The Lean: A Revolutionary (and Simple!) 30-Day Plan for Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss
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The Lean: A Revolutionary (and Simple!) 30-Day Plan for Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss

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If you’ve ever dieted, you’ve undoubtedly worked very hard to achieve results--only to experience the disappointment of having the pounds creep back on. But now wellness expert Kathy Freston lets readers in on her secret: losing weight doesn’t have to be difficult, and it can last. With this book she shares the powerful concept of The Lean--a radically effective approach t...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Weinstein Books (first published 2012)
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Cynthia Harrison
I've looked through this book and am hoping it will be the key to getting off sugar. I had read Freston's Quantum Wellness and actually became a vegetarian after reading it. On year 4 or 5 of no meat. So if she can help me give up my precious hamburgers and filet mignon, I hope she can aid me with the sugar monkey on my back. Going to start reading and doing what she says AFTER Easter this Sunday:)

Later:

I did really well on this plan until day #14. That's the day you switch up cheese for the veg...more
Angelc

4.5 Stars

I am really impressed with this book. The author has a lot of facts to back up her statements about healthy eating. I feel like the book was more about a healthy lifestyle rather than counting calories to lose weight, which was what I was looking for. I'm not sure I agree with everything she mentions, but the great part about books like this is that you don't have to apply everything to your own lifestyle. There is a fair amount of shock value about animal products, since she is a vegan...more
Jill
Another great book by Kathy Freston! If you are wanting to lose weight PERMANENTLY, by creating lifestyle changes, then this is the book for you! You won't find any yo-yo diets in here. Kathy walks the reader through daily changes so that new habits can be formed, new tools can be learned, and healthy lifestyle habits are created. This is the way to create sustainable weight-loss, and learn some stuff in the process! There is also a great section of recipes and meal plans. I love Kathy's whole c...more
Chris
So far I've lost 15 lbs and haven't even finished the book yet. I'm leaning into reading it, maybe once or twice a week. Kathy Freston offers great advice on how to "crowd out" hunger by suggesting healthy, tasty foods that eliminate cravings. She also discusses other non-food related advice to also aid weight loss. This is not a diet, but a lifestyle change. I've never felt more excited about choosing what I eat and I've also never seen results this quickly before. Can't wait to read the rest o...more
Julie
Well-intended, but not as subtle as you would think. She basically asks you to "lean" into a complete overhaul your life in 30 days, which is hard, if not impossible, to do. But I did manage to get a couple of takeaways - more water, more flax, less animal products. Wished it was a little more scientific and less perky.
Maureen Flatley
Another great book from Kathy Freston....it outlines a simple, gradual sustainable approach to changing lifestyle and diet. It's been life altering to follow her approach to eating clean....no gluten, no dairy, lots of water.
Melissa
I saw this book on our library $2 sale shelf....looked interesting, so I scooped it up. I read it on the drive from Florida to Utah for our Christmas vacation. I really enjoyed it. I am excited to try many new healthy ideas for the new year.

Kathy breaks it down into a 30 day plan. Each day adding one more good habit, or omitting one poor one. She goes over the benefits and reasons why. I loved learning about "Power Foods", and realized I am doing lots of good things for my body already. However...more
Ema
I like the way the book is broken up into thirty days, it feels more like bite sized pieces to tackle everyday and make eating healthier less daunting. There are some good tips on incorporating healthy foods into your diet in small manageable increments. The idea is that if you eat better, specifically fiber which keeps you full longer, you'll eat less and crave less. The book focuses mostly on turning you into a vegetarian and excluding dairy from your diet. There are some nice Mediterranean re...more
Vicky
This is a different kind of diet book in that you are given a task for each of thirty days. Each day builds on the last so that by the end of thirdy days, you should be doing everything it says and be well on your way to leanness.

The tasks are not difficult. Day one is nothing more than "Drink water." Okay, you're supposed to drink it at specific times of the day, but still, it's just drink water. Other tasks include things like "Eat a superfood" or "Have fun".

