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

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  377 ratings  ·  66 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...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Grand Central Life & Style (first published January 1st 2013)
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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
Sep 25, 2013 Erin rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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...more
Stephanie Westfall
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...more
Susan Rowe
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
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
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...more
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
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
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.
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
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...more
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
"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
Elise Stokes
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
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.
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,...more
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
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
The "scientific approach" is far from it, but there seems to be something to the plan. Needs more (any) scientific citations. Needs a LOT of help with editing. Conradictory at times. Too simplistic with the serving sizes (e.g. just separated by men and women). And yet 4 stars. Weird, I know.
There are a number of good reviews that go into detail about this book, so I won’t repeat the information. I thought that the first review listed (Barbara’s) was very interesting, and summed up the premise of the book very well.

Since I only have 2 more pounds to lose, I have decided to do a partial version of The Plan. I am recording everything I ingest, along with my daily weight. I am also “listening” to my body, and recording any adverse reactions. I hope to pick up on some trends that would...more
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.
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.
Lauren Anderson
While this book had some good recommendations for eliminating foods and re-introducing them, the suggested patterns of foods to eliminate may not work for everyone. It also suggests weighing yourself everyday to gauge how your body is reacting to different foods, saying the number on the scale is only data. Again, not everyone can weigh themselves every day and look at the number as "data". The author has experience in the area of holistic nutrition, which I agree with, but I am not aware of any...more
The concept of body chemistry mixing with the chemistry of different foods to react and cause inflammation is one that has recently been written about by several within the holistic community. It makes sense on many levels.

To find which foods cause an inflammatory response there is a 3 day detoxing cleanse followed by 17 days of adding new foods. When a new food is added, the following day's weight should show a response as either loss or gain. Loss means there is no reaction and gain if inflam...more
I thought this was an interesting concept, just not sure I buy into it. The idea of reacting to different foods, thus causing inflammation and weight gain I'm not completely sold on. Definitely temporary weight gain due to sodium intake, but long term? The author seems to solve the problem of bloating and water gain with very restrictive food choices and greatly reduced sodium intake. Not sure I would bother with unsalted potato chips!! I was interested in the author's repeated instruction to li...more
Noni Fro (Janon)
This is not really a diet book, but a way to eliminate foods from your diet that you can't process. It's worth the 20 day commitment - I lost weight and feel wonderful.
Very no nonsense approach. It is a weight loss targeted book but it offers a solid foundational cleanse to reduce inflammation and restart a sluggish thyroid. I actually first heard of the book trough a colleague who personally knows the author and has been following her plan with some success. I don't think this plan will work in every single case as I do believe that letting people indulge will lead to other undesirable choices but if you can follow through with the suggestions you will feel b...more
If this plays out like the book indicates and I can discover which food(s) are making me sick, I'll come back and give this book a full set of stars. The concept is very intriguing. Now for the application!
An absolutely amazing book for anyone that struggles with weight loss issues or just low energy levels. Requires a lot of prep work, but well worth the effort. This book is truely life transforming and I have read a lot of books on health and nutrition. This makes the most sense. The best part about it is you eat well and are not hungry. It does not exclude any food groups and you are permitted wine, chocolate, butter and coffee. Definitely something that anyone can incorporate into their lives....more
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