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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.
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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.
I haven't found a Dr who is as thorough and passionate about bio-identical hormone replacement therapy as Dr Scwarzbein, but I'm determined to keep looking. I've recommended this book already to more than a dozen women and I don't typically make unsolicited recommendations.
I have recommended Dr. Schwarbein's book to all my friends with diabetes problems as well as weight loss problems. Never before have I experienced a plan that I wanted to stay on for the rest of my life! You will never regret buying the principle!!
I've given this book 4 stars instead of 5 because some of the material is outdated. For instance, the whole idea of HRT was mostly dropped like a hot rock when it came to light that drugs such as Premarin might increase the risk of developing cancer. Perhaps bio-identical hormones are safer; perhaps not. Time will tell. Schwarzbein's eating plan, however, does work well for many people and is flexible enough to be easy to live with. I don't think of it as a diet; it's just the way I eat.