‘The New Lean for Life’ Brings Diet Clinic Advice to Your Living Room

Since 1971, Lindora Clinics in southern California have been helping clients lose weight. The New Lean for Life packages the clinics’ diet advice into 320 pages for those people who can’t visit a clinic in person.

The Diet Approach

The Lean for Life approach to eating emphasizes eating plenty of protein and limiting carbohydrates. The protein choices should be low-fat, and much of the recommended protein should come from animal sources, as well as soy. As for carbohydrates, not only are readers encouraged to limit these, but they are also advised to learn to make wise choices about selecting the best sources for healthy carbohydrates.

The recommended foods for this plan can generally be purchased in local stores. However, the company also makes specialty items, such as snacks, drinks, and soups that go along with their program. These are not necessary for following the diet, but some readers may want to buy them for the sake of convenience, and they are promoted frequently throughout the book.

Medical Concerns

The book advocates beginning your Lean for Life diet process by entering into a state of ketosis. Common with low-carb diets, ketosis is when the body uses stored fat for energy because it’s not getting enough of the sugar from which it would normally derive energy. During this process, the level of ketones in the blood increases.

Ketosis can have side effects, including bad breath, fatigue, headaches and nausea. More significantly, if too many ketones build up in the blood, ketosis will turn to ketoacidosis. This extreme condition can lead to coma or death.

In general, a low-carb diet will not cause ketoacidosis. However, because of the potential side effects of normal ketosis and the slight risk of ketoacidosis, it is best to consult your medical doctor before beginning this or any similar diet.

A New Version

Lindora Clinics’ diet plan was first published in a two-part series, Lean for Life: Phase One and Lean for Life: Phase Two, in 1996. The New Lean for Life combines the principles from the two titles into one book and adds the medical advice of French doctor Réginald Allouche. Allouche’s medical advice is found in gray sidebars throughout the book. In fact, these sidebars, as well as the overall format of the book, cause many readers to feel the book is choppy and hard to navigate in a way that the earlier editions weren’t.

Another addition to this edition are QR codes on many pages. Scanning these codes requires a smartphone with a code reader. The codes link readers to online resources, such as quizzes, to help with their diet process.

The Lean for Life diet process has helped many people over the last 40 years to lose weight and keep it off. If you’re willing to commit to the dietary changes required by this program, you might find noteworthy weight loss success. However, if you aren’t interested in Dr. Allouche’s medical contributions or the QR codes, you may consider seeking out a used copy of the original two-part series instead of this newer book. Either way, the system will take commitment and lifestyle change, but has the potential to produce life-changing results.