21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart: Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health

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For years, Dr. Neal D. Barnard has been at the forefront of cutting-edge research on what it really takes to lose weight and restore the body to optimal health. Now, with his proven, successful program, in just three short weeks you'll get fast results-drop pounds, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, improve blood sugar, and more. With Dr. Barnard's advice on how to easily start a plant-based diet, you'll learn the secrets to reprogramming your body quickly:

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For years, Dr. Neal D. Barnard has been at the forefront of cutting-edge research on what it really takes to lose weight and restore the body to optimal health. Now, with his proven, successful program, in just three short weeks you'll get fast results-drop pounds, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, improve blood sugar, and more. With Dr. Barnard's advice on how to easily start a plant-based diet, you'll learn the secrets to reprogramming your body quickly:

· Appetite reduction: Strategically choose the right foods to naturally and easily tame your appetite.

· Metabolism boost: Adjust eating patterns to burn calories faster for about three hours after each meal.

· Cardio protection: Discover the powerful foods that can help reduce cholesterol nearly as much as drugs do in just weeks.

Whether you are one of the millions who are anxious to get a jumpstart on weight loss or who already know about the benefits of a plant-based diet but have no idea how or where to start, this book is the kickstart you've been waiting for. Complete with more than sixty recipes, daily meal plans for the 21-day program, tips for grocery shopping, and more, this book will teach you how to make the best food choices and get your body on the fast track to better health.

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Dr. Neal Barnard is a clinical researcher who has published scores of peer-reviewed scientific papers on health-related issues, but he is also a talented writer who has written numerous dietary books for the general public, including Breaking the Food Seduction and Dr. Neal Bernard's Program for Reversing Diabetes. His 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart draws on both his research expertise and writing skills to sketch out his detailed three-week plan for personal rejuvenation. Focusing on a plant-based diet, he explains how even compulsive overeaters can reprogram their bodies to reduce appetite, boost their metabolism, and reduce cholesterol. A sensible, scientifically-based weight loss strategy. Now in NOOK Book.

Edward Ash-Milby

Publishers Weekly
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

Library Journal
Barnard's (medicine, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine) weight-loss plan does not require calorie or carbohydrate counting or even an exercise regime. Instead, it calls for eliminating all animal products and keeping oils to a bare minimum. Readers are encouraged to fill up on all the whole grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruit they want. He includes 21 days of menus and over 100 recipes to help dieters get a good start, and there are two very nice appendixes listing unfamiliar ingredients and basic cooking techniques. Barnard assures readers that all the dietary protein needed is available through the stated food choices; however, as longtime vegetarians will stress, the process of combining a vegetarian diet in such a way as to assure that "complete proteins" are ingested is tricky. There is an apparent lack of sufficient explanations here regarding this process for new vegetarian readers. To promote this book, the author will be outlining his program in a one-hour special in March 2011 televised on PBS stations across the country. VERDICT Readers looking for a different diet approach will find this appealing.—Crystal Renfro, Georgia Inst. of Technology Lib. & Information Ctr., Atlanta
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  • ISBN-13: 9780446583824
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 85,260
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Meet the Author

Neal Barnard, MD is a clinical researcher, author, and health advocate. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and president of the nonprofit Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine. He has been the principal investigator or coinvestigator on several clinical trials investigating the effects of diet on health. He is the author of several books and a frequent lecturer.

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21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart

Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health
By Barnard, Neal

Grand Central Life & Style

Copyright © 2011 Barnard, Neal
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780446583817

A Note to the Reader

As you get started, let me mention two simple, but important points:

See Your Health Care Provider. If you are taking medication, are seriously overweight, or have any health concern, let me encourage you to work with a physician or other health care provider, and to follow his or her advice about all aspects of your medical care. This is not because changing your diet is dangerous. Just the opposite; a diet change can be very powerful for health. So powerful, in fact, that your doctor may need to change your medication regimen, or perhaps discontinue medications altogether. Do not do this on your own. Work with your health care provider to reduce or discontinue your medicines if and when the time is right.

