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The Schwarzbein Principle: The Truth about Losing Weight, Being Healthy and Feeling Younger Paperback – May 1, 1999
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From her work with insulin-resistant patients with Type II diabetes, Dr. Schwarzbein concludes that low-fat diets cause heart attacks, eating fat makes you lose body fat, and it's important to eat high-cholesterol foods every day. Picture cardiologists and dieticians tearing their hair out and overweight people cheering as they dive into Eggs Benedict with sausage.
According to Schwarzbein, the high-carbohydrate, low-fat, moderate-protein diet that most dieticians and disease-prevention organizations recommend is the culprit that turns people into diabetics, makes them age faster and get degenerative diseases, and keeps them fat and unhealthy. She supports her theory with case studies of people who were sick and miserable on high-carbo, low-fat diets and who sprang to life when they "balanced" their diets with more fat and protein. Schwarzbein recommends avoiding "man-made carbohydrates"--processed carbs--in favor of those you could "pick, gather or milk." She instructs patients to eat "as much good fat as their body needs": eggs, avocados, flaxseed oil, butter, mayonnaise, and olive oil. Sorry, but fried foods and hydrogenated fats are "bad fats," or "damaged fats," as Schwarzbein calls them. You can eat as many eggs a day as you want on this plan, plus meat (even sausage--as long as it's nitrate-free--and pâté), saturated fat, cream, and nonstarchy vegetables. The book includes a four-week meal plan and about 15 recipes.
About the Author
Dr. Diana Schwarzbein has achieved the reputation as the cutting-edge expert on hormone replacement therapy and reversing type II diabetes through her groundbreaking nutritional and lifestyle program. Her practice specializes in endocrinology, metabolism, diabetes, osteoporosis, menopause and thyroid. She lives in Santa Barbara, California with her husband where she conducts workshops and private sessions.
Nancy Deville is a fiction and nonfiction writer whose first novel Precious Cargo is being adapted into a screenplay.
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Fast forward 8 years. I haven't been living this lifestyle and I've gained 10 more pounds. I've been exercising daily over the past 3 months with no significant weight loss. On my walk one morning, I was meditating and I asked my body what I needed to do to lose weight. I felt like I've been eating healthy, drinking a lot of smoothies and water, and mostly eating fruit and healthy carbs. Then I had a very distinct thought that I needed to start the Schwarzbein Priniciple again. I had completely forgotten about this lifestyle! This is the only eating plan that has ever worked for me. And I can have bacon and not feel guilty about it!
Her nutritional information really makes sense. Last year I lost 45 pounds on a popular weight loss program, but a few months ago I noticed the pounds creeping on again. I responded to this by going even lower-fat, cutting out meat, and stuffing myself with fat-free carbs. And running. I got nowhere.
I heard about this book and figured I had nothing to lose. I certainly have lost the weight I'd regained, but even better, I feel great! It's amazing how the craving for carbohydrates goes away.
My parents have diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. I *know* I'm at risk for these things. Thank you, Dr. Schwarzbein.
After having five foot surgeries in the space of about two years, my wife was struggling with all sorts of apparently unrelated issues, including intestinal issues and insomnia. After exhausting medical diagnostics, including swallowing a miniature camera that took pictures of her entire intestinal tract, she was feeling desperate. So she began trolling the Internet, using Google to search on all her many symptoms, and fully prepared to wade through gigabytes of mis-information and downright quackery. Luckily, she came across The Schwarzbein Principle, ordered a copy, and read it. It sounded sensible and we all decided to try it as a family.
What was most dramatic was Dr. Schwarzbein's predictive ability. My wife had always kept her weight under control by starving herself. According to Schwarzbein, she was therefore at risk for osteoporosis. After reading that, she asked her doctor to order a bone density scan. Sure enough, she had the bones of an eighty-year-old. Additionally, Schwarzbein predicted that, because of her past dieting practices, my wife would gain weight in the first year and lose it in the second year.
At the end of year one, my wife was resigned to being 18% heavier than when she started the diet, for the sake of her health. But then, without any changes in food intake and just as Dr. Schwarzbein predicted, the weight that she had gained just started melting away! She is now just a few pounds heavier than she was on her self-imposed starvation diet. One side effect of this has been that my daughter has gained tremendous sewing experience taking in all those clothes bought during year one, to reduce them to my wife's original size.
For bone density, my wife took a single dose of Boniva and was in bed sick for two days. Enough of that, she said, and decided to try hormone-replacement therapy (HRT), described in others of Dr. Schwarzbein's books. This was a bit harder to accomplish, as it involved finding a lab that could do the necessary hormone analysis (Genova Diagnostics). Fortunately, our doctor was very cooperative and supportive. Short story: In two years, my wife went from severe osteoporosis to normal bones without drugs. One note here: Be careful to have a cooperative and supportive doctor who understands HRT and will avoid the therapies (e.g., oral estrogen) that have given HRT a bad reputation.
Enough about my wife, already! I was not looking for a solution to anything. I was in good health and felt fine. Of course, I thought falling asleep at your desk at 3:00 every afternoon was normal. After switching to the diet along with my wife, that just stopped happening. I've never had cholesterol problems, but anyway my HDL went from 49 to 62--a good change--while my LDL stayed almost unchanged (102 to 104).
My daughter was also doing OK before Schwarzbein, but her energy levels definitely went up on the new diet. We also discovered that she was not lactose-intolerant, as we had always thought: she was skim-milk intolerant! Apparently the fat in whole milk was essential to her digestion.
We did have to adjust Schwarzbein's diet recommendations somewhat: basically, we just couldn't consume as much food as she wanted us to; but then, we are on the small side. Anyway, the key to the diet is not quantity but balance: protein and fat and carbs and non-starchy vegetables in every meal and snack.
My wife and I both still have insomnia problems which the diet (and hormones for my wife) haven't cured, though my wife is slightly better than she used to be. OK, if Dr. Schwarzbein could cure that, too, it would probably be too good to be true.
So there you have some feedback from real people with more than two years on the diet. You owe it to yourself to read the book and try the recommendations. You will most likely be as amazed with the results as we were.