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Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Revised Edition Paperback – January 5, 2011
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I want to keep eating poorly because it tastes good. I want to eat cheese and as much as I can and at anytime. I want to continue eating luscious breads anytime I want and as much as I want. I want to eat sweets without reserve. I love butter. Cereal and milk. And pizza.
And that is just the short list.
And I'm miserable with my weight because of my excess and eating whatever I want. Breads, sweets, dairy, meat sometimes. But my toxic body revels in it. And I am normal, unfortunately. And I want to stay normal at all costs. And yet normal is miserable, for me, at least.
So reading this book for the second time I am faced with the fact that in order to be where I want to be: healthy and fit, I can either change or stay the same or be somewhere in the middle. I usually go for the somewhere in the middle and then end up going back to the same, but I never really change.
This book is about change. It is about eating mainly vegan - no matter what the other reviewers say - it really is about veganism. I have always been jealous of vegans = because it is the hardest thing a normal eating person can be.
This book advises against all animal products - no matter what other reviewers say. Furhman states over and over that animal products are bad for the human body, toxic to the liver, great for cancer and fat, bad for humans. Yes, he does say that over and over, and then a sentence will come up here and there stating you can have a little fish if you are this kind of person or you can have some meat twice a week if you are that person, but really, he wants you to be vegan. No animals products. Sigh. NO CHEESE.
He hates cheese. Really, it really bugs him. Not once does he ever say, you can have cheese if you are that kind of person or this kind of person. I guess cheese is really bad. Uggh. My toxic body is crying - don't stop the cheese, please. I just had a cheese sandwich - luscious bread, too much cheese, swiss and cheddar, some lettuce, a bit of processed turkey, mayo, mustard, italian dressing. Sometimes I add tomato and cucumber (to appease Furhman).
He states over and over a lb of greens and a lb of vegetables per day. He does tend to mix things up and kind of says one thing then changes it a little then goes back to what he said earlier, so he goes in circles at times to where you are not really sure what you should do. That does sort of drive you crazy in trying to figure out what exactly you should do. But I do know this is what he really is trying to say: to be healthy, you must stop the bread, stop the pasta, stop the sweets, stop the cheese, stop the milk, stop the meat, stop the fish, stop oils, stop diet sodas, stop over eating - just stop.
To lose weight: eat vegetables, eat fruit, beans and nuts in smaller amounts, oatmeal is acceptable also (I think). Again, it depends upon the page.
He does sell a lot of products on his website and they are expensive. But it all looks healthy and good.
If you are strong enough this diet/way of life, can really change your life, I truly believe this. I didn't give it 5 stars because it is so restrictive - but that is not necessarily bad, I'm just kinda weak battling my food demons. And I must be jealous of Furhman, in some way, so the penalty is 4 stars when he probably, most likely, deserves 5.
The main differences between this diet and what I was previously eating: no oils, better portion control with respect to nuts, limited carbs. I went a little beyond the recommendations by limiting my fruit to max 4 pieces, often less, because some fruit do have a lot of sugar (depends on the fruit).
I consider myself a very experienced dieter, but for whatever reason, after gaining 10 pounds during a stressful time at work, I found it difficult to lose the weight. In fact, I tried for several months but couldn't budget the scale more than a small and quickly-reversed amount. Then I found this program, and the rest is history.
I particularly recommend this book to people who would otherwise be susceptible to crash diets and cravings. Dr. Fuhrman makes the very convincing point that if you are eating adequate nutrients, you'll avoid cravings. A low-calorie diet that *doesn't* pay attention to nutrients will just set you up for a restrict-binge-restrict-binge cycle. I was scared of triggering myself, psychologically, but that didn't happen on this diet and I felt a lot of energy. When travelling, I recommend salads (no oil) at Western restaurants and steamed vegetables, which most ethnic restaurants can make.
Yes, some people have had more dramatic results, but considering I didn't have much to lose and was already a long-term vegan with decent food habits, I'm very impressed by the results so far, and I am still losing 1 pound/week.
Blood test results after 6 weeks:
Vegan + E2L: 152
I'll keep coming back to give updates. I like reviews when they say "X months later" or even better "X years later", because losing weight is not nearly as important as maintaining (but based on the lack of cravings so far, it should be pretty straightforward).
Edit: It's been over a year (it's now August 2016), and I just remembered about this now. I don't follow his plan 100% -- in particular, I more severely limit fruit because of all the sugar and I eat more nuts for satiety -- but I've lost 25 pounds since starting and maintained without going crazy. Compared to my highest weight *ever*, I'm 35 pounds lower. In another 6 months, when I qualify, I will sign up for the National Weight Control Registry of people who have lost >30 pounds and maintained it for at least a year. :) By the way, it is so much easier to run at a lower weight! And it's good for my joints and back, as well. I'm very happy.