Lyn-Genet Recitas: America's Next Top Diet Guru?

This former restaurateur has created an unusual, even controversial weight-loss path for her clients. Funny thing, it seems to be working

by Judy Jones
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Photograph: Ben Hoffmann

JJ: I like the way that shifts the attitude from “Oh, I gained two pounds; I must have done something wrong” to “I gained two pounds; something I ate isn’t right for my body.”
LGR: Yes. Once you know your friendly foods, you can create your own list of foods that you love. I have a lot of clients who’ll say they’re going away for the weekend, and they know they’re going to gain five pounds. Who cares? You put your friendly foods back in for a day, and the weight will fly off. That takes so much stress and anxiety out of eating.

JJ: Can you describe the general format of The Plan after you’ve established which foods work best for you?
LGR: Yes. It consists of three meals and a snack every day. Basically, you have lower-gluten carbohydrates and one animal protein a day, a protein and a fat at every meal, some fruits and unlimited vegetables. You can also have some nuts and cheese. And a glass of wine is encouraged, as is dessert. You’re having about 1,800 calories daily, and you’re still losing half a pound a day.

JJ: Are there any across-the-board exclusions?
LGR: During the cleanse, yes. An important element of The Plan is having no salt for the first three days, which sensitizes the palate. That, plus programming in the least reactive foods, makes people more aware of how their bodies respond to food.

JJ: So you’re not judging reactivity solely by whether you’ve gained or lost weight.
LGR: We can use the scale as a gauge, but people will know how they react to a food by how they feel. I think that’s what makes The Plan so revolutionary. It’s about teaching you to listen to your body. You should never feel gassy, bloated or tired after a meal. Those are all signs that your body can’t process that food.

JJ: It’s interesting to realize just how unconscious we can be about our interactions with food. Whenever I experience those problems after meals, I assume I must have eaten too much—even when I know I haven’t.
LGR: We live in a society that takes you away from your body. I’m doing the exact opposite. And it’s super fun because it’s like a huge puzzle, and your body is giving you the clues. I’m not making up all this stuff. I’m just putting together a lot of pieces that nobody has put together before.


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First Published July 12, 2011

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Sara Gottfried07.31.2011

I'm thrilled to see you feature avant garde and original contributions in the saturated field of nutrition. My own experience in 23 years of clinical practice, taking care of women as a Harvard-trained and board-certified gynecologist, is that Lyn is spot on. While I appreciate the editor's note about the lack of help supporting Lyn's claims via the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, they treat diseases, not women. Lyn and I have very similar ways of guiding women through the morass of confusing messages about what to eat. There is nothing like the experience of finding the foods that best serve you, and dumping the foods that don't. Thanks for a great article!

Seattle Reader07.22.2011

I really love the article. I agree with so much that she says, especially about not letting other's decide what's good for us. I cannot eat oatmeal either, I feel sick for days following. But I have to comment on the photo, which is lovely, however her foot looks very odd in the picture. Is it just me or does it appear to look like a male body part in this photo? Something is weird with that.

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