The Diet Cure

ISBN: 0140286527
ISBN 13: 9780140286526
By: Julia Ross

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For the more than eighty million Americans who diet regularly--and without success--this amazing new program, based on ten years of proven clinical results, offers a revolutionary approach to nutrition that can safely curb your cravings and make you feel better in less than twenty-four hours. The Diet Cure begins with an 8-Step Quick Symptom Questionnaire that helps readers identify their unique underlying biochemical imbalances, such as depleted brain chemistry caused by too much dieting, hormonal irregularities, blood-sugar swings, food allergies, thyroid dysfunction, and a deficiency of "good" fats. Then it provides targeted strategies and nutritional guidelines to correct those imbalances, along with meal plans, tasty recipes, and inspiring case histories. Using amino acids to jump-start the program, readers create a safe, customized, easy-to-follow plan to end their food obsessions and attain their ideal healthy weight for good.

Reader's Thoughts


The end of food-craving? I doubt it but very interesting. Based on 10 years of clinical results. My crunchy California daughter recommended it and it does make sense.


Surprisingly fantastic, except for being too long, and repetitive. The core message here, of certain deficiencies, and the need to supplement with amino acids (and eat protein at every meal), is sound. Also the descriptive accuracy of what lots of people see as "diets" is probably correct: i.e. they starve themselves, which adds weight. Also, not all calories are created equally, which seems obvious. I'm increasingly of the opinion that food augments one's mental state a great deal, and I'll read the Mood Cure too, even though I expect it to be mostly the same material.


Incredible book by the pioneer of nutritional psychology. Key in understanding how what we eat greatly effects our overall mood and stability.

Jenny Womack

Really interesting and I look forward to implementing some of her recommendations...

Tracy Kendall

Really helpful book, I've lost a lot of weight just by adding the amino acids she recommends. This is really a thorough coverage of the whole complexity of weight/mood/nutrition/addiction/depression, but easy to read (you only read the sections that pertain to your own issues). I highly recommend it.

Monica Buescher

Very interesting. Definitely would recommend it. :)


I liked this. Some actually new-to-me information, mostly around supplements and amino acids. Most of the food recommendations were pretty similar to paleo / primal recommendations, which I liked. Overall, the main supplement protocol seems designed to help you into that method of eating without going through the crazy sugar / carb withdrawal, but there's also additional advice for people who deal with other metabolic conditions like adrenal fatigue, thyroid issues, and hormonal imbalances.


Amino acid therapy to feel better/lose weight/be healthier...8 different possible "imbalances" of the body are identified and addressed.


Just started reading it at the recommendation of my new nutritionist ....

Gwendoline Van

A reminder that you are what you eat, Julia Ross takes a refreshing look at vitality and health through the lens of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and whole foods. Instead of lambasting those of us who succumb to the temptation of potato chips and ice cream as devoid of will power, she asks us to explore why we are drawn to those foods and what our bodies might be trying to tell us. In all likelihood, your body craves fat, the good kind, and Ross explores lifelong, sustainable solutions to wellness.Out with the low-calorie, starvation mindset, Ross echoes what so many of the pro-food, traditionalists out there seem to be saying: whole grains (light on the gluten), unprocessed meats, oceanic fish, loads of fresh veggies, and plenty of healthy fats (olives, nuts, avocados) for a life of steady blood sugar, steady weight, and disinterest in all things sweet and starchy. To get us there, Ross proposes a plan of supplements and vitamins meant to address deficiencies--the result of years of dieting and poor nutrition--and to calm cravings while we build up a habit of eating quality foods. Given all the recent hooplah about supplements and vitamins being nothing more than placebos, I am curious to see if downing l-glutamine will help come the 4 PM chocolate craving.All in all, this is a breath of fresh air. Instead of weigh-ins, calipers, and abiding by the size 0 model, Ross shows us that pinching an inch is actually normal and healthy, and that loading up on healthy fats and meats (eggs!!) actually helps with weight maintenance and self-esteem. So, read this if you want to go to the source of the problem, curing the self-doubt and digestive malaise that is the result of years of trying to look like Twiggy ... when, really, you've been a Marilyn all along.


I just finished this. Apparently it's very similar to her other book Mood Cure, but with a little more focus on eating. It's very interesting to read how nutrition and specifically amino acid intake could affect our brain chemistry and as a result our moods. I see a lot of good reviews of Julia Ross' work and studies. As a book, this was rather repetitive, and horrible in the Kindle edition. It warrants some more research as I found the subject fascinating. She's obviously a low carb, high fat proponent it seems and would have you initially start out on a large amount of supplements (With the plan of only needing them a short while until your body works its deficiencies out.)


This book is jam packed with tons of information. I had to read it several times to absorb enough. It basically talks about how to adjust your body with amino acids and fixing your diet for optimal health. There are some dietary points that I do not agree with, but this is a great reference book that I keep handy. I recommend it for anyone who feels that they could be healthier or who has a nagging problem that could possibly be fixed through diet.

Jennifer Jaynes

This book literally changed my life. Although I don't consider myself to be a chronic dieter, I HAVE suffered from horrible depression throughout my adult life. This book helped me easily create a regimen of amino acids that are helping to rebuild my serotonin and endorphin levels. The crazy thing is that I began to feel better almost instantly.I'm actually online buying copies for my mom and friends for Christmas.I HIGHLY recommend for anyone suffering from depression. The Diet Cure


Informative book about finding balance through natural supplements. I'm not sure if I subscribe to everything the author writes, but I found it educational and am trying some new supplements myself.


Wonderful book that looks at nutritients and food as the building blocks for our biochemisrty, which they are. Also very hands on tho help you make changes to move away from cravings, candida and many other common digestive ailments.

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