I believe the tasks are easy enoug...more
Tina
I was already a fan of Kathy Freston after reading Veganist so I was definitely looking forward to what she had to say in “The Lean”. In The Lean, she offers a tip a day for 30 days. Every tip is doable so it’s not overwhelming to people who need a full overhaul of their lifestyle. The tips include drinking water, using flax, taking vitamins, and cutting down on oil. Each tip is only a few pages long and full of encouragement. The end of the book offers recipes for putting these tips into practi...more
Lynn
Kathy Freston is one of the most encouraging and refreshing nutrition writers I have come across and I have read many books on nutrition. She understands human frailty and says -- you know, you don't have to be a super hero today, or even tomorrow ... just do your best.

So you are willing to try and if you fail, you are willing to pick up the gauntlet again.

Kathy has a new mission for every day -- day 1 drink more water, day 2 eat breakfast, day 3 eat an apple ... all very simple tasks that can r...more
Cassie
I skimmed this book looking for ways to incorporate more vegetarian or vegan meals into my diet. Freston provides some good ideas for new habits and ways to "crowd out" bad foods, and I appreciate how she incorporated scientific evidence into her conversational writing style. I found her resources section in the back interesting and helpful. I'm not a fan of replacement foods like fake cheese or meats and don't find shakes or juices satisfying or worth the time to make so these parts of the plan...more
Darren
There is no magic secret to weight loss. Eat less, eat better and exercise. Although life in reality is not that simple as there are too many pressures on the average person and we are being pulled every which way and all those goals about keeping in trim and eating good and in moderation tend to slide.

In this book author Kathy Freston sets out to give her own take on the problem and its solution. Like so many similar books out there, things are invariably a variation on a theme, but the winning...more
Sherry
This is Freston's newest book. This book is about a 30-day shift from your current eating habits to something more like Freston's ideal, which is a vegan lifestyle, and presumably losing some weight along the way.

I will be enjoying the recipes in this book when I embark on Freston's 21-day cleanse tomorrow (see her other book, Quantum Wellness Cleanse: The 21-Day Essential Guide to Healing Your Mind, Body and Spirit), and maybe this 30-day plan is something I can follow after the cleanse, but w...more
Cassandra
I didn't do this in 30 days. I read a few days and then did all those days at once, then read a bit more in a few days and coordinated those ideas. It is more of a slow lean into becoming a vegan, which I didn't know when I started and found it interesting. Easy to following and had good ideas to make a healthy plan. I need to try the recipes, but some looked really tasty.
Julie
Lots of skimming here. I enjoy reading lifestyle books and iwas hoping this one would give me some motivation for cutting out sugar and dairy from my diet. As a former vegetarian and vegan, a lot of the information in this book wasn't new to me, but certainly worth reading. The idea is that every day you adopt a new eating or lifestyle habit and incorporate it into your routine so that by the end of the book you have 30 new habits that [hopefully] "crowd out" bad habits and poor choices. There i...more
Heather
I like how this author talks about...set your intention and "LEAN" into it and you'll get to your goal.

A lot of this stuff isn't shocking to me, as I have been buying and eating healthy for the past 20 years, but I do like how she breaks things down into doable habit forming changes. Think replacing almond milk for regular milk or having a high fiber breakfast.

As I am pulling my diet from just whole grain/organic when I can/non processed towards an even heather Veggie Centric diet, I found her i...more
Lisa
EVERYONE should read this book. It's a self help/health type book, but totally doable. Kathy Freston challenges you to 'lean in' to a healthier lifestyle for 30 days. Each day she gives you a simple, but not always easy, goal toward leaning in. By the end of the book you've, as she put it, crowded out old nasty habits with good healthy habits. She doesn't expect perfection, only honesty and 100% effort. Some days are food focused, while others are mental or physical exercises. She's been getting...more
Heather

I didn't really enjoy all that much about this book.

Although overall I do like the format (adding 1 simple healthy habit a day to become more healthier overall), I kind of felt like it should have been called 'The Vegan Lean'. I think it's probably a better fit for someone who is vegan or is considering going vegan.

