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Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss

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When Mehmet Oz or any of New York's leading doctors has a patient whose life depends on losing weight, they call on Joel Fuhrman, M.D. In EAT TO LIVE, Dr. Fuhrman offers his healthy, effective, and scientifically proven plan for shedding radical amounts of weight quickly, and keeping it off.

Losing weight under Dr. Fuhrman's plan is not about willpower, it is about knowledg

Paperback, 292 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Little Brown and Company (first published 2003)
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Darius Murretti If you mean is the mediterranean diet "hype" teh answer is yes

If you mean is the fuhrman diet "hype" the answer is no . Its based on over 2000 researc…more
If you mean is the mediterranean diet "hype" teh answer is yes

If you mean is the fuhrman diet "hype" the answer is no . Its based on over 2000 research papers of tehmostg prestigious medical institutes in the world

The Fuhrman diet is another name for the"EXCELLENT NUTRITION DIET " taught by Dr Max Gerson diet , the Dr Norman Walker diet and the Dr Ann Wigmore diet and many others brfore Joel Fuhrman ( see my review )

There are many many many many thousands of case studies on Dr Fuhrmans and Dr Gersons websites where the fuhrman diet has cured obesity , cancer , heart attack risk ,diabetes . These case studies to show it not hype but true
to name a few

Also Dr Fuhrman is NOT discrediting the mediterranean diet as HISTORICALLY followed by the mediterranean people of 100 years ago .
According to THAT diet " Historically, in many but not all of the 22 countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, a great abundance and diversity of nonstarchy vegetables, minimally processed whole-grain cereals, legumes, nuts, and seeds were staple foods for both men and women (Table 1). Unlike in North America and Europe, meat, fish, milk, cheese, and eggs were luxurious foods. For example, in Southern Italy in the 1950s, very little meat was eaten, typically only once every week or two, and milk was never used except in coffee (caffé macchiato) or for infants. Sugar and white potatoes were consumed only in very small quantities, and butter or cream were never used. Cold pressed extra-virgin olive oil was the principal source of fat. Fruits and very small amounts of local cheese were rather regularly consumed, together with a moderate intake of red wine during meals" coupled with hard physical exercise "

Dr Fuhrman pointed out that now-a-days people sit in front of the computer and think that by consuming olive oil and refined foods they are on mediterranean diet and life style and will get teh same benefits that mediterraneans got 100 years ago . So anything you read about following a mediterranean diet today being the healthiest diet in the world is definitely "hype" if it does not include huge amounts of salad , whole foods and no refined sugar , grains or fats (in other words practically the same as fuhrman's diet

Plus while there are many thousands of case studies of how a nutrient dense whole food vegan diet cures cancer there are practically none where the mediterranean has cured cancer and even when it has reduced risk or prevented cancer "These observed beneficial effects are mainly driven by higher intakes of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains." source -

so which is the healthier diet ? The one that can cure cancer and reverse chronic disease or the one that can merely prevent it ?

Catharine It's been a while since I read the book so my memory may be off, but to my recollection at first yes, there is a transition period of complete veganis…moreIt's been a while since I read the book so my memory may be off, but to my recollection at first yes, there is a transition period of complete veganism and then after a period you can incorporate some lean white meat.(less)

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Apr 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Things I learned from this book:
- olive oil is NOT a health food
- cancer is a fruit- and vegetable-deficiency disease
- 2% milk is 35% fat (by weight it is 2%, which is irrelevant)
- fruits/veggies contain THOUSANDS of phytonutrients that make them superior to any derivative foods i.e. fruit juice, apple sauce... further proof that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts
-all medications are toxic to varying degrees, whether side effects are experienced or not
- not all proteins are alike; pr
Lisa X
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Eat to Live is such a life changing book!!!! It's changed the way I look at food. This isn't a fad diet book. It's a book that examines the American diet and exposes it to the truth it really is.......disease causing.

Now here is the downside to the diet:

1. It's extreme compared to the American diet so unless you are very motivated to change, the diet will prove to be foreign and challenging.

