The Lean: A Revolutionary (and Simple!) 30-Day Plan for Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss

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If you?ve ever dieted, you?ve undoubtedly worked very hard to achieve results--only to experience the disappointment of having the pounds creep back on. But now wellness expert Kathy Freston lets readers in on her secret: losing weight doesn?t have to be difficult, and it can last. With this book she shares the powerful concept of The Lean--a radically effective approach to positive change--with a practical 30-day plan to transform your health and jump-start weight loss in the most gentle, easy, and automatic ...
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Overview


If you’ve ever dieted, you’ve undoubtedly worked very hard to achieve results--only to experience the disappointment of having the pounds creep back on. But now wellness expert Kathy Freston lets readers in on her secret: losing weight doesn’t have to be difficult, and it can last. With this book she shares the powerful concept of The Lean--a radically effective approach to positive change--with a practical 30-day plan to transform your health and jump-start weight loss in the most gentle, easy, and automatic way possible.

“Leaning in” is about setting an intention for what you want, weight- and health-wise, and then nudging yourself ever so gently in that direction, even if getting there seems impossible. It’s about choosing to eat foods that are delicious, filling, and supportive of your goals.

Each day of the scientifically based, vegan-friendly Lean plan, Kathy shows how to make and commit to small diet and lifestyle changes that, over time, yield unexpectedly significant results--something as simple as swapping in nondairy milk for cow’s milk, eating an apple a day, or having an afternoon power shake. These changes propel you almost effortlessly into a forward momentum of ever more healthy choices, and work together to bolster your progress. There are only two rules:

1. All you need is the willingness to take just one step.
2. As you add the healthier foods to your diet, eat the new foods first.

By gradually adding in these nutrient-dense and fiber-rich foods, you’ll crowd out the problem foods, feel fuller for longer, and simply stop feeling cravings. On Kathy’s Lean plan, readers can experience sustained, healthy, and permanent weight loss of 1-3 pounds per week--plus increased energy, improved digestion, clearer skin, and renewed purpose. Complete with exercises, recipes, and powerful testimonials, The Lean offers not only a truly leaner frame, but also the little push we all need to get on the path to lasting change.

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Many weight-loss plans resemble overbearing dictators who are almost challenging you to defy them. On the other hand, Kathy Freston's The Lean invites you into a self-seduction. This simple, vegan-based diet program has only two rules: 1. All you need is the willingness to take just one step. 2. As you add the healthier foods to your diet, eat the new foods first. Because we eat until we feel full, the nutrient-dense and fiber-rich meals will steadily eliminate problem foods from your table—and your tummy. You're can't argue with that logic and we're also told the recipes are tasty.

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Andrew Weil, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Spontaneous Happiness
“Kathy Freston has been a steady source of reliable, practical advice about health. In The Lean,she presents a sensible plan to jump-start weight loss and improve well-being. I recommend this book.”

Neal D. Barnard, MD, President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine
“Abundant scientific research has convincingly shown that the approach Kathy Freston brings is the most effective way to reach your goal weight and stay there, and to enjoy the very best of health. The Lean puts this breakthrough into practice with a simple, step-by-step, can’t-fail guide. Kathy’s guidance is easy to understand, beautifully structured, and so encouraging that you’ll reach your goals more easily than you could ever have imagined. Our clinical studies and those of other research teams have shown how powerful a diet change can be. The Lean now makes it available to everyone.”

Library Journal
New York Times best-selling author Freston (Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World) has created a 30-day plan designed to ease readers into a vegan lifestyle. Billed as a way to lose weight, the book describes one small step to take each day to incorporate new behaviors into a healthy lifestyle, thereby crowding out the old, unhealthy behaviors. Each day builds on the previous one; readers may find some behaviors easy to adapt to (e.g., drink water, take vitamins, love yourself a little) and others more difficult (e.g., trade milk and butter for nondairy alternatives, take the animals off the dinner plate). Freston suggests replacing dairy and meat products with plant-based alternatives such as soy, almond, and rice milk and cheese as well as processed soy products such as "plant-based turkey" and "chik'n." The last portion of the book contains sample menus and recipes as well as a resource list of cookbooks and videos. VERDICT For those interested in losing weight and simultaneously adopting a vegan diet, this is an easy-to-follow plan. As with all diets, individual results may vary.—Pauline Baughman, Multnomah Cty. Lib., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594504269
  • Publisher: Weinstein Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 221,989
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Kathy Freston is a bestselling author with a focus on healthy eating and conscious living. Her instant New York Times bestsellers include Veganist, Quantum Wellness, and The One. She has appeared frequently on national television, including Oprah, The Dr. Oz Show, Ellen, Good Morning America, The View, The Martha Stewart Show, and Extra, and also on OWN. She lives in Los Angeles.
 
 
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  • Posted April 22, 2012

    I think the description of this book as "Vegan Friendly&quo

    I think the description of this book as "Vegan Friendly" is misleading. She is actually easing you into a vegan diet in this book. There is nothing wrong with that but when I read "Vegan Friendly" I was of the impression there would be options for those who still ate meat and/or animal products. There is no such thing in this book. She does have some good information in this book but a better description would be that it is a good book for those interested in easing their way to a vegan diet. If you are interested in that, this book would be a good step by step way to do it.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    I don't like that she promotes all this artificial meat and chee

    I don't like that she promotes all this artificial meat and cheese products. They are full of chemicals which are not good for your health. I don't believe that eating processed substitutes will make me healthier.

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2012

    Expect to become at least a part time vegan

    If you go into the book knowing that you are being led into at the very minimum being a part time vegan, then I would definitely recommend this book. I like that there is no promised "10 lbs in 2 weeks" type of headline for The Lean. I am halfway through the habits/days and feel great. There is nothing too difficult that you can't at least give it a shot. My mood and overall energy level have dramatically improved since starting The Lean habits.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    The Lean is a whole new workd!

    I would recommend The Lean to everyone who is ready to lose weight, especially those who have tried diets and have failed or those who like myself who have just exercised in the past. The weight has literally melted off. Kathy makes it easy by giving you one thing to try each day thereby making gradual changes to your eating. I liked most of the book and have been able to apply them to my life. I have lost 10 lbs. in the last 40 days and feel energtic and great! Give it a try if you are ready to lose the weight.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2012

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    Great Book About Getting Healthy!

    The Lean by Kelly Freston is a book that follows a simple 30 day plan to change your eating habits so that you can live healthier.
    The book was really easy to follow, and the steps truly were simple.
    I thought that a lot of the steps that were included were very true, and things that people should be doing all of the time.

    I especially liked how this books was more of a baby steps kind of book. You can take the diet plan one step at a time thanks to the day by day schedule. I think that that's one of the reasons that this is so appealing. You can ease yourself into the vegan lifestyle without taking the giant leap.
    Even if you aren't wanting to become a vegan, then you can still benefit from this book.
    It is full of great steps to help change your body for the better, even if it's as simple as eating an apple.

    I think this is a great book for anyone who is looking to eat healthier, or is just looking for some great reading material on nutrition and foods. I definitely enjoyed it, even though I have no intention of giving up my carnivorous ways.
    :)

    If you're curious about the 30 steps and what they mean, I would highly advise you to check out Kelly's page of badges.
    These are great to share on FB, Twitter, etc. to drum up support from your family and friends, especially while going through the 30 day plan.
    :D

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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