The Omega Plan: The Medically Proven Diet That Restores Your Body's Essential Nutritional Balance [NOOK Book]

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The medically proven diet that restores your body's essential nutritional balance

"Good fats"--essential fatty acids--influence every aspect of our being, from the beating of our hearts to our ability to learn to remember. There are two types of essential fatty acids (EFAs), omega-6 and omega-3. The problem with our modern diet is that it contains far more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3s. This hidden imbalance makes us more vulnerable to heart disease, cancer, obesity, ...

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Overview

The medically proven diet that restores your body's essential nutritional balance

"Good fats"--essential fatty acids--influence every aspect of our being, from the beating of our hearts to our ability to learn to remember. There are two types of essential fatty acids (EFAs), omega-6 and omega-3. The problem with our modern diet is that it contains far more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3s. This hidden imbalance makes us more vulnerable to heart disease, cancer, obesity, autoimmmune diseases, allergies, diabetes, and depression.

The Omega Diet is a natural, time-tested diet that balances the essential fatty acids in your diet. It is packed with delicious food that contain the "good" fats, including real salad dressing, cheese, eggs, fish--even the occasional chocolate dessert--and an abundance of antioxidant-rich fruits, vegetables, and legumes.

The Omega Diet provides:

  • seven simple dietary guidelines for optimal physical and mental health
  • a concise guide to the foods you need to restore your body's nutritional balance
  • a diet plan that lets you eat fat as you lose fat
  • fifty delicious recipes that are quick and easy to prepare
  • a comprehensive three-week menu to help you get started

"Destined to forever change the way we look at fats, this landmark publication debunks the theory that all fats are bad for us, proving that eating a balanced diet of the right fats is the key to good health, longevity, & weight loss."

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What People Are Saying

Jean Carper
Of all the diets this is the one most apt to make most Americans feel better, live longer and stay healthier. Dr. Simopoulos absolutely knows what she is talking about. The book is full of gems of dietary wisdom and practical advice.
and the high protein/high fat diets that may be anathema to our hearts
"This is the most solidly-based nutritional program currently available. The information is easily understandable, not obscured by technical jargon. And the recipes produce dishes that actually taste good! The Omega Plan is a major step forward for readers concerned with their own health."'S. BOYD EATON, MD, author of The Paleolithic Prescription andclinical associate professor of radiology, Emory University School of Medicine"I'm not a betting woman, but if I were, I'd put my money on Dr. Artemis Simopoulos as most likely to be remembered as the great nutritional/geneticist breakthrough genius of our age. For those of us 'at sea' between the high carb diets that may point us toward overweight and diabetes
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062013118
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 381,766
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Artemis Simopoulos, M.D., is a world authority on essential fatty acids and was nutritional adviser to the Office of Consumer Affairs at the White House. She is the author of The Healing Diet and the editor in chief of World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics. She lives in Washington, DC.

Jo Robinson is a free-lance writer specializing in books about personal and social change. She is the co-author of four other books, including Emotional Incest, and the best-selling Getting the Love You Want. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and son.

Jean Coppock Staeheli continues to help people make changes in their lives through her work in the Portland Health Institute's clinical programs, graduate courses and workshops, and services to health professionals. She also writes about health related topics. Jean lives in Tigard, Oregon, with her husband and two daughters.

