The Body Reset Diet: Power Your Metabolism, Blast Fat, and Shed Pounds in Just 15 Days

The Body Reset Diet: Power Your Metabolism, Blast Fat, and Shed Pounds in Just 15 Days

by Harley Pasternak

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Overview

Get healthy in just 15 days with this diet plan from Harley Pasternak, the celebrity trainer and New York Times bestselling author frequently featured on Khloe Kardashian's Revenge Body

We've gone way overboard trying to beat the bulge. We've tried every diet out there—low-carb, low-fat, all-grapefruit—and spent hours toiling on treadmills and machines, to no avail. It's time to hit the reset button and start over with a new perspective on weight loss.

In The Body Reset Diet, celebrity trainer and New York Times bestselling author Harley Pasternak offers you the ultimate plan for a thinner, healthier, happier life. This three-phase program focuses on the easiest, most effective way to slim down: blending. The 5-day jump-start includes delicious, expertly crafted smoothies (White Peach Ginger, Apple Pie, and Pina Colada, to name a few), dips, snacks, and soups that keep you satisfied while boosting your metabolism. Over the following 10 days, the plan reintroduces healthy combinations of classic dishes along with the blended recipes to keep the metabolism humming, so you will continue to torch calories and shed pounds.

The plan also explains how the easiest form of exercise—walking—along with light resistance training is all it takes to achieve the celebrity-worthy physique that we all desire. No equipment necessary! Whether you are looking to lose significant weight or just those last 5 pounds, The Body Reset Dietoffers a proven program to reset, slim down, and get healthy in just 15 days—and stay that way for good!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609615512
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 34,831
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Harley Pasternak, M.Sc., is the New York Times bestselling author of The Body Reset Diet Cookbook, 5 Pounds, The 5-Factor Diet, 5-Factor Fitness, and The 5-Factor World Diet. He holds a master of science degree in exercise physiology and nutritional sciences from the University of Western Ontario, and is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology. He lives in Los Angeles.

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CHAPTER 1

Why Diets Fail

Many people tell me, Harley, I've done every diet you can think of! Take my word for it—in the long run, none of them work. Well, obviously they didn't work, or you wouldn't be reading this book. Or maybe they worked for a week or two before your weight boomeranged back to its usual (depressing) number on the scale, but the end result is the same: You think you're doing everything right, and you still can't lose the weight. And after a while, you become discouraged—and why wouldn't you?

Why does nothing you've tried work? You've attempted so many diets that you can no longer open your refrigerator door without feeling a massive headache clamp down. There is SO much competing information out there, and so many contradictory recommendations, that it's no wonder we no longer have any idea what we're supposed to eat or how we're supposed to move. Eat low carb. Eat no carbs. Eat ALL carbs. . . . Who could possibly make sense of all these competing prescriptions?

Did you know that more than half of Americans, an astonishing 52 percent, think it's easier to do their own income taxes than to figure out how to eat healthier? That's right, filing with the IRS has suddenly become preferable to knowing what you should have for lunch.1

Let me tell you: It's time to stop. Enough is enough! We are listening to the wrong people telling us to do the wrong things. Who are these authorities, anyway? A lot of the TV trainers we're letting guide our fitness decisions are straight out of central casting (and I mean literally straight out of central casting) meaning they have zero credentials in the field of nutrition and have never trained anyone in their lives before their first television appearance.

I had the privilege of hosting a talk-show called The Revolution, which was one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career. The amazing women I met helped me rethink my whole weight-loss philosophy. Even with 10 years of education and 20 years in my practice, I needed to change my way of thinking. That's a lot more than I can say about most of the high- profile "experts" who are dictating the health decisions too many people are making.

It's my training, and the wide range of people whose bodies and minds I've helped transform over the past 20 years, from Halle Berry and Jessica Simpson to single-mom schoolteachers, that has led me to understand exactly how serious the crisis we're facing is. Let me tell you, I know exactly what you're going through, whether you need to lose a ton of weight, or those last stubborn 5 £ds, and you have no idea where to begin. That's what I'm here for. Stick with me for the next 15 days and you will see amazing, dramatic results—in your energy level, in your health, and most noticeably in your weight.

To get there, first we have to wipe the slate clean. Press reset. Start over. Rethink everything you've ever been told about how to lose weight. People are looking to crazier diet solutions than ever, and where is it getting them? Right back where they started from--maybe even a few £ds heavier. So before you embark on your next crazy scheme, let me explain why you keep failing, and why you can see far more dramatic results from a much simpler and more sensible approach.

