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Eat More, Weigh Less: Dr. Dean Ornish's Life Choice Program for Losing Weight Safely While Eating Abundantly Paperback – December 26, 2000


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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Rev Upd edition (December 26, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060959576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060959579
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ingeniously disguised as a weight-loss manual, this bestselling guide to preventing--and in some cases, reversing--heart disease through diet, exercise, and soul nourishing comes from renowned cardiologist Dr. Dean Ornish, the first doctor to prove that there are alternatives to surgery for clearing clogged arteries--namely, diet, exercise, and stress management. Citing his own published research findings, Ornish concludes that eating a vegetarian diet with only 10 percent of the total daily calories from fat is the first step to healthier, happier living. The other key elements--moderate exercise, fostering social support, and reconnecting with the self--take more time and care. For these, Ornish offers about 75 pages of encouraging words, again backed by numerous research findings and his personal experiences.

About 250 gourmet recipes from two dozen famous chefs help ease the blow to those who view becoming vegetarian as a dramatic lifestyle change. The good news is, entrées like Polenta Alla Veneziana and Tofu Gumbo will surely tickle the taste buds; the bad news is, the sheer number of ingredients and lengthy prep time required for most recipes could send readers running back to their favorite fast-food joints. Plenty of cooking methods, tips, and food descriptions help demystify the recipes; Ornish also provides a comprehensive nutritional analysis of common foods as well as for each dish. But the great strength of Eat More, Weigh Less is in Ornish's opening sections, where he builds a solid case for curbing fat, tossing out the meat and dairy, and fostering mental and emotional happiness. --Liane Thomas

About the Author

Dean Ornish, M.D., is president and director of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, CA. He is assistant clinical professor of medicine at the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, and an attending physician at California Pacific Medical Center.

Customer Reviews

Dr. Ornish makes a well supported case for his diet plan.
Andrew J Streicher
Exercise should not be bound with merely weight loss but rather with greater physical and psychological goals that far exceed weighing less.
Mohamed F. El-Hewie
This book is about remodelling your inner self so you want to make better choices about what you eat and do.
Athene Five

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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Athene Five on September 26, 2003
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I have been using this book for about 3 years, and have just ordered a copy for my brother. If I could, I would give a copy to everyone I know who has a weight and health issue, if only because of his concept of "meditative eating".
When I reflect on this book, the element that impresses me the most is the compassion with which the book is written. Ornish clearly wants to help people be healthy, and be happy in their lives. He does not promote extreme goals or unattainable body images- he talks about real people who want to feel better, have more energy and be able to do the things in life that they want to do. He encourages the reader to be mindful of what they are eating and doing, to eat with joy and pleasure, to savor and meditate upon the experience of nourishing themselves in a healthy manner.
Many people looking for a make-over book look for not just a diet plan, but an exercise plan, an journaling plan, a food log, and a lot of rules. Ornish is not presenting a weight-loss, get fit fast plan, to remodel your outer body by Christmas. This book is about remodelling your inner self so you want to make better choices about what you eat and do. He recommends a healthy diet, and a moderate amount of exercise, things that you will do ALL your life. This is not a short-term project, it's a life-style retraining guide that treats you gently.
I love to cook, and I'm partial to the vegetarian life choice, so I found the recipes not only delicious, but inspiring. Over time, I have been able to convert almost my old fat-laden favorites to his guidelines. Also found that my tastes changed over time, and I desired less fat and salt and sugar in foods. This has been a slow process, as Ornish no doubt intended, a gentle metamorphosis into a more mindful life.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 2001
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This is a wonderful book. Clear, informative, extremely helpful. It makes it clear that there are really only two ways to lose weight: eat fewer calories and burn more calories. You can eat fewer calories by eating less food, which works for any diet in the short run but not in the long run becaus (surprise!) you feel hungry and deprived. But by eating foods that are less dense in calories-- i.e., less fat-- you can eat the same amount of food and still eat a lot fewer calories, so you can maintain this way of eating.
A lot of people think that the only diet Dr. Ornish recommends is the same one he proved could reverse heart disease, but in this book he offers a spectrum of choices. In other words, to the degree you move in the low fat (and low sugar) direction, then you lose weight without being hungry. And your health gets better in other ways, too.
And most of the recipes are great, too.
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62 of 71 people found the following review helpful By K. Morris on February 18, 2001
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I read this book just recently. I am convinced Ornish is on the right track for losing weight and keeping your heart healthy. He basically advocates a very low fat diet, using natural foods, avoiding meat and highly processed foods such as sugar, white flour, and white rice. Except for his completely wanting to avoid meat, I agree with him. I think some light use of lean meats should be included.
What I was not please with were the recipes. I did not find one recipe that I could call quick and easy! Most involved many obscure ingredients and lots of preperation time.
Read the book for it's ideas, then go out and look for other more practical low fat "heart healthy" cook books.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 2001
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I find it interesting that a previous reader gives this book 2 stars because he or she claims that Dr. Ornish's plan is not medically substantiated. This is not, in fact, the case at all. Dr. Ornish's plan has been proven to actually REVERSE heart disease, let alone prevent it. He refers to numerous studies in this book.
As for protein, well, part of the program is that you get your protein from OTHER sources than meat. Yes, it is true that you can get adequate amounts of protein and nutrients from non-meat sources. Stand back Dr. Atkins! This may seem gross, but I would rather have a clean and clear digestive system from eating high-fiber foods than one that is completely backed up by eating too much protein. Most Americans get too much protein in their diets anyway.
Dr. Ornish's plan is pretty simple. You can eat more high-fiber, low-fat foods because they are designed to clean you out and give you the nutrients you need without clogging your arteries and increasing your cholesterol. While I don't find the recipes in his book to be all that interesting or all that tasty, I will say that I apply the general principles in my daily eating habits. This is NOT a diet- Diets don't work for the long haul. This is a book for the long hall.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Judith Shapiro on June 29, 2007
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I bought this book when it first came out, and followed the diet faithfully for three months. I was already a vegetarian, so following this diet wasn't as hard for me as it is for many people. I ate vegetables, fruit, beans, grains -- and essentially nothing else -- for three months. I even avoided things like soybeans and oats, because they have more fat than other beans and grains.

The problem is, this diet didn't work for me. I lost only a few pounds, despite the extremely restrictive eating plan. Worse, I developed problems with high blood sugar. And, if that wasn't bad enough, my cholesterol actually went UP a little (from 210 mg total cholesterol to 215 mg), despite following the strictly vegan, low-fat diet that Dr. Ornish claims will reverse heart disease.

In my case, I have long-standing problems with insulin resistance. At the time this book was first released, low-fat diets were being recommended even for people with diabetes and insulin resistance, but there is now increasing awareness that such diets have too many carbs for people who don't have a normal insulin response. My body just couldn't handle all the carbs on this diet. The Ornish diet may work for some people, but it didn't work for me -- I'm still looking for the right diet for me.
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