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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 easi ...more
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Published February 28th 2011 by Grand Central Life & Style (first published February 2011)
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David
What a wonderful book! I strongly recommend this book for anybody who eats, especially for those concerned about health and nutrition. This book is designed for optimal nutrition, and I agree with the book 100%. Why? Because four years ago, I started following the diet described in this book, and my excess pounds just floated away. It was easy--it was not an exercise in will power, because after a few weeks, I did not miss any unhealthy foods (except for cheese--I still crave cheese occasionally ...more
Carol
I just finished a 21 day Daniel Fast and I was looking for more vegan recipes which this book offers. Major difference with this book is that the Daniel Fast requires only water to drink, no yeast or sugar on the vegan diet and the spiritual connection one has during the process which is amazing. I have to say that the Daniel Fast wasn't hard. I didn't feel hungry but I like veggies, fruit, beans and whole grains. Ripe fruit replaced my sugar cravings. I feel more clear headed, energetic, no lon ...more
Debra
My doctor told me to go on the Paleo diet, didn't work, felt terrible. I tried this for 21 days, lost 3 lbs and feel much better. I am going to continue following the food recommendations.
Jessica Anne
I would recommend this book to anyone curious about vegan diets, looking to make a healthy lifestyle change and lose some weight, as well as to novice vegans who maybe want to understand their choices more fully. This program works. Period. I did it, and I have no intention of going back to my former diet.

I went vegan about six months ago using the KickStart program online. I consider myself a novice vegan, still learning the ropes. This book provided me with a deeper understanding of how eating
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Norma
This is a very easy to understand book. It takes you on a 21-Day weight loss regime.

First thing you need to know is that it is STRICTLY vegetarian. You are not allowed any meat or dairy during these 21 days.

Each day, there is a different focus that you read about. Such as day 17 is about the food/sleep correlation. Did you know that eating healthy can actually help you sleep better? Did you also know that if you are overtired, you tend to overeat?

So not only are they having you change your eatin
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Crystal
I like Dr. Barnard's style. His books are informative and easy to read. He seems to drop a lot of celebrity references, but they're usually useful. I skimmed, due to time constraints, but liked what I saw, and may buy this book at a later date. The recipes are as tasty as his other book The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook, although there is some overlap. But this is full of a lot more information explaining the vegan diet, and his specific diet guidelines, as well as the health and wellness benef ...more
Donna LaValley
Do you read self-help health books? Confession: I buy more of them than I read. Last month I took this one off the “to read” shelf and made my way through it.

If you’re interested in health-related topics, you learn from various media and may be fairly well informed. Books coming out that offer “new” info may simply gather information you already know and put it together with a different slant, emphasis, or combination, and you’re disappointed. However, if you can learn just one new thing, you c
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Mary (BookHounds)
In my never ending goal to lose five pounds, I thought I would give this a try. The book contains easy to understand theories on why weight loss doesn't always work and how to avoid the pitfalls. There are also easy to follow recipes geared toward helping your body lose weight. I found the book to be inspirational and the information seems really helpful. So far I have lost two pounds and hope to lose the hardest of the hard in the last three!
Steffi De la montagne
The dutch translated title was a bit misleading. 21 days of a vegan diet to boost your metabolism and improve your health. Although the book has some good tips on how to replace dairy products and such with vegetable alternatives,and how to deal with eating at restaurants and such, it's about the only thing I liked about this book. The vegan motives in this book are purely based on "losing weight" and "improving health" and have nothing to do with the ethics most people consider when going for v ...more
Carol
When I requested this book, I had no idea that it was a vegan(no meat,no dairy) diet book. I was very skeptical as I began reading it. It was written by a cardiologist who, over the course of his practice, has seen miraculous recoveries occur simply by patients adopting a vegan diet. He pulls from numerous other medical studies that also support the results that he has seen.
He encourages you to just try the diet for 21 days and see the results. So I have been following it for the last 3 weeks n
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Autumn Blues Reviews
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 kickst
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Deb
After viewing the film "Forks Over Knives" I decided to follow a plant-based diet. This book is just one of the many diet, nutrition and recipe books that focuses on the plant-based diet that the film advocated, but the fact that it was written by Dr. Neal Barnard, a well-known advocate for nutrition-based health, made me pick it up before reading any other books on the topic.

