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  1. T. Levine says:

    January 30, 2013 at 5:07 am

    266 of 276 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    An invaluable, approachable resource to any diet, August 23, 2006
    By 
    T. Levine (Fair Oaks, CA) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    INTRODUCTION:

    Over the last 2 months, I have lost over 40 pounds in fat. I have gone from 220 lbs to 180 lbs. In addition, I am walking 90 minutes a day or jogging 4 miles a day along with a variety of other activities. Essentially, I’ve changed my lifestyle, both in terms of diet, supplementation, and exercise. A large part of this weight loss and lifestyle change I attribute to many of the strategies I adopted by watching Dr. Perricone’s PBS special, followed up with, of course, completely absorbing the information contained in Dr. Perricone’s book, “The Perricone Weight-Loss Diet”.

    BOOK SUMMARY:

    Dr. Perricone starts in PART i by making his case to you the reader, for the “Inflammation-Fat Connection”, laying down basic principles that establish micro-inflammation as the root cause of the problem, and obesity simply a side-effect to this problem, along with various other aging ailments. He establishes that his strategy to deal with weight loss, is by dealing with micro-inflammation, the root cause, through diet, exercise (and other lifestyle changes), and supplementation. By attacking micro-inflammation, you not only achieve success with the battle of obesity, you also achieve success on a variety of other aging fronts. Essentially, Dr. Perricone presents this argument as an anti-aging program, focusing on weight loss as the emphasis for this book.

    In PART II, the core of Dr. Perricone’s book, he presents his 3 step program: Food, Supplements, and Lifestyle. In Step One, 10 specific food groups are presented to focus on, and these groups will surprise you. This is not a rehashing of the government food triangle by any stretch. The foods range from wild Alaskan Salmon, to Avocado and Acai, to Spices, Red Chile Peppers, and Yogurt. Each section provides a description of the food “supergroup”, the factors that contribute to weight loss, the top choices, and the runner-up choices. In Step Two, Dr. Perricone provides his top 12 nutritional supplements that contribute to the reduction of micro-inflammation, the reduction of insulin resistance, the balancing of blood glucose, etc. Each section lists and describes each supplement, along with tips, and dosage recommendations. Step Three, describes the lifestyle changes to be implemented, including the benefits of exercise, fact sheets, safety tips, etc.

    Part iii is called “THE PLAN”, and this is where Dr. Perricone provides his 14 day weight loss diet. This section attempts to bring together the information from Part 1 and Part 2 with a sample program for weight loss. Various tips, suggestions, and reminders introduce the plan, followed with a rigid 14 day regimin, an ecclectic recipe section, a thorough Appendix that covers dieting questions, a complete Resource Guide, References, and Index.

    PROS:

    1. EXPERTISE

    This is not an ordinary dieting book. Dr. Perricone is a leading researcher on the subject of anti-aging, and his theories, approaches, and research represents the cutting edge of modern thought on the subject. Every claim he makes, is backed by thoroughly researched scientific data. His reference section speaks volumes. Not one claim is made in this book, without completely documented case studies from reputable resources and noted scientific peer journals. If you are interested or curious on the subject of aging, when Dr. Perricone speaks, you should listen.

    2. APPROACHABLE

    This book is completely approachable. Dr. Perricone gives you 10 food groups, and 12 supplements to learn. That’s basically it. The solution is elegant in design. You read the section on the food or supplement you’re interested in, and learn not only what it is, but WHY it is important to your weight loss goals, what it does to your body physiologically, and what studies prove its positive properties.

    3. COMPLIMENTARY

    This book compliments all approaches to weight loss. It is not really just a diet. Moreso, it is a strategy. Dr. Perricone takes weight loss from a different point of view. Tackle the inflammation problem, and the weight will come off. Various foods, supplements, and lifestyle changes approach this objective in a synergistic fashion. This means that each positive thing you do, compliments all of the other positive things you are doing with your body. Each anti-inflammatory, each antioxidant, each metabolic or thermogenic enhancement in your diet or lifestyle, works with all the other changes you are making to yourself. So, Dr. Perricone is not reinventing the wheel. He is simply presenting some basic food and lifestyle change recommendations, with modern science to back up his reasons why these changes are good for you. You can implement this strategy on its own, or, use it in conjunction with other diets or programs that appeal to you. Dr. Perricone is simply teaching you, the reader, 10 foods, 12…

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  2. Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Man "Jimmy Moore" says:

    January 30, 2013 at 5:50 am

    113 of 117 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Doctor Gets Inflamed About Obesity, January 9, 2006
    By 
    Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Man “Jimmy Moore” (Spartanburg, SC) –
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)
      
    (VINE VOICE)
      

    Although I have lost nearly 200 pounds following a low-carb weight loss program that worked for me, I still remain an active student of health, nutrition and dieting. Regardless of what your weight is, it is imperative that you keep educating yourself about healthy lifestyle choices and learn what it takes to keep your body working as God intended by referencing the truly imaginative innovators and researchers of our day.

