First and foremost, despite the fad title, I love the diet proposed in Jana Klauer's "How the Rich Get Thin." Not only does it make perfect sense, but after eating on this plan for two weeks, I can successfully report that I have indeed lost weight as benchmarked by the near perfect fit of my favorite pair of `weight-testing' jeans.
After a few years of attempting the other Dr. "Klauer's" (Clower's) French diet, where slow eating small portions and no snacking supposedly add up to more pleasure and a smaller waistline, I found this Park Avenue Dr. Klauer's phase 1 diet to be flush with good choices (of course only real food prevails here-no processed foods allowed) that more than adequately satisfied both my nutritional needs and food satiety for the day. Plus, a strategy actually exists that takes into account what we know about nutrition today; instead of epitomizing the clueless American merely observing the French who apparently luck out on their eating alternatives, Klauer tells you why certain combinations will work for you and provides menus that allow you to accomplish your goal with greater understanding that hopefully will offer no-brainer, non-weight increasing options while you are in the maintenance phase.
Yes, some of the reviews have deemed this plan to be stringent and some of the food ideas exorbitantly expensive, but I think you need to judge that and the results for yourself and simply substitute less lavish food selections. A three day "jump-start" kicks off the diet with the objective of driving your metabolism into high gear while shedding some of the bloat and maintaining muscle mass. An all-important hour's worth of exercise performed before eating breakfast gets your body moving even if you are only willing or able to walk. Strictly high protein, this three days of omega-3 eggs, low-fat yogurt, low-fat cheese, canned tuna, fresh grilled or baked fish, salad, water, green tea and raw vegetables will ready your body for the longer "Get It Done" Phase 1 of the Diet.
Until you are within 5 to 7 pounds of your goal weight, Phase 1 expands the food selections found in the Jump-Start without any nutritional deprivation. A daily quotient of food includes the three basic meals with the addition of two snacks-one actually providing something more substantial than a cup of green tea. For example, breakfast consists of a complete meal -- berries, eggs and low-fat cheese, coffee or tea with low-fat milk if desired. A mesclun salad with balsamic vinaigrette and 4 grilled shrimp provides an adequate lunch followed by a mid-afternoon snack of mozzarella, basil and tomato salad. Dinner includes 4 to 5 ounces of grilled fish, served with salad and asparagus and finished with a dessert of low-fat yogurt spiked with cinnamon and Splenda. (Caveat: Forego the Splenda. The author's recommendation of Splenda as an engineered sugar substitute sets this reviewer's teeth on edge as this is a relatively new product and thereby unproven as safe.) Prior to bedtime two calcium citrate capsules insure at least 1200 mg of calcium absorption on a daily basis.
The author goes into such great length discussing the merits of including calcium in the form of dairy to each meal that at times I wondered if she was being funded by the American Dairy Association. I checked on her data with my own health care provider and yes, it seems that not only does added calcium in this format help to lower blood pressure and reduces cancer risk; it helps one dieting to lose weight on a significantly higher percentage level than one might expect.
Note that during phase 1 of the diet, one's protein choices are limited to fish, low-fat dairy and omega-3 eggs. When goal weight nears fruition, the introduction of other good food choices becomes paramount on a weekly basis. Week 1 substitutes some chicken, turkey and meat for the fish. Week 2 adds a piece of fruit to the mid-afternoon snack. Legumes make their reappearance in week 3 as do sweet potatoes in week 4. Week 5 reintroduces nuts - always a bone of contention with me as I love them so, but don't feel that they help me maintain my weight----Klauer provides a nice sidebar which explains the nuts per calories ration. During week 6 complex carbs like whole grains and breads may be included 2 to 3 times a week. A modicum of wine can be included only after achieving goal weight.
Klauer rounds out the dieting plan by including information-rich chapters on the drug-weight connection, exercise, stress relief, and anti-aging nutrition and finishes with nearly 70 pages of recipes, on-line organic food sources and Manhattan restaurant suggestions just in case you find yourself powering your way through the Big Apple.
Bottom line: Forget the title, the Park Avenue shmaltz and the suggestions to indulge in caviar at $200 an ounce. Follow the plan and constantly refer to the sidebars which will fill your head and stomach with good sense options that will keep your food choices from getting boring. Recommended to anyone who wants to lose weight using the most effective and sensible plan out there at any age.