Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The DASH Diet Younger You: Shed 20 Years--and Pounds--in Just 10 Weeks by Marla Heller

The DASH Diet Younger You by Marla Heller
This book explains the Dash Diet which has been around for many years and claims to have a brand new Dash Diet anti-aging program. The diet is one of the only diets proven to improve health and help with weight loss and is a very healthy diet. Despite the claims of new research and new food choices to benefit anti-aging, I see very little new information in this book. The author claims that new research shows that having healthy gut microbes will reverse the aging process and that her new plan can promote a healthy gut leading to weight loss, healthier skin and a longer life and more.
While this plan is excellent, and I do highly recommend it, I don't think it is new or remarkable. I think it is being marketed that way because that is what people tend to want. The concept behind this diet plan is to eat a whole foods plant based diet and get a proper amount of exercise. The diet is healthy and should be very beneficial to everyone. I think that by now, most people should have heard that if we stop eating processed foods and eat real foods, mostly plants, we will be healthier. The problem is that it is much easier and more convenient to eat processed foods. I was hoping that the "Younger You Meal Plans" would be helpful, but they are not very practical. The serving sizes of the recipes range from 4 to 8 servings and the weekly plans don't allow for leftovers or using up the rest of the ingredients if you chose to cut a recipe in half of quarter it.
Despite that and despite the fact that I think the anti-aging claims are over the top, and the 10 weeks time period is rather random and just put in to get people interested, there are many things that I like about this book and this plan. The diet is well balanced and healthy and the foods included are not outrageously expensive or hard to find. Sugar is discouraged and probiotic foods are encouraged. Juicing is discouraged and so are dietary supplements.
I think that the whole book could be summed up by saying eat healthy whole foods, mostly organic if possible and exercise. I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I recommend it.

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