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The Plan: Lose Weight Fast and Forever by Eating the Right Foods for Your Body

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  790 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
Oatmeal, salmon, Greek yogurt. Think these foods help you lose weight? Think again!

Cutting-edge nutrition expert Lyn-Genet Recitas reveals the surprising truth behind what actually makes people fat. Cookies aren't the problem - the supposed "healthy" foods are. Foods like turkey, eggs, cauliflower, beans, and salmon and oatmeal may be healthy in a vacuum, but when combine
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Grand Central Life & Style (first published January 1st 2013)
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Barbara M
Jan 31, 2013 Barbara M rated it really liked it
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 inflammati ...more
Mar 25, 2013 Erin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
***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 2 ...more
Dawn Davies
Feb 19, 2013 Dawn Davies rated it did not like it
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 peopl
Jan 10, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Stephanie Westfall
Jan 15, 2013 Stephanie Westfall rated it really liked it
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!

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Susan Rowe
Jan 11, 2014 Susan Rowe rated it really liked it
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, ...more
May 10, 2013 Melony rated it really liked it
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 thoug
Dec 20, 2013 Lorraine rated it it was amazing
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 m ...more
Jan 29, 2013 Debbie rated it it was ok
I followed the 3 day detox to the letter, and gained weight. I hated the carrot soup, it was nausiating sweet but I gagged some down each day, and even adding herbs could not change it. The flax garnola turns "mucusy" in coconut milk, and "Silk" Almond milk was thick. I've not added any salt to the diet yet I can't remove my rings. I tried to get an answer concerning this on lyn-genet's blog but have not had anyone respond. I really don't think one should gain weight on a "low reaction" detox di ...more
Jan 13, 2013 Dena rated it it was amazing
Very interesting and easy to read. In the first 72 hours following the plan, I went from having rings too tight to comfortably wear to rings that were so loose, I was afraid they would fall off. Six lbs gone in five days. No pill, injections, insane workouts or exotic foods. Just the right healthy organic foods in the proper times and learning to listen to my body.
Dec 31, 2012 CJ rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
"The Plan: Lose Weight Fast and Forever by Eating the Right Foods for Your Body" by Lyn-Genet Recitas came my way through the Goodreads giveaways. The concept of the 20 day test plan as directed in the crisp pages of the book "The Plan" appears to be a sound concept and I will admit that I did lose weight starting the 20 day test. I will also admit that my mistake while doing the program was my own as I decided to donate blood while on the testing phase. The author suggests foregoing intense exe ...more
Jan 09, 2013 Allen rated it really liked it
The approach to this weight control program makes a lot of sense to me. I bought both the Kindle and hard cover versions because although there are links in the Kindle version that work very well, tables and some fractions are very small. Also it is better to have the book in the kitchen. I did not track errors in this book because I use highlighting to do that and wanted to highlight important to me passages instead. I noted very few in any case. We had to go and do some special food shopping b ...more
I wrote a detailed review and it didn't save. Anyway, I saw this book on dr. Oz and the dr. Who wrote it made a lot of sense. She's concerned with gut health and thyroid issues and gluten, with weight loss as the side effect. You do a 3 day detox (u eat 2000 cal/day) and then each day u add in a food or rest your gut for 17 days, and use the data u collected to eat better your whole life. U weigh yourself daily to see if your gut got inflamed, and those r reactive foods. Then there r neutral foo ...more
Aug 27, 2013 Crystal rated it it was ok
my mom saw this book on the news and seemed very interested in it so i checked it out at the local library. i was highly interested during the first 50 pages. but the plan just isnt something for me. i think it might help alot of people though.. so id recommend giving it some thought.

some things that really resonated with me were:

weight gain is nothing more than my body's chemical reaction to foods. -this seriously needs to be realized by people.

which are your friendly foods and which are your
Elise Stokes
Sep 13, 2013 Elise Stokes rated it it was amazing
My husband's cousin highly recommended The Plan. Diligent with exercising and careful about her diet, she couldn't budge undesirable weight. Following The Plan's menu, she lost 10 pounds in less than two weeks. I was skeptical but decided to give it a shot. The morning after Day 1, I had lost 2.5 pounds, water weight obviously. However, I continued to lose half a pound a day, just as Recitas predicts. The recipes are relatively easy and generally good. I'm addicted to the flax seed granola, actu ...more
Sarah Richards
Jul 10, 2013 Sarah Richards rated it it was amazing
In two months, since I started this book and took the plunge to change the way I eat I have lost more than 15 pounds. I have never felt healthier... I could go on and on. It's also done with learning what my body actually likes, versus what a dietician or anyone else thinks I SHOULD like (or be good for me). I never in a million years would have known that cherries and tuna were problems for me. On the other hand, the author is very practical, and has you incorporating wine and chocolate early o ...more
Anissa C.
Feb 09, 2013 Anissa C. rated it it was amazing
I have read A LOT of books on nutrition, health, anti-aging, and longevity, and I have taken many classes in nutrition.

This book pulls it all together and fills in the blanks and unexplained issues, especially on why even if one follows a healthy diet, one still has what seems like unexplained issues or why what worked for one in the past for years no longer works.