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Found: The Missing Ingredients for Optimal Health
In recent years, medical research has shattered many of our simplistic notions about diet. For example, the popular ideas that "fat makes you fat" and that animal fat is "bad" and vegetable oil is "good" have been overturned by exciting new discoveries about fat that are helping to fight disease and promote optimal health. Similarly, the naive notion that vitamin supplements can replace fruits and vegetables has given way to a new appreciation for the treasure trove of nutrients these wholesome foods contain, including antioxidants that are not vitamins, folate, and cancer-fighting nutrients called "phytochemicals." This book translates these new findings into a simple, delicious dietary plan that will greatly increase your chances of living a long, lean, and healthy life.
One of the main conclusions to come from the medical labs is that you don't have to give up fat to lose weight or enjoy better health. Most weight-loss diets and so-called healthy diets throw out the good fat with the bad fat, leaving you with dry, lackluster food. Very few people are able to stay on such a diet, resulting in a sense of frustration and failure. The Omega Plan, the breakthrough dietary plan featured in this book, replaces harmful fats with beneficial ones, allowing you to eat from 30 to 35 percent of your calories as fat—absolutely free of guilt! In fact, I will be urging you to eat more of certain kinds of fat. Yet studies show that you will be healthier on this new, moderate-fat program than if you were to submit yourself to a dreary succession of watery salad dressings, fat-free cheese, rice cakes, steamed vegetables, and skinlesschicken breasts poached in broth.
And, no, you won't gain weight. In fact, as you will learn in later chapters, when you combine The Omega Plan with a program of regular exercise, you will increase your chances of being fit and lean. If you have a substantial amount of weight to lose (ten pounds or more), this book can help you do that as well. Chapter 13 features two weight-loss versions of The Omega Plan—a "fast burn" program, and a more moderate weight-loss program. Both contain the same generous percentage of fat as the regular diet. Today, you can start losing up to two pounds a week as you reap all the health benefits of the regular program.
New Discoveries About Fatty Acids
Our new appraisal of fat comes from studying its molecular building blocks—"fatty acids." When you pour vegetable oil into a measuring cup, it looks like one uniform substance, but on a submicroscopic level, it is composed of six or more different types of fatty acids. New studies show that the individual fatty acids can have remarkably different effects on your health. Some promote cancer growth; some block it. Some increase your risk of heart attack and stroke; some reduce it. Some are more likely to be stored as body fat; others are quickly burned as fuel. Some are linked with depression and other mental problems; some foster emotional well-being. The way a given fat influences your health depends on its unique blend of fatty acids.
Unfortunately, the typical Western diet is loaded with the types of fatty acids that are linked with some of our most serious health problems, while it is markedly deficient in some that are essential for optimal health. Even if you are well informed about nutrition and very careful about what you eat, you may still be fueling your body with the wrong ratio of fatty acids. Many of the physicians, medical researchers, and even dietitians who attend my lectures discover that they are eating the same unbalanced blend of fats as the general public.
The Bad Fats and the Good Fats
One type of fat—saturated fat—has lived up to its reputation of being a "bad" fat. Found in meat, dairy products, and some tropical oils, saturated fat increases your risk of coronary artery disease, diabetes, and obesity. Recently, another culprit has been identified—"trans-fatty" acids, manmade molecules that are produced during the hydrogenation of vegetable oil. New studies show that trans-fatty acids can be even worse for your cardiovascular system than saturated fat and may also increase the risk of breast cancer. Switching from butter to margarine was not such a good idea after all.
Some fatty acids, however, are actually good for your health. Monounsaturated fatty acids, the type found in olive oil and canola oil, help protect your cardiovascular system. They also reduce the risk of certain metabolic disorders such as "insulin resistance" and diabetes, and are linked with a lower rate of cancer. This good news is beginning to reach the general public, resulting in a newfound popularity for canola oil and olive oil, a healthy trend that is consistent with The Omega Plan.
But some of the most significant research about fatty acids has remained locked in the medical journals. In particular, few people know about the health benefits that come from eating the right balance of "essential fatty acids," or EFAs. EFAs are fatty acids that are necessary for normal growth and development and cannot be manufactured in your body; you must get them from your diet. There are two families of EFAs, "omega-6" fatty acids and "omega-3" fatty acids. Omega-6 fatty acids are most abundant in common vegetable oils such as corn, safflower, cottonseed, and sunflower oils. Omega-3 fatty acids are found primarily in seafood, green leafy vegetables, fish, canola oil, and walnuts. A critical finding is that your body functions best when your diet contains a balanced ratio of EFAs, yet the typical Western diet contains approximately fourteen to twenty times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3s.1-7 This imbalance is now being linked with a long list of serious conditions and diseases including:
*Heart attack
*Stroke
*Cancer
*Obesity
*Insulin resistance
*Diabetes
*Asthma
*Arthritis
*Lupus
*Depression
*Schizophrenia
*Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
*Postpartum depression
*Alzheimer's disease
To learn more about EFAs, researchers have raised lab animals on diets similar to ours that are high in omega-6 fatty acids and low in omega-3 fatty acids. Invariably, the animals have suffered. When implanted with cancer cells, for example, their tumors have grown faster, larger, and more invasive. When allowed free access to food, the animals have gained weight and developed a common metabolic disorder called "insulin resistance." When given psychological and mental tests, they've had a difficult time finding their way out of mazes, engaged in more random and self-destructive behavior, and been less willing to explore open spaces. Evidence that I will present throughout this book strongly suggests that eating an unbalanced ratio of essential fatty acids is causing the same havoc in our own bodies as well.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2003

