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The DASH Diet Action Plan: Proven to Boost Weight Loss and Improve Health [Hardcover]

Marla Heller
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Sept. 12 2011 A DASH Diet Book
The New York Times Bestseller--Based on the Diet Ranked "#1Best Diet Overall" by US NEWS & WORLD REPORT--for 4 Years in a Row!

Finally, the #1 ranked DASH diet is popularized and user-friendly. Unlike any diet before it, DASH, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, came out of groundbreaking NIH-funded research. Now, Marla Heller, MS, RD, who was trained by one of the primary architects of the DASH diet and is herself the leading dietician putting DASH into action for over ten years, shares the secret to making the diet easy and accessible, in THE DASH DIET ACTION PLAN.

Rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat and nonfat dairy, lean meats, fish, beans, and nuts, DASH is grounded in healthy eating principles that lower blood pressure; reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer; and support reaching and maintaining a healthy weight.

No diet has a medical pedigree like DASH, and this book is a simple, actionable plan that can fit seamlessly into everyone's life and lifestyle. It includes:

  • 28 days of meal plans at different calorie ranges
  • Simple tools to help you personalize a DASH Diet Action Plan for guaranteed success
  • DASH-friendly recipes and shopping lists
  • Tips for eating on-the-run
  • Advice on healthy weight loss and exercise for every lifestyle.
Now, you can revolutionize your health and change your life-without medication.

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Marla Heller is a Registered Dietitian, and holds a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where she completed doctoral course work in public health, specializing in Behavior Sciences and Health Promotion. Marla is experienced in a wide variety of nutrition counseling specialties. She has been an adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics at UIC, teaching courses on food science and nutrition counseling, and has also taught at Dominican University, National-Louis University, and the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago (a chef-training school).


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point to healthier eating... June 3 2012
Format:Hardcover
Eating healthy in my house is can be a struggle. We try and sometimes we succeed and sometimes we fail. We've got my daughter starting to try new foods and now it's time for Mom and Dad to catch up! I've heard the about the DASH diet and was interested in learning more about it. We are looking to find a diet that is easy to follow (I hate number crunching), nutritious with food that the picky eaters in my house will eat, contains various health benefits. I am not dietitians or nutritionists so I can't speak on the actual medical benefits, but I will review the book based on it's content.

The book was very easy to understand. After a quick introduction you are given a sample menu to show you what your meals should be looking like...and I can say, this is not a starvation diet! I'm a picky eater and I would say that I would eat the majority of recommended items.

There is a small collection of wonderful recipes in the back of the book, including chili, stir-frys, beans and potato fries. The recipes are easy to follow and contained ingredients that could be found in almost any pantry. We tried the Caribbean Chicken and it was delicious.

The book also contains a chapter on reading nutrition labels. This is an area that I always struggle with and the DASH Diet Action Plan book help clarify some of the things (like nutrient composition) that I have never really understood. The book offers ideas on how to stock up your pantry with DASH foods, recommends how to add exercise and make other lifestyle changes to not only lower your blood pressure but improve you health in general.

Overall I found this book really helpful and full of practical common sense information that should help you lower your blood pressure and improve your overall health.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars the dash diet action plan Jan. 5 2012
By larry
Format:Hardcover
the book is very hard to follow. many meals do not have recipies to go with them. the recipies that are in the book are very hard to find in the index. they are not alphabetized in an easy to follow manner.
it is a shame because most of the meals are good. the way the book was written was poor.

i was very frustrated, as the internet download of Your guide to lowering your blood pressure with DASH was very easy to follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent start to managing high blood pressure using foods Sept. 9 2011
By DM - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Well, I love this book. The author does an excellent job explaining why the DASH diet is helpful, and does an even better job providing 28 days of a fantastic, realistic meal plan. The book also contains a chart so you can determine if you need to lose a few pounds, and gives tips on how to do that. In addition, there's a blurb about the importance of exercise. However, the true gem of this book is the 28 day meal plan. For that alone, this book is well worth the full price. Highly recommended.
266 of 285 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From a weight loss coach with high blood pressure: proven and extraordinary. Nov. 4 2011
By Chandler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
First I have to say I'm a big fan right now of the Flat Belly Diet but anytime science actually backs a new diet plan rather than just some celebrity or marketing dollars, I try it out as it's part of my job.

I began this diet 2 weeks ago and I have had high blood pressure since I was about 20. I went through all kinds of tests because doctors and specialists were convinced there was something massively wrong with me as I weighed 115 lbs, was a vegetarian, and had blood pressure so bad I was vomiting....they couldn't believe I had high blood pressure sorbet thought something was failing internally

Nope, no reason...just genetic. Since then, I've gotten it down with cardio but when I don't have time for cardio, like recently, it goes up again. I have been able to stop taking 2 of the strongest meds I've always taken but I was still having to take diuretics to get rid of the salt in my body to lower my blood pressure as it has NEVER been normal for decades.

Until now.

But I'll get to all that.

