Many individuals who follow the Nutritarian diet write to Dr. Fuhrman about their success. Keep in mind that results vary from person to person. As always, consult your physician if you have a medical history and/or condition that may warrant individual recommendations.
Results may vary.
Kenneth lost an amazing 155 pounds and reversed diabetes after his doctor recommended Eat To Live; is now running maratahons
In November 2012, I finally decided to go to the doctor because my health symptoms were becoming unbearable. It was a life changing visit. I weighed 424.4 pounds, my blood pressure was 180/140, my glucose (after fasting for over 11 hours) was 224, and my A1c test was 10.6. Of course, my doctor had to put me on prescription medication. This was something I really didn't want and had never done before, but I knew it was necessary.
I told my doctor that I wanted to try to get off medication eventually. My exact words to him were, "I'd rather work out two hours a day than take two pills a day." He completely supported my wishes and recommended I read Eat To Live. I did and it was the beginning of a new-found life for me. I also read, watched and listened to a lot of other Dr. Fuhrman literature and information, and it has had a huge life-altering impact on my life and new found health. In December, 2012 I joined the local YMCA. My first workout I rode a stationary bike for 10 minutes and burned a whopping 39 calories. But I kept going back, almost daily, doing a little bit more and a little bit more each day. It took me over four months before I could do any running at all, but in those four months I walked over 200 miles on the treadmill, did over 100 miles on the arc trainer, over 100 miles on the stationary bike and lifted over 2 million pounds.
In six months, I lost 101 pounds, reversed my type 2 diabetes and was taken off metformin. My blood pressure was also down significantly to about 140/90 (now it is normal 120/80). In April 2013, I got the confidence to start taking group exercise classes. After doing group classes for just a few weeks, and seeing and feeling great results, I decided I was going to try to do a 5K. So, on June 2, 2013, three months after my 50th birthday I did my first ever 5K. I was slow, running a 42:19 and placing 1,402 out of 1,533 runners, but I felt like I had just won an Olympic Gold Medal I went on to run a total of five 5Ks last year and dropped my time from a 42:19 to a 31:15.
By November 2013, one full calendar year since going to the doctor, I lost 155 pounds. Last week (Mar 9, 2014) I ran my first-ever 10K, and on May 4th 2014 will run my first ever half marathon. And, ultimately, on October 18, 2014, if everything goes according to plan, I will run the Baltimore Marathon. This will complete my nearly two-year long journey of going from 424.4 pounds to running 26.2 miles.
Update: It's four years after my original submission and I just completed my 3rd full marathon this past weekend (Nov 12th 2016) in Richmond. Three months after my 50th birthday I ran the first 5K of my life. It was hard and took me 42mins 19 secs but as soon as I crossed the finish line I knew I would run more. Little by little I pushed my limits. And a few times I failed. But after completing my 3rd full marathon this past weekend I'm proud to say that in 3-1/2 years I've now completed over forty 5K+10Ks, ten 10milers/12miles+half marathons, and three full marathons. I also started doing triathlons last year, at the age of 52, and I've completed five sprint and two Olympic triathlons. Next year I plan on completing my first half ironman at Atlanti Visy 70.3. I often mention Dr. Fuhrman’s book when I talk to people and also remind them that it's never too late to start and to NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER EVER GIVE UP!