Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Rice Diet Solution

It is wonderful, if we chose the right diet, what an extraordinarily small quantity would suffice.

-- Mahatma Gandhi Are you frustrated with your war on weight? Have you tried any number of diets, lost weight, and then, in time, put the weight back on? Do you still want to lose weight but no longer believe that any diet will really work for you?

We know exactly how you feel. We also know that we have empowered many to lose weight and keep it off -- for good.

At the Rice Diet Program, we, a registered dietitian and a cardiologist, have helped thousands of Ricers (our affectionate name for the participants who come to our program) lose weight. Some come to lose 100 or 200 pounds. Others come to us for help losing 20 pounds they've put on since stopping a sport, having a baby, or entering middle age. The reasons people gain weight vary enormously, but the way they can lose weight and maintain their goal is actually quite simple: the Rice Diet Program.

The Rice Diet Program was established in Durham, North Carolina, over sixty years ago, and since that time the Rice Diet's results are well documented by extensive studies on hundreds of people, and impressive data on thousands. It is the most medically sound program for weight reduction, and the fastest. So whether you want to lose 10 pounds or 200, the Rice Diet will show you how to lose weight safely and quickly. The Diet will also cleanse and detox your body, ridding it of excess sodium, water weight, and other toxins from both processed foods and the environment.

Here's how it works:

• As a low-sodium diet, the Rice Diet dramatically limits salt and all other sodium-rich ingredients. Salt, likerefined sugar, is an appetite stimulant. Since you will be eating mostly fresh, whole foods and dramatically reducing processed foods, you will sharply reduce your major sources of sodium (salt). Without this extra sodium, you lose not only water weight but weight associated with overeating. Ricers often say that salt works like sugar to trigger overeating; with so little salt, they rid themselves of yet another trigger that stimulates eating!

• As a low-fat diet, the Rice Diet limits saturated fats and instead relies upon carbohydrates as the main source of food. You will be eating a lot of fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans -- all whole foods that contain a lot of fiber. This high fiber cleanses your body and fills you up so you feel full more quickly with less food and calories.

• People feel satiated, rarely hungry, and lose weight faster than any other whole-food diet because they easily limit calories. It's a challenge to eat 1,500 calories on this diet.

The result? You lose weight -- fast and safely.

Though the rapidity of your weight loss depends on your age, sex, initial weight, and ability to exercise, men lose an average of 30 pounds and women an average of 19 pounds in the first four weeks. Over a period of months, a weight loss of 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 pounds per week (or 1/3 to 1/2 pound per day) is very doable. You will lose even more by gradually increasing your amount of exercise. It is very common for Ricers to lose several pounds per week. One Ricer lost over a pound a day, for a total of 217 pounds in less than seven months. As S.S. said, "In 1980, while in residence in Durham for ten months, I lost 150 pounds under the supervision of the Rice Diet staff. Here it is fifteen years later. I have maintained my weight at 115 pounds all these years. It is the hardest thing that I have ever done. My life began again when I lost the weight. This is not to say that you don't have problems when you're fat; it's an illness that shows on the outside. It's all consuming and distracts you from the real problem -- you. I can't hold my fat accountable anymore, but I wouldn't have it any other way."

Another young man told us, "My great-grandfather came to the Rice Diet Program in the 1940s to lose weight after a heart attack, so I always knew about the place. I had gotten to the point where I was embarrassed to go out with friends because I was always the largest one there and felt uncomfortable. I knew that if I did not do something about it then, that it would only get worse and I would not end up living the long, healthy life that everyone desires. When I arrived at the 'Rice House' [the popular nickname for the Program's home base] on May 9, 2000, I was twenty-one years old, had a size 56 waist, wore a size 6X shirt, and weighed 359 pounds. Now, August 1, 2001, I am twenty-two years old, I have a size 36 waist, wear a size Large or XL shirt, and weigh an incredible 215 pounds. I cannot say enough good things about the Rice Diet. People and places come into your life for a reason; this place came into my life for reasons that I will continue to discover throughout the long life it has given me back."

One of the unique and ingenious truths of the Rice Diet is that you can tailor it to your needs. We have designed three phases of the diet: Phase One focuses on cleansing your body to ready it for true, lasting weight loss; Phase Two guides you to lose the weight; and Phase Three shows you how to maintain your weight loss. We give you the guidelines and the portion sizes; and then you decide on how you want to do the three phases in order to reach your weight loss goals. You are also free to eat any food you want -- presuming that it does not cause you health problems. You are able to select from all the food groups: grains, legumes (beans), vegetables, fish and meats, dairy, and fats (preferably olive oil).

There are three other keys to making the Rice Diet work for you: becoming a mindful eater by learning about nutrition, relaxing and making time for yourself through exercise and other mindful activities, and by creating support in your community. When Ricers put these pieces of the weight loss puzzle into place, they are pretty much guaranteed to lose the weight they desire and maintain their weight loss. Our results are the best we've seen for long-term success: 43 percent of our participants maintained their weight loss, or lost even more, after six years back home!

