The Formula: A Personalized 40-30-30 Weight-Loss Program

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Pioneering weight loss and certified sports nutritionists Joyce and Gene Daoust have personally helped hundreds of thousands of people lose weight, tone up, and enjoy a healthier, fitter lifestyle. Their advice? Drop the pork rinds and high protein diets, and stop trying to figure out those complicated "food blocks". The Formula teaches an easy way to balanced nutrition that will have readers burning fat 24 hours a day while eating foods they enjoy!

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Overview

Pioneering weight loss and certified sports nutritionists Joyce and Gene Daoust have personally helped hundreds of thousands of people lose weight, tone up, and enjoy a healthier, fitter lifestyle. Their advice? Drop the pork rinds and high protein diets, and stop trying to figure out those complicated "food blocks". The Formula teaches an easy way to balanced nutrition that will have readers burning fat 24 hours a day while eating foods they enjoy!

A plan for life, The Formula can help readers attain the kind of body they never thought they could—safely, easily, and feeling great!

the Formula is for you if:

  • You're tired of ketosis and restrictive high-protein diets.
  • You are on a high carbohydrate, low fat diet and are not losing the weight you want
  • You want to optimize your athletic performance.
  • You crave sugars and carbohydrates.
  • You want to balance your blood sugar.
  • You want a personalized nutrition program that tells you exactly what to do.
  • You can't seem to lose that last 5-10 lbs.
  • You are sick of fad diets that don't work.
The Formula also includes:
  • A 21 day Fat Flush program
  • More than 200 meals and recipes
  • Supermarket shopping lists
  • Guides for eating out, fast foods and prepared meals
  • Family-style and kids' favorite meals and recipes
  • testimonials from the many who have succeeded on The Formula program.

About the Authors:
Joyce and Gene Daoust are tow of the original nutritionists who helped develop and test the 40-30-30 zone nutrition program. In 1992, the Daousts opened The BioSyn Human Performance Center; a cutting-edge weight loss and sports nutrition clinic and the world's first 40-30-30 zone nutrition clinic. The Daousts are frequent featured speakers and conduct programs for organizations nationwide.

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Does eating all the foods you love -- even those rich in carbohydrates and sugars -- sound like a diet to you? It can be, if you eat them in the right combination and follow the advice of nutritionists Joyce and Gene Daoust. In The Formula the Daousts set forth several plans -- to suit different body types -- that truly make it easy to eat a balanced proportion of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. With an easy-to-follow guide like The Formula, the answer will surely be success.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345443052
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/26/2000
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 1.11 (d)

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Chapter One: UNDERSTANDING BASIC HUMAN NUTRITION

THE SIX CLASSES OF ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS

Your body requires six essential nutrient classes for growth, maintenance, and repair of its tissues. Essential nutrients are those that the body cannot make and must obtain from an outside source. To provide a well-balanced diet, the foods you eat must contain all of the essential nutrients in the amounts appropriate for good health. The challenge is to eat a balanced diet that provides these nutrients without overeating. A closer look at the nutrients helps you understand their importance as part of a balanced diet. The six classes of essential nutrients are carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water.

Carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are classified as macronutrients and must be consumed in large amounts throughout the day. These energy-producing nutrients break down to supply calories (the measure of energy in food). One gram of carbohydrate equals four calories, one gram of protein also equals four calories, and one gram of fat equals nine calories.

Vitamins and minerals are classified as micronutrients. These essential organic and inorganic nutrients are found in the foods you eat and are vital to life. They act as cofactors and are critical for proper body function. Many foods today lack vitamins and minerals, having been grown in depleted soils or overprocessed. For this reason, we recommend supplementing your diet with a well-balanced vitamin and mineral capsule. Think of it as nutritional insurance.