2.Since no one really eats like this, it's hard to find healthy options when you go out to restaurants.
Nov 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE- I'm annoying everyone I know by raving about it. :-)
Recommended to April by: Jenna Adams
Life changing for me. It's marketed as a diet book and I NEVER would have picked it up based on that but Jenna swore it would change my life. . .and it did!
This book is great because it provides basic nutrition information and provides summaries of medical/health studies to help educate you and provide motivation to eat healthy. You can tell me a million times to eat my fruit not drink it but if you tell me exactly what happens in my body suddenly I think "Oh! I don't want to do that" and I don
Jesse Aaron Barnhart
Nov 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Listen, I've read a lot of diet books in my day because I'm a lazy fat guy who has a "health blog" as a side project so I have to review some of these diet books. If you want to lose weight and be really healthy--read this book, it has a chance of changing your life.

However, the moment you step into the world of Joel Fuhrman realize you're stepping into a infomercial. I mean, yes, his book is full of valid research and tips that are extremely useful to get you to lose weight full of testimonial
Kate Merriman
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is NOT about a diet. Which is what all the diet books say, I know, I know. I believe this truly is the exception, focusing on nutritional excellence, disease prevention, and backed by serious research.

If you ever had a suspicion that there was something really wrong with a 100-calorie portion pack of cookies getting a "thumbs up" from your weight loss group leader, or felt kind of freaked out that a doctor was recommending several months of protein shakes laden with fake sweetener, then thi
Dec 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Celeste by: Amylyn
This is one of those books that you don't want to read because it might be true, and then you read it, but you don't want to try it because it might be true, and then you try it, but you still don't want it to be true because if it were true, you'd have to change your lifestyle, and after you changed, you know that you'd never want to go back to your previous bad eating habits because you'd feel fabulous, lose a ton of weight and be disease free for life - if it's true. Most of the premises in t ...more
Yolo Yearwood
This is a wonderful guide for anyone interested in eating healthy by sticking to a diet full of vegetables and fruits. It is not just a diet book, but a lesson in nutrition. The best part about the book, though, is all of the recipes and ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your everyday. Everything from ice cream made from only fruits and nuts to purees of lentils and vegetables to use as a veggie dip.

Here are the basics of the nutritarian diet:

Very limited meats including fish or me
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

300+ pages of "Eat my diet and watch the pounds slide off". Granted, we need to get back to eating more fruits and vegetables, but I wonder how practical this diet is and how likely people will stick to it. I'm also not a fan of how Fuhrman nearly promises that this one-size-fits-all diet will miraculously get rid of all medications a person is one and eradicate as varied diseases and ailments as asthma, cancer, diabetes, and IBS. He insults people who don't want to get on the diet
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
**Originally I gave this a 3 star rating. Make sure to see the update below.

I know, I know, only a three? Nothing personal to the author, it was a ton of good info and I will never think of what I eat the same way again. I've been practicing it this week, but have yet to get on the scale. I think I have definitely lost weight though. I'm just not a non-fiction lover to be bluntly honest (I agree there is good info, just not what I jump excited at.) This book could have been MAJORLY condensed. In
Jul 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: medicine
The nutrition/eating book I recommend to the majority of my patients, and one of the only nutrition/eating books I recommend to anyone, since it's one of the only ones that doesn't require a major suspension of disbelief when it comes to physiology. The book gives a solid foundation in nutrition and foods and helps you understand why you're making the food choices you are. Requires a major lifestyle change for most people, but with serious payoffs -- I lost 50 lbs, went down 3-4 pant sizes (arou ...more
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life in a big way. I read it 6 months ago or so and was astonished to read about real nutrition and how it is different than what the government recommends we should eat. In fact, it is very nearly opposite. In all honesty though, I was skeptical but decided to give the 6 week plan a try. Basically you change your food intake to include plant based whole foods and remove all animal products and processed food. It was difficult and I fought intense cravings, but he claims it ...more
Jeanette (Ms. Feisty)
I have read this book at least half a dozen times! It has been the most helpful nutrition book I've ever had. I bought it after reading The China Study, which itself was excellent but doesn't give info on what exactly to eat and why. In Eat to Live, Fuhrman explains clearly exactly why animal products are not best for our bodies. He also explains how the best way to choose healthy foods is based on nutrient density per calorie.

