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

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March 16, 2000

This program changed my life
I've tried lots of diets over the years and succeeded with some of them but after a mild heart attack last summer I really did not want to go on any diet that promised short-term results but obviously was not good for my health long-term. I really only wanted to invest my time and energy in a life-program that would build good health for the rest of my life. I began Dr. Ornish's program (a very low-fat, plant-based diet, moderate exercise, meditation and yoga) and within two weeks I began to feel like a different person -- more energetic, healthy and well. It took some time to get good at cooking this way but now I've got my shopping and cooking system set up so it works -- I cook double batches of things on Sundays and have my little repertoire of things I can fix quickly on weeknights. I also bought Dr. Ornish's book "Everyday Cooking" which has additional recipes, and that's great, too. Even my husband likes the food. I am looking and feeling better every day and am completely satisfied that I am not only losing weight but doing absolutely the best that I can do for my long-term health.
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September 10, 2003

Too many false statements in these reviews
For one, animal protien is no better than plant protien, and there is nothing unique in