Also, sometimes a new way of eating can make you feel so good and energetic that you might feel like really ramping up your exercise routine. But be careful. If you have been sedentary, have any serious health problem, have a great deal of weight to lose, or are over forty, have your health care provider check whether you are ready for exercise, and how rapidly to begin.

Get Complete Nutrition. Anytime you alter the way you eat, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need. The way of eating presented in this book greatly improves your overall nutrition—more so than other diets. But even so, please read the information on complete nutrition presented in chapter 5. And be sure to take a daily multiple vitamin or other reliable source of vitamin B12, such as fortified cereals or fortified soy milk. Vitamin B12 is essential for healthy nerves and healthy blood.

Part I



Power on Your Plate

Welcome to the Kickstart! In just 21 days, you’re going to be thinner, healthier, and more energetic. As you’ll soon see, the program is quite easy and very effective. You may not yet realize how powerful the foods you eat are—and what a difference a few small changes can make in your life.

There are so many different approaches to nutrition, weight loss, and health. It is important for you to know that the dietary changes recommended in this book have been carefully tested, with the results published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Not only are they more enjoyable than other dietary methods; they are potentially more effective than any other approach ever devised.

Before jumping into the Kickstart, I thought you might like to hear how the simple changes in the program have worked for others—and will work for you, too.

Everyone knows GEICO, the car insurance company whose spokesperson-logo is a little green gecko with an English accent. GEICO’s headquarters happen to be near my office. A few years ago, the company became interested in seeing whether a plant-based diet might help its employees. Because the company provides medical insurance for its employees, every employee who starts a cholesterol-lowering drug or needs a heart bypass costs the firm money.

So my team did a research study with GEICO with just two simple steps: First, the company cafeteria included vegan options, along with the other foods it served. By the way, if this is a new word for you, a vegan is not a person from the planet Vegus. The word simply refers to a diverse diet that leaves out animal products. So in addition to the usual bacon-and-egg breakfast, GEICO provided an oatmeal bar and fruit. At lunch, the cafeteria served hamburgers and all the usual fare, but added veggie burgers, portobello mushroom sandwiches, red bean chili, and vegetable lasagna.

Second, employees who wanted to give a healthy diet a try were offered a one-hour group meeting once a week. The idea was to provide cooking instruction, health lectures, and time to talk together about how the diet change was going. At the GEICO site in the Washington, DC, area, sixty-eight people volunteered to try the program out for five months. They saw this as a chance to lose weight, gain more energy, and break some old habits. A separate GEICO facility in Fredericksburg, Virginia, agreed to serve as a comparison site, with no diet changes.

Hillary and Bruce worked at the Washington-area GEICO office and decided to join the study. They are real people, and those are their real names. They are upbeat and fun loving. But Bruce described their weight problems as serious and long standing, and he was not looking for excuses. “We definitely both loved our food,” he said. Fast food, doughnuts, and just about everything else called to them on a daily basis. “It was really pretty terrible, the way we ate.”

But solving the problem was another matter. They had tried various diets in earnest, but nothing seemed to last, and each diet failure was a demoralizing experience.

Exercise presented a different set of challenges. “You’re embarrassed to go to the gym,” Bruce said. “You’re embarrassed to go out jogging. You really don’t want to go out in public and be seen running around and jiggling everywhere.”

Hillary said, “It was really difficult to find clothes that would fit and that were appropriate for work. And also knowing that it was really my fault and that there was something I should be doing about it but that I wasn’t able to do—that was very frustrating.”

When the GEICO study started, Bruce weighed 283 pounds, and Hillary weighed 239. But they supported each other in the change, and they put healthy foods to work 100 percent.

Weight started to melt away almost immediately. “I think eight to ten weeks into the study, I had already lost thirty pounds and had been able to go shopping for new clothes,” Hillary said. “It was very, very exciting. It was also very exciting to start seeing the reactions of other people as I would attend a conference and see people I hadn’t seen for several months. People really noticed. They could see that there had been a big difference in my attitude and in how I looked physically. It was very inspiring.”

