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Truth or Hype?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Do you hope and believe there's a "plan" out there that will truly help you conquer the yo-yo dieting roller coaster you've been riding? I do believe that there is a combination out there that will bring our body back into its desired balance for each and every one of us. So I have to tell you about this nutritionist I've seen twice on TV in the last couple of weeks. I saw her again a couple of days ago on a morning news talk show. Here's the dish:

In her recently published book, nutrition expert Lyn-Genet Recitas reveals the surprising truth behind what actually makes people pack on the pounds. Carbs and portion sizes, it turns out, are not the problem. Foods that are revered by traditional weight loss programs, such as turkey, eggs, cauliflower, beans, and tomatoes, may be healthy in a vacuum, but when combined with each person's unique chemistry, they can cause a toxic reaction that triggers weight gain, premature aging, inflammation, and a host of health problems including constipation, migraines, joint pain, and depression.

The immune system's response to an inflammatory diet diverts the body's energy from healing and repair and allows whatever is latent in our genetic makeup to "kick up" whatever is chronic (arthritis, migraines, depression) and become worse.

Here"s a list of the Reactive Foods:


Chronic inflammation facilitates the aging process because it floods tissues with free radicals and promotes the destruction of normal cells. Chronic low-grade inflammation contributes to the aging process, and research shows that it is a major contributor to the aging of the cardiovascular and nervous system. Inflammation is now recognized as one of the key risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol and stroke and cognitive and neurological disorders. We know that this is true. . .

She explins that our bodies are naturally reactive to certain foods, and everyone is not the same. One of her trigger foods is eggs. Think about how many foods contain eggs in one form or another. It's interesting how many people followed the program, and when one of their reactive "trigger" foods was introduced, their bodies reacted immediately. One of these reactions is weight gain!

She has introduced a groundbreaking 20-day program in her new book , "The Plan: Eliminate the Surprising "Healthy" Foods That Are Making You Fat- and Lose Weight Fast".
Supposedly it helps readers interactively to finally unlock the mystery behind what does and does not work for their individual body. It contains detailed meal plans, recipes, and effective, personalized advice.

She says that you will discover how to:
* Lose a half a pound a day while enjoying generous servings of foods you love
* Identify your hidden trigger foods that are causing weight gain and inflammation, among other symptoms
* Build a personalized healthy foods list that promotes rapid weight loss
* Avoid feeling bloated, tired, or unhealthy again!

She did an interview a couple of weeks ago on the Dr. Oz show. I saw it and seeing her again and listening to her has got me thinking that there might be something to this. Here's the link:

If you have time, watch it, and I'd love to know your thoughts on it when you comment. My interest is peaked after listening to her twice now. I am on the fence . I'm very intrigued, but by the same token, skeptical. But I do know firsthand that homeopathy works. It's amazing how quickly our bodies respond to what they know and need.
That keeps creeping back in to dampen my skepticism.

Here's the link to her book on Amazon if you're the least bit interested:

I'm IN NO WAY promoting this one way or the other. I just have found the possibility of her theory intriguing. I wanted to post it to bring it to your attention " for informational and educational purposes". Many of us have tried almost every "plan" out there at one time or another. It might be something that you'd be willing to try to see if it would help with some of your individual chronic conditions, or just stoke the fires of metabolism to melt off some excess weight. And heck, who wouldn't want to lose the weight faster and feel better? Who knows, this might be the key your body has been waiting for.

Thanks for stopping by, and please let me know what you think to help me get off this stupid fence!

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    As soon as you said they can lose 1/2 lbs per day the red flag went up. YES, there are many theories and many ways to lose weight. One is starvation, and we all know the many other disorders that will also promote weight loss. The thing is and what SP and SMART people promote is common sense and HEALTHY weight loss. All one has to do is follow the simple and easy plan. NO special foods or systems that costs lots of money. Just eat right, the right amount and move.