Caveat eater: The nutrition info is the best, but the recipes are not
Aug 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Lee by: My doctor
Shelves: junk-science
Dr. Furhman's book starts with a hand full of principles that are helpful to losing weight and then ventures out into lala land with a hypothesis for a vague and unbacked theory about nutrition (H = N/C where H is health, N is nutrition and C is calories) for which he has zero empirical evidence. Using this formula, he extends the principles he brought in past any reasonable application to a point of extremity that is likely to be counter productive for people trying to lead a healthy lifestyle. ...more
Alanna Smith
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm only giving this four stars until I can try it for myself and see. If I like it, I'll up it to 5 stars later.

Basically, Fuhrman's theory is that we should be eating mostly vegetables, fruits, beans, and nuts. Everything else (dairy and meat, oils and fats) is mostly not very good for us. A little bit is okay, but not much, whereas it's nearly impossible to overeat fresh produce. He recommends a six week period of only eating the good stuff in order to cure your body of the addictions we have
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Eat To Live took everything I have learned about nutrition and put it all together. It was great. I do have a couple of problems with it, but I am still following the basic program outlined, just with a few tweaks.

Problem number 1: Nothing is said in this book about food combining. I don't agree with eating fruit with other foods besides greens.
Solution: Just eat the fruit first thing in the morning by itself, or a few hours after eating a meal. Easy.

Problem number 2: I don't agree with the sug
Gma Adkinson
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adults, diabetics, people with high blood pressure, people with heart disease, arthritis patients
Recommended to Gma by: Dr. Oz
Shelves: favorites
If you haven't tried this nutritional program, then you cannot adequately review this book.

In a matter of 10 days, I have lost 8 pounds without ever being hungry. My blood pressure is 116/68 without any medications and the arthritis pain is almost gone. I can't imagine how good things will be after the 6 week detox period.

Some of the changes in eating habits were difficult, but my eating habits got me where I am. So, how's your eating habits working for YOU? There is so possible way you can be
Donna Davis
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Donna by: Dr. Kent Ta
Dr. Fuhrman makes a lot of sense. I started drinking those diet so-called shakes (one in place of each meal) when I was nine years old. Nine. By the time I was at the proper weight for my height and structure, the muscles in my jaw had begun to atrophy from not chewing anything. My friends' mothers said this was a bad idea, and my mother bristled at that, but they were right.

Through my teens I went through bouts of fasting; just eating one meal a day; and 900-calorie-a-day diets in order to stay
Sep 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health-cookbooks
So, this book almost convinced me to become a vegetarian. It is very well written, but a tad preachy. The author does a great job explaining why vegetarianism is good for you, but then goes on and on about how dumb you must be to not believe him. Or something like that.

I was shocked to learn the nutritional value of some foods. I had no idea lettuce had protein or fat. I loved all the tables which showed me how ignorant I've been my whole life on the real make-up of food.

I thought he used resear
May 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
My brother highly recommended this book after he lost 31 pounds in three months, and I am such a naive moron when it comes to diet books that I fell for it. I like the theory behind it: eat more fruits and vegetables and less meat. But Dr. Fuhrman's advice is near impossible to follow. He wants you to start out by eating a pound of raw and a pound of cooked vegetables each day, as well as a ton of fruit. No meat, cheese, dairy, eggs, or egg whites. You can add beans and nuts as the week goes on, ...more
Elizabeth A
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2018
I'm not interested in diets as they never work over the long term. My issue with the word diet is that somewhere along the line it switched from meaning a way of eating for life, and morphed into a "get a bikini bod in 10 days" scenario. When I use the word diet, I mean the former.