“The pounds were dropping like crazy,” Bruce said. “My cholesterol was plummeting. It was fantastic. This was something that was working better than anything we’d tried before. And I think that we knew we were on the right path.”

After five months, the study participants stood on the scale. At Fredericksburg, the average person got nowhere, of course. They had made no diet changes, and so their weight didn’t fall at all. But at the Washington site, participants lost weight easily. The largest weight loss was forty-six pounds over five months; a more typical weight loss was between ten and twenty pounds. Waistlines shrank by two inches, on average, and hips slimmed by nearly two inches, too. We published the results in three scientific journal reports.

But for Hillary and Bruce, something even more profound had happened. The short-term experience had eased them out of their routine. It had shown them a better way and had broken all their not-so-healthful habits. So when the study ended, they kept going.

Within a year, Hillary had lost eighty-five pounds, and Bruce had lost more than a hundred. They sent me a photograph showing the dramatic change. Not only were they trim, healthy, and beautiful, but I also noticed they were wearing athletic clothes—with no jiggling parts—and had numbers pinned to their T-shirts. Because their energy had come roaring back, they did something they had never done before—they signed up for a half-marathon! Changing what was on their plates allowed them to shed the weight and to gain so much energy that they wanted to exercise.

Today they look great, and they feel great. And eating has become a new adventure. At first, they started trying out new foods in order to participate in our program—just as you will during the next 21 days. Then as they discovered new tastes, new recipes, and new products, they gained a whole new way of thinking about food. They love their new, healthy relationship with food and their new healthy bodies, and the same is in store for you.

By the way, their tremendous weight loss started without exercise. They began the diet change first, and then, as their energy ramped up, they found that they wanted to get active. What this means is that, like Hillary and Bruce, you are about to embark on a simple but profound change, not just in weight, but in your energy level and in how you feel about yourself.

Hillary’s and Bruce’s story can be anyone’s story. If you are looking to lose a little weight—or a lot of weight—or conquer a serious health problem, a change in diet can be powerful. It can help you gain a level of health you had not thought possible.

Not Just Thinner. Healthier, Too

Weight loss is an issue for many people and will be a central focus of this book, but it’s just as important to look beyond the scale, at your overall health. And that’s the beauty of the approach you’re about to put to work. The menu changes that help you lose weight also have a decisive effect on health.

One of the most amazing studies ever conducted was led by Dr. Dean Ornish, a young Harvard-trained physician, who showed that a low-fat vegetarian diet, along with other healthy lifestyle changes, not only led to impressive weight loss and huge changes in cholesterol, but actually caused heart disease to reverse. In other words, arteries that had been narrowed slowly but surely over decades actually began to reopen—without drugs or surgery. As blood flow improved, chest pain disappeared, and people felt young again. The heart attacks that had threatened Dr. Ornish’s patients were suddenly much less likely to ever occur.

At the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, MD, went a step further. In patients with severe heart disease, he prescribed an Ornish-style diet. If a patient’s cholesterol level did not fall below 150 mg/dL, he added a cholesterol-lowering medication. The results were astounding. Although the patients had been very sick at the study outset, their health turned around completely. In twelve years of study, not a single person who followed Dr. Esselstyn’s approach had any heart complications at all.

Meanwhile, Dr. David Jenkins at the University of Toronto showed that foods alone could lower cholesterol levels nearly as well as cholesterol-lowering drugs. The trick was to start with a plant-based diet, and then emphasize specific foods that have a known cholesterol-lowering ability: oats, barley, soy products, and almonds, for example. His patients cut their LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by nearly 30 percent in just four weeks. A similar diet effectively lowers high blood pressure.

Research teams have put similar diets to work for cancer patients. The idea is that vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes (beans, peas, and lentils) work in three ways: First, they provide powerful antioxidants and other cancer fighters. Second, they help trim away excess weight (weight loss improves survival for certain types of cancer). Third, these same diet changes reduce the blood levels of hormones that would otherwise promote cancer growth. As it turns out, diet changes help prevent cancer; and they can also improve survival after diagnosis, reducing the risk of recurrence.

