The 5 Day Miracle Diet: Conquer Food Cravings, Lose Weight, and Feel Better than You Ever Have in Your Life!


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Do you know that you don't need willpower to diet? What you do  need is a program that is medically safe, nutritionally sound, and ...
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Do you knowthat low-fat yogurt, bagels, oranges, bananas, and pasta can make you fat?

Do you know that swearing off the chocolate you love can make you put on pounds?

Do you know that you don't need willpower to diet? What you do  need is a program that is medically safe, nutritionally sound, and promises astonishing results by taking away your urge to overeat. It's The 5-Day Miracle Diet.

When East Coast CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, actors, socialites, and famous sports figures need to lose weight, chances are their doctors refer them to Adele Puhn. She has helped thousands  of men and women in the past eighteen years. Her lucky clients not only lose weight more easily than they ever dreamed possible, but they keep the weight off forever. The reason for their success is Adele Puhn's revolutionary eating program, which is based on cutting-edge biochemical research and years of experience.

Seventy-five percent of The 5-Day Miracle Diet is biochemistry. Glucose is the fuel your body needs to keep going, but when unbalanced eating drops blood glucose levels below a certain point, your body responds with an uncontrollable food craving—usually for a carbo-laden, sugary treat like chocolate, ice cream, cookies, even alcohol—that will give your body an instant hit. The problem is that the overdose of glucose starts insulin flowing so profusely that the rug is pulled out from under you. You are left in a state of low blood sugar with a need to eat more.

With Adele Puhn's program, you will learn to eat certain foods at certain times to regulate your blood sugar and keepit stable all day long&nbsp. When you're in "good blood sugar," your cravings disappear—a process that takes just five days! And not only will you lose your cravings, you'll steadily melt away pounds while feeling more energized, mentally focused, and healthier than ever before.

The other twenty-five percent of her program tackles the fathead  mentality that most of us share: the emotional reasons that make us overeat. Adele Puhn gives you powerful strategies for fighting the fathead's  sabotaging ways, whether you overeat in response to your feelings, family issues, or old habits that are hard to let go.

So toss our your food pyramids, low-fat cookies, and carbo-packed meals. And throw away words like willpower, motivation , and urges&nbsp. Adele Puhn's program works with your body, not against it, to bring you fabulous results—the weight loss you've always wanted, easier than you ever dreamed possible.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
At half the length, this would have been an excellent guide to training away your cravings and losing weight, but redundancies and fillers add inappropriate padding. The basic point is as follows: if your blood sugar bottoms out, you start to have cravings, while at the same time you've become too tired and cranky to stand firm against them. Puhn, a certified nutrition specialist, recommends a starch and protein breakfast (starch breaks down quickly, protein slowly); and vegetables and proteins for lunch and dinner. More importantly, Puhn recommends snacking twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon on what she calls "Hard Chew" or "Soft Chew" snacks (apple or cantaloupe) in order to keep in "Good Blood Sugar" or GBS. With examples and sample menus, she outlines daily eating plans. Recognizing that not everyone is the same, she makes allowances for occasional indulgences and smartly helps tailor the program to vegetarians and to the insulin-resistant and carbo addicts. She also makes a cogent case against "Lite" foods (which often make up for low fat by high sugar or high salt). But jargon ("the fathead factor") and peppy patter ( "You call this a diet? I call it a dream come true") make this sensible, practical program hard to swallow.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345402813
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/30/1996
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Adele Puhn, M.S., C.N.S., is a weight-loss and nutritional consultant with a thriving private practice on Long Island, New York, and in Manhattan.  A certified New York State nutritionist, she holds an M.S. in Medical Biology and Clinical Nutrition, as well as the title Certified Nutrition Specialist from the American College of Nutrition.  Adele Puhn is a popular speaker and lecturer. The 5-Day Miracle Diet is her first book.  She lives in Great Neck, New York, with her husband.
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It's not just what you eat, it's when you eat it

Do you just have a plain bagel for breakfast? Do you think dieting means rice cakes, tofu, and plain broiled fish? Do you still crave fattening foods? Do you lose weight only to gain it all back?

You don't need willpower to diet. What you need is a revolutionary new eating program based on cutting-edge biochemical research, The 5-Day Miracle Diet.

With Adele Puhn's program, you will learn to eat certain foods at certain times and in certain combinations to regulate your blood sugar and keep it stable all day long. And when you're "in good blood sugar," your cravings disappear--a process that takes just five days!

Know your body chemistry

In good blood sugar, you will feel:

  • Unbelievable energy
  • A sense of well-being
  • Steady weight loss
  • Robust health

In bad blood sugar, you will feel:
  • Food cravings
  • An urge to overeat
  • Nervousness and irritability
  • Depression and moodiness
  • A lack of energy and spirit

In good blood sugar, you won't overeat. Uncontrollable cravings will disappear! So you can even have one or two "Extras" every week: fudge sundaes...whatever makes you happy!

Timing is Everything

Step 1: Eat within one half hour of waking up.
Stick to a protein and a starch: perhaps a slice of bread and unsweetened peanut butter, or a bowl of cereal with skim or 1% milk.

Step 2: Eat a hard chew snack within two hours.
"Hard chew" means a crunchy fruit or vegetable, such as rawcarrots or an apple. Hard chews are the crucial element that will stop the cravings within 5 days.

Step 3: Eat another hard chew snack two hours later.
If it's not yet lunchtime, eat a second hard chew snack even if you eat it right before lunch.

Step 4: Eat lunch no later than one.
It's not how close together the meals are, but how far apart that causes problems.

Step 5: Eat one or two snacks in the afternoon.
Space them no more than three hours apart--either a hard chew or a soft chew snack.

Step 6: Eat dinner no later than eight o'clock.
The earlier the better. Combine starch and vegetables, as well as a protein (salmon, chicken, lobster, lamb, Cornish hen, to name a few options).
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Table of Contents

Introduction: I Was Born in a Box of Cookies 3
1 Debunking the Myths 15
2 The Chemistry Connection 27
3 The 5-Day Miracle Diet: The Last Diet You Will Ever Need! 38
4 Give Me Five Days 86
5 The Powerful Fathead: The Emotional Games People Play 105
6 "Owning" the 5-Day Miracle Diet 139
7 If You Are Insulin Resistant or a Carbohydrate Addict, Read This Now! 157
8 Shake That Body 170
9 "What Is Food Suicide?" and Other Questions My Clients Ask 199
Epilogue: You're Not Going to Believe the Results 218
Appendix A: Vitamins and Minerals Found in Food 221
Appendix B: Black Food Journal 227
Appendix C: A 10-Day Sample Food Journal 231
Appendix D: Adele's Veggie Hints 235
Sources 241
Index 245
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