'DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution' review

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THE DASH DIET WEIGHT LOSS SOLUTION: 2 Weeks to Drop Pounds, Boost Metabolism, and Get Healthy, by Marla Heller. Grand Central Publishing, 246 pp., $22.99.

Want to get rid of that unsightly, unhealthy muffin top?

U.S. News & World Report rates DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) as its best overall diet. Marla Heller, bestselling author of "The DASH Diet Action Plan," suggests meal plans to help you lose, faster.

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The focus is on food groups and portions, not calories. Phase one eliminates sugars and starches -- even fruit -- to shrink your waist and melt belly fat. Even your heartburn may disappear.

THE SCOOP High-grain, low-fat, limited-protein diets popular in recent years "were wrong, and were, in fact, doing great harm to the collective health of the country," she writes.

THE BOTTOM LINE Phase two adds fruit, whole grains and the occasional starchy or sugary treat, like two slices of pizza per month. "The point is to save your carbs for something really terrific," she writes.


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