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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
Jul 20, 2012 Cynthia Harrison rated it it was amazing
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:)


I did really well on this plan until day #14. That's the day you switch up cheese for the veg
May 10, 2012 Angelc rated it it was amazing
Shelves: already-own-read

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
Sep 04, 2012 veganjilly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, cookbooks
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
Aug 19, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 10, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 16, 2012 Julie rated it it was ok
Shelves: healthy-living
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
Apr 06, 2012 Maureen Flatley rated it it was amazing
Another great book from Kathy outlines a simple, gradual sustainable approach to changing lifestyle and diet. It's been life altering to follow her approach to eating gluten, no dairy, lots of water.
Dec 24, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
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
Jun 19, 2015 Erica rated it liked it
This book is a great introduction for those who are interested in a vegan lifestyle, but seasoned vegans like myself probably won't be too impressed. Freston advocates eating a lot of processed, high sodium fake "meats" and "cheeses" and she also endorses expensive "superfoods." I wasn't crazy about this book but I liked it enough to order Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World to read next.
Jul 06, 2016 Ellen rated it it was amazing
I really like the way this book is set up. And I like the principles of a healthy lifestyle that it's teaching. I like the idea of incorporating a lifestyle change step by step. I'm encouraged because many of the changes are things I can do easily, and others are things I've wanted to do but haven't had the know-how and/or courage to do them. I'm on day 3 of the thirty-day change, and so far it's not a problem. Starting tomorrow I'll be avoiding my "poison" foods and that will get hard. But it's ...more
Feb 26, 2014 Ema rated it it was ok
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
May 22, 2012 Vicky rated it really liked it
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
Sep 03, 2012 Tina rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
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
Jul 10, 2012 Lynn rated it really liked it
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
Jul 03, 2013 Cassie rated it liked it
Shelves: cpl, vegan
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
May 21, 2012 Darren rated it really liked it
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
Aug 04, 2013 Sherry rated it liked it
Shelves: food-matters
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
Mar 10, 2014 Cassandra rated it really liked it
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.
Katrina Maurer Simeck
Jul 02, 2014 Katrina Maurer Simeck rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
I've recommended this book to SO many friends who find making dietary changes difficult. Kathy Freston offers up simple, everyday tips for changing your habits. If you are already eating a healthy diet, this book will validate your choices. If you're starting to shift your diet toward better choices, this book is definitely for you!
Sep 01, 2012 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fic, food, lifestyle
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
Jun 13, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
I like the idea of adding/subtracting something little every day of the month...easing into (or in this case, "leaning") into a new healthy way of living. However, I do not agree with some of the health tips she suggests. This book, as with all health and dieting books, need to be taken with a grain of salt and the publishing date needs to be taken into consideration because studies come out all the time proving new fads wrong or right. Even though this was published three years ago, a lot of th ...more
Mar 30, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 21, 2014 Rossy rated it really liked it
3.5 An easy to follow guide book with great references. I bypassed all the fluff on evaluating your life and loving yourself. Probably works for some, but I just want a food guide.
Oct 18, 2012 Heather rated it it was ok

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
Sep 05, 2015 Suzanne rated it really liked it
This book is a day by day step to changing your health habits, eating, thinking, exercise, stress and so on. She does it in such a way that the changes are small, some I was already doing, some are suggestions and some that are more difficult just take time to kick the habit. I really liked this book because it's a 30 day book/chapter a day book that I can go back and reread to reinforce and remind myself
of why my health is so important and how easy it is to do.
Feb 26, 2013 Maggie rated it really liked it
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
Jun 12, 2015 Robin628 rated it really liked it
A good read for anyone who wants to slowly transition to a plant-based diet. It is mostly common sense, but it is nice to have it in writing and I like that Kathy is a firm believer in the "progress not perfection" concept. The book is basically a twist on the idea that it takes 21 - 30 days to make something (like exercise) a habit. In her book, Kathy encourages you to make one change a day and by the time 30 days is up you will have completed your transition. This concept can be applied to so ...more
May 11, 2014 Phredric rated it liked it
Nothing new here but I liked the format - adding one small thing a day - and I liked the summaries of the science.
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
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Kathy Freston is a New York Times best-selling author with a concentration on healthy living and conscious eating. Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Dean Ornish penned the introductions for two of her books and her work has garnered accolades from such respected names as Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Neal Barnard, Marianne Williamson
and Dr. Deepak Chopra.

Freston has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Ellen, The Dr.
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