Stop Dieting Backward

The Prime: Prepare and Repair Your Body for Spontaneous Weight Loss

The Prime, Kulreet Chaudary, MD,
with Eve Adamson

The Prime: Prepare and Repair Your Body for Spontaneous Weight Loss

Dr. Chaudary is an integrative neurologist whose eating programs are based on her expertise, personal journey, and culture. Her book jacket declares “No Diet Required”.


Like other authors reviewed in these pages, Chaudary takes the position that weight is not about food but about the body’s internal state. She believes that in order to lose weight, your body must be “primed”. Prime first, lose weight second!


Priming isn’t about weight loss but about rebalancing your system to reduce inflammation, purge biochemical junk, restore gut bacteria, repair digestion, and restoring biochemical processes that keep your body healthy and disease-free. Because she is a neurologist, she explains the connection between the brain and the gut. She points out how debased foods filled with sugar, salt, and fat have ruined our taste for real food and what we can do about that.


There are four action stages that make up “The Prime”: Activate a Biochemical Shift; Crush Cravings (No Willpower Required!); Ignite Energy and Fat; Biohack Your Lifestyle Habits. In each stage, you add herbs and spices—simple change-ups that fulfill the intent of that stage. Following Chaudary’s suggestions for achieving a newly balanced, healthy system, your body will automatically shed unwanted pounds.


All this takes place in the first 40 pages of the book. In the remaining pages, Chaudary explains the science behind the stages; goes more deeply into each stage and includes tips for “Living Primed”; and finally imparts “Secrets of the Super-Primed”. This last section teaches you to live according Ayurvedic wisdom. Chaudary comments that she has one foot in Western medicine and the other in Ayurveda, one of the world’s oldest healing systems.


Siri Says: This is an interesting, simple, and appealing way to detoxify and rebalance your system. I’m smitten and am trying some of Dr. Chaudary’s ancient nostrums.

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Turbocharge Your Metabolism!

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 The All-Day Fat-Burning Diet, Yuri Elkaim

The All-Day Fat-Burning Diet: The 5-Day Food-Cycling Formula That Resets Your Metabolism To Lose Up to 5 Pounds a Week

Author of the bestselling The All-Day Energy Diet, Yuri Elkaim, nutritionist and renowned fitness expert, posits that no combination of calorie cutting, exercise, or restrictive dieting can help people unless they set their bodies to burn fat all day, all night, 24/7. His solution is the 5-Day Food-Cycling Formula, which resets your metabolism to lose up to 5 pounds per week.
What is the 5-Day Food-Cycling Formula? It is 21 days of prescriptive eating and exercise that lead to weight loss and the beginning of total fitness. The 5-day cycle is Day 1: Low Carb Day / Day 2: 1-Day Feast [Not what you think. SK] / Day 3: 1-Day Fast / Day 4: Regular Calorie Day / Day 5: Low Calorie Day. Repeat 4 times.6
Elkaim asserts that today’s overweight epidemic is due not only to inappropriate eating but to numerous environmental stressors. To remove some stressors, his food lists exclude the following common allergens: caffeine, dairy, wheat, rye, oats (unless gluten-free), refined sugar and agave syrup, most packaged foods, fast foods, soy, and vegetable oils. There are many delicious foods to eat (including beans and fit fats). Small amounts of goat milk products, plus ditto honey and maple syrup are also allowed.


What happens to 5-day cycling when you reach your 22nd day? In the final chapter, “How To Stay Lean For Life”, Elkaim draws on your 21 day experience and focuses your attention on being a “body whisperer”. He gives 3 options for modifying food-cycling and includes 10 Fat Loss Commandments.

 7 Late in 2016, Rodale Books published Elkaim’s The All-Day Fat-Burning Cookbook, containing over 125 recipes. (They look delicious.)


Siri Says: With the 5-Day Food-Cycling, Elkaim elevates “food as medicine” and “eating on purpose” to a new level. I acknowledge his precise science- and experience- based directives as the new way to weight loss. 5-Day Food-Cycling really is a formula for whole body fitness. Elkaim encourages vegetarian protein sources.

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Lose Pounds, Inches Any Your Wrinkles

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Dr. Kellyann’s BONE BROTH DIET,
Kellyann Petrucci, MS, ND

Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Diet: Lose Up to 15 Pounds, 4 Inches–and Your Wrinkles!–in Just 21 Days

All that and lose up to 15 pounds in 21 days! According to the New York Times, bone broth “ranks with green juice and coconut water as the next magic potion…for perfect health”.


Dr. Kellyann, naturopath and a weight loss specialist, says bone broth delivers concentrated healing. The broth is made by simmering meat, poultry, or fish bones for hours until the collagen of the bones turns into gelatin. The result is a nutrient-rich liquid, which Dr. K calls “liquid gold”.


According to Dr. K, there are three main benefits to drinking bone broth: 1) Gelatin strengthens your skin by providing the material for the body to make new collagen. 2) Gelatin fights inflammation. Less inflammation equals faster weight loss. It also reduces symptoms of autoimmune disorders, bringing relief to those with arthritis, celiac disease, and psoriasis. 3) Gelatin heals the gut. It is thought that gelatin stabilizes the gut mucosa by decreasing damage from excess acid. Other variables explaining this phenomenon are discussed in depth by Dr. K.


