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Q: How does The End of Dieting differ from Eat for Health and Eat to Live?

A: The End of Dieting is an updated version of the information in Eat to Live and then some. It defines current fad diets, yo-yo dieting and what makes them dangerous. It gives the most current research on nutrition, putting and end to most controversy in the diet arena. It contains helpful information for people struggling with food addiction using as examples the successful experiences of others using this program.  The book gives solutions to make it easy for people with no time to cook and addresses obstacles to compliance, including those who do not want to give up “their meat.” So it contains the quick-to-fix version and other menus for those with more time to prepare foods, using less prepared foods. Eat for Health is different than Eat To Live and The End of Dieting and was written for those who were not ready to jump into optimal at the start. It gives 3 phases of eating and meal planning to gradually transition into a full Nutritarian diet as well as food exercises to help change your taste preferences. Americans are used to high sugar, high fat and highly salted foods and many need these food exercises to re-sensitize their taste buds. Eat For Health is the appropriate book to use in a corporate health program, so all participants can embrace their level of involvement at the start and not reject the importance of this information just because they are not prepared for the degree of the dietary change required with Eat To Live and The End of Dieting which have been written to maximize weight loss.

Whether you make a 50%, an 80% or a 100% improvement, you'll succeed with The End of Dieting, Eat for Health, or Eat to Live and will achieve results proportionate to the improvements you make in your diet.

Q: But, I feel like I'm on a diet. What do I need to keep in mind, so I don't think like this?

A: Keep in mind that there are 3 primary food classes, which we have easy access to in today's society—natural-plant, animal and processed foods. As a primate, you were naturally designed to eat predominantly from the natural-plant kingdom, with small amounts of wild animal foods for one reason or another.

Processed foods or junk foods are not your natural diet.

You've probably been eating like the rest of us did for years, from all the foods available in the standard American diet, which included lots of animal and refined foods as the main dish, with foods from the plant class as a side dish. Man-made foods are heavily marketed and addicting; so it is normal to feel some loss is taking place.

At first, eating predominantly from the plant kingdom will feel like you're limited, especially if you are not used to a high-nutrient, plant-based diet. Once you realize that the food universe within the plant food kingdom is vast and capable of supporting many amazing menus, of both great-tasting convenience foods gourmet dishes, and fantastic desserts, you will run out of days in a year before you run out of healthy and delicious meal options  Your skills in preparing food deliciously and accommodating a nutritarian diet to your taste preferences will continue as your taste buds are transformed and strengthened to appreciate the variety of subtle flavors in natural foods. Long-term nutritarians prefer eating healthfully: they prefer the taste and they prefer feeling great all the time too.

Since food is such a huge part of our culture, you want a strategy that acknowledges your ability to eat whatever you want. It is your choice to eat predominantly from the class of foods that builds health, supports your ideal weight and makes you look great!

Lastly, it may seem like you're going on a diet at first. Most people's experience and conditioning by the diet industry, which markets to us this way and gets our minds thinking this way, is in terms of going "on" diets and programs. Incorporating what The End of Dieting and Eat for Health recommend can feel strange at first, as if you were on some special diet, since most other people are uninformed and eat dangerously. You can’t follow the crowd, if you want results and excellent health.

With time you will come to love this way of eating and it will just feel normal. What you used to eat may actually repulse you. This will happen because as your health will start improving, you will eventually get healthier and feel happier than you ever thought possible and you will enjoy life, including food as you’ve never thought you could again.

Q: Will I have to count calories?

A: Not at all! Even though the books may benchmark average consumption for men and women, you never have to count calories again. We all need differing amounts of calories anyway, based on our size, activity level and genetics. The plan here is to get back intouch with your body’s instinctual sensations that tell you when you need to eat. You eat when you feel like it and don’t eat when you don’t feel like eating. You only have to count calories when you eat high-calorie, low-nutrient processed foods or commercial animal products that are not natural. Natural plant foods are relatively low in calories, rich in fiber, high in water content and full of fiber, so they fill you up easily, without getting excess calories. Then, with time, your body will give you accurate signals to tell you how much it needs. You'll eat until you're satisfied, all the time!