Trust me, I realize what I'm up against because I know exactly how much crazy stuff is out there. I admit that some of the better-known, more mainstream programs—with point systems and so forth—can be effective, but in many cases they take too long for the kind of results people want (and deserve), and some are also prohibitively expensive.

So people turn to the more extreme quick fixes, everything from eating like a caveman to inserting feeding tubes in their arms and living off nothing but liquids in IV form for weeks on end. I mean—are you serious? Losing weight does not have to resemble an all-out death wish.

The caveman lived on nuts and meats alone, but he also stayed active all day long and—oh, yeah—he generally died by age 18! In all other ways, our lives are hardly Paleolithic: We pop countless pills in the hopes of losing a few pounds here and there. Weight-loss pills are a $2.4 billion industry in the United States, despite a recent study determining that no evidence exists that any single product will result in significant weight loss.2 Even sketchier is that some bodybuilding and weight-loss pills have been shown to cause liver damage, among other serious health issues.3

Weight-loss pills are often unregulated and can be quite dangerous. From 1999 to 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received 32 reports of serious liver damage in people taking orlistat, the active ingredient in Alli weight-loss pills; 27 patients were hospitalized and six cases resulted in liver failure. The FDA says it's not completely clear if orlistat caused the liver damage and is not telling people taking Xenical or Alli to stop using the weight-loss pills. But the agency warns them to be careful to use the medicine as directed.4 It's clear that using weight-loss pills can cause serious damage and just aren't worth the risk to your health.

What about attempting to cleanse your body of all those toxins that must surely be the sole reason for your bloat? Detox cleanses have gotten huge in recent years, propelled by promises of quick results and endorsed by top celebrities. But the days upon days of near-fasting recommended by these programs can have some seriously nasty side effects, including vitamin deficiencies, muscle breakdown, blood sugar problems, loose stool, and overall weakening of the body's immune system and ability to fight infection and inflammation. Excessive cleansing can also lead to the expulsion of "good bacteria," which are essential for keeping the intestines healthy and the whole immune system functioning properly.

When you're coping with all these issues—and I haven't even mentioned the headaches, irritability, fatigue, aches and pains, and dehydration—how are you supposed to carry on with the rest of your life, much less get the exercise you need to be healthy? And how can you possibly stay on any such extreme plan for more than a few agonizing days?

The answer is: You can't, and that's why you're reading this book. These quick fixes might help you squeeze back into your favorite jeans by Friday night, but they are wreaking major havoc on your health, and the results DO NOT LAST, for a whole multitude of reasons.

Here's where the yo-yo-ing comes in. You lose 15 pounds by surviving (barely) on grapefruits for a month, but then within hours of putting real food in your poor depleted body again, your weight immediately balloons up 20 pounds above your original starting point. How else is your poor confused metabolism supposed to react?

So let's give up all this crazy stuff. None of it works. It's just crazy.

"While struggling with my weight, I had turned to many different programs. They all left me feeling like a failure, and I was even considering surgical weight-loss options. Harley's plan saved me. It gave me the tools and knowledge I needed to find a healthy way of living. I have never felt so alive as I do today, and I know that I am a success." —Nancy Daly, lost 20 pounds in 15 days