    One such person in the year 2006 is Dr. Nicholas Perricone. Although he is a board-certified dermatologist, he stumbled upon something in his research of complexion problems that even startled him. He found that there was invisible, undetectable layer of inflammation occuring beneath the surface of our skin that was causing our bodies to literally fall apart. One of the results of this inflammation, Dr. Perricone quickly found, was the body’s inability to get rid of stored fat.

    That’s the underlying basis for The Perricone Weight-Loss Diet. Although his previous books on wrinkles and complexion problems have been instant bestsellers, Dr. Perricone wanted to devote one book solely to the topic of weight loss to help the tens of millions of people who carry around excessive amounts of weight.

    For fans of Dr. Perricone, some of the concepts in this book will be familiar to you. But whether you have read his books before or if this is your first time, I have no doubt that you will be able to apply The Perricone Weight-Loss Diet principles to your own life.

    Ever since I lost my weight by livin’ la vida low-carb, I am always apprehensive about any new diet book that I pick up. Actually, I wasn’t sure what I would read in Dr. Perricone’s book. But imagine my surprise when I noticed much of his weight loss advice matched up perfectly with what I was already doing as part of my low-carb lifestyle:

    1. Eat more good fats, especially ones found in fish.

    2. Increase your intake of Omega-3 fatty acids.

    3. Stay away from sugar, starch and white flour.

    4. Consume berries.

    5. Cook with extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil.

    6. Add fiber to your diet with seeds and nuts.

    7. Protein-up your body to keep your hunger satisfied.

    8. Exercise 30-45 minutes per day.

    9. Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily.

    10. Eat sugar-free chocolate made with real cocoa butter.

    But the more I read through The Perricone Weight-Loss Diet, I realized that there were areas of my diet that could stand to change and this book convicted me of my need to make a few subtle changes.

    For example, Dr. Perricone encourages people to eat more fish, specifically Wild Alaskan Salmon. This is a naturally low-carb food and would be an excellent frequent addition to my healthy low-carb lifestyle. He also urges readers to use stevia or erithyrtol more in place of sugar and other sugar alternatives. Dr. Perricone is adamantly against using aspartame.

    There was something else that intrigued me in this book. The concept of eating your protein first, then your fiber, and finally your sugar — in that order! I had never thought about this before now, but you can actually slow the rate that your body begins absorbing and using the sugars in the foods you eat if you load up on the protein and fiber first.

    I hope Dr. Perricone or somebody will conduct a study on the effect of this food order on the body. The experiment could compare the results of weight loss efforts of people participants eating the exact same meals except one group eats the protein first, another group eats the fiber first and the last group eats the sugar first. Which one would lose the most weight? I’d love to know the answer to that question, but I suppose Dr. Perricone would be opposed to people eating the sugar first since it increases inflammation and causes the blood sugar to quickly rise. That’s an important lesson The Perricone Weight-Loss Diet teaches you.

    Let me warn you — this book can get technical in some places, but Dr. Perricone attempts to break it down step-by-step to keep it from going completely over your head. He gently explains various terms and provides real-life examples of people he has helped lose weight using his 14-Day diet plan.

    There are many supplements that Dr. Perricone believes people should be taking to give them the essential vitamins and minerals that their bodies need to function at their best. He calls these “superstar supplements” and also suggests ten categories of “supergroup foods” to minimize inflammation so you will be on the road to weight loss success.

    The Perricone Weight-Loss Diet is a unique theory in the battle of the bulge and should be in the collection of anyone and everyone who wishes to keep their weight under control for life. If you apply the Perricone principles, which are surprisingly compatible for…

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  3. Chris Swanson "Swanman" says:

    January 30, 2013 at 6:45 am

    80 of 82 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    It Works!, March 1, 2006
    By 
    Chris Swanson “Swanman” (Glendale, CA USA) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    After following the program outlined in the book for a month, I have lost 18 lbs., I feel better, and look better. My wife has lost 11 lbs. and really looks great. Eating lots of fish is difficult for us, so we have substituted more lean chicken and it still seems to work.
    UPDATE: It’s now been about 10 weeks since we started the program outlined in this book. I have lost 33 lbs. (half of my goal) and my wife has lost 23 lbs. In addition to the weight loss, our health has improved. I was taking 3 blood pressure medications which were barely keeping it under control. With my doctors OK, I have cut the dosage on one med 50% and stopped another completely. My blood pressure now stays below normal and I expect to be off medication completely. My cholesterol is way down and I also stopped taking my cholesterol medication to see if the diet, exercise and weight loss will keep it down. I have never been a believer in herbs, amino acids, vitamins or other supplements. However, we bought the 12 suggested supplements outlined in the book from online sources at reasonable prices and believe they are helping. None of the many diets we tried have ever worked this fast, improved our health, or were this easy to stay on without cravings.

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