If a look at your family tree shows heart problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, or other conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease that are starting to show links with specific nutritional factors (as you will see in chapter 4), you’ll want to take advantage of the health-boosting power of foods. If you already have a health problem, a diet change is often just what the doctor ordered. It not only adds years to life, but also allows you to spend those years really living, instead of spending your time at a doctor’s office or the pharmacy counter.

It took many years for all of this research to be done. But the benefits of simple adjustments in your daily menu come surprisingly quickly. In no time, you’ll be on your way to a slimmer, healthier body.

Where Did We Go Wrong?

What causes weight gain and the various health issues that go along with it? Why is it that so many people are overweight now, compared with decades past?

Researchers have been examining those questions, and we have come up with some surprising answers.

First of all, it’s not a question of a lack of physical activity, at least not for the most part. It is certainly true that many people are less active than in years past. But in 2009, a team of researchers carefully examined the relationships among food, exercise, and weight, and concluded that changes in exercise habits were simply not enough to account for the rise in obesity in recent years. And that makes sense. Our bodies are so efficient at holding on to fat, you could run flat-out for a mile and not burn off the calories in half an order of french fries. If we want to understand the causes of weight gain, we need to look at the input side of the equation—the foods we eat.

In 2010, I published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition a detailed analysis of how diets have changed over the past century. The results are sobering.

Between 1909 and 2007, meat intake rose from 124 pounds to more than 200 pounds per person per year. That’s more than seventy-five pounds of extra meat for every person every year.

What? Is it really possible that an average man or woman has found some way to eat seventy-five extra pounds of meat every year?

The answer is yes. I grew up in North Dakota, and my father’s side of the family has raised cattle in the Midwest for many generations. However, our meat portions back then were more modest than portions are today. And Americans are now putting away chicken like there is no tomorrow. Convinced that chicken is somehow health food, which it is not, Americans now eat more than one million chickens per hour. It would probably surprise most people to learn that chicken’s fat content isn’t much different from beef’s (about 29 percent for lean beef, 23 percent for skinless chicken breast, compared with less than 10 percent for typical vegetables, fruits, and beans).

But the rise in meat consumption is not the whole story. Back in 1909, Americans had not yet discovered cheese pizza or cheeseburgers, and an average American ate less than four pounds of cheese in a year’s time. Today an average American eats about thirty-three pounds of it every year, nearly thirty pounds more than a century ago.

We’re also tucking into greasy french fries and polishing it all off with ice cream. The average American eats twenty pounds more ice cream each year than a century ago.

And then there are beverages. When I was a child, we had sodas every few months, usually on someone’s birthday or at a picnic, and they came in six-ounce bottles that are now in museums. When the first twelve-ounce cans arrived on the market, my mother wanted to find a lid to reseal them—twelve ounces, she said, was too much for one serving. Well, twelve ounces soon became sixteen ounces, and today the smallest soda bottle sold at most stores holds twenty ounces. And it’s safe to say that no one saves half for the following day.

We are exporting our bad habits, too. China, Japan, India, and other countries have seen an influx of fast-food outlets unknown to them in the past. People living in those countries are tempted by burgers, battered chicken wings, pizza, and sodas, and are now suffering with epidemics of obesity and diabetes that were unknown to them before.

A meaty, cheesy, sugar-laden diet packs in calories, but it lacks the fiber that you need to satisfy your appetite. So weight gain is all but inevitable.

The good news is that you can change all this, and very easily. And you will over the next three weeks.

Go for It!

This Kickstart is based on what we’ve learned in our research studies. We have focused on the food choices that are most powerful for health, and how to make the switch to healthier foods easy and approachable. Our findings have been presented countless times at research conferences and have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals.

But we know that what really counts is what works for you. So although we document our results using statistical averages, standard deviations, regression analyses, and other scientific methods that could bore you to tears, we boil it all down to a simple, step-by-step program—the 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart—that takes you exactly where you want to go.