Water, of course, is indispensable for life. This essential nutrient flows through every cell in your body, bringing in nourishment and taking wastes away. However, most people don't drink enough water. If you don't get enough water daily, you may experience heartburn, stomach cramps, low back pain, headache, and fatigue. But if you drink adequate amounts of water, your body runs more smoothly, your circulation is improved, your digestion enhanced, and your complexion brightened.

How much water you drink depends on your size and activity level. Rather than the standard eight 8-ounce glasses per day, try this method: Divide your weight by two and drink that many ounces of water per day. Thus for a woman weighing 130 pounds (130 / 2 = 65) the eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day is right on target. However, a 200-pound man needs approximately 100 ounces per day, or about eight 12-ounce glasses per day.

Burning fat is also a very dehydrating process. Toxins are stored in fat cells, and as excess body fat is being burned for energy, these stored toxins enter the bloodstream. Water becomes the vehicle for transporting toxins from your body. Because of this process, water becomes even more important when you are burning fat and losing weight.

Determine your water requirements and challenge yourself to drink that amount of water daily. You will be amazed at how good you feel when you simply drink adequate amounts of pure water.

Years of experience working with thousands of people taught us that most people don't know which foods are classified as carbohydrates, proteins, or fats. That makes it difficult when you attempt to eat 40% of calories from carbohydrates, 30% from protein, and 30% from fat. The following is a simple review of the three groups of macronutrients. It can help you understand the unique characteristics of each of these essential nutrients and why it is important to include all of them in every meal you eat.

Although most foods contain a mixture of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, we classify foods according to their predominant nutrient.

CARBOHYDRATES

Carbohydrates are found in virtually all plant foods. Fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes (beans), and starchy foods such as potatoes, rice, pasta, and bread consist primarily of carbohydrates. Add to that list sugary foods such as ice cream, cookies, cakes, candies, and pies, plus chips, pretzels, popcorn, soda pop, and juice, and you can see that you are bombarded with carbohydrate foods. In fact, there are very few people suffering from carbohydrate deficiency, unless, of course, they are in ketosis -- but, we'll discuss that later.

The primary role of carbohydrates is to supply energy to the body, or more important, to provide energy to the brain. No matter what form of carbohydrate, simple or complex, all carbohydrates convert into the same thing -- blood sugar, more properly termed glucose. So, whether you eat a candy bar or pure sugar, an apple or whole wheat pasta, they all break down into the same thing: glucose.

If you eat a meal that is primarily carbohydrate, such as a bowl of cereal, juice, and toast, the level of glucose in your body will rise. When large amounts of glucose enter the bloodstream at one time, your blood sugar level rises and insulin is released to lower it. Elevated insulin levels force your body to burn glucose for energy instead of stored body fat. Even worse, elevated insulin levels convert excess carbohydrates into fat.

Problems also occur when carbohydrates are avoided (for example, eggs and bacon without toast or juice for breakfast). High protein, high fat, low carbohydrate diets can promote a sluggish feeling because the brain requires large amounts of glucose to maintain proper mental function. If you don't eat enough carbohydrates, blood sugar levels drop too low and the brain suffers.

The best sources of carbohydrates are foods that are high in fiber, low in starch, and low in sugar (low glycemic). We use low to medium glycemic carbohydrates in the 21-Day Fat Flush Formula meals. These high fiber carbohydrates are nutrient dense, which means they are naturally low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals. They should be your primary source of carbohydrates and will produce the best and fastest results.

