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The Lean

Spend 30 days moving toward a vegan diet for lasting weight loss.

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The Lean is a newly released book written by Kathy Freston that offers a revolutionary and simple plan for healthy and lasting weight loss. The program within The Lean is only 30 days long and shows you how to set an intention for what you want regarding your health and weight, and how to reach those goals no matter how big or small they may be. The Lean plan is a vegan diet based on science. On this program you will be eating foods that are delicious as well as filling. The 30 days of the program can be used as a jumpstart to weight loss for those that may have a goal that is higher than what can be achieved in that time period. There are two pivotal rules to the program though:

  • Be willing to take just one step
  • As you add healthier foods to your diet, eat the new foods first

Kathy Freston is a bestselling author that focuses on healthy eating and conscious living. The Lean gives you results through helping you gradually add in nutrient dense foods to your diet. These items will keep you full longer and stop your cravings. You can experience weight loss of between one and three pounds per week along with an increase of energy and improved digestion. The Lean includes tasty recipes and exercise recommendations.

PRO
  • Focuses on diet and exercise for weight loss
  • Offers weight loss of one to three pounds per week
  • Incorporates one small change each day
  • Healthy advice offered
  • You don’t have to be perfect to see results
CON
  • Moves you toward a vegan diet which may not be appealing for all
DIET and NUTRITION

The Lean takes a very simple approach of asking you to make one small change each day during your 30 days on the program. The changes you make include swapping foods from your diet and adding in exercise. Each short chapter in the book focuses on a different day on the diet along with the suggested change. Your day one challenge is to drink lots of water, followed by having a hearty breakfast on day two. While the program does promote a vegan diet, this is done through a gradual process. On day six you switch out your milk and butter for plant based versions. Some of the other things you will be incorporating into your routine include taking vitamins, adding in more nuts and grains, reducing sugar and eating foods that are lower on the glycemic index scale.

As you incorporate these changes daily, The Lean also offers some suggestions for meals you can eat. There are numerous vegan recipes included in the book that will introduce you to vegan meals. Some of the recipes you will find in the book include:

  • Greek Salad
  • Ultimate BLT sandwich
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  • Comforting Chili
  • Moroccan Vegetable Tangine
  • Penne Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • Tropical Bean Stew
  • Terrific Tacos
EXERCISE

The Lean asks that you incorporate some exercise on day 12 of the program. You are encouraged to do something, anything to get your body moving and get your heart rate up. Even if you just step out and take a walk around your neighborhood. One suggestion is that you get a buddy to work out with. This can make your exercise sessions more fun and harder to cancel. Once you start moving you will find it hard to stop which is a good thing. Just keep in mind that as you progress and push yourself harder, you will enhance your results. Exercise assists in weight loss and management through increased calorie burn. Some of the other benefits of exercise as outlined in The Lean include increased energy, increased metabolism and better mental clarity. As little as 30 minutes per day has been shown to enhance your weight loss. Everyone can fit in 30 minutes of exercise even if you jump rope during the commercials of your favorite show.

Some recommendations for getting more exercise into your day are to jog to your favorite television show, pop in an exercise DVD or turn on the game console to get fit through Wii or an XBOX Kinect. You can also do some push-ups and crunches while watching TV. The Center for Disease Control advises that 150 minutes of physical activity each week is an adequate amount for moderate weight loss and maintenance. You can break that down however you like. You can also purchase a pedometer and strive to reach 10,000 steps per day to challenge yourself. Some of the other moderate level exercises listed include:

  • Volleyball
  • Gardening
  • Basketball
  • Biking
  • Running
  • Jumping rope
CONCLUSION

The Lean focuses on making small changes each day for lasting weight loss. This is a great approach for those that are concerned with making a bunch of changes right away. This book does push you toward a vegan diet, so that is something to consider. Overall, this program seems to be a very solid way to lose weight and get fit through exercise and dietary changes.

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