Review of The Permanent Weight Loss Plan

The Permanent Weight Loss Plan

10-Step Approach To Ending Yo-Yo Dieting

Janice Asher, MD and Jae Rivera

January 7, 2020

Skyhorse Publishing

Blurb: We lost 170 pounds and kept it off! It’s not a diet, but you will lose weight with this proven path to developing better eating habits and building a healthy relationship with food.

Diets come and go, and the scale needle swings as you drop pounds and then gain them back. But what if there were a weight loss solution for forever? Not another fad diet based on deprivation and restriction, but a holistic system for shedding pounds and maintaining your weight?

In The Permanent Weight Loss Plan, Janice Asher, MD, and Fulbright Open Research Fellow, Jae Rivera, reveal (from their own first-hand experiences) that it’s not just about the food you eat or don’t eat—it’s about a mindset and lifestyle change. After collectively losing 170 pounds and maintaining their weight for years, Janice and Jae share scientific evidence, personal experiences, and practical insights on how you can successfully reframe your relationship with food.

It’s about stopping the shame associated with body size, recognizing instances of disordered eating, equipping yourself with the knowledge of what behaviors contribute to lasting weight loss, and making use of proven strategies. Get actionable tips on how to:

  • Overcome barriers like stress, shame, and emotional eating
  • Escape the comfort food circle of hell
  • Eat food that nourishes your intestinal microbiome and brain
  • Replace unhealthy habits with new ones that will treat your body well
  • Boost your metabolism by eating during the right times of the day
  • Commit to an exercise regime you can enjoy
  • Transform your kitchen from danger zone to a safe space
  • Survive potential landmines like holidays and parties
  • Develop strategies for not gaining back the weight you lose
  • Stop the cycle of fat-shaming and treat yourself with kindness

Complete with 26 recipes for cauliflower quinoa puttanesca, “umami bomb” roasted portabella mushrooms, blueberry breakfast smoothie, curried lentil salad, and more, The Permanent Weight Loss Plan encourages readers, with gentle humor and compassion, to embrace a paradigm shift and transform their lives for good.

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Coming on the heels of the informative, The Mediterranean Method (you can see my review here), is The Permanent Weight Loss Plan by Janice Asher, MD and Jae Rivera, both of whom lost weight by following a version of the Mediterranean diet. To say that this is a wonderful, inspiring book for anyone contemplating weight-loss as well as the serious life-adjustments that go hand-in-hand would be an understatement.

Asher and Rivera are upbeat but pragmatic and pass this on to the reader. From reiterating how you must be kind to yourself to ignoring your evil twin who wants to tempt you with all the things you are choosing not to eat, they convey the wisdom that comes from having been there and done that. And they are honest without blame or judgement.

While they detail what worked for them, they do suggest that you must find what works for you but offer guidance.

Like Masley in The Mediterranean Method, Asher and Rivera indicate the importance of the glycemic index and cutting out processed foods. It’s hard to cut out processed foods when they’re cheaper than whole foods, but it’s the only way to get healthier in a world where processed means putting chemicals and refined sugar into your body.

They also encourage you to exercise. Any kind of exercise that you might stick with.

The recipes at the end look tasty and are different from those I’ve seen in other cookbooks lately. Cauliflower puttanesca? Yes, please! I can’t wait to try it as I love pasta puttanesca and this will be a much healthier version.

If you want to lose weight, read this book. It’s inspiring. I think we all need to be reminded to be kind to ourselves, rethink eating habits and be mindful. And, above all else, this isn’t a diet-diet. It’s a lifestyle.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.



5 out of 5 butterflies

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