Copyright © 2000 by Gene and Joyce Daoust.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Who Are Joyce and Gene Daoust? xiii
Introduction: Why Another Diet Book? xv
Part 1 The Science Made Easy
1. Understanding Basic Human Nutrition 3
2. The Real Power of Foods 13
3. The 40-30-30 Ratio 18
4. Rating Carbohydrates 23
5. The Benefits of Exercise 28
6. The Formula Is Not Just for Losing Weight 35
7. Why Most Weight Loss Programs Fail 44
Part 2 The 21-Day Fat Flush Program
8. Getting Started 59
9. Fat Flush Breakfasts 68
10. Fat Flush Lunches 77
11. Fat Flush Snacks 87
12. Fat Flush Dinners 96
13. Fat Flush Desserts 118
Part 3 The Formula for Life
14. Your Maintenance Plan 133
15. Regular Breakfasts 141
16. Regular Lunches 152
17. Regular Snacks 158
18. Regular Dinners 162
19. Regular Desserts 176
Part 4 Troubleshooting
20. On the Road 195
21. How to Use Prepackaged Foods 208
22. The Party Formula 215
23. Powerful Pointers 217
Part 5 Motivational Tools
24. Does This Sound Like You? 239
25. Planning Guides 245
26. How to Make a 40-30-30 Meal 270
27. The Formula Shopping Guide 285
28. Supplement Resource Guide 293
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2008

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    I was diagnosed with diabetes in October 07 and with insulin and exercise I lost 100 pounds but I hit a brick wall and my weight loss stoped I found this book and in 5 days I have lost five pounds I amk using the fat flush and I will definitly be syaying with this lifestyle before starting this diet my blood sugar was dropping into the 70s after my meals but now it is staying between 80 and 100 all the time I am telling all my family members and friends about this book and the ones whom have tried it are getting great results also. What are you waiting for buy this book you won't know if it will work for you unless you try.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2002

    The Formula Really Controls Blood Sugar

    If you need to control your blood sugar, the Formula really works and it is very easy to follow. Here's how you do it, go to the table, pick your gender, body weight and activity level, the book gives you your food portions--I use plan C. Then, flip to the recipes, find one that sounds good, then use the portions listed for your plan. Bingo--your blood sugar is under control. Of course your results depend on your body and needs, but my blood sugar was 91 after this delicious meal: 6 onces ribeye steak, 1 cup grean beans, 1 slice bread with butter, 1 apple, 1/2 canned peach and water. Yummy. I have so much energy now. I sleep better and wake up refreshed. It wasn't my goal, but I've also lost 5 pounds and 1 inch off my beltline. I've had better results from this diet than anything else, ever! This purchase was the best $25.00 I've ever spent. If you need to control your blood sugar or insulin level, or want a healthy, natural, lifelong way to maintain a fit weight, buy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2001

    Lisa G. Sister of 32 yr. old Vivian F. Mom of 2 proved me wrong...

    For the last year I have been struggling tremendously with my weight. Like Vivian, I tried other diets and they did not work. I was tired of the diet schemes so I was about to give up. I went to visit my Sister and noticed that she had slimmed down considerably. Vivian has maintained her ideal weight. Vivian was my living proof that the Formula 40-30-30 works and this program is not another one of those diets schemes. The best part about it is that the meals are great and easy to prepare. To my Sis if you are reading this... watch out cause I am showing some great results~ Love you and thank you for caring about my health!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2001

    Fantastic!!!!!

    I've had a 'spare tire' that I've been unable to get rid of no matter what I tried. I excercise and try to eat a lowfat meal but it wouldn't go away! My wife and I have been using this program for 2 weeks now and I've lost almost 2 inches around my waist and my energy level has increased!! I've noticed a slimming in her waist as well and it looks great!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2001

    This program is amazing!

    My husband and I have been following the program for a little over two weeks now and have lost 15 lbs. and 6 lbs., respectively! The layout of the book is easy to follow and understand. The recipes are delicious and easy to prepare, although there is a great deal of measuring and weighing to do. I find it amazing that we are eating less, have so much more energy and are not hungry in between meals! Also, the mood swings, sleepiness and weakness associated with low blood sugar are all gone. I would recommend this program to anyone who is sick of any of those fad diets out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2001

    The best diet I have ever been on.

    This diet is wonderful. You actually get to eat food that you like. The recipes are easy to prepare. I have been on so many diets and I love this one because I can live with the maintance part once I reach my goal.

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