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction viii

Part I A New Kind of Diet

Chapter 1 Why Diets Fail 3

Chapter 2 Why the Body Reset Will Work 15

Chapter 3 Why Blend? 23

Part II The First 15 Days of the Rest of Your Life

Chapter 4 An Overview of the Body Reset 35

Phase I

Chapter 5 Getting Started 43

Chapter 6 Making the Smoothies 63

Chapter 7 Learning to Move 99

Phase II

Chapter 8 Making the Transition 109

Chapter 7 Easing into Resistance Training 117

Phase III

Chapter 10 Setting the Stage 135

Chapter 11 Increasing the Resistance 141

Part III The Rest of Your Life

Chapter 12 You Then and Now 157

Appendix A Glossary of Smoothie Ingredients and Their Benefits 171

Appendix B C-Snacks 179

Appendix C S-Meal Recipes 183

Endnotes 227

Index 235

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On a positive note, this diet may make you more aware of what you are eating, how active you should be and you will lose a few pounds but overall I wouldn't recommend this book or diet.  The smoothies taste average to terrible and are high maintenance.  No matter what the author claims, it took much, much longer than five minutes to prepare smoothies and the meals, and cleaning the blender got very tiresome.  I work from home so I had some flexibility with my time but to be honest I have no idea how anyone with a full time job away from the home would have time to follow this diet.  Between the three smoothies, snacks, eventually preparing the meals suggested and fitting in the 10,000 steps and later the resistance circuits, it was all very high maintenance.  The book is not very well written and a little disorganized so often one is reading and rereading to ensure that the smoothie ingredient substitutions you wish to make, are correct, for example.  Very disappointing. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After losing a much needed 18 pounds using "The Hungry Chick Dieting Solution," I wanted to find a way to keep that weight off but still eat the way the book taught me. I used to struggle to lose even five pounds, so to lose this much weight, I am not trying to go back to where I used to be. That's why I am so glad that I found the Body Reset. While I don't agree with everything in the Body Reset, the smoothies have been a great addition as my mid-morning and my mid-afternoon snack. After a week, this book has been a welcomed addition to a new, healthier me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This diet is simple enough and a very healthy way to drop pounds. If you don't already eat fruits and veggies you will get your fair share and if you already do eat those things then the transition is no problem. You can still have some snacks and after the first phase a meal or two in addition to smoothies. They biggest struggle with this diet is that after the first week/10 days I got sick of the smoothies and when it was time to eat one I found myself just getting through half before not wanting to finish and that was my meal. Even with the crunchy snacks you will crave chewing a meal. But it's well rounded nutrition so I can't complain. Also cleaning my blender 3 times a day got annoying during those first few days when you use it all the time. After that it wasn't as often.
AudreyNYC More than 1 year ago
This was a great way to reboot my body.  Definitely worth it!   I'm not someone who follow "diet trends" or believes in the miracle fix for my body, but when I heard about this book I was really intrigued.  I'd been in a bit of a food & exercis rut - not eating terribly, but just feeling sluggish, inconsistent trips to the gym and like I needed a change.  I'm not a fan of any diet that doesn't allow you to eat certain foods (like fruit!) or cuts out my essentials (coffee!), so when I heard about Harley's plan I decided to give it a try. I think the biggest surprise was not only how delicious the smoothies are, but also the fact that I genuinely didn't feel hungry, which was one of my biggest fears.  You can have snacks, enjoy your coffee and even have popcorn.  It really opened my eyes to adding better foods to my diet (Greek yogurt vs. regular, Almond Milk and flax), which left me feeling so much better.  I tend to be a stress eater and will graze all day, but his plan is very manageable, gave me the ability to plan ahead, and kept me fulfilled. I'm much more conscious of the food I'm eating and while I still enjoy treats, it's helped me look at how and what I eat differently.  He also has some great tips for new exercises, meals and a very positive philosophy on staying healthy and in shape - it's not about starving yourself or working out to huge extremes. It's about a consistent eating plan and staying active and allowing yourself "free"  time where you can enjoy treats, alcohol, etc. I did a pretty good job of following the 15-day plan. My job made it hard for me to meet the 10,000 steps a day part of the process (I bought the pedometer which has been very enlightening).  But I'm doing my best to stay active and work the physical part in as best I can.  I didn't see a dramatic weight loss (though didn't expect to), but would say I probably lost a few pounds.  And while it would have been great to lose a few more (let's be honest here...), I will say the mental shift has been a big accomplishment for me and I'm much more open to newer/healthier foods and integrating them into my diet.   Thank you, Harley!  Great book. I'd highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a reboot or reset!  And I'm past my 15 days and still enjoy the smoothies as meals and as snacks!  I think the Apple Pie is my favorite.  It's as delicious as it sounds.
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squirtMH More than 1 year ago
love the book ,love th recieps
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I will start by saying that I should have known better. The book is vague and all the information is information you already know. What I didn't like is that the premise of losing weight by drinking smoothies and walking 10,000 steps a day would actually result in dramatic weight loss. Not so. I tried it for 5 days and I will say that the recipes for the smoothies were great and I felt really good (especially with my digestive system) I lost water weight. What was frustrating was the days that followed. Vague eating information (outside of smoothies) that direct you back to his original book. Buy it for the smoothie recipes and some exercise suggestions, not anything else.
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