The Kind Diet
The Kind Diet: How It Works continued...
Anecdotes, cooking advice, eating-out strategies, and motivational tips
encourage readers to stick with their chosen plan for four weeks before moving
on to the next phase.
"No counting calories, no deprivation is my mantra, and if you follow the
plan you can lose weight," says Silverstone. For quick weight loss, dieters are
encouraged to follow the superhero plan (which adds up to about 1,600 daily
calories) six days a week.
"I lost about 15-18 pounds on the plan and even as early as two weeks into
the diet, I felt a huge lift," says Silverstone. "My skin was glowing, my nails
were stronger, and my body was operating at peak performance because I cleaned
out all the junk in my diet." ”
Based on her personal experiences and philosophy, Silverstone also claims
the vegan lifestyle will lead to clearer skin, higher energy levels, mental
clarity, and smoother digestive function.
As for exercise, The Kind Diet recommends going outside
for walks, playing games or sports with friends, practicing yoga, or engaging
in fun exercises three to five times a week. Silverstone prefers activities
that allow you to commune with nature to the rigors of the gym.
The Kind Diet: What the Experts Say
There is no question about the healthfulness of a vegetarian
An American Dietetic Association position paper says that a vegan or
vegetarian diet, if properly planned, can be safe. It notes that a meat-free
meal plan may lower rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some
cancers. Studies show that vegetarians not only eat less saturated fat and
cholesterol but also get more of certain nutrients, such as potassium,
magnesium, vitamin C, and fiber.
"The power of plant foods is amazing, and food really can be your medicine,"
says Kate Geagan, RD, author of Go Green, Get Lean. "Vegans tend
to live longer, have lower cholesterol, blood pressure and weigh less than meat
"If we could encourage Americans to cut back on animal products, we can
improve their diets by reducing the amount of artery-clogging saturated fat
that comes from high-fat meats and cheeses -- and also reduce our carbon
Indeed, a study in the May 2009 American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition found that a non-vegetarian diet required 2.9 times more water,
2.5 times more primary energy, 13 times more fertilizer and 1.4 times more
pesticides than a vegetarian diet.
Geagan says you can lose weight and eat healthier following The Kind
Diet, but the other benefits ascribed to it, such as clearer skin, are
"At the end of the day, a vegan diet is a super-healthy, lower-fat and
-calorie diet with some nutrient limitations that can be corrected as long as
you are aware of getting enough calcium, vitamins D and B12." (She
suggests taking a daily multivitamin for nutritional insurance.)
One thing Geagan would have liked to see added to the book: A nutrient
analysis of each recipe. She says that readers might be more encouraged to try
new foods by seeing how high in protein and fiber - and low in fat, sodium and
calories -- they can be.