My biggest issue with the book - the author used one of my least favorite techniques in relaying health information....e.g., you should do this because if you don't, there's all sort...more
Maggie
I read Kathy Freston's book Veganist a couple of years ago and thought it was a wonderfully concise and accessible explanation of the benefits of adopting a plant-based diet. When I happened across this title randomly, I was excited to read it. It's certainly not the typical diet book. It's really more about diet tweaks as part of a lifestyle that supports a healthy weight. I'm looking to lose about five pounds that have been clinging to me for dear life since around vacation time last year, so...more
Deb
Overall I liked this book--the fourth of Freston's books that I have read. I like the idea of leaning into a vegan diet and crowding out the foods you want to eliminate with the foods and habits you want to do/increase. Most of the 30-day steps are easy, the list of daily to-dos does get a little long toward the end. I didn't follow it strictly so I can't fully comment on this book as a diet aid and most of it is things I already new, but it did give me some incentive and ways to adopt more of t...more
Sara
I won't be removing the animals. People have been eating meat for 1000s of years and survived. My grandfather ate meat every day and lived to his mid-90s. On another note I am feeling better after doing most of the things she recommends. Although I find I spend more time in the bathroom because I drink so much water. She didn't have that in her schedule.

Her schedule doesn't reflect work and kids and kid's schedules. With my schedule I'd have to get up at 5am and then go to sleep at midnight to...more
Bookreaderljh
This is a book about changing your eating (and life) habits - not a diet book, particularly. Each chapter was very straightforward and with just enough information to get the reader on their way to changing habits and embracing the plant based diet life. The best part of the book is how it builds on the previous days' goal until you have a list of 30 good for you ideas to follow on an ongoing basis. Great book for someone just starting out on the vegan lifestyle as it offers baby steps along the...more
Amy
I am not a vegan, nor do I intend to fully become one, but after watching the author on the Ellen show, I was intrigued by her book. I didn't use the book as suggested- a 30-day plan... I read it more like a novel and took copious notes. Needless to say, it was life-changing for me and I'm looking forward to implenting all the easy ways to lead a healthy lifestyle and diet. I especially like the section in the back with the recipes for great-tasting vegetarian and vegan meals.
Tanya
I rather enjoyed the concept of this book, and do agree that little steps each and every day can get you to a place you may otherwise think is impossible. While I do not 100% agree with some of the steps (I attribute this to the kind of whole foods, plant based diet I already enjoy today), there are very helpful and healthful suggestions that will get a person leaning in the right direction. Still, in the war of KF books, I still declare The Veganist the hands down winner.
Christy
Awesome! (Please Kathy, do not say "replace fat with muscle". Fat doesn't actually mutate into muscle or vice versa. )
Take what works for you, where you find yourself now on your food path or lifestyle, and even if you don't implement or implement fully all thirty habits of The Lean, you will be healthier for the things you do lean into. I'm excited to see what works for me! Motivating.
Hollins
Well I think the lifestyle presented here is a great idea and a super easy way to 'lean' into a vegan lifestyle.

I enjoyed the way it was broken down into days. My one complaint is probably not a complaint for everyone: I just really don't cook and don't care about recipes. The back third of the book was recipes, and they were not well formatted for an ebook.
JD
This book is a good read for somebody who already has some healthy habits and wants a structured guide on how to pick up more, and the reasons behind the new habits. Easy to follow, nice friendly style, lots of testimonies and advice from readers of Freston's other books... Definitely give it a read if you want to learn how to be healthier.
DeAnna
I like the concept of leaning into veganism that Freston lays out in this book. The book is well researched and provides great motivation and advice for those who are ready to change their lifestyle and get healthy. Freston also provides great recipes that are easy to take on.
Alice
I read this for Vegan Mofo 2013, and I was generally satisfied with the approach and content. I will reread it periodically to remind myself what works for my own health and wellness. What a great resource for vegans or those seeking a plant based path to better health. Thanks!
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