Because you'll ALSO lose weight with this. And that ALSO lowers it more...you'll have great energy and never be hungry as well.

So is it another fad? Actually the principles of this, similar to the Flat Belly Diet, are some of the most proven philosophies and largest studies of obesity that make it up in recent years. Yes, it's in medical materials rather than magazines.

However news magazines like it too.

It was just rated the #1 healthiest diet in US News and World Report.

Over ALL diets...Jenni Craig, Nutrisystem, anything.

This was the diet used by the USDA for its health guidelines called "MY PLATE" which updated the food pyramid.

This diet is endorsed by the American Heart Association.

Here are the components:

Type of food
First set of numbers: Number of servings for 1600 - 3100 Calorie diets
Second set of numbers: Servings on a 2000 Calorie diet

Grains and grain products
(include at least 3 whole grain foods each day)
6 - 12
7 - 8

Fruits
4 - 6
4 - 5

Vegetables
4 - 6
4 - 5

Low fat or non fat dairy foods
2 - 4
2 - 3

Lean meats, fish, poultry
1.5 - 2.5
2 or less

Nuts, seeds, and legumes
3 - 6 per week
4 - 5 per week

Fats and sweets
2 - 4
limited

Can this be adapted for vegans and vegetarians? Easily. With lean proteins replacing the lean meats.

Now here's why it works. These components give you the tools to keep you full but specifially have been found to reduce visceral fat faster. Yes, Even Dr. Oz has done two shows on it. Monounsaturated fats such as the nuts and seeds actually help you lose weight if part of your daily diet but within the desired 1600 calorie range.

Whole grains are a big part. Numerous studies have shown fiber and whole and unprocessed foods increases weight loss and helps blood pressure. In fact, some studies have shown that Americans actually haven't increased their caloric intake since the spike of obesity, they have simply increased their prs=eservatives and processed foods. These studies have resulted in even major diet systems making changes to encourage whole foods, such as Weight Watchers. By whole grains, this does not mean "wheat bread" it means "whole wheat bread" and no preservatives. Wheat is no different than white...the nutrients are stripped out, it's just not bleached. Big difference. Wheat is extraordinarily healthy.

Do increasing your fruits and veggies really help? It will lower your risk of all major health issues by extraordinary amounts. And high blood pressure, stroke, cancers are all part of that. Undisputed. Better yet, low glycemic veggies that are not starchy take as many calories to digest them as are in them so you stay full but eat less calories and can do so with more energy and faster weight loss and faster results in getting your heart healthy.

In fact they say you WILL lower your blood pressure in 14 days.

Yes it works. I'd like to see monounsaturated fats play actually a larger part because the "good fats", for me and in so many studies, will be healthy in this calorie range even at more servings (but not exceeding the calorie range) but they know more than me and they are in there and this can give you YEARS longer and very healthy ones at that. It's back by study after study, it's not a fad, and it works.

Note: I had excellent lowered blood pressure and lowered weight but I do not have high cholesterol so I personally cannot give you MY results on that, however, my best friend who has it got off of her medication for cholesterol. However, it took her a month rather than 2 weeks to do so. But she also lost 16 lbs the first month and said she wasn't hungry. I did not have those kind of weight loss results but I'm pretty little to begin with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply put, it works! Feb. 27 2012
By JStiles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The writing and organization of the diet book is good. It would have been very difficult to adhere to it and track it on a daily basis without the aid of the Supertracker.org website (Free website). There should be a strong mention of this website in the book. We tried the DASH website (pay membership) and found it to be near to useless and cumbersome to use, so we cancelled it. The diet itself is great, and it delivers exactly what it promises - Lowering of blood pressure, and loss of weight. After 6 weeks of use my blood pressure went from 138/80 to 122/70 and I lost 12 pounds. This diet really works, and used with the Supertracker.org website is fairly easy to follow.
43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy with food "plan" not a "diet" Dec 13 2011
By J. Bowman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The Dash Diet is not a "Diet" but more of a Food Plan. My husband is currently on Blood Pressure Medication. The medication would reduce his blood pressure but not down to within in the "normal range". Two week after being on DASH his blood pressure is in the low "normal range". The DASH is eating right not less. My husband actually eats more now then he use to and has lost 10 pounds. I have lost 5 pounds. We have not started an exercise program yet. We have been doing the Dash for a month now and are very pleased. The only thing I would have liked is a little more guidance as to food labels. She discusses the labels but doesn't really explain what is acceptable levels of fiber, sodium etc. The recipes in the book are also very good. Overall we are very happy with this plan.
40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Physician was amazed!! Oct. 18 2005
By Hot Light - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I visited my physician last spring and learned that my cholesterol was very high - very risky. He suggested that I try this book before using drugs [statins]. I followed the suggestions in the book and voila! Cholesterol level dropped to a safer range.

My doc was surprised -- and now has the book for sale in his office.

Very easy read, and simple to adapt for a traveling professional.

Highly recommended!
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