The book is set up to be followed as a 3-week dietary overhaul, giving up meat, dairy, fish and oils in favor of whole g
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Suphatra
It wasn't until I came to Seattle that I was ever in a social situation involving more than one vegan. In New England, and even in California, vegans seemed few and far in between in my experience, and only were outed at my dinner parties, where they'd sheepishly confess their diet and be so apologetic that they couldn't touch an ounce of food because I've lathered everything in fish sauce. In Seattle, it was a different story. One time I was at a vegan restaurant with two vegans and mid-meal, o ...more
Sian Powell
I saw a youtube clip of Dr Barnard talking about his approach to diet and health and was very interested. I bought this book and a couple of others on the strength of the youtube clip and I don't regret it. I have been juicing for some time which has bought me health benefits but I was still struggling with my weight. Since I started this plan, I have eaten so well, so much, never felt hungry and still lost weight. I have tried many, many diets over the years and can honestly say this has been t ...more
Sandra
I happened to catch Neal Barnard on PBS the other day and was sufficiently interested in what he was saying about veganism to read his book. As diet books go, this is arranged like most of them: encouragement and motivation, supporting research, the benefits of the diet, supporting stories and life-changing testimonials, the diet, recipes. I guess whether a person is convinced of the claims of any weight-loss book depends largely on whether the research is credible and whether the reader is alre ...more
Joyce Dunklee
My husband heard the author interviewed on the radio and thought it sounded like an eating program that would benefit all of us. It was touted as a "weight loss" program. For any of you who know my husband, if he loses and ounce, he will disappear. Anyway, we bought it and I am not impressed. Alot of the meals contain things I would not eat, ie: pasta, canned soup.....I have to admit, I have not read the book in its entirety. I will do that before I judge, then I will pass it along to whomever w ...more
Rosanne
I read this book for the nutritional content - the explanations of why we should avoid certain foods and why we should indulge in others - because it seemed to me to be in complete opposition to the one I read last year, Taubes' Why We Get Fat. As suspected, these books are polar opposites. One is as close to a Dr. Atkins diet as possible and the other is a vegan diet. And to be honest, it's the vegan diet that makes more sense to me. Am I going to become a vegan? Maybe, someday, but right now I ...more
JoAnne
If you have decided, or are seriously considering changing your eating to become healthier, this book is a very helpful tool to use to make the transition or just to try it out. I had already read several books detailing the benefits of whole foods, plant based eating, and had started the transition, but this book gave me more focus, simple recipes, and motivation along the way.
Ellen
This is a pretty interesting book. First off, when I picked it up, I had no idea it was a vegan diet concept. I probably wouldn't have even looked at if I had known. That being said, I'm pretty intrigued. I may just attempt to incorporate these concepts into my diet, or, I might even try it all out. I really don't eat very much meat, so this might just work. Although I am not sure about the dairy aspect. I LOVE my yogurt. And whey protein. We will see. Definitely interesting and definitely worth ...more
April
I've read a lot of books about plant based nutrition. This is the book I will recommend for beginners. It has all the science and important guidelines AND is easy to understand and seems doable. Some books, in contrast, seem completely overwhelming. I really appreciated the very thoughtful approach to introducing someone to vegan eating.
Kimberly
This is the book that brought me back to vegetarianism. I found out at the beginning of June that my cholesterol was 234 and I knew that changing the way I eat would lower that level. I am a big believer in the connection between the foods we eat and our health and I just needed a "kickstart" to return me to healthier habits.

The day I learned about my high cholesterol, I purchased the Nook book edition and started reading. The fact that Dr. Barnard guides you through the program day by day is ex
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Robin Everson
Jun 06, 2013 Robin Everson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
Recommended to Robin by: nobody
This is a MUST read for anybody who puts food in their mouth. If you need to lose weight or even if you don't need to lose weight but just want to be healthy and feel good, this book gives you the tools to do it. I was so encouraged by the book, I didn't wait to do it day by day. I read it in three days. I use it for reference (recipes and tips to try new things). I have recommended this book to several people and given them the website for them to sign up for the 21-day weight loss Kickstart. T ...more
Chasity
I'm already vegan and I'm not trying to loose weight but I did really enjoy this book and found it super helpful. Dr. Barnard writes in a way that is easy to understand (even when talking science) and easy to relate to. I also made a couple of the recipes and loved them! His focus isn't on making any life-long diet changes, but just sticking to a plant-based diet for 3 weeks and seeing how you feel.

For anyone who's interested in this book but doesn't want to dedicate the time to read it, there
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Lindsay
Dit boek is de vertaling van '21 days weight loss kickstart' en dat zegt al genoeg... het hele boek is geschreven in een 'Proficiat u ben al een week bezig met dit plantaardige dieet en je gewicht gaat de goede kant op!'... heel Amerikaans en om het nog populairder te maken met liefst zoveel mogelijk verwijzingen naar celebs en succesvolle verhalen. Soms lijkt het ook wel een kookboekje voor beginners "Groenten met veel vocht kan je niet invriezen!". Misschien is dat soort type boek een goeie aa ...more
Brandy
I hate the name of this book. It sounds like a gimmick that you'd see in an infomercial followed by its low price of $19.95. I'm glad I picked this book up in spite of the title because it has several interesting recipes and cooking tips. I also enjoyed its more conversational tone more than some of the other books about plant-based diets that I've read recently. I didn't get a lot of new information from this book because of that prior reading, but I think I'd suggest this to someone who's look ...more
Nicoal
As someone who's several years into eating "real food" I didn't pick up a lot of new information. But for someone new to this type of eating, it's informative and motivational without being preachy. Recipes and cooking tips are provided, but would be nicely supplemented using websites and other books. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine hosts an online version of the 21-Day Kickstart several times per year, and I imagine the book is similar to what you'd learn by following the onli ...more
Gina
Flagged pg. 23, 35-37, 44, 60-61, 67, 71, 77, 82, 84, 89, 91, 101, 105, 109, 110, 117, 132, 142 (Perfect brown rice), 153, 156, 182, 188, 210, 299 (Tofu Ricotta), 305 (Wacky chocolate cake), 307-310, 311-332)


Replacing Eggs as a Binder:
Egg Size Mashed Silken Tofu
half a mashed banana
Soy flour or cornstatch (1 Tbsp) mixed w/ 2 Tbsp Water

HappyCow.net
LocalHarvest.org (CSA's)
pcrm.org Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

nutritional yeast for parmesan cheese/salty flavor
Kate
This is really best when combined with the website. There is a lot of very useful information, but already being a vegan, I knew most of it. Plus, the website had menu plans, which this did not. For those who are interested, and still eating a diet including animal products, I would recommend getting the book. Personally, I used the website more. This is definitely a good book to have on the shelf, but I'd be happier if I'd waited for the softcover version.
Pamela
I thought there was a lot of useful information here. But also a lot of fluff. The recipes aren't much, but that's fine. I liked the author's writing style as it was friendly, and direct -- but not too dry. I found enough data here to recommend this book to others.
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