The Ultimate Weight Solution Cookbook: Recipes for Weight Loss Freedom

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Dr. Phil fans should be delighted with a book of more than 100 recipes that complement his best-selling Ultimate Weight Solution and pledge to "taste better and cost less" while avoiding refined carbohydrates, saturated fats, salt, and sugars. Though your taste buds might have to readjust a bit, Dr. Phil promises that you won't find "skimpy diet-type meals that taste like wallpaper paste," nor will you have to fix separate meals for non-dieting family members. If you need structure, his "rapid start" 14-day menu plan, averaging 1200 calories/day, will get you going. You'll find updates of familiar classics with Huevos Rancheros, BLT (using turkey bacon or meatless bacon and light mayo), No-Fry Chicken-Fried Steak, Southern Oven-Fried Chicken (Grape-Nuts and egg white batter), Mac and Cheese, Guacamole (with tofu), and Three Bean Chili. Or explore new tastes with Curried Tabbouleh, Moroccan Chicken, Halibut Baked in Packets, and Asian Tofu Stew. Desserts range from Poached Pears to Apricot Cheesecake (Chocolate lovers will find Mocha Fudge Pudding, but no chocolate cake.) Recipes include a nutritional analysis: calories, protein, carbohydrates, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, fiber, sugars, and sodium. Most recipes seem heavy on meat and light on vegetables, however. --Joan Price

Dr. Phil is on a mission: to help as many Americans as possible lose pounds and never, ever regain them. And it's working: literally millions of people have lost weight steadily and successfully by changing their self-defeating behavior. Dr. Phil's bestselling books The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom and The Ultimate Weight Solution Food Guide were the first steps toward accomplishing this vital mission. The Ultimate Weight Solution Cookbook is another essential tool to get results and free yourself from your problems with weight -- forever.

Here are more than 100 fantastic recipes that abound with flavor and are exceptionally nutritious. Your whole family can benefit from a new, healthier way of eating. Enjoy delicious dishes like Banana Cream Pie, Southern Oven-Fried Chicken, Enchiladas with Barbecued Greens, Pot Roast Southern Style, Mocha Fudge Pudding, Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry, Mushroom-Tomato Frittata, and Sweet Potato Pie. You're going to love shedding pounds while still enjoying your favorite foods. That's because great taste is actually one of the secrets to losing weight and keeping it off.

The Ultimate Weight Solution Cookbook also includes Dr. Phil's Rapid Start Plan, providing 14 days of preplanned menus designed to give you a jump-start on losing weight. Each day on the Rapid Start Plan includes one or more of the many great-tasting dishes in this cookbook.

Gaining real control over your weight, as opposed to yo-yo dieting, is in your hands. Dr. Phil shows you how to make changes in your life that are healthy, easy to maintain, and result in a slimmer, fitter you. When it comes to genuine weight control, Dr. Phil says, "You have a decision to make." Using this book is an important way to show that you have made the right decision.

Customer Reviews:

  • Very Disappointed !
    I expected better from Dr. Phil. I have all his other books, and use his weight loss food guide daily. The recipes in this book are more for the gourmet, not the average family. For $18.20, there should have been more recipes also....more info
  • Dr. Phil is back and this time it's a COOKBOOK!
    Dr. Phil is back and this time it's a cookbook! Advice like his is hard to find except for on television, DVDs and in his books that Oprah has recommended. Eating is good, true, but with Dr. Phil on your back your diet is healthier than ever. Plain-spoken truth was never as clear as this. Fat makes you fat, and denial makes you deny things. Denying that this cookbook is the BEST would be false advertising. I am in favor of weight loss freedom like Dr. Phil emotes on television, and now in a COOKBOOK it's like having the good Dr. ("doctor") in your kitchen helping you and tasting your goodies! With added health you will perservere! Try the recipe for Pork Kabobs in Walnut Lamb Sauce on page 67....more info
  • What a Dissapointment!
    I love Dr. Phil and watch him faithfully. I watched the episode where Robin was making her oven fried chicken and mashed potatoes. I was sold. I immediately ordered the book. I made them tonight following the recipes to a tee. I am now still tasting the awful taste of the cumin from the chicken in my mouth and the overpowering rosemary from the potatoes. Don't get me wrong I love both of these seasonings. But, the mixture was too much. All of the leftovers are now in the garbage disposal. I have been making low-fat oven fried chicken and mashed potatoes for years. The recipe I usually make for the chicken, comes from "Cooking Light Low-Fat Ways to Cook Chicken" cookbook. That recipe is fantastic, with basically all the same nutrition values as Dr. Phil's book. The potatoes you can follow the recipe right off the can of chicken broth. The brining of the chicken was a useful tip though. The chicken did turn out very moist....more info
  • I BELIEVE in Dr Phil~~~~
    Thats why I bought his new cookbook. The recipes are GREAT--my family LOVED the banana creme pie!!! His advice makes sense, he has helped many many people lose the weight they have carried for many years. His plan is easy to follow, its healthy and should be followed the rest of your life. I do NOT believe in the Atkins plan, WW is too bothersome to have to weigh everything and write it all down, the low carb thing is just a fad, Dr Phil is just plain common sense. I highly recommend anything that he puts out!!...more info
  • Don't knock it till you've tried it!
    I have noticed many people have said stuff like, "I wouldn't even want to try the recipies", and that they are "unconventional". Well, lets face it - the reason you (and I) are fat is that we don't eat healthy foods. If we liked eating all of the vegtables and spices (instead of salt) in this book, then we really wouldn't need it would we?

