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


This author will be speaking at the Weston A. Price Convention in November 2012. I am looking forward to meeting her and hearing more about her applied wisdom.

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.

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


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.

Monica Buescher

Very interesting. Definitely would recommend it. :)


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.)


A great 'diet' book that has some fascinating information. As with all diet books, you take what you need and leave what you don't. It's all about finding what's right for YOUR body, and while lots of people have good ideas and you can take some advice, not ALL of one person's ideas and advice will work for you. I liked a lot of the ideas and advice in this book and much of it works for me. It's always nice to feel that little affirmation that what I'm doing is good for me, my body, my mind, and, most importantly, my family! :)


Some good info.


This book is very solid. It explains that low calorie diets just don't work, and that when we eat foods we are allergic to or that feed a Candida problem we create food cravings.Low calorie diets can leave you adrenally exhausted and even fatter than when you started too.The author recommends not starving yourself, or missing meals or trying to attain a weight that for you is unrealistic. Coconut oil is recommended, along with lots of real and unprocessed foods including at least 3 tablespoons of healthy fats a day (coconut oil, lard, ghee etc.), at least 4 cups of vegetables daily, and at least 20 - 30 grams of protein at each meal. A caution is given against eating soy, and the book also provides a very good basic supplement regime. The doses given are not at all extreme or super-low.I was really happy to see the author recommend activated B vitamins, as so few authors seem to be aware of them and their huge benefits over standard B vitamins.The author points out the problems with the most popular diet programs such as the Zone, Atkins and Weight Watchers, for their ignorance of food allergies such as grains and dairy products, among other things.I'd probably give this book 5 stars were it still 1999. This book is pretty wonderful and well above average for being written in 1999, but wouldn't make my top 10 list in 2012 even though I am glad I borrowed it from my local library. The author has a great writing style too.The book discusses causes for symptoms and problems losing weight or which may cause weight gain, which is great, but many topics are just not discussed at all and some of the testing information may be outdated. For a broader view of this topic and finding out what could be causing health issues I would recommend Detoxify or Die by Dr Sherry Rogers. This book also contains good info on testing nutrient levels.On the topic of diet, this book is still very good, but books such as Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life and Eat Fat, Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats give more detail and references.This book is still miles better than a vast number of unhelpful low-calorie and anti-fat books out there though, for sure.Jodi Bassett, The Hummingbirds' Foundation for M.E.

Stacey Franklin

An older book (1999) so outdated in some advice (eg. no distilled vinegar or oats for celiacs) but a worthwhile read nonetheless. Main premise is that you can acheive your " natural" weight by dropping the habit of dieting and instead balancing your hormones & correcting any amino acid deficiencies - some pretty cool case studies & what looks like well documented science. Especially helpful for anorexics, bullimics, yo-yo dieters, vegetarians or vegans, pre- or menopausal women - hey, that's damn near everybody! I have a couple of bones to pick, though.1. "Natural weight" hmmmmm, sounds vague. What if my natural weight is something gargantuan that I cannot live with?2. We should all be eating a minimum of 2100 calories daily, preferably closer to 2500?!? (As long as they're from quality, whole food sources) Wow! A seductive theory, but who the hell is brave enough to try that one out & risk the weight gain?!? Maybe I'll try it out this winter & hide beneath a giant parka if I explode. Let ya know.3. I do NOT want to get to the point where I no longer desire coffee & chocolate!!! If I wanted to be some ascetic fanatic...well I DON'T! No, I don't want to shovel in a bag of Milky Ways every day (never happened ;P ) but a small piece of dark chocolate & a few cups of half-caff are a few of the glories of life!!! Hopefully I can retain these small vices & still rock a hot bod (probably not) - either way it's not worth it!


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 ....

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.

Tammy Crompton

Gift from a client. Definitely a good read for anyone especially a trainer or nutritionist. It talks about the correlation between amino acids and your body functioning or not functioning at optimal levels.

Jenny Womack

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

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