformed about wheat and gluten issues, and possibly dairy introductions as well. She labels some foods as high-gluten bread, and calls refers to whole wheat pasta as "higher gluten." For people who cannot tolerate gluten, there is no high or low gluten bread or pasta. Most will react to any amount of gluten. It might be nice to see GF alternatives to food combinations when you are testing, because anyone with celiac or gluten intolerance would rather eat a live beetle than a rye cracker. And this is not even addressing that some of these grain products have yeast in them, which some people might react to. It might be nice to have some guidance about substitutions.

Also, the author says that "Spices are your best friend when it comes to cooking," but I do not see where she has built in a way to test for spices, which can cause reactions in some people. Some people cannot tolerate any spice that comes from a nightshade (paprika, peppers, etc...) And she does recommend, when testing for egg and bread combination, that it would be good for those who love Eggs Benedict. As far as I know, there was no way to test for the *other* ingredients in Eggs Benedict before she mentions that. I have a feeling that the ingredients in cured ham or bacon, and perhaps the cayenne pepper or lemon juice or butter in the hollandaise sauce might set some people off.

Overall, interesting book, but author seems clueless to dealing with real food intolerance and elimination diets. ...more
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May 7, 2018

Great concept but just not achievable
The book itself is a great read. It’s fascinating and the concepts make a lot of sense. The whole time I had lightbulbs going off. When it was time to do the diet, I prepared meticulously and was ready to commit. I didn’t last a whole day. The food was just not enough. I felt like an animal. I was ready to eat anything in sight. I just didn’t like that feeling. This plan is absolutely unreasonable for a person with a normal appetite. With that being said, I did learn a lot and it opened my eyes to many things. Instead of doing the diet, I started using Dr. Tobias’s Gut Meister and started chewing my food more slowly and I’d say 75% of my issues went away.
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Jan 10, 2013

I'll admit this sounds like a bunch of hippie, hippie nonsense when I explain it out loud. However, more and more health care professionals are saying low level inflammation is to blame for many of our health issues. What caught my eye was "If you eat well and exercise but can't lose weight." That's me. Now this may not be for everyone like the woman who ranted about how horribly awful the food is in all caps. If you subsist on fast food, yes it'll w a shock to your system. Does it seem kind of I'll admit this sounds like a bunch of hippie, hippie nonsense when I explain it out loud. However, more and more health care professionals are saying low level inflammation is to blame for many of our health issues. What caught my eye was "If you eat well and exercise but can't lose weight." That's me. Now this may not be for everyone like the woman who ranted about how horribly awful the food is in all caps. If you subsist on fast food, yes it'll w a shock to your system. Does it seem kind of bland? Some of it, until you get past the first three days and start to realize your tastes change and you've probably been eating too much salt. Those first three days, suck it up and take it like a woman. Quit your pansy whining about how the carrot soup isn't salt-laden. I'm on day 11 and for the first time in my adult life I feel like I'm making progress without killing myself at the gym. I don't feel guilty for eating bread or rice or cookies. I know why my weight fluctuates. I've even tried to mess with it on purpose to see what happens. It's a good feeling. This probably isn't for everyone though so if it doesn't work for you, that sucks. I would recommend giving it a shot though. ...more
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Jan 15, 2013

The most amazing discovery my family and I have made on health thus far. All of us have struggled with weight gain/loss and many of us have immune deficiencies/health issues. The Plan has helped dramatically change the health course of each of us...losing weight and turning our bodies around into healing powerhouses. All of us feel great too. Finished our 20days and my family and I will continue to live "The Plan" for the rest of our lives!

Other highly recommended books that pair nicely with The most amazing discovery my family and I have made on health thus far. All of us have struggled with weight gain/loss and many of us have immune deficiencies/health issues. The Plan has helped dramatically change the health course of each of us...losing weight and turning our bodies around into healing powerhouses. All of us feel great too. Finished our 20days and my family and I will continue to live "The Plan" for the rest of our lives!

Other highly recommended books that pair nicely with this are... "The Spectrum" by Dean Ornish and anything by Andrew Weil (who are also a believers in the anti-inflammatory principles)

Read it, do it, live it, and be the best that you can be! :-)

~Westfall ...more
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February 9, 2017

I get the idea of this book & I am ...
I get the idea of this book & I am sure that it can work well for people, but when looking in more detail online I found out some issues. I started the diet and could not stay out of the bathroom by day two. The diet has about 80g of fiber in a single day. Most people don't get anywhere near that amount so to take them from about 25-30 g of fiber (if you're lucky) up to 80 g I find ridiculous. It made for an embarrassing day at work & I stopped because of it.
1

December 11, 2017

Sounds great but the plan is very challenging
Sounds great but the plan is very challenging.
May be worth it if you have been completely unsuccessful with other effort and but too difficult to do long term.
2