For anyone looking to improve their health and lose weight, I recommend reading just a few books: (1) The Plan, (2) Yoga as Medicine,
Oct 17, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: paperback, 2014
A friend recommended this book and I'm glad she did. It has not only helped me lose weight, but helped me to focus on what foods work and don't work for my body. It makes so much sense. My overall health is better and, best of all, I can still eat a lot of my favorite 'junk' foods and know my body can digest them without weight gain - guilt-free!
Mar 21, 2013 Tennille rated it really liked it
Not well written (needs some organizational rewrites), but definitely on board with the concept. Find it very systems work with inflammation and so many things tie in together. I'm finishing my 5th day and seeing results physically, mentally and emotionally already.
Dec 16, 2015 elissa marked it as to-read
Shelves: nonfiction, health
Recommended to me by an acupuncturist that I took a training with a few weeks ago. I don't so much like the "lose weight fast" part of the title, but I'm willing to give it a read-through if it's written well!
Feb 27, 2013 Marsha rated it liked it
OK...but mostly recipes. Why oh why do they spend so many pages trying to convince you and so few pages explaining the actual idea or method. I'd recommend this book only to some one who doens't know much about how to avoid the big fancy, spend a lot of $$$ on TV advertisement diets.
Jan 10, 2017 Deanne rated it really liked it
Life changer
Aynur Husein
Jan 30, 2017 Aynur Husein rated it it was amazing
Looks great
Paula Bramante
Jul 14, 2016 Paula Bramante rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nutritionist Lyn-Genet Recitas offers a great eating plan for those interested in discovering foods that may be causing chronic, low-level inflammation for them. Inflammation causes weight gain and is a precursor to many diseases, so keeping it low to non-existent is good. The interesting thing is that some seemingly healthy foods cause inflammation for many people. Before trying the plan outlined in the book, for example, I would not have suspected that asparagus and scallops are reactive foods ...more
Beth Ricci
Dec 18, 2016 Beth Ricci rated it liked it
I was intrigued by the claims put forth in the book. I agreed with almost all of it, save for a few red flags. We tried the 20-day anti-inflammatory diet, but it didn't work out for us.
Feb 22, 2014 Dana rated it it was ok
Shelves: health-and-diet
Interesting idea, but unscientific, a bit confusing and too restrictive and difficult to follow for most people. I think the idea that each person may have adverse reactions to different foods and that an elimination diet may pinpoint each individual's specific problem foods sounds good. The program outlined in this book, however is too restrictive and offers no options for substitutions and is not presented well so that it can be quite confusing and difficult to follow. For example, the plan re ...more
Nov 21, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author's premise is that food sensitivities lead to inflammation and weight gain and that by carefully following "The Plan" and weighing daily, one can eliminate the sources of inflammation and lose weight. My interest in this book is not for weight loss but to reduce inflammation. The book includes a 20 day elimination diet that helps one discover their own unique food sensitivities and instructions on how to continue testing on your own once you have finished the initial plan. There is a s ...more
Michelle Hanson
Sep 18, 2016 Michelle Hanson rated it really liked it
interesting to read.. and it makes sense just dont know if I have the time for this..
Aug 17, 2014 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was life changing for me. I am not one to jump on the "diet" bandwidth, but I was really, truly mystified when I was the healthiest eater I knew, and nothing, and I mean NOTHING would drop this baby weight of mine.. once I hit 40, it was ridiculous. I ate "clean" salads of black beans, quinoa, raw veggies every day, grilled salmon and veggies for dinner, roasted veggie (eggplant, peppers, etc) sandwiches for lunch, very little "bad" fat, lost of fruit/veggies and good grains- and despi ...more
Toni Miranda
Apr 30, 2014 Toni Miranda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I originally got this book to see if it would help reduce the inflammation associated with my arthritis. I have been impressed. I have learned that many of the foods that I was eating because "I should" were actually making me sick. Fish for example - I HATE fish!! But I faithfully ate it 2-3 times a week because it "was good for me." I guess my body was trying to tell me something all along ;-). Fish creates inflammation in MY body. Our bodies are unique. No two people have the same chemical ma ...more
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“BEET AND CARROT SALAD 4 to 5 whole carrots 1 small beet Peel carrots and beet. Grate all and mix together in one bowl. Makes 4 servings. CARROT GINGER SOUP (ALTERNATE RECIPE HERE) Carrot Ginger is an excellent anti-inflammatory soup. If you experience reactivity, you can always add some of this soup to your lunch to soothe your digestive system. 1½ lb carrots 1 zucchini 1 onion 2 to 3 cloves garlic Raw ginger, peeled and minced, to taste Cinnamon, cumin, onion powder to taste Freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 quart water Chop vegetables and simmer with spices in water (for thicker soup, use ½ quart of water) until soft. Puree in blender or food processor. Makes 6 to 8 servings. SAUTÉED KALE WITH VEGETABLES 5 to 6 cups chopped kale 4 shiitake mushrooms, chopped 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Herbs of your choice Sauté kale and shiitakes in olive oil with herbs of choice. Let cool and add your favorite topping (pumpkin seeds, cheese, avocado, almond slivers, etc.), or mix in other vegetables to test. Makes 2 servings. KALE, CHICKPEA, AND GOAT CHEESE SALAD 1 bunch kale 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil ½ cup low-sodium chickpeas ½ apple, chopped 2 ounces goat or sheep’s milk cheese Lime Agave Vinaigrette (here) Sauté kale in extra virgin olive oil for 1 to 2 minutes. Add chickpeas. Finish with apple, cheese, and Lime Agave Vinaigrette. Once you have tested mustard, you can substitute Mustard Vinaigrette (here) for the Lime Agave, if you prefer. Makes” 0 likes
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