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Eat More, Weigh Less: Dr. Dean Ornish's Life Choice Program for Losing Weight Safely While Eating Abundantly [Paperback]

Dean Ornish , Shirley Elizabeth Brown
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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Quill; Rev Upd edition (Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060959576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060959579
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Eyes can see more than the stomach can hold 13 April 2011
By Sijon
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Having read this together with "The China Study" I decided to follow the principles recommended. Over the last year, combining exercise with the principle of the vegetable-based diet I have lost 5 Stone (or 70lbs or over 31kg) in weight.

The thought of the change was at first daunting, then one that required diligence to now it is a way of life.

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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This book has become something of a family tradition! My brother bought it for weight loss reasons, I use it becasue I follow a low-fat diet for health reasons and my father just bought it following heart bypass surgery. If you like cooking, don't want to sacrifice taste and want to eat low-fat food for any reason then this may be the book for you. Many of the recipies are complex but can be simplified with very little effort. The medical bits at the beginning are eye-opening too. Bon appetit!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dieting 3 July 2013
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Another book on the same theme. Only in practice not so easy to obtain the result. Seems to have an American slant.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for me 13 Sep 2014
I thought this would be something a little different from a standard calorie counting diet book. Mistake. Not for me
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Healthy-Eating, Healthy-Living Guide Ever 26 Sep 2003
By Athene Five - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been using this book for about 3 years, and have just ordered a copy for my brother. If I could, I would give a copy to everyone I know who has a weight and health issue, if only because of his concept of "meditative eating".
When I reflect on this book, the element that impresses me the most is the compassion with which the book is written. Ornish clearly wants to help people be healthy, and be happy in their lives. He does not promote extreme goals or unattainable body images- he talks about real people who want to feel better, have more energy and be able to do the things in life that they want to do. He encourages the reader to be mindful of what they are eating and doing, to eat with joy and pleasure, to savor and meditate upon the experience of nourishing themselves in a healthy manner.
Many people looking for a make-over book look for not just a diet plan, but an exercise plan, an journaling plan, a food log, and a lot of rules. Ornish is not presenting a weight-loss, get fit fast plan, to remodel your outer body by Christmas. This book is about remodelling your inner self so you want to make better choices about what you eat and do. He recommends a healthy diet, and a moderate amount of exercise, things that you will do ALL your life. This is not a short-term project, it's a life-style retraining guide that treats you gently.
I love to cook, and I'm partial to the vegetarian life choice, so I found the recipes not only delicious, but inspiring. Over time, I have been able to convert almost my old fat-laden favorites to his guidelines. Also found that my tastes changed over time, and I desired less fat and salt and sugar in foods. This has been a slow process, as Ornish no doubt intended, a gentle metamorphosis into a more mindful life.
In addition to the excellent recipes, which are fun to make, there are simple and helpful hints that you can use in your everyday cooking, hints that don't add any more prep time to your cooking but add flavor and cut down on fats. And what I really love are his simply stated general guidelines about what you can eat, and how much. With those guidelines in mind, you don't need to diet or follow a food plan, just remember what you're eating.
For those who regret the absence of meat in this eating style, well, I don't think Ornish intends for you to give up every single thing you love. I dearly love avocados- and have them now and then. You learn to have those things less often, but to enjoy them so much more. Far from giving up the things you love, following Ornish's advice allows you to make room for them in a way that does you no harm. It's all about balance and paying attention to yourself.
48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It works! 20 Jan 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is a wonderful book. Clear, informative, extremely helpful. It makes it clear that there are really only two ways to lose weight: eat fewer calories and burn more calories. You can eat fewer calories by eating less food, which works for any diet in the short run but not in the long run becaus (surprise!) you feel hungry and deprived. But by eating foods that are less dense in calories-- i.e., less fat-- you can eat the same amount of food and still eat a lot fewer calories, so you can maintain this way of eating.
A lot of people think that the only diet Dr. Ornish recommends is the same one he proved could reverse heart disease, but in this book he offers a spectrum of choices. In other words, to the degree you move in the low fat (and low sugar) direction, then you lose weight without being hungry. And your health gets better in other ways, too.
And most of the recipes are great, too.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Medically Substantiated Guide to a Healthy Body 9 Oct 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I find it interesting that a previous reader gives this book 2 stars because he or she claims that Dr. Ornish's plan is not medically substantiated. This is not, in fact, the case at all. Dr. Ornish's plan has been proven to actually REVERSE heart disease, let alone prevent it. He refers to numerous studies in this book.
As for protein, well, part of the program is that you get your protein from OTHER sources than meat. Yes, it is true that you can get adequate amounts of protein and nutrients from non-meat sources. Stand back Dr. Atkins! This may seem gross, but I would rather have a clean and clear digestive system from eating high-fiber foods than one that is completely backed up by eating too much protein. Most Americans get too much protein in their diets anyway.
Dr. Ornish's plan is pretty simple. You can eat more high-fiber, low-fat foods because they are designed to clean you out and give you the nutrients you need without clogging your arteries and increasing your cholesterol. While I don't find the recipes in his book to be all that interesting or all that tasty, I will say that I apply the general principles in my daily eating habits. This is NOT a diet- Diets don't work for the long haul. This is a book for the long hall.
64 of 74 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great theory of low-fat benefits, terrible recipes 19 Feb 2001
By K. Morris - Published on Amazon.com
I read this book just recently. I am convinced Ornish is on the right track for losing weight and keeping your heart healthy. He basically advocates a very low fat diet, using natural foods, avoiding meat and highly processed foods such as sugar, white flour, and white rice. Except for his completely wanting to avoid meat, I agree with him. I think some light use of lean meats should be included.
What I was not please with were the recipes. I did not find one recipe that I could call quick and easy! Most involved many obscure ingredients and lots of preperation time.
Read the book for it's ideas, then go out and look for other more practical low fat "heart healthy" cook books.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Might work for some people, but didn't work for me 29 Jun 2007
By Judith Shapiro - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book when it first came out, and followed the diet faithfully for three months. I was already a vegetarian, so following this diet wasn't as hard for me as it is for many people. I ate vegetables, fruit, beans, grains -- and essentially nothing else -- for three months. I even avoided things like soybeans and oats, because they have more fat than other beans and grains.

The problem is, this diet didn't work for me. I lost only a few pounds, despite the extremely restrictive eating plan. Worse, I developed problems with high blood sugar. And, if that wasn't bad enough, my cholesterol actually went UP a little (from 210 mg total cholesterol to 215 mg), despite following the strictly vegan, low-fat diet that Dr. Ornish claims will reverse heart disease.

In my case, I have long-standing problems with insulin resistance. At the time this book was first released, low-fat diets were being recommended even for people with diabetes and insulin resistance, but there is now increasing awareness that such diets have too many carbs for people who don't have a normal insulin response. My body just couldn't handle all the carbs on this diet. The Ornish diet may work for some people, but it didn't work for me -- I'm still looking for the right diet for me.
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