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21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart: Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health Hardcover – February 28, 2011
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"This is not a diet; it's a way of eating and living that can transform your life. No one on the planet knows more about the benefits of a plant-based diet than Dr. Neal Barnard." -Dean Ornish, MD, author of The Spectrum and Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease
"Get ready to transform the way you think about food, and get ready to change your life" -Alicia Silverstone, author of The Kind Diet
"Dr. Barnard's plan is about eating better- not eating less; about finding health, as well as losing weight. The recipes look as tempting as the counsel is trustworthy. This is dietary guidance at its best." -David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, Director of Yale University Prevention Research Center
"Jump in and begin The 21 Weight Loss Kickstart! You'll have a new-found relationship with healthy foods that can revolutionize your health forever more." -Rip Esselstyn, author of the New York Times bestselling Engine 2 Diet
"You want to look and feel better than ever? This is the book for you! Easy to understand
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Top Customer Reviews
I am one of those people who can stick to a diet, but can't lose weight. I've tried everything out there. One some diets I've even gained weight (the 90s Ornish plan with dairy, Nutrisystem, Atkins) while family members have lost weight eating the same exact things. This book explained WHY I didn't lose or even gained weight on diets and what I could do that was different and might offer me some success. I thought I was doomed to feeling and looking lousy, and am so grateful I was wrong.
I lost 6 lbs in three weeks, steadily, easily. If I can lose 6lbs with my stubborn metabolism, then I would guess most people might have even greater success.
I was never hungry, and at the end of each day I'd lie in bed thinking how nice it is to have a sensation of satiety but not to feel bloated, starved, or guilty. To have enjoyed--really enjoyed--my food and felt healthy, had more energy, and been more comfortable in my body and my clothes. I have been craving this kind of feeling on a deep level, but have never been able to figure out how to effect it in my life.
At first, I found the plan a little intimidating. But if you can make it through the first day you can make it through 21 days. Day 2 is even easier, and by the end of the first week you won't even have to think about it.
My retired mother went on it with me, and she had no problem with it either. She is a diabetic and controls her diabetes very carefully with diet. She said her blood sugar fluctuated more than normal the first few days, but then stabilized nicely and she hasn't had a problem since then and is really enjoying being able to eat a wider variety of foods now, including some things she just couldn't eat at all before.Read more ›
This is actually a plan rather than a diet. In fact, Dr. Barnard removes the word "diet" because he wants to remove the diet mentality. This is really more about health, and weight loss becomes a by-product. What Dr. Barnard states is if we set animal products aside and keep oils to a minimum, we will lose weight.
It's that easy! No calorie counting, no carb restrictions and no exercise. You do that by eating more whole grains, fruits and veggies and legumes. These fill you up and keep you from binging on junk food. But......
The challenge for many people is giving up that big steak or burger you have been living on for most of your life. Most people are not ready to give their favorite foods. You will still see benefits if you eat more of the healthy foods and less of the meat products. There are some very tasty recipes, thanks to the help of executive chef Jason Wyrick. This helps shift your thinking away from the idea of bland, steamed vegetables every meal.
Some examples of meals:
*Breakfast: Green apple oatmeal and lemon soy yogurt with blueberries or ginger banana breakfast smoothie and toast with jam.
*Lunch: Pita pizza with mixed greens, orange and fennel salad with tomato soup, rye bread and a fresh pear or balsamic zucchini sandwich, banana slices and French onion sourdough soup.Read more ›
11.5 LBS. MY FIRST 21 DAYS (February 21 - March 14, 2011):
When I got this book I jumped right in and tried out a couple of interesting-looking recipes, never stopped doing just that, and here I am 21 days later finding my body 11.5 lbs. lighter -- on average, that's a little more than 1/2 lb. a day.
QUICK OVERVIEW OF BOOK:
By eating only fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, and by setting aside all animal products, oils, and high-glycemic index foods, as Dr. Barnard recommends, my body's excess weight just melted away, effortlessly, with very little of my usual cravings. This is exactly what Alicia Silverstone describes from her experiences with these same food choices in the Forward. Thank you, Dr. Barnard, for practicing medicine with a fork rather than a scalpel, as you have previously stated.
I really like the fact that the last third of the book is devoted to providing a fantastic example of menus and recipes; what a great jumping-off point. The first two recipes that I tried, Huevos Rancheros and Quick Black Bean Chili from Day 19, were off-the-charts delicious. Since then, my friends and I have been amazed at how tasty every other recipe has been that I've made for them. Thank you, Jason Wyrick!
MY STORY, COMMITMENT & LEVEL OF EFFORT:
Before discovering this book on Amazon I was pretty serious about losing weight and was already preparing my own meals in order to have direct control over the content of all food that I ate. I had previously spent some time learning about nutrition, attended some classes at a local university, and had seen a nutritionist.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Barnard's work is well respected. The format is easy to resource and follow.Published 20 days ago by JB-W
Good but doesn't work for everyone. I gave it five stars because I think if you are not diabetic this would probably be a good diet for you. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book changed my life. I encourage you to read it and have an open mind. It changed the way I eat and I have now been on the plan for 60 days since I love it so much. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matt
I had never considered changing to a vegetarian diet until after reading this book and was pleasantly surprised at how easy the transition was for me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C Reader
This was a really good book. Lots of recipes and tips for the 21 days.Published 1 month ago by Jennifer
I loved this book. Such a simple and non-intimidating eating plan: eat as much of a plant based diet for 21 days, and avoid animal products and excessive oils. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David Phisker
This book moves really fast! The first 1/3 of the book gives you the gist of the book. The second portion of the book is really assigned work with guidance to think about how you... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Neyma