    So I say, if you are serious about eating healthier, give it a try. I have found some of the dishes that sounded the least appealing actually tasted great. The only reason I gave the book a four instead of a five is that I have had to tone down the seasonings and experiment with flavors I am more used to, but other than that most of the recipies are great. I have been using it 3 weeks now and have lost 12lbs.

    So, don't knock it till you've tried it. ...more info
  • He has done it again...
    As a former Personal Chef, I found this book great. I have tried many of the ideas in this book and found them to be wonderful. I love the simple recipes with no strange items. I am working my way through the book one or two recipes at a time. When I saw Robin cooking some of the recipes on the show, I knew this book would be a winner and it is.
    Also just to say that Dr.Phil has taken the time and engery to put this stuff before us, we can use it or not...our choice!!...more info
  • What a fantastic addition to the UWLS Program
    This book is fantastic. I love all of the recipes in it. I can't say I eat many muffins, but these recipes make me want to experiment. So far I have made the major items, including zucchini lasagna, no-fry chicken fried steak, popcorn variations, etc. I have loved everything I have tried. Plus, a bonus that I've discovered is that I am learning how to adapt other recipes into healthier versions by understanding how they are using the flavors in these creations. It's fabulous -- you've just got to try it!...more info
  • disappointed
    Not enough recipes and the ones that are there do not sound interesting. Will give it to my daughter, maybe she will like it.
    Helga...more info
  • A Helpful Follow Up
    This book is a very nice companion to his Ultimate Weight Loss Solution as I was stuck when it came to preparing meals. The recipes were easy to follow and tasty. I'd also like to add Dr. Phil by no means trys to sell himself as a wonder product and his philosophy is very simple which includes cutting down processed foods, exercising, and any one who has read his Ultimate Weight Loss Solution (which by some reviews is obvious they haven't) knows he makes it clear there is a psychological side to weight loss and not some magic cure. The cookbook is not a weight plan, it is a part of his plan. And if you buy the cookbook, you really should look into his Solution and Food Guide. And in my own opinion, don't judge a book by it's cover. Yes, he is a big man at 6'1" but by no means is he overweight....more info
  • Great Compliment to The Ulimate Weight Solution
    If you have not bought the Ultimate Weight Solution . . . you may want to consider reading it and then purchase the cookbook. The Ultimate Weigt Solution helps you get you into the mindset needed to live a healthier lifestyle. The cookbook gives new recipes that keep the array of food choices plentiful. Each week we pull out two new recipes which keeps the mealtime full of a few surprises rather than the same old diet food....more info
  • He does it again!
    Being an owner of an online Magazine Reviews "She Unlimited Magazine we try out many products from books to food, to the latest beauty product.

