The Plan: Eliminate the Surprise “Healthy” Foods That Are Making You Fat and Lose Weight Fast by Lyn-Genet Recitas is a wonderful book which explains why people do not lose weight despite dieting, exercising and cutting back on their favorite foods. In short, the author explains that inflammation is the reason for a retarded metabolism which resists any attempts to lose weight.
Recitas explains in great detail how low grade inflammations thrive in an environment where the patient keeps eating food which prevents rather than promotes weight loss irregardless of the calorie content. For instance, too much sodium creates inflammation, as does a lack of enough water.
Examples of reactive foods are deli meats, hot dogs, bagels, corn, pizza crust, trans fats and shrimp. Certain foods like lobster may promote inflammation due to the difficulty in processing the complex enzymes. Generally, an immunologist or gastroenterologist can take an allergy blood panel to determine whether or not certain foods like peanuts, shrimp or peach fuzz create an allergic response.
Recitas explains that foods; such as, lamb, apple, kale, squash, mixed greens and water are the least reactive. Oatmeal can be reactive for some people. Foods like butter are packed with Vitamin D, E, copper and selenium.
The author shows how a liver detoxification program implemented at breakfast can rid the body of toxins which inhibit metabolism. Dandelion tea is a classic tonic for detoxifying the liver. MSM is known for strengthening the mucosa and probiotics help to balance yeast overgrowth and place good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Vitamin B12 energizes patients and assists in liver detoxification. SAMe is also a known liver detoxification product.
Recitas has important advice for modulating thyroid function. Her advice is to drink more water, keep the body warm and take kelp. Maine Coast Sea Season assists in maintaining proper iodine levels.
The Plan is an important nutritional resource designed to maximize the bodily metabolic processes. Patients should work with their physicians, nutritionists and physical therapists in order to achieve an optimal metabolism. The author’s secret for dealing with a retarded metabolism is to reduce internal inflammations rather than to count calories alone or exercise. Internal inflammations show up in the blood profile as out of range statistics for the white count, c-reactive protein, SED rate and the A1C glucose log.