Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s revolutionary diet is not about willpower, it is about knowledge. Eat to Live offers a healthy, effective, and scientifically proven Six-Week Plan for shedding a radical amount of weight quickly. The key to the program’s success is simple: health = nutrients: calories When the ratio of nutrients to calories in the food you eat is high, fat melts away. The more nutrient-dense food you consume, the more you will be satisfied with fewer calories and the less you will crave fat and high-calorie foods. Eat to Live will help you live longer, reduce your need for medications, and improve your overall health dramatically. It is a book that will change the way you want to eat. Most of all, though, Eat to Live will enable you to lose more weight than you ever thought possible.
5 Stars Eat to Live
You want to be healthy read this book and his 2-book set Eat for health also by J. Furhman.
5 Stars Eat to Live
This book is a great jump start to healthy eating! Because of it I have now gone Vegan along with my family. We have all lost weight and feel 100% better in everyway.
3 Stars Great Advice from a Questionable Source
The overarching theme to take away from my review of this book is that I think it’s excellent. I was really astounded to learn Furhman’s theory on how the appestat is satiated by the level of nutrients in food, not in the quantity. I also enjoyed the part about calcium absorption. I am ready to begin my Six-Week Plan and I’m looking forward to breaking my addiction to overeating, sodium, and fatty foods. On the whole, this book is excellent advice and, even though aimed at those with serious illness or disease, is great for me.
The one thing that occurred to me as I read this book, however, is the language that is used to support the science. Furhman opts out of the declarative in many of his conclusions, which makes me think he knows that this is not proven. I am amazed that his publisher did not take one look at the book and hand it back to him, saying, “If it’s science, prove it.” Instead, he dances.
“If you have gained even as little as ten pounds since the age of eighteen or twenty, then you -could- be at significant increased risk for health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.” [Emphasis Added]
“Whole wheat that is finely ground is absorbed into the bloodstream fairly rapidly and -should- not be considered as wholesome as more coarsely ground and grittier whole grains.” [Emphasis Added]
Fuhrman references “observational studies” in multiple places. This phrase makes me extremely cautious, especially coming from a learned professional. Lastly, and most tellingly, is this sentence. And for every author who wants me to take his or her work seriously, I implore you to rethink the use of this phrase.
“-Apparently-, excessive vitamin A is potentially a problem in humans, too. . .” [Emphasis Added]
What does this even mean? To whom is it apparent? He further modifies with “potentially”, which makes me think even he knows that this claim is unsupported. In law school, we called a statement like this “illusory”.
To dial back my criticism, I do not doubt any particular claim made by Fuhrman. On the contrary, I believe every word of it! But anyone who uses this language to present facts about nutrition makes me suspect that it is not entirely truthful or there is substantial evidence to the contrary and the author does not wish to explore it.
My biggest problem is two instances in which Dr. Fuhrman attempts to convince you that you know better than your doctor.
“Do not expect to receive valuable health advice from your typical doctor. Physicians usually do not help; they rush through their patient appointments, especially in the current HMO climate, because they are paid so poorly for each visit and are pressured to see as many patients as possible each day. Your physician is likely doing just as poorly as you are and eating just as unhealthfully or worse. After reading this book, you could improve his health and reduce his risk of premature death more than he could help yours. Even when physicians offer their fullest time and effort, their recommendations are invariably too mild to have a significant benefit.”
“‘My doctor noted that my complexion had turned yellowish and told me to cut back on foods containing carotene. . .’ Tell your doctor it is he who has the dangerous skin tone.”
This is more than just a little scary. As I understand it, each and every one of us is just a little different, and our health problems are also just as unique. All health, exercise, and well-being programs I have ever come across recommend working with your physician, not against him or her. I realize Fuhrman is not out to make friends with this book (especially with other diet plans’ creators), but he seriously comes close to holding a grudge against your general practitioner. He’s making blanket recommendations, based on shaky observational science (see above) and telling you to disregard their advice? It seems almost criminal, but I guess you’re expected to be smart enough to know that he really has no interest in you beyond the cover price you just forked over. See if you can spot the problem with this statement (hint: Furhman is a high-protein-diet guru!).
“High-protein-diet gurus usually claim that they hold the truth and that all other doctors and scientists are wrong.”
In the end, it’s just a little disappointing that this book was marketed to be about losing weight. You can clearly see that this is the influence on the publisher to have Fuhrman peddle his wares wearing the cheap cloth of quick pounds falling off. It’s really “eating healthy results in losing weight results in a long, healthy life” that is the key to this plan. You’ll have to pardon me, however: I need to chop up some vegetables.
5 Stars Thanks Dr. Fuhrman!
After my last visit to my Dr.s office this past May, my physician said that my cholesterol was inching up at around 179 (medicated 10mg Lipitor) my blood sugar was at 99 and my blood pressure was averaging about 139/90 (medicated 20mg Lisinpril). Another issue came up, my AST levels were close to 200, which scared the daylights out of me. My weight was up to 223 as well, which was very disappointing because I’ve been trying to lose weight all year. Well, I found this book one week after that dread full visit to the Dr.s office. After reading it, I figured I’d give Dr. Fuhrman’s diet plan a try for at least one week. Well, I’ve been on “that plan” ever since (over 3 months now) and guess what?
1. I lost over 30 pounds (down to 191)
2. I no longer take any Lipitor (without medication my cholesterol is at 150)
3. I no longer take any blood pressure medicine (average BP is 120/78)
4. Glucose is down to 82
5. AST levels back to normal
All I can say is WOW! Up until reading this book, I was on BP medicine for the past 6 years. The cholesterol medicine was more recent, just 2 years. Now I am back to normal!!!! And, I plan to keep it this way. Nutrient rich low calorie foods all the way baby!
5 Stars Eat to Live
This product arrived promptly and in great condition! It’s exactly what I was expecting and asked for.