    This Book well Dr. Phil gives great tips on many issues not just diet. The book is user friendly, meaning these are meals you can cook for real people. I do wish there were more to choose from. I love the fish meals!...more info
  • Just what the Dr. ordered...
    I was excited when I saw that Dr. Phil and Robin were putting together some recipes! I have tried several already and the kids were even giving "2 thumbs up" to mom's dinners! These recipes are easy, flavorful and filling. I would recommend this to anyone. Also, Dr. Phil is 6' 5"...and he is NOT overweight for his height. His way of eating IS logical, but it is the other 6 keys that make his program SOOOO different. He helps you to get to the heart and mind and soul of why we eat for more that just staying alive! It's all good!...more info
  • What a Disappointment
    I was really looking forward to this book being released and purchased it as soon as it came out. I am a huge Dr. Phil fan and have followed the weight loss challenge since January 2004 with great success. I expected this book to be full of easy to prepare recipes and food ideas for following a better way of eating for life. What I disliked about this book was the review of "The Ultimate Weight Loss Solution" and the rapid start plan, etc. I was also expecting a book featuring recipes that are favorites of Robin and Dr. Phil, so I was deeply troubled when reading the introduction which states: "I confess that, with the exception of firing up my grill for barbeques, I don't do a whole lot of cooking. And so, for the Ultimate Weight Solution Cookbook, I brought together an innovative and expert cast of culinary and nutrition experts to develop these recipes, many of which were inspired by our family's favorite foods".

    That is where the book, and I must confess, way of eating, really lost all appeal to me. Why should I follow eating advice from a man who gets his meals prepared by someone else? Awww, come on! We could all lose weight if we had a group of experts preparing all our meals for us!

    The recipes are nothing great, either. Anyone for Curried Lentil stew from page 138? How about Poached cod with warm pineapple salsa from page 130? Save your money, purchase a copy of Light and Tasty or Cooking Light magazines from the supermarket. ...more info
  • If you want to reward yourself this Cookbook is it!
    I have made the Mushroom-Leek Soup and really enjoyed the flavors of this soup it has become one of my favorites now. I also made the Enchiladas with Barbecued Beans and it was very good. I altered it a little bit to include more vegetables that I like and still enjoyed it. As for the deserts I really did like the Banana Cream Pie and the Grasshopper Pie (I now know that tofu is located in the produce department.) I did try the Mocha Fudge Pudding and didn't like it that much but I think it might have been that I can't find or don't know what coffee powder is, it's not coffee grounds that is for sure. I have enjoyed making meals with this cookbook for my family and my lunches for work. I always have something healthy in my refigerator that I like to eat, and if I want to make something I use my Dr. Phil Cookbook for suggestions. I really like the seasonings and spices that the cookbook recommends because it is like eating at a special restaurant in my home. I really like Tarragon spice! The recipes are easy to understand and easy to find for the most part. I live in a tiny small town with only a few grocery stores and if I can find the ingredients in one town I believe anyone can. It takes a little bit of energy to figure out what you want to make but in the long run it is fun, and the rewards of what you make is so rewarding and exciting! I really like Leeks and love the texture in my soup! I am looking forward to making more recipes in the cookbook and I know that they are healthy and good.

    You have to make the recipes to know they are good or bad. For the most part I would give this cookbook an excellent review I enjoy having the tools needed to make great decisions for my new life style!...more info

  • What a waste...
    I recently began cooking low-fat, healthy recipes for my family. I purchased several cookbooks that I love and the recipes are great. I then purchased Dr. Phil's cookbook. I have tried several recipes and none of them are worth cooking. Spices are used heavily in the recipes but they do not blend together. I cannot afford to spend money on ingredients and then have to toss the food because it is so bad you would rather not eat....more info
  • Dr Phil has hit it out of the ball park with this one.
    I am absolutely delighted with this book, and up until recently I was not a big fan of his, but now I find myself watching his show constantly, and let me tell you, I have not once disagreed with this man he is great to watch, listen to, and absolutely wonderful to look to for help. From the very first time that I seen his kitchen on tv, to the time I heard this book was available, I have wanted this book. I figured with a kitchen like that you have to know what you are doing, and to say he is overweight and needs to lose weight as one reviewer from the UK has said, is totally unfair, and in no way correct. Thanks Dr Phil!!...more info
  • Extraordinary recipes
    I purchased this cookbook and I was disappointed that all the recipes weren't conventional.
    Except for maybe a soup recipe, all the rest you had to go out and buy additional weird items.
    It took me 3 minutes to thumb thru the book and I exchanged it today for the latest Body For Life for Women.
    If your looking for meatloaf or an easy chicken/fish recipe, this isn't for you....more info
  • A great healthy alternative resource
    At first, this looks just like another cookbook. Recipes, a few pics..the usual blend. However, if you look a little bit closer, it has so much more. It defines for the unsavvy the amount of protein, fats, sugar, are putting into your body, and it redefines portions, which every clinical nutrition class points out. I would ahve given more than 4* to this work, but not quite 5* due to the amount to be prepared for some recipes (serving 8 or 9). But a definite 4.5*.

