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Vb6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 P.M. to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good Hardcover – 5 Jun 2013

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (5 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385344740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385344746
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 2.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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The best-selling author and popular New York Times columnist gives us his innovative and easy diet plan, complete with recipes - by eating vegan every day before 6:00pm, you can lose weight and dramatically improve your health. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Six years ago, an overweight, pre-diabetic Mark Bittman faced a medical order: adopt a vegan diet or go on medication. He didn't want to spend the rest of his life on pills, but as a food writer he lived - and worked - to eat.

Mark's solution was to switch to a 'flexitarian' diet: until 6:00 pm each day he was a vegan, his food consisting of fresh vegetables, fruits, and grains. After 6:00 p.m. he'd eat however he wanted. He called this plan 'Vegan Before 6:00' (VB6 for short), and not only did Mark swiftly lost two and a half stone but the diet proved to be lasting and sustainable in the long term.

VB6 involves no gimmicks, scales, calorie counting, or point systems. There are no so-called forbidden foods - just delicious home-cooked meals and a practical solution to healthier eating. In the book you will find recipes to kick-start your new life-style, alongside a complete 28-day eating plan showing VB6 in actin, plus tips and advice from Mark throughout.

If you're one of the millions who have thought of trying a vegan diet but fear it's too monotonous or unfamiliar, or simply don't want to give up the foods you love to eat, VB6 will introduce a new, flexible, and quite simply better way of eating you can really live with . . . for life.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Whilst there are some good points in the book, it is nothing new if you have read The Kind Diet, The Lean, Skinny Bitch etc All of which encourage a vegan lifestyle as a long term commitment. There is a little too much time spent on calorie info and the Glycemic Index but some good info on processed food and why it should be avoided. Lots of recipes but all quite unusual.
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I first heard the author of the radio being interviewed an was intrigued, so bought the book. Very interesting concept. It took me a while to wonder what the author's diet was like before he did his VB6 Intervention. Was he Supersizing and carb-mining? I think this is a significant omission form the book as not knowing the 'before' it is difficult to decide how good the VB6 is in achieving the 'after', so to speak. the VB6 principle is v interesting, though I still think what I call 'insulin modulating' diets make more sense (e.g. low GI/GL with intermittent fasting). Bittmans's approach is however deeply ethical in a world of food heading for trouble and it is worth incorporating some of his principles even if you don't go the whole hog! if you will pardon the meaty expression that is. I thing his recipes deserve especial mention however. They are great and they work. His stocks, soups and stews are excellent. In fact his fisherman's stew is on the menu tonight (I did the veggie stock last night).
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I heard about this on R4 Food Programme & it sounded interesting & worth a shot. I have been an unenthusiastic meat eater nearly all my life & have had several forays into the vegetarian lifestyle but had always revertedto being a 'flexitarian'. I had never contemplated becoming a vegan as it all seemed too difficult & too dull but this seems a good option for me.

My total cholesterol is too high & I can't think that it's down to the amount of meat I eat but I do plead guilty to eating far too much dairy & vegetarianism seemed only likely to increase consumption - so, what to do? By becoming a part time vegan I have eliminated yogurt for breakfast, chunks of cheese for snacks, cream in soups, mayo on salads................ & all without having to eat horrible 'low fat' or 'fat free' products.

My VB6 is very flexible. Pizza Express for lunch yesterday with the grandchildren so I ate what I wanted & had a vegan soup in the evening, BBQ Sunday lunch, vegan at night but mostly I follow the rules & have no animal products before 6pm. Want a snack? Basically think nuts & not too many of them as not surprisingly white flour & sugar are also off limits as are 'mystery products' if you can't pronounce it & it has very little resemblence to any known food, you probably shouldn't be eating it.

I have made quite a few of the recipes & enjoyed them all in varying degrees, I am yet to love tofu but Mark Bittman is not shy with the salt & that perks things up a bit.

Importantly it's in Engish not American so no wondering what some of the ingredients might be

The weight loss is grindingly slow - 2lbs in 3 weeks but as I wasn't technically 'overweight' to start with perhaps that's to be expected. Anyway as the main reason for embarking on this was to improve my cholesterol I'm not overly bothered. It has reawakened my interest in vegetarianism & I have just bought 'How to Cook Everything Vegetarian' also by Mark Bittman
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Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything is my go-to guide for traditional recipes, so when I wanted to loose weight after having my second baby, I turned to VB6. I haven't read many diet books, but a big advantage of this one is that it is written by a chef and foodie. My two favourite things about this book are 1) The recipes make delicious food and 2) even when cooking light, Bittman refuses to skimp on the olive oil. (Who wants vegetables roasted in cooking spray? Not me!)

I gave this book four stars instead of five for two reasons: 1) As other reviewers have said, the nutritional background provided for the diet is a bit long, and not that well put together - remember, he's a chef and food reviewer, not a nutritionist. 2) If you actually followed the 28-day plan, you would be cooking for hours upon hours a day.
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Because the author is American there were some ingredients I had never heard of before. I expect the recipes could be adapted. He obviously likes cooking so perhaps this wouldn't suit kitchen phobics. A nice idea trying to be vegan before 6pm but it is quite hard to do without cheese and eggs as lunchtime fare, although he does offer some interesting alternatives. Luckily he is in favour of being flexible. I think it would suit people who are wondering about being vegan/vegetarian, and who really like cooking. There was a good section on nutrition at the beginning of the book.
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This book is more of a philosophy than a diet book - I like the thinking behind it and I have followed the principles which is working well but I would have liked more recipes and meal plans.
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The author is clearly passionate about the eating regime he has developed, and there are some good principles for healthy eating and useful recipes. I do feel the first part of the book could have been written more concisely (less is more!). A few well written pages would really get the message across and leave more room for recipes. Particularly like the recipes where he gives alternative options - shows how anyone can introduce more plant food into their daily life without committing to full vegan lifestyle.
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