    One can try all these fad diets and such until the cows come home. Some will succeed and a few might even maintain. But most will do this at the risk of financial loss and loss of good health. So beware of these things and just stick to the plan. It may take a few years, but one will feel and do much better if they don't destroy their body while trying to lose weight. Keep the faith.
    1875 days ago
    interesting not sure I always think that if it sound to easy ..... but thanks for the link and I will at least check out the book
    1876 days ago
    I think its a movement that is coming along-to pay attention to your individual needs, instead of a cure-all fix like, say, low carb or low-fat diets. I was watching something similar the other day that talked about having genetic testing done(i believe) that would give you an idea of what type of diet would be best suited to your genetic makeup, ie a mediterranean diet. Studies have shown some people will respond well to one way of eating while others stagnate in weightloss and may actually gain eating that way. I say if your are intrugued, why not go for it? Try something new, get excited to see results! We can do this;)
    1876 days ago
    OK Sharon. I listened to the entire video on the Dr. Oz Show of the Anti-Diet Plan...I was totally prepared to blow it off, but since I Know I have migraine trigger foods I was drawn in to what she had to say. However, I am cautiously resistant to eliminating exercise during the 20 day cleansing phase even though I am currently having trouble consistently racking up fitness minutes. I am getting ready to begin the Winter 5% Challenge in a week or two and it requires daily exercise. Hmmmmmm. I would kinda like to try the program, but starting off with 2000+ calories a day seems a bit, no, a lot extreme. Hmmmmm. I would however, like to know if I have other migraine trigger foods or weight gain trigger foods. I have yo-yoed with weight loss/gain the past 2 years to the extreme. I understand that it is super bad for my health and don't want to regain the weight upon losing it this year!!! So, again that is another thing that makes me want to do this program. Hmmmmmm. I'm going to check out your friend's SparkTeam and give this some more consideration. I think it might be silly just to dismiss it. Let me know what you decide. Hmmmmmmm!
    1876 days ago
  • SAMI199
    I will look into-but I agree that each of us have a unique body make-up.I know there are certain foods that just don't agree with me-whether it's an allergy or whatever-who knows. I just avoid them.They also recommend an elimination diet for migraines-you stop eating the alleged trigger foods & then re-introduce them one @ a time to figure out if they are causing the headaches. I know that's off-topic... I say go for it,as long as it is healthy.

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    1876 days ago
    I also saw the Dr. Oz. show. I believe in biochemical individuality. I do believe that people need to pay attention to how a food affects them. Currently, I am trying to eliminate foods from my diet that seem to be causing any problems. The most scientific way to do this is the way that she suggests, start out with a normally unreactive base menu and add possible reactive foods every couple days and make notes. I have been doing a little detective work on my own for some time now, by eating foods that seem to be fine for me historically and then noting a reaction to something that I add or try again. Nuts, especially peanuts seem to be a reactive food for me. I have not found anything else yet. One of my Spark Friends started up a new team for this....The Lyn-Genet Diet, I think she named it.
    1876 days ago
    It sure is something to look at. emoticon
    1876 days ago
    Interesting Sharon. I'll bookmark it to read it later and let you know what I think. I personally feel like I'm ok with what I eat now, but hey, who knows? Thanks for sharing. I love your informative blogs.
    1877 days ago
    well i havent seen and as of yet not read artical but i will butt dr oz really has alot hair brain stuff to me oops just my thoughts on him hes still cute emoticon
    1877 days ago
    This certainly, to me, was intriguing. I did see her on Dr. Oz and what she says does make sense to me. all I can say is this. The body is a delicate machine which requires intricate chemical reactions and interactions to function at it's best. We feed our bodies food for fuel. The by products are all part of what makes the body function . . . or not.

    That being said, I have not read her books, so cannot comment specifically to the scientific accuracy of what she says, BUT again, it makes sense.

    Having dealt with individuals who have ADHD and related issues I can definitely SEE firsthand that certain foods, additives, medications have a definite affect on some, maybe not so much in others. Food coloring, for example (like red dye and yellow) can make some hyperactive. Not ALL, but some. Some when exposed to other chemicals have that type of reaction. Or an allergic reaction. That to me says there is some validity to what she's proposing.

    Thanks for a very thought provoking blog.

    1877 days ago
    Had not heard of this nutrionist. Interesting...
    1877 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    interesting ...
    great share...thanks
    1877 days ago
    I went to the site & read the 1st book on the list. It sounds interesting. Lots tot hink about. Wish I knew what foods would help me
    1877 days ago
    I do think this is interesting. After the past 2 years (and everything I tried before) I am really convinced that you have to find what works FOR YOU, which could be a whole combination of things, and hey, this could be part of that.
    1877 days ago
  • KITT52
    hey try it and see if it works for you... as you stated we are all different

    but I also know that there is a lot of hype...and I do believe that if you eat less you will loose weight...most plan are just that, eating less calories...

    please let us know if you follow the plan how it worked for you
    1877 days ago
    very interesting.
    1877 days ago
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