This diet plan also uses intermittent fasting. During the 3-week program, you will fast on bone broth any two nonconsecutive days each week. On fasting days, you consume up to 6 cups of bone broth or 5 cups of broth and an approved snack at 7:00p. This is very appealing when you cook up one of Dr. K’s delicious, hearty bone broth recipes with salt and spices.


In essence, with Dr. K, you are living on bone broth, meat and eggs, specific fruits and veggies, plus healthy fats. Keep in mind, it’s only for 3 weeks and promises great results.


Siri Says: This is not a diet for vegetarians. The downside of the plan is that rapid weight loss is easily followed by rapid weight gain. Dr. K suggests re-instituting the two weekly fasting days when you experience weight gain.


She also states that if you’re chronically stressed, sad, or angry, you will likely regain the weight. Although Dr. Kellyann has some suggestions about this, I want to refer you to Ms. Kingsford’s book, which addresses seriously the emotional component of weight loss.

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A Revolutionary Weight Loss Plan

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Diet Right For Your Personality Type, Jen Widerstrom

.Diet Right for Your Personality Type: The Revolutionary 4-Week Weight-Loss Plan That Works for You

Jen Widerstrom is an athlete, weight-loss expert, and star of NBC’s The Biggest Loser. Her basic premise is that many diets fail because they don’t take into consideration individual tendencies or triggers, motivational patterns, or lifelong habits that are ingrained into our personalities. As she writes, “Even someone with the strongest willpower in the world can find it tough to stick to a plan that works for someone else, but not for them”.
Through her experience, Ms. W identified five core personality types. She then designed five different approaches to weight management that could be adapted to suit each individual. The five personalities are:
The Organized Doer
The Swinger
The Rebel
The Everyday Hero
The Never-Ever

Ms. W provides a personality assessment so that you can identify your personality type. Briefly, The Organized Doer is a type A personality who craves routine and rules.


The Swinger is the adventurous type who is finds success in variety, change, and the ability to make choices each day. The Rebel tends to be impulsive and noncommittal. They need to find their own flow and have boundaries that provide varied guidelines.
The Everyday Hero is the person who tends to put other people’s needs before their own. They need a streamlined plan that is easy to set up “with as few obstacles as possible”.


The Never-Ever is out of touch with their health and fitness, or may have given up. This person needs to step away from negative self talk. From their program, they learn how their decisions influence behavior.


Each personality type has a chapter devoted to how they operate and includes four weeks of menu plans and recipes to fit that profile. Ms. W also includes chapters on mental preparedness for dieting success and the meaning of healthy eating. Recipes contain cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, oatmeal, plus spouted bread and tortillas. In the final section of the book, Ms. W demonstrates beautifully a variety of 16 minute workouts.


Siri Says: Diet Right For Your Personality Type contains the most novel approach to dieting of the seven books reviewed here. I highly recommend that you complete Jen’s personality assessment. I believe the information you gain can help you to know in advance how you would fare on a particular program and how to customize varying plans to your own personality.
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Say Good-Bye To One-Size-Fits-All Diets

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Wired To Eat, by Robb Wolf

Wired to Eat: Turn Off Cravings, Rewire Your Appetite for Weight Loss, and Determine the Foods That Work for You

Robb Wolf, a biochemist and health expert, is the author of the bestselling The Paleo Solution. Let me state immediately: This is not an approach for vegetarians or for semi-vegetarians.

Wolf emphasizes that we are genetically wired to eat more and move less, exactly the opposite of what we need to do to maintain our health – and a healthy weight. Phases One and Two of the plan are used to determine how to successfully go up against our genetics.

In Phase One, you discover where you are on the insulin resistance spectrum. For 30 days, you eat 3x/day. Snacks, if needed, are beef jerky, fruit, veggies, and a small handful of nuts. Each meal is made up of lean protein, fiber (from the carbs you are eating), appropriate carb content (75-150g from fruits, veggies, and roots – no grains), and enough healthy fat to make food tasty. Protein and fiber are at the crux of this plan because of their proven satiety effects.

(Wolf provides food lists to support menus, and suggests taking one day weekly to prepare food in advance. He also gives recommendations for people with autoimmune disorders.)

During Phase 2, the 7-Day Carb Test, the deep carb foods are tested. Examples are rice and beans and fruits like mangos and bananas. Monitoring blood sugar levels reveals optimal carb intake. You are looking for a per meal carb load that works to keep your metabolism optimal and to maintain your own healthy weight

In Phase Three, Robb reminds you to continue to eat as you did during the 30 days while integrating the heavier carbs that keep your body happy. In the final chapter he discusses the use of therapeutic ketosis and fasting.

Siri Says: Personally, I would need a lot of support to complete the first 40 days of this program. On the plus side, Robb reminds us more than once of the importance of a good night’s sleep. He warns that we can effectively block the weight loss process simply by not getting sufficient sleep every night.
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