Within days of starting the Rice Diet, you will feel remarkably better: more clearheaded, more energetic, more at peace with yourself. You will know that the Diet is working for you not just because you are losing weight, but because you suddenly feel unburdened from living -- and eating -- in a way that hasn't worked for you. This is when something magical happens: When you are freed from the grip of processed food's excess fat, sodium, and sugar, your weight loss inspires you to explore your "inner healing" tools that heal at the root level, and you discover that you truly have the power to actualize your goal weight, as well as other lifelong dreams.

We have watched these transformations again and again with Ricers at the program. When people finally learn to control their eating and achieve lasting weight loss, they do so with the understanding that they can choose to think differently -- and more positively -- about their bodies. And as a result they begin to expect more from their futures than they ever realized was possible. This is a diet that has the simplicity and the scientific support to give you the tools to cleanse your body of toxins, lose weight in the short- and long-term, and give you the power to actualize all your lifelong dreams. It is this combination that can lead you to change your life. Now what's stopping you from becoming a Ricer?

Copyright © 2006 by Rice Diet Publishing and Production LLC
Excerpted from:

The Rice Diet Solution: The World-Famous Low-Sodium, Good-Carb, Detox Diet for Quick and Lasting Weight Loss by Kitty Gurkin Rosati, Robert Rosati
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Can you really lose twenty pounds in a month? Will you really keep it off this time? With The Rice Diet Solution, you will! The Rice Diet Program has been helping dieters successfully lose weight since 1939. Now in book form, this world-renowned weight-loss method can help you change the way you eat forever.

The Rice Diet Program in Durham, North Carolina, was one of the first medical facilities in America to use diet as the primary way to treat disease. On this high-complex-carb, low-fat, and low-sodium whole-foods diet, "Ricers" lose weight faster, more safely, and more effectively than people on any other diet. Men lose on average twenty-eight to thirty pounds and women on average nineteen to twenty pounds per month! The Rice Diet also detoxes your body, ridding it of excess water weight and toxins from processed foods and the environment. The program's results have been documented by extensive studies and confirmed by thousands of people who report amazing weight loss, as well as immediate improve-ment in such conditions as heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension. After all the other diets out there have failed them, people find that the Rice Diet is the one that finally works -- for good.

Here's how it works: The Rice Diet strictly limits salt and sodium-rich ingredients. Salt, like refined sugar, is an appetite stimulant, so when you reduce salt intake, you lose water weight and are less inclined to overeat. The Rice Diet also limits saturated fats and instead relies on carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans) as the main source of nutrition. The fiber cleanses your system and satisfies you so you feel full quickly. The Rice Diet makes iteasy to limit calories; when you're eating foods that truly satisfy your hunger, it's a challenge to eat 1,500 calories per day!

To make it easy to follow the program, The Rice Diet Solution includes hundreds of tasty, filling, easy-to-prepare recipes -- some from the Rice House kitchen, others inspired by major chefs and adapted to Rice Diet standards.

The Rice Diet is not just an eating plan. It's a physical, emotional, and spiritual program that will change the way you live, giving you new vitality, energy, and longevity. Ricers report that the Rice Diet not only helps them solve weight problems they've struggled with their whole lives but also teaches them a whole new way of healthier, more mindful living.

Whether you want to lose twenty pounds or two hundred, the Rice Diet can help you do it -- finally and forever.


SOLID TRACK RECORD: Turning out success stories since 1939, the Rice Diet Program is the original, most effective diet to use nutrition to achieve not only safe and rapid weight loss but also the prevention and reversal of chronic disease. On this low-sodium, low-fat, detox diet, you'll enjoy a delicious variety of satisfying foods, including whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, dairy, seafood, and lean meats. You will never feel hungry!

RAPID WEIGHT LOSS: The average "Ricer" loses up to thirty pounds in the first month!

LONG-TERM SUCCESS: 63 percent of people who have lost weight on the Rice Diet report weighing the same or less one year later.

MEDICALLY SOUND: The Rice Diet Program is run by Duke University-trained M.D.s (a cardiologist and an endocrinologist) with more than thirty years of medical experience using diet as the primary treatment for long-term weight loss and disease reversal.

SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN: Numerous scientific publications, including the American Journal of Medicine, have documented the diet's dramatic effects on such life-threatening illnesses as congestive heart failure and heart disease and its risk factors: diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity.

HOLISTIC APPROACH: The Rice Diet Solution helps you examine root causes of health issues and empowers you to create the life you really desire. With practical, easy-to-follow instructions, you can personalize your own practice by integrating meditation, yoga, journalizing, and even quantum physics.

THE INSIDE SCOOP: A stay at the Rice Diet Program in Durham, North Carolina, costs participants thousands of dollars. Now, for just the cost of this book, you can have all the tips, recipes, and advice you'll need to lose that weight and keep it off -- for good!

Ten percent of the net sales of this book will be donated to educational and charitable causes that promote health and healing.