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One of the best paths I've ever taken.
Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2017
I've been dieting since I was eight years old. In fact, I don't think I can even remember a time when I didn't struggle with my weight, and I'm 43 years old now. Last year, I reached my highest weight at 235 lbs. (I'm a woman and 5', 5”) and I began having some pains in my arm and was unusually short of breath after walking just a couple blocks. Scared, I went to the doctor, and after some tests, she recommended that I go to the emergency room immediately, as she suspected that I was experiencing a pulmonary embolism. The emergency room doctors laughed her off, saying I was too young, and not fat and/or sedentary enough to be experiencing this. I went in for a CT Scan, and as the night wore on, my emergency room doctor looked more and more concerned. It seemed I had two large blockages in my arteries, and he admitted me to the hospital for observation, where I was taught to give myself injections in the stomach until the pills I was placed on kicked in.
I struggled for the next few months, trying to lose weight, and trying to fit in any amount of exercise during my twelve hour work days. I had read Dr. Barnard's book before (although I'm not diabetic), and although I often stuck to two out of three of the rules he laid out, I didn't stick to all three at once, and I couldn't quite trust that I could eat as much as I wanted and lose weight, so, still counting calories, I often slipped up and ate off plan.
In late March of 2017, I woke up in the middle of the night, unable to breath. I didn't go to the emergency room (I should have, don't try this at home), but the next day I decided to go all in; I decided to forget about losing weight and eat purely for health. I followed all three guidelines Dr. Barnard recommends: The food must be vegan, with no added fat, and low GI, and I followed the rules religiously for 14 weeks. I didn't weigh myself at all; I was waiting for my next blood test, and I was worried that it was all a lie, that I wouldn't lose weight, couldn't lose it because it's not possible to eat all you want and lose weight. That's just a pipe dream, right?
Wrong. I ate plenty of food, never went hungry, ate in the middle of the night if I wanted to, and I lost twelve pounds. Without exercise. Without hunger. Practically without trying. All I did was stick to the appropriate types of food. And I ate as much as I wanted, and not just sprouts and carrots, but real food, beans, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, barley, sweet potatoes. It's slow weight loss, but it's steady, and because I can eat as much as I want, and because the food I'm eating is actually nourishing my body, it's a very easy eating plan to stick to.
In addition to the weight loss, my cholesterol dropped from 190 to 154.
The first week was the hardest as I worked on meal plans, and I ate a ton because the feeling of eating without added fat was so foreign to me. It took me that full week to adjust, but after that, it became second nature. All my meals take less than 15 minute to prepare (they might take longer to cook, but prep is 15 minutes or less). There is a bit of a learning curve, and you do have to make sure you keep the right foods around, especially some quick-fix go-to's; this makes it easier to stay on plan.
This is by far the easiest, most effective way of eating I've ever experienced, and I feel incredibly lucky to have picked up this book.