May 21, 2019

WHO HAS THE TIME?
I REALLY wanted to like this book! It was recommended to me by a doctor to help me with my joint pain and weight loss. To be fair, I'm only on day 3 of the diet, so I can't really speak to the long-term results one might achieve from the plan. IF anyone can keep this up for long! The book is not well organized at all. It should contain shopping lists. It should provide instructions for prepping ahead (for example, if I am supposed to eat a special soup tomorrow, it would be helpful if I was guided to prepare it the day before. For those of us who work, we can't have homemade soup for lunch unless we prepare ahead). Sometimes the book specifies how much of an item to eat and other times not with no explanation. It is so very difficult to go through just a few days' worth of menus, look up the recipes in the back of the book to create a shopping list, and then prepare the food. It is also not affordable for many; I paid over $130 in groceries just to feed myself and my boyfriend for three days!
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December 5, 2016

not for me hoped it made more sense to go ...
not for me hoped it made more sense to go to this healthy eating plan but was too much work dropped it after a day!!!
3

April 18, 2018

I find that this book has been a great companion to my personal journey which included MRT blood ...
I find that this book has been a great companion to my personal journey which included MRT blood testing & the LEAP diet protocol. Unfortunately Lyn-Genet is not a fan of testing which is a real disservice to her clients as it eliminates so much of the guesswork. I found the Plan to be very frustrating initially. How do you know that the food in the initial Elimination Diet is not your reactive food? According to the MRT test, I'm reactive to zucchini, basil, bananas, mustard, honeydew, cabbage & mint - not foods I would have expected. Before the MRT test, I was totally overwhelmed trying to figure it all out. Would Genet ever recommend switching from mint toothpaste, floss & gum because you may be sensitive to mint? That was the case for both me & my son who is highly reactive to mint & vanilla. I've found that having a dietitian (online) & working with a naturopath has been a huge key to my success as even when knowing your reactive foods, it can still be tricky to keep an eye on your symptoms as you add in new things. Obviously Lyn-Genet has made huge progress with this book & method but adding in MRT testing (91% accurate) would really make it a much less frustrating & bulletproof Plan.
4

Jan 11, 2014

I carry this book with me everywhere, as I am a little over a month into The Plan. I was the typical person targeted by TP...ate low-fat foods, exercised daily, ate 1200 calories a day and the weight would not budge. Since I'm not technically overweight, the advice I received from well-meaning friends and family was that now that I'm in my 50's, it's to be expected that I might gain a few pounds. I decided not to go down without a fight! I have lost 7.2 pounds and would like to lose another 4-5, I carry this book with me everywhere, as I am a little over a month into The Plan. I was the typical person targeted by TP...ate low-fat foods, exercised daily, ate 1200 calories a day and the weight would not budge. Since I'm not technically overweight, the advice I received from well-meaning friends and family was that now that I'm in my 50's, it's to be expected that I might gain a few pounds. I decided not to go down without a fight! I have lost 7.2 pounds and would like to lose another 4-5, but 7 pounds in a month for me is unbelievable.

The downside is the amount of planning, work and money that goes into this. I am an organized, planning kind of girl, so I was able to make it work, particularly during the "slow" months of January and February. I'm not sure how it will be in my crazy, busy spring, summer, fall and holidays! But it feels great to be eating healthier and losing weight. I expect the next few pounds will come off slowly, but that's ok. I have learned new ways to prepare new foods, like kale and shiitake mushrooms, homemade hummus and other foods I normally would not have tried.

Oh...you get to have a glass of red wine and an ounce of dark chocolate every night. Pure bliss! ...more
4

May 10, 2013

Although I enjoyed the book and have had great results on "The Plan" I think that without the online supplementation to the book, it lacks a little. That is not to say that if you have tried everything and it has not worked that you shouldn't try this one! I have done them all, and this one is the most manageable and one that is sustainable for your whole life. The book becomes a handbook for life.

I just found that I thought the book could have been a little better given just a little more Although I enjoyed the book and have had great results on "The Plan" I think that without the online supplementation to the book, it lacks a little. That is not to say that if you have tried everything and it has not worked that you shouldn't try this one! I have done them all, and this one is the most manageable and one that is sustainable for your whole life. The book becomes a handbook for life.

I just found that I thought the book could have been a little better given just a little more thought in the publishing process. That is not the writer's fault as such.

All that aside, the book makes a lot of sense and her suggestions work because they fit into a normal lifestyle. The best part is that she encourages you to listen to your own body and she does not just leave it there, but gives you the tools to move forward.

If you have lost hope of being healthier and leaner, this one is for you!


...more
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Dec 20, 2013

The idea of each person having some level of inflammation in their body makes sense to me. I have had 4-8 migraines per month for most of my adult life. About three years ago I developed an eczema type rash on hairline and palms. On May 1 I started the plan and by August 10 I had lost 25 pound, all but 1-2 migraines per month and the rash is completely gone. I continue to maintain the weight and eating habits. It is not easy but the benefits are huge! It means reduced animal protein, dairy and The idea of each person having some level of inflammation in their body makes sense to me. I have had 4-8 migraines per month for most of my adult life. About three years ago I developed an eczema type rash on hairline and palms. On May 1 I started the plan and by August 10 I had lost 25 pound, all but 1-2 migraines per month and the rash is completely gone. I continue to maintain the weight and eating habits. It is not easy but the benefits are huge! It means reduced animal protein, dairy and most of all SALT!! Restaurant eating can be difficult because salt is very high, but the next day I eat well and my weight recovers. If you have stubborn health issues and weight that is impossible to shed, give it a try! ...more

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