There was a day many years ago when I realized that I knew more about nutrition and disease prevention than my Primary Care Physician. Don't get me wrong, she is trained in ways I'll never be, but all she has in her to
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My husband and I have done A LOT of research on health as it relates to nutrition. This book is life changing. After 6 weeks of following this doctor's advice/eating plan, I have lost 20 pounds. My husband has lost weight as well. We feel great, and have tons of energy! Blood pressure and cholesterol are down. Inflammation in the body is gone. Things are getting better each day. The big kick is that we do not have any cravings. The chemicals in the American diet are what give us cravings for mor ...more
Dec 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: nutrition
I'm a bit torn in two about this book. The message is very important and well explained: a lot of diseases can be prevented by eating differently. The author explains very well (backed up by research) the consequences of an unhealthy diet. However, his tone and wording is very annoying, he keeps using the word 'thin' as a positive goal to reach. The explanation of 'true hunger' & 'toxic hunger' is cringeworthy. Also, he is very full of himself and is not humble in this book. There is a LOT of re ...more
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
The basis of Dr. Fuhrman's theory is H = N/C. In other words, your health depends on the nutrients of the foods you take in in relation to the amount of calories they have - you want most of the foods you eat to be high in nutrients but low in calories. Leafy greens should comprise the bulk of your diet, followed closely by other vegetables and fruits. Grains are a bit of a second class citizen, and all animal products should be eliminated or reduced to less than 12 oz per week.

Eat to Live is g
Linda Hart
Mar 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
March 10 2012 Update: I've been eating this way for 2 years and it has changed my life. Not only did my LDL (Lousy bad) cholesterol drop 56 points but my HDL (happy good)cholesterol is elevated 15 points. But the primary reason my life is changed is no more aches & pains which means I no longer need round the clock medicating with Tramadol, Neurontin, & other pain killers. It has not been easy to discipline myself to eat this way & often I indulge in something that Dr. Fuhriman & his colleagues ...more
Tony Rogers  Jr.
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is definitely one of the top books on health and weightloss on the market. I love Dr Fuhrman's realistic, scientific, no short-cut approach to weight-loss and more importantly good health. The author's core message is that good nutrition is the way to permanent weight-loss and a disease free body. He teaches that our focus should be on consuming nutrient rich plant-based foods which are naturally low in calories but high in nutrients, fiber etc. His approach doesn't involve counting calorie ...more
Dec 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My idea of healthy living? Eating what I want, when I want in whatever amount I want. Oh, and getting some sun while I'm at it, but not in the arena of exercise. Sometimes I go outside and stare at the "butterfly tree" in my backyard or walk out to the roadside to collect the mail from the post box. That's it for me. Reading this book has made me realize that I need to eat better, exercise more and live life more fully. Everything I thought I knew about health was turned upside down as a result ...more
Michael Brashier
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that you wish everyone would read and put its lessons into practice. I've given several copies as gifts hoping it will help the people I care about. There are tons of nutritional facts and thorough explanations of nutritional and bodily processes but basically it comes down to this: H = N / C. Health equals nutrients divided by calories.
I bought this book to help me train for a marathon. I didn't think I'd be able to meet my goal with my old nutrition habits. 1 week i
Darius Murretti
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nutrtion, audible
"SALAD IS THE MAIN COURSE !!!" Says Dr Joel Fuhrman MD . (Eat a huge salad before every meal!!! )
Make a big sign that says "SALAD IS THE MAIN COURSE !!! (Eat a huge salad before every meal!!! ) and stick it to your refrigerator -Go do it RIGHT NOW ! " -- Dr Joel Fuhrman

These days there are 2 basic kinds of diets
1) "Metabolic Diets " --these are dangerous unhealthy fads supported only by pseudo science ( examples of metabolic diet gurus are Gittleman , Fung and Atkins )
2) "Excellent Nutrition
Nov 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I recommend this book with excessive enthusiasm. I kind of want to carry a copy on me at all times and tell people all about it, but that has a way of getting annoying. I think the part I really love is the first 2/3 of it - which is essentially straight up logical, factual, no-brainer nutrition facts that our American society has made foggy over the years with lacking information and misleading diet trends. I found it so compelling to read that my husband had to ask me to stop telling him every ...more
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this book becauase I had heard that it was good for people with auto-immune disorders, which I have a few.
I have to say, as a person who thoroughly researched vegetaranism about 15 years ago I knew most of the information in the book already but had forgotten some of the key/crucial elements of eating well.

My entire family has been following the diet for about three weeks now. The first two weeks I was down 7 lbs. I have a significant amount of weight to loose and I have tried pretty mu
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