This program is an easy and fun way to try out a new way of eating. Just like Hillary and Bruce and the many people we have worked with over the years, you can put foods to work to bring you a slimmer and much healthier body. When you see the numbers dropping on the scale, when people remark about how great you look, and when you feel your health getting better and better day by day, you’ll really want to keep going.

And there is an extra benefit: a wonderful rebound of energy. Hollywood actor Alicia Silverstone set aside animal products in order to be kind to animals. But she soon realized that the diet change was kind to her body, too. “Within two weeks, people noticed the difference in how I looked,” she said. “I felt lighter, healthier, and more energetic. It just really felt right.”

That extra energy translates into feeling great, forgetting about old problems that have weighed you down, and really living again. As Alicia puts it, “This way of eating really frees you, not just from extra weight, but from having to obsess about how many calories you’re eating, how many diet points you’re earning, and so on. Who needs all that?”

In this Kickstart, we keep the focus on the short term—that is, three weeks—so there is never any pressure or long-term commitment. Once you’ve experienced the power of healthful foods, you’ll never want to let it go.


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Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader ix

Acknowledgments xi

Foreword Alicia Silverstone xiii

Introduction 1

Part I Metabolically Active Foods

Chapter 1 Power on Your Plate 13

Chapter 2 Foods That Tame the Appetite Demons 22

Chapter 3 Understanding the Calorie-Burning Secret 39

Chapter 4 Cardioprotection: Health for Every Part of You 49

Chapter 5 A Healthy Menu 67

Part II The Three-Week Program

Chapter 6 On Your Marks, Get Set… 87

Chapter 7 Let's Go! 122

Day 1 Jump In! 123

Day 2 Beyond Meaty Diets 129

Day 3 Beyond Dairy Products 132

Day 4 Keeping It Low-Fat 137

Day 5 Quick Breakfast Ideas 139

Day 6 Mastering Social Situations 143

Day 7 Eating for Energy 149

Chapter 8 Getting in Gear 155

Day 8 Tackling Cravings and Destructive Eating Habits 156

Day 9 Heart Health 164

Day 10 Convenience Foods 167

Day 11 Travel 171

Day 12 Fighting Cancer with Food 176

Day 13 Our Friend, the Bean 182

Day 14 Choosing Good Carbohydrates 186

Chapter 9 Going to the Max 193

Day 15 Protecting Every Cell, and Slowing the Aging Process 194

Day 16 Foods That Conquer Pain 198

Day 17 Eating Your Way to a Good Night's Sleep 204

Day 18 Play with Your Food 208

Day 19 Extra Motivators: Environment and Animals 213

Day 20 Thinking About Our Loved Ones 217

Day 21 Graduation Day! 220

Part III Menus and Recipes

21 Days of Kickstart Menus 229

Recipes 239

Breakfasts 241

Soups and Stews 250

Salads 260

Wraps, Sandwiches, and Burgers 264

Main Dishes 271

Sides 286

Sauces 289

Spreads, Dips, and Snacks 299

Desserts 302

Appendix 1 Ingredients That May Be New to You 307

Appendix 2 A Primer of Basic Cooking Techniques 312

References 333

Index 339

About the Author 349

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    Eye-opening and useful diet book

    The 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart is a must-read book for anyone who's trying to lose weight and improve his or her health. Dr. Neal Barnard's book is practical, readable, and packed with useful information. It includes nutritional / health info, food and cooking tips, restaurant suggestions, sample menus and recipes, and so much more.

    After reading this book, I realized that I could lose weight without having to count calories, strictly limit portions, starve myself, or pop pills. I enjoyed all kinds of delicious foods on this diet, including pancakes, fruit smoothies, bean salad, pasta, lentil soup, filling and tasty vegetable dishes, and many others.

    I've been on this diet for four weeks so far and have lost 6.2 pounds whereas before I was feeling pretty hopeless about my weight and eating habits. My skin has a healthy glow and I have more energy to exercise now. The 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart has improved my health and my life in ways that I hadn't anticipated when I started. Give it a try for just 21 days and see how you feel!