    It seems that people expected something out of the ordinary from this cookbook. Maybe the expectations of some individuals were too high in anticipation of this book. For instance, Kris from Hamptom, IA wrote, on the one hand that she has "followed the weight loss challenge since January 2004 with great success", and concludes by saying that we all could "lose weight if we had a group of experts preparing all our meals for us!". Does this syllogism imply that she has that group of experts around her? What is your position Kris?

    The fact that some recipes do not "sound interesting" or that they are "inedible" does not mean that the same applies to everyone. Re-assessing one's intake also comes with opening the door onto new ways of preparing food. Someone else wrote that they "won't be trying more than 3-4 recipes". Why is that? of all the cookbooks people buy, I have yet to meet someone who has tried ALL the recipes found in one and LOVE them all. I tried the guacamole, and though I never tried tofu, I decided to give it a try. Not a favorite of mine, but I have tried. Now, I can base my opinion on experience.

    Overall, everyone is entitled to their opinions, and I respect everyone's. I guess we can all agree to disagree. I find the cookbook resourceful, and with little open-mindedness, they work well. I like the fat-free homemade granola a lot. The herbed and spiced tenderloin is to die for. The pork loin is excellent as well. I really liked the seared-tuna salad. Also try the Tex-Mex scramble. Tastes great! The bran muffins have become a staple in our home, and I shared some with neighbors who loved them. I have made close to 100 muffins within the past 3 weeks for us and for neighbors.

    The only inconvenience I see with this book and sticking to the 14-day start-up menu is that all recipes are geared toward small groups or a family as they yield anywhere from 4-9 servings. That is a lot of trouble for a couple of people. So, I decided I would base my cooking on the menu samples for fun, and to keep myself from throwing anything away, I am keeping the meals as leftovers, which in our country is not the most popular way of going about the meal rituals.

    The first 9 days I have used those recipes, I have lost a total of 6 pounds and 3% body fat. I added 4 days of very low impact cardio (swift walking for 20-25 minutes every time) and I have kept the weight off thus far. I had lost 40 pounds earlier this year, and have been plateauing since May.

    After a back injury in late July, I put on close to 20 pounds within a month, and after 1.5 week lost almost half. If you can spare yourself about 30-45 minutes a day, you can prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner, in addition to the snacks. Americans are more used to going out than doing any home-cooking, and that requires a new philosophy to set in.

    Trust me, if you make it fun, you will rediscover a whole new world or fragrances. Recipes are easy, time-efficient (time YOU are spending working vs. oven or roaster) and they taste really good. if you really are not sure yet, go to your local library, Check out the book, and if you like what you taste, go out and buy it. It may well be a great investment....more info
  • Delicious and Easy
    I've got to admit, I've been a Dr. Phil fan for quite awhile now. He has given me some great tips in many areas of my life, so when I heard him mention this book on his show I ordered it immediately. I'm delighted with what I got. The recipes are easy and use normal ingredients - not lots of expensive stuff from gourmet shops that you will never use again. Since both my husband and I work full time we don't have a lot of time to cook so I need something that doesn't take hours to prepare. We tried the Dijon-Roasted Salmon today and it was delicious. I've already purchased the ingredients for several other meals and am looking forward to all of them. Another kudo for Dr. Phil!...more info
  • Phil is cashing in on the 'diet' dollar
    Stick to what you're good at - and cooking isn't it!...more info
  • Dr. Phil Books and CD's
    I have and read every book Dr. Phil has written and 2 of the CD Book's. There isn't any information that he proects that isn't helpful. This man is down to earth and I watch or tape his show every day. I have improved my own life from listening, reading, and watching him. I can't even imagine him being behind a desk and seeing clients on an hourly basis on his couch sort-of-speak. He is doing what he is suppose to be doing and God Bless him for including his family. He is Mr. Wonderful. It would be my dream to meet him some day....more info
  • Disappointed
    I have a number of Dr. Phil's books and they are great. This one is disappointing. I only liked about half a dozen of the receipes and a vast majority I wouldn't even want to try. Everyone is entitled to a slip up and I still think Dr. Phil is a real asset to people wanting to change their lives but this book just leaves me disappointed....more info


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