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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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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style; 3rd ptg edition (February 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446583812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446583817
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Following the success of his 2010 21-Day Vegan Kickstart online program, physician Barnard (Breaking the Food Seduction; Foods That Fight Pain, etc.) reworks his material for this guided comprehensive lifestyle change to be featured as a program on PBS stations. Day by day, Barnard discusses vegan choices, benefits and challenges. Readers will learn to substitute vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, and plant-based protein for fatty animal products (meat, dairy, fish) and sugary fare; eat vegan in social situations and while traveling; promote weight loss, energy and sleep; relieve pain; prevent or reverse diabetes, heart disease and some cancers; and create meals that, Barnard contends, fulfill all nutritional requirements. Home food preparation is key, but Barnard offers options for dining at restaurants and fast-food chains and using convenience foods. While readers must commit to food shopping and cooking, Barnard motivates with promises of quick results and insights from medical professionals and celebrities, and tempts with generous breakfasts (pancakes with maple syrup; burritos with potatoes and spinach), easy desserts (a delicious chocolate cake), and assurances of weight loss without deprivation, calorie counts, and exercise routines. (Feb.)
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"Dr. Barnard's 21-day program will change the way you eat and live. The research is cutting-edge, the recipes are delicious, and the eating plan is simple as can be. This book is the kickstart you need to finally lose weight and get healthy." -Rory Freedman, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Skinny Bitch

"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 information, a well laid out plan, and best of all, delicious food! No one makes plant-based eating more accessible. Dr. Barnard, you've done it again!" -Marilu Henner

More About the Author

Neal Barnard, M.D., is the president and founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. His research has been published in Scientific American, the American Journal of Cardiology and other major journals. Dr. Barnard is the author of six previous books, including Foods that Fight Pain and Food for Life. A frequent lecturer appearing across the country and an adjunct professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine, he lives in Washington, D.C.

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He is so insightful, and this book is an easy read with a lot of helpful information.
Deborah McFarland
I learned a lot from reading the book and I recommend it if you are thinking about being a vegan or just want some great recipes.
Lori Katz
You will feel better, be healthier, have more energy, sleep better and lose excess weight.
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128 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Frieda on April 14, 2012
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Today is my 21st day (April, 14 2012).

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.
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153 of 157 people found the following review helpful By Bill Cashell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 16, 2011
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This is a titled as a 3 week plan, but it really is intended to be more than that. Most people can stick to any diet for 3 weeks, right? Dr. Barnard believes that if we focus on the short term, the long term changes follow. You really can notice the difference in the way you feel after 3 weeks, and that is long enough to shift your eating habits.

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.
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106 of 112 people found the following review helpful By R. Bell on March 15, 2011
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These are my results from putting Dr. Neal Barnard's 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart into practice.

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.
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