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by Kitty Gurkin Rosati

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This does have all the hallmarks of a fad diet. WebMD calls it "an extremely rigid approach to reverse disease and cause weight loss." The site warns ominously that the "diet is not recommended for anyone who has had a colon resection or impaired kidney function" and observes that even the "authors... note the diet is too low in calcium and vitamin D and suggest a once-daily multivitamin." The site also warns that given this is a very low calorie diet--it starts at about 800 calories a day--it'll lower your basal metabolism (making it even harder to lose weight) and you'll risk losing lean muscle mass. I noticed when I used this diet I was constantly cold and tired--probably due to that very effect.

So, why am I even keeping it on my shelves and rating it as high as three stars? Well, it does have some advantages, particularly psychological. For one, its very rigidity is a blessing beginning a diet--you don't have many choices to agonize over. That can be maddening at times, but at least the diet increases in variety over time. You start in Phase One able only to have rice, shredded wheat, and almost any fruit. All spices and salt and condiments are eliminated other than artificial sweeteners and fresh lemon juice. You graduate in Phase Two to being able to add tomato, onion and bell peppers, then in Phase Three you can add almost all vegetables, then Phase Four you add proteins: Poultry, Fish, Legumes.

What's good about this? Well, for one, your body gets used to very low fat food--you then try "normal" food, at least at first, it'll seem very greasy and unappealing to you. Second, and I think this might have been the most valuable part of the diet, this forces you to learn and love your fruits and veggies. When fruits are your only option, you get to know fruits and appreciate them--I even gave rhubarb a try. When you finally can have vegetables, it's like a taste of heaven. And again, you explore vegetables you might not have before, from Arugula to Zucchini. I even learned what is in season when. I think that if you do have a weight problem, and want to lose weight and keep it off, then certainly making friends with fruits and vegetables are a good thing.

Oh, and I did find this produced rapid weight loss--on average about 10 pounds a week, at least in the beginning when I was at a high weight. And if you're really obese, that can really help encourage you in the beginning when psychologically you need some quick payback for giving up your favorites foods that are your best friend and coping mechanism. But I never was able to stand this diet long enough to reach my goal weight, and only achieved that and stopped yo-yo-ing when I moved to healthier, more balanced and less extreme diets and exercised. But the experience in learning to love my fruits and veggies--and a quick start to a diet--did help. ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Sep 11, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743289838, Hardcover)

Can you really lose twenty pounds in a month? Will you really keep it off this time? With The Rice Diet Solution, you will! The Rice Diet Program has been helping dieters successfully lose weight since 1939. Now in book form, this world-renowned weight-loss method can help you change the way you eat forever.

The Rice Diet Program in Durham, North Carolina, was one of the first medical facilities in America to use diet as the primary way to treat disease. On this high-complex-carb, low-fat, and low-sodium whole-foods diet, "Ricers" lose weight faster, more safely, and more effectively than people on any other diet. Men lose on average twenty-eight to thirty pounds and women on average nineteen to twenty pounds per month! The Rice Diet also detoxes your body, ridding it of excess water weight and toxins from processed foods and the environment. The program's results have been documented by extensive studies and confirmed by thousands of people who report amazing weight loss, as well as immediate improve-ment in such conditions as heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension. After all the other diets out there have failed them, people find that the Rice Diet is the one that finally works -- for good.

Here's how it works: The Rice Diet strictly limits salt and sodium-rich ingredients. Salt, like refined sugar, is an appetite stimulant, so when you reduce salt intake, you lose water weight and are less inclined to overeat. The Rice Diet also limits saturated fats and instead relies on carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans) as the main source of nutrition. The fiber cleanses your system and satisfies you so you feel full quickly. The Rice Diet makes it easy to limit calories; when you're eating foods that truly satisfy your hunger, it's a challenge to eat 1,500 calories per day!

To make it easy to follow the program, The Rice Diet Solution includes hundreds of tasty, filling, easy-to-prepare recipes -- some from the Rice House kitchen, others inspired by major chefs and adapted to Rice Diet standards.

The Rice Diet is not just an eating plan. It's a physical, emotional, and spiritual program that will change the way you live, giving you new vitality, energy, and longevity. Ricers report that the Rice Diet not only helps them solve weight problems they've struggled with their whole lives but also teaches them a whole new way of healthier, more mindful living.

Whether you want to lose twenty pounds or two hundred, the Rice Diet can help you do it -- finally and forever.

WHAT MAKES THE RICE DIET SOLUTION

THE LAST DIET BOOK YOU'LL EVER NEED?

SOLID TRACK RECORD: Turning out success stories since 1939, the Rice Diet Program is the original, most effective diet to use nutrition to achieve not only safe and rapid weight loss but also the prevention and reversal of chronic disease. On this low-sodium, low-fat, detox diet, you'll enjoy a delicious variety of satisfying foods, including whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, dairy, seafood, and lean meats. You will never feel hungry!

RAPID WEIGHT LOSS: The average "Ricer" loses up to thirty pounds in the first month!

LONG-TERM SUCCESS: 63 percent of people who have lost weight on the Rice Diet report weighing the same or less one year later.

MEDICALLY SOUND: The Rice Diet Program is run by Duke University-trained M.D.s (a cardiologist and an endocrinologist) with more than thirty years of medical experience using diet as the primary treatment for long-term weight loss and disease reversal.

SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN: Numerous scientific publications, including the American Journal of Medicine, have documented the diet's dramatic effects on such life-threatening illnesses as congestive heart failure and heart disease and its risk factors: diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity.

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