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    Posted March 26, 2012

    The best diet book!

    I've tried a lot of diet books and this is the best so far! The info is presented in a very easy-to-digest way. I learned a ton about nutrition and am finally beginning to understand why so many other diets don't work. This diet is great because it is actually sustainable. I've been able to stick to it for about 5 months now and see no reason to change back to my old way of eating. I've lost weight and also just feel better and have more energy. The best part is that you don't have to worry about portion size so much since the foods are all sooo healthy and low in fat. I'd recommend this to anyone who is serious about not only weight loss, but also an all-around healthier way of eating.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

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    A vegetarian based diet not for the average person trying to lose weight.

    21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart has been the hardest dietary book for me to review. I decided I was going to give the diet a try and it has not worked for me at all. I lasted a total of one week out of the 21 days without eggs, chicken, fish and seafood which I love. The whole week I was left feeling totally hungry, unhappy and down-right miserable, even hating my husband as he sat next to me eating seafood. A dangerous kickstart if you ask me. I would only recommend this book to anyone if they already are a Vegetarian because if you are a lover of seafood and eggs like me it will never work. I know there are people who hate seafood or would never touch an egg. I believe if you are one of these people then it is much easier for you to convert to this diet.I can totally drop meat, even poultry however fish, seafood and eggs no way. This book has great information and is really helpful, if you are a vegetarian that is. However if you are not a vegetarian then of course you will lose weight by cutting these things from your diet, so this concept makes no sense to me. I do not belief this book is for the average person trying to lose weight while maintaining a healthy eating pattern. I believe a diet in moderation is better than removing fish that is a good source of omega-3 or eggs if you enjoy them. Why should a healthy way of eating make you fell so awful? However that is what I found this book to be just a helpful guide for those who already have incorporated a vegetarian diet into their lifestyle. Take account I say incorporated because that is exactly what this diet feels like, one big plastic corporation and unhealthy because you then must substitute what you are missing with pills. Which goes to show if your body needs these vitamins that are found in foods why should you be cutting these out in the first place. If you are a vegetarian then go for it. You might find some helpful information for your bland diet, however if you are just starting out I would be careful to make sure you get the required vitamins and minerals your body needs when on this diet.

    10 out of 50 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    Dr. Barnard writes in a way that any lay person, like me, can u

    Dr. Barnard writes in a way that any lay person, like me, can understand. The program has been really easy to follow and I've never felt better. The increase in energy is remarkable. My only other comment is that the recipes are dynamite, they are so flavorful and what I really like is all the options that are given for things like Oatmeal, you don't just get plain oatmeal, you get like six variations, things like Apricot, Fig & Mint, Green Apple - all so yummy! This has been an incredibly useful book for me!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2012

    For the reviewer who "decided I was going to give the diet

    For the reviewer who "decided I was going to give the diet a try
    and it has not worked for me at all. I lasted a total of one week out of
    the 21 days without eggs, chicken, fish and seafood which I
    love."...if you cannot put everything you have into a lifestyle
    change, then it will never work for you. This is an overall LIFESTYLE
    change. I was a HUGE seafood fanatic, as well as dairy. Loved eggs,
    cheese and milk-based items. Then I got lifechanging news - I was now
    Type 2 diabetic.. Needless to say, a complete overhaul of my life and
    choices was the ONLY thing that was going to change my fate. My
    specialist ordered me to read Dr. Barnard's book - Program for Reversing
    Diabetes. If was a lifechanger. And since, I have bought his other books
    including this one. I have learned the ins and outs of a vegan diet. And
    it has forced me to - gasp! - cook. I am steadily losing weight, my
    levels have dropped and I avoided the pitfalls of insulin injections and
    medications for diabetes. This works, and if you have the drive and
    determiniation to change your life, it WILL work. But you cannot go into
    it half-hearted. You must be willing to change.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    This book made me think of the word 'diet' in a completely diffe

    This book made me think of the word 'diet' in a completely different way. It's not just a fad that you try and torture yourself with for a week or two. It's a whole new way of eating and living. I actually enjoy the foods and the recipes are simple yet really satisfying with interesting combinations and flavors. I feel great, and I'd recommend this book and this way of eating to anyone!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2011

    it was okay

    Not the book I intended to purchase. Could not return it, so read through some of it. It is all about eating vegan, and that is not for me. I am sure it would be interesting to someone who was interested in a vegan diet. Waste of my $.

    5 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    Great Book!

    This is a great book its a real eye opener it makes you see how reliant we are on animal products. Great recipes and educational as well highly recommended!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Loved the simple, easy to follow philosophy of this book.

    Loved the simple, easy to follow philosophy of this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2014


    Is at wynd all results

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    Lightning's, Windy's, Stream's, Shade's, Death's & Scar's bios!

    *-+-* Lightningpaw *-+-* <p> Name: Samus Aran. Shut up, Mini Mario, My name is totaly not Lightningpaw. <p> Age: 6 m <p> Gender: &female <p> Clan: ThunderClan <p> Rank: Apprentice <p> Pelt: Pale yellow <p> Eyes: Electric Blue <p> Minor bio update location: Lightning res 1 <p> #-$-# Windypaw #-$-# <p> Name: Look up <p> Age: 6 m <p> Gender: &female <p> Clan: WindClan <p> Rank: Apprentice <p> Pelt: Light grey <p> Eyes: Sky blue <p> Minor bio update location: Windy res 1 <p> %-@-% Streampaw %-@-% <p> Name: Really? <p> Age: 6 m <p> Gender: &female <p> Clan: RiverClan <p> Rank: Apprentice <p> Pelt: Silvery blue <p> Eyes: River blue <p> Minor bio update location: Stream res 1 <p> @-8-@ Shadepaw @-8-@ <p> Name: Urg... <p> Age: 6 m <p> Gender: &female <p> Clan: ShadowClan <p> Rank: Apprentice <p> Pelt: Black <p> Eyes: Deep blue <p> Minor bio update location: Shade res 1 <p> $+2+$ Deathfrost $+2+$ <p> Name: If you ask one more time... <p> Age: 20 m <p> Gender: &female <p> Clan: Dark Forest <p> Rank: I guess you could say Warrior... <p> Pelt: Midnight black <p> Eyes: Navy blue <p> Minor bio update location: Death res 1 <p> &"4"& Scar &"4"& <p> Name: *sound of unsheathing claws* <p> Age: 25 m <p> Gender: &female <p> Clan: BloodClan <p> Rank: Leader <p> Pelt: Musky grey <p> Eyes: Clear blue <p> Minor bio update location: Scar res one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2014


    I will join le Thunderclan right nowish then.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014


    Oh wow. Everyone loves my rules, it seems. C: mkay. I'm kewl with that. <p> Anyways, I rp the bomb digity Dapplestar of Rivercoan. Go to res 14 and read everything. Yurps, all 9 pages. No worries, it won't take too long. Over and out, --Dapplestar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014


    -Res 2-6 <br>
    -Camp: res 3 <br>
    -Leader: Eaglestar <p>
    WINDCLAN <br>
    -Res 8-12 <br>
    -Camp: res 10 <br>
    -Leader: Birchstar <p>
    RIVERCLAN <br>
    -Res 14-18 <br>
    -Camp: res 15 <br>
    -Leader: Dapplestar <p>
    -Res 20-24 <br>
    -Camp: res 22 <br>
    -Leader: Flightstar <p>
    BLOODCLAN <br>
    -Camp: res 25 <p>
    DARK FOREST <br>
    -Camp: res 7 <p>
    MOONPOOL <br>
    -Res 13 <p>
    STARCLAN <br>
    -Res 19 <p>
    -Res 26 <p>
    THE ISLAND <br>
    -Res 27

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2014

    Res change

    Res six and seven switched.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014


    See below. Title is map all caps.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2014


    Shadowclan's camp moved to result eleven. The book switched.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2011

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