It is one of the oldest diets, and thousands of people swear by it.

Mrinal Walia

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There is a clinic in North Carolina for those who want to take this diet to the next level, but the rest can get almost the same benefit from reading this article at home.

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To preface this review, it is essential to note that although this diet can be very effective, it is certainly not for everyone. If you are thinking of trying the Rice Diet Solution, it is vital to discuss this with your doctor first.

Essentially, this book calls for eating a lot of rice, as the title would suggest, and not a whole lot of anything else. Our main concerns are the lack of protein and fats, which are essential, at least in moderation. The first phase of this diet is rigorous and calls for fruit only once a week, little to no protein, and, you guessed it, lots and lots of rice. Most people may be able to follow it for a few days, but after that point, you may never want to eat rice again.

That said, there are a few sound principles in the book, such as reducing sodium intake. Since this is such a big problem with processed foods, we could all do with a little less sodium in our life, but once again, this book cuts it out of your life. Not enough salt can also be a big problem, especially for those with certain diseases that do require more salt in their diets.

The recommended lifestyle changes and the focus on healthy exercise and meditation are very sound. This is the one area where the book does not go overboard. Basics like Tai Chi and swimming are encouraged, both ideal for those seeking a low to no impact workout. We found the exercise advice very sound and wished they had carried a little more of that into the other areas of the book.

One of the most significant flaws with the diet is that it requires eating around 1000 calories a day, or a little last. For most of us, that puts us into starvation mode. While you will see results quickly, that little amount of calories will slow your metabolism. We didn’t mention Basal metabolism, which is the minimum amount of calories your body needs to function. Your heart needs calories to pump, and your brain needs calories to think. Eating this amount of calories could be harmful over time and is the biggest reason we can’t recommend this book.

For those that have tried everything under the sun and been unable to lose weight, some of the advice in this book would be helpful, but certainly not all. It offers an interesting viewpoint, but at the end of the day, it’s hard to get past its flaws.

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Mrinal Walia

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