DASH for Weight Loss

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 27 Jan 2020

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DASH FOR WEIGHT LOSS by Jennifer Koslo presents "An Easy-to-Follow Plan for Losing Weight, Increasing Energy, and Lowering Blood Pressure."  I like the emphasis on exercise as well as meal planning. Koslo begins by explaining the various stages of hypertension and offers some ideas for preventive measures (e.g., reduce sodium, increase potassium, become more active, etc.). She includes practical suggestions for eating out (choose baked or grilled options, dressing and toppings on the side, drink water) and weight loss (downsize your plates, keep a food diary). Overall, she tries to make following the DASH diet easy and reasonable, with plenty of charts and explanations, all of which takes at least a fourth of the book. Recipes themselves are grouped by meal type and main ingredient and include nutrition information. The pictures are colorful although there could be more.  This seems intended for a more experienced cook. Ingredients tend to include some unusual ones (flaxseed meal, coconut milk) and preparation involves several steps.
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Some great, easy delicious recipes that don't taste like diet food. 

Many thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for my ARC. All opinions are my own.
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A big thank you to NetGalley and Crown Publishing/Harmony for the ARC. I am voluntarily reviewing this book.  Not sure why I got this book-I think the cover hooked me.  I do not have hypertension or high blood pressure.  But I did like some of the ideas in the book and healthy eating is never a bad thing.  I liked the snack ideas.  Thanks for.those!!  A solid 3.
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While looking online for the best diets for health and weight loss, I noticed that the dash diet is  at the very top of the pack on the U.S. News and World report web site coming in at number two. It received this high rating because  it is an excellent diet to follow for diabetes, your heart, reduction of blood pressure  and . it's one of easiest to follow. If that isn't enough reasons to adopt this way of life, you can also lose weight while on it.

The author has this book starts out with a short overview of the benefits and how the plan works. (This isn't one of those repetitive books where you read 400 pages only to find out you basically highlighted two pages worth of helpful information.!) She follows this with recipes. You won't have to search for ingredients online and special order them either! i didn't come across any that I wasn't already familiar with.

I thought this book was extremely well done and deserves a five star rating.
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A good and informational cookbook for anyone looking for better recipes to control hypertension, lose weight, or even just cook healthier meals.
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My husband's doctor recommended the DASH diet for him many years ago when his high blood pressure first became an issue.  At that time, there were very few articles and practically no recipe suggestions for the diet, just general guidelines that did not help.  Over the years, I have still not found much to help expand his diet while still maintaining the DASH guidelines.  So, he has had a pretty boring diet.  Jennifer Koslo has made a huge contribution to the world of dieters with this cookbook.  Her clear breakdown of how the diet impacts health and simple recipes to start the process will make the process so much easy for those people looking to live a healthier live style through fresher eating.  I certainly wish I had this book many years ago.
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A decent look at weight loss reference materials and set up for the recipes that relate to DASH. Interesting looking recipes. Not the first cookbook I would pick up, but they did do a nice job on it.
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Very informative and easy to follow. Author provides a 4wk meal plan, exercise regimen (beginner and intermediate/advanced) and recipes. Great overall presentation.
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I’ll be picking up a permanent copy of this cookbook that’s loaded with amazing recipes. I’m not a vegan, but the author had lots of yummy swaps.  I loved the idea about adding frozen green peas to guacamole! And I will be baking a batch of the Fudgy Chocolate Black Bean Cookies for the Holidays.
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DASH for Weight Loss gives an excellent explanation of the DASH nutrition plan. The author explains the concepts well and makes them easy to understand. I look forward to trying out some of the recipes. I will recommend this book to anyone looking to adopt an eating plan to not only lose weight but to improve overall health.
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This is a good primer on the ever-popular DASH diet, which is consistently rated the healthiest diet for weight loss and heart health. There are literally hundreds of books about the diet so it's hard to say if this is the best, but it provides good information on the basics. I appreciated that Koslo also provides information about exercise, including pretty detailed lists of what to do for each section of the body and sample exercise routines for four weeks, at both beginner and intermediate levels. Most of these require no equipment other than light weights for some.

Recipes are arranged by section like breakfast and smoothies, main dish salads, lean meat, soups and stews, and vegetarian/vegan. The recipes do tend towards meat and substitutions are not provided for recipes that call for meat, but there are lots of veg*n recipes too. Many of the recipes are naturally gluten free. Some less used ingredients are called for like pea protein powder, peanut butter powder and chickpea flour, but most recipes call for pretty standard ingredients -- though they may be more expensive since you're not necessarily eating in season and a lot of produce is called for. In some cases, I found the amounts to be frustrating. For instance, a smoothie called for a tablespoon of avocado, the rest of which is hard to preserve for later use. Sweeteners like stevia are used in the sweets section. Color photos are provided for about 1/4 of the recipes. Nutritional information is provided for each recipe.

I felt that the substantial beginning of the book, which explained the diet and factors like what can sabotage weight loss, to be the most helpful. I appreciated all of the health, diet and exercise tips. That section was quite thorough. I didn't personally care for the sounds of many of the recipes. They seem well designed to work with the DASH diet, but they really reminded me of what you'd eat on a diet and not what I'd choose to eat (though my natural diet is not that far from what DASH promotes). Since the DASH diet is intended to be for the rest of your life, I'd hope for recipes that made that seem a little more appealing. They seem like good recipes though, and should be simple to follow.

All in all, this is a good intro to the DASH diet and will work well to arm the reader with information to implement it.

I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for the purpose of review.
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I was interested in this because I am always looking for new, healthy recipes for my husband who is Diabetic. While it's not a great idea to put him on any one particular diet, I love getting new ideas for recipes and especially ways to tweak recipes that I already know and make. Although some of the recipes were a bit more complex than I want to deal with on a daily basis, I appreciated the creativity and variety that went into this book! Also - I loved the suggestions about what to eat in restaurants, as well as, the simple table indicating what to eat freely, sometimes, often, etc.

*Thanks to NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!
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