Q: What about portions? Do I need to control portion size?

A: Just eat until you've had enough. You should not eat until you are uncomfortable.

Q: So, do I have to change my lifestyle?

A: Let's just say, you'll make many enhancements over time. Whether you go on a quick fix diet for short-term weight loss results or you get into a health-promoting lifestyle for long-term successful results, which is what The End of Dieting and Eat for Health are all about, you'll naturally make changes in the way you live.

If you don't change the way in which you live, it's impossible to get great results. Keep in mind, however, you won't make changes unless you think it will make your life better.  The irony is that it's harder to adjust your lifestyle around quick fix dieting practices than it is to adjust your lifestyle around practices that serve you well in the long term. Either direction will feel strange and may seem difficult at first, but a health-promoting lifestyle, which will finally glean you long-term success, is the only way to a stable healthy weight and a long pleasurable life.

Q: What if I can't be that disciplined?

A: It's not about discipline; it's about transitioning to a healthier place and doing so from a place of discovery, pleasure and desire. If you want to be aggressive, go full speed ahead into the program, invoking some discipline and eating only foods that serve your goals. If you go 80% of the way, even 50% of the way, celebrate your success! Start where you're at and move forward at a pace you can handle. We're all coming from different places moving towards the same goal. Without the pressure to be perfect, most people find it easy to incorporate this fun and exciting diet-style that offers the most powerful results to protect your future well-being. Over time, you will find that you simply will not desire or tolerate the "fake food" that destroys your health. Like undergoing gastric-bypass surgery, your stomach will reject it, and you won't feel well from it. You will enjoy the gourmet recipes and flavor of real food more and feel good about taking proper care of your body simultaneously. One unique feature of this way of eating and living is that as you eat greater amounts of great tasting healthy recipes and foods, you lose your desire to eat all the unhealthy stuff. It is mostly about eating more, and learning how to make the healthiest foods on the plantet taste great, not about eating less.

Q: OK, I get that, but isn't losing weight fast, unhealthy?

A: Losing weight in an unhealthy manner, is unhealthy. The reason that the Nutritarian diet is so successful and enables people to lose so much weight so quickly is because its approach is based simply on doing those things that will improve your health and save your life. Your body wants to fix itself and protect itself as quick as it can, if you give it the chance.

Combined with the other core essentials of a health promoting lifestyle, balanced activity or exercise and adequate sleep, you'll not only lose weight rapidly and healthfully, but you will eventually look and feel the best you've ever felt. Any other option just places you at needless risk, so it really is unhealthy not to lose weight this fast, if you need to.

Q: You talk about a Nutritarian dietstyle being normal. What do you mean?

A: A high-nutrient diet-style brings you back to your normal and natural diet; the one humans are biologically best adapted to as primates. That is, a diet comprised predominantly of vegetables, beans, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains and even some animal foods, albeit small amounts, and of course, all the tasty, amazing gourmet meals you can create from these health promoting food categories.

Normal does not mean common, given the present practice of eating so much commercially refined foods and polluted animal products. These foods with high caloric concentration are addicting because the calories enter the bloodstream quickly and are high in salt, fat and sweeteners. Most people are addicted to these foods, resulting in an overweight and sickly society.

Eating, in a way that does not seem common, will feel abnormal at first. However, the more you read, learn and experience the benefits, the more this will define what is normal for you. A longer, happier, healthier life is within your grasp and I am honored to have the opportunity to influence you positively.

Q: How do I get started?

A: Choose and read either The End of Dieting or Eat for Health, and then sign up for Dr. Fuhrman's online Member Center, for added inspiration and education that will reinforce your success with ongoing support. Read more...

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