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

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  678 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 348 pages
Published February 28th 2011 by Grand Central Life & Style (first published January 1st 2011)
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Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health, nutrition
I just re-read this book and I still think that it is wonderful! 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 eleven 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 f ...more
Emily Crow
I'm giving this book the benefit of a doubt with a two star rating, because I am sure that some people must do well on this sort of diet. I'm sure Dr. Barnard follows his own advice, for example, and he seems fit and healthy. But I personally thought that much of the nutrition advice seemed out of date--a flash-back to the super-low fat craze of the nineties--and I'm not convinced it's all that healthy. In any case, I can safely say that I could never follow this plan, and not because it's vegan ...more
Jessica Anne
Jan 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vegan
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
Joyce Dunklee
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Mary (BookHounds)
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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!
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
So...I picked up this book from the library knowing NOTHING about it. I was just intrigued by the "boost metabolism, lower cholesterol, and dramatically improve your health" blurb on the front of the book since I'm trying to help my husband lower his cholesterol. Once I got a few pages in and realized it was a book promoting a plant-based diet very similar to a 3 AM infomercial, I almost walked away. But then, I don't know there was a certain level of curiosity pushing me to see what exactly the ...more
Apr 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Neal D. Barnard, M.D., is a nutrition researcher, author, and health advocate. As an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Barnard conducts studies on the role of nutrition in diabetes, obesity, and lipid management, among other health issues. His most recent clinical trial, funded by the National Institutes of Health, established the v ...more
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