    A delicious way to lower your cholesterol and live longer!

    I lowered my cholesterol by almost 30 points in just one month by following the dietary guidelines set forth in this informative book! This book is well- written, using scientific data to back up its claims. Plus the recipes are easy to make, using easy-to-find ingredients, and are delicious as well! This book has completely transformed my eating habits for the better - I feel better, am healthier, and even enjoy cooking (something that has always been such a chore in the past). Thank you, Ms. Simopoulos!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2006

    A user-friendly book that provides sensible, expert information

    'The Omega Diet' makes it clear just what exactly constitutes a truly healthful diet. In easily understandable language Dr. Simopoulos outlines a simple, medically sound plan based on seven guidelines that can restore your body's natural balance and help it to function as nature intended. Her book emphasizes the importance of eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants and warns against consuming excessive amounts of omega-6 fatty acids, trans-fatty acids, saturated fats, and refined carbohydrates, which can contribute to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and a host of other maladies that afflict many millions of Americans. You really owe it to yourself to read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2002

    As good as its delecious recepies.

    It's not a diet book, it's not a recepie book, it's not a healthy food book, it's all of them and even more. It's very practical and it's very easy to apply the knowledge gained from its rich information in your daily life. After having read the book, my wife Rania started cooking the delecious recepies and giving me my needs of daily energy....I lost 12 Kgs in 2 months, just as planed. (she lost 8 Kgs as well). IT IS A MUST if you are looking for healthy AND very tasty food.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

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    Not really a diet book or a cookbook

    A good, but not great book about the benefits of the omega diet. The research and clinical trials done are interesting but not particularly useful for the average person just looking for a healthier way of eating. It doesn't offer any real warnings about eating too much fatty fish and the possibility of mercury poisoning. There aren't all that many recipes as well. The ones there are good and useful though. It's a much better and healthier spin on the current paleo diet craze happening.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2000

    Should be on everyone's reading list

    This book has changed the way I think about fats. It has taught me to bring my intake of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids into balance and to recognize the importance of the latter in my diet. Although the book contains rock-solid scientific documentation, it is easy to understand, and the plan it advocates is simple, nutritionally sound, and offers many appealing food options. For the past several months I have been following the guidelines in 'The Omega Diet,' choosing recipes from my large collection of cookbooks, particularly Sonia Uvezian's 'Recipes and Remembrances from an Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen,' which is one of the best cookbooks I have ever used. Uvezian provides health-conscious readers with a wealth of recipes for incredibly delicious, nutritious, and satisfying dishes that are quite compatible with the principles outlined by Dr. Simopoulos. The results have been impressive. I feel great and have even lost some weight without trying! It is a pleasure to be true to this diet, which is one you can enjoy all your life with a clear conscience.

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