The diabetes board pretty much hated hearing anything about diet. But XRing adopted the Fuhrman diet because he heard of it, from me. A couple others have adopted the diet, to what extent I do not know.
P. S. Oh, the answer is that a low carb plant based diet reduced (improved) all cause mortality 20%. WoW !! Animal based or plant based, I would surmise that these were all people trying to do something for their health and/or weight. Sounds like animal based diets are not healthful.
Of course, the Eat To Live diet is, I believe, a great deal more effective, than a "low carb plant based diet". There are several modalities at work with the Fuhrman program, that other programs do not do.View Thread
Dr Gregor has an interesting video about one man on the Atkins diet, who developed ED and heart disease, all medically documented. Clearly, not everyone responds this way to the Atkins diet, of course. But for anyone who does develop heart disease, switching to Eat To Live or McDougall, reverses it. You never hear of any developing heart disease on Fuhrman, and curing it with Atkins.
Oh, the Paleo Diet. This diet is good, in that, if one actually follows the diet, people will be eating a lot more veggies and fruits. This diet is bad in that it says meat is unlimited. Many people take the Paleo diet as an excuse to eat all they want at their favorite barbeque restaurant.
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(1) Other similar programs are also very successful. The success of one supports the success of all. I believe Dr. Fuhrman has improved upon these other programs.
Great question. Your goal is to lose 7-10 pounds. As time goes on, the weight usually creeps up. Studies show that, for people who do lose weight, a 5 year followup shows that only 3% of those people keep the weight off. So, whatever most people do to lose weight, it typically does not work in the long run.
Well, let me give you my perspective, and you can decide if it is helpful to you.
Of all the many diets available, how can one choose? My choice is to follow the program with the best results(1). I beleive the program with the best results is the Fuhrman Eat To Live diet. It has certainly worked well for me, and thousands of others.
"The best results" here means easy weight loss, and prevention, and reversal of many serious health issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension. Improvements or elimination are achieved for allergies, asthma, and autoimmune diseases. Cancer and dimentia risk reduction are strongly supported by published medical literature.
My daughter, in her late 30's, has recently taken up the Eat To Live diet, and she loves it, loves the energy she feels, and loves the inches off her waist. WoW.
So what's the catch?
Dr Fuhrman has designed his diet to use foods with the most nutrients, and the least calories.
This diet includes lots of vegetables, fruit, nuts & seeds, beans, and whole grains. Meat and animal products are reduced to 10% of calories, or excluded entirely, for people wishing the best health results. So, this diet is harder for many to start (such as myself), because it may be quite different from all the foods you are used to eating. Some people find it very easy to convert to, but I found it difficult to start, because I lived on sugar previously, and it was a big change.
So, a down-side of this diet is that being on it fully takes a few weeks of dedication for most people. If your family or friends are not supportive, that can make it much more difficult, also.
What are the up-sides? It has the best improvement to your health. I believe, without a published study to support me, that this is the best weight loss plan. Once you are on the diet, it is not a will-power based diet. It is a knowledge based diet. Staying on the diet is easy and preferred. After being on this diet, and sometimes going back to the The Standard American Diet (SAD), while traveling or social occasions, the SAD is seen to have addictive qualities, and disease promoting qualities. Trying to lose weight while eating addictive SAD foods, is like trying to convince an alcoholic to drink smaller drinks. When I try to eat SAD foods in moderation, I typically fail miserably. And even if I could eat SAD foolds in moderation, my diet would not be healthy enough to be as healthy as I wish to be.
One of Dr Fuhrman's success stories, Charlotte, bought Eat To Live, and went from over 300 pounds to 150 pounds. One of her friends asked her how she did it. Charlotte described the diet, eating veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Her friend said she didn't have the will power to do such a diet. Charlotte answered, "If I had will power, I wouldn't have weighed 300 pounds in the first place!". In other words, this diet eliminates those rich SAD foods that have the addictive triggers to urge you to overeat. Also, the body wishes to eat until the body senses nutrition. The high nutrient food of this diet, tends to satisfy the appetite. Many people report rapid weight loss with no hunger.
Perhaps you may wish to read Eat To Live for inforation sake, for the time being.
Just wanted to be sure we haven't all succumbed to bubonic plague, or something. Hopefully no infestation of fleas creeping up through our computer keyboards from WebMD websites. It's so quiet here. I know jc and Dolores are fine. You folks were talking about taking a rest. Well, we enjoy chatting. I only get a chance to once a week.
Hey, I got a couple of interesting posts on the Fuhrman board. One about hypertensive medications, and another about health issues with salt. Something new about salt, is the link to autoimmune disease, which I had not heard earlier. Come to think about it, Dr. Rex Hawkins, author of Eat Right Electrolyte, was convinced that a very low salt diet was essential to his victory over his own Crohn's disease. He had previously eaten a Pritikin-like diet, without the low salt aspect, without success. After removing salt, he was successful.
The other day, my wife and I were husband - wife bickering, and she said "Oh for crying out loud." Well, one of my brain cells wanted to give it right back to her, but another brain cell saw the inherent humor in the saying "for crying out loud". What does it actually mean? And, a 3rd brain cell thought maybe it would be good to break out of bickering. So, I laughed. We were both taken aback, and enjoyed the respite. Now we are both eager to use "For crying out loud" to break each other up.
We actually have a good time. Thanks for letting me relate this little story. Your wit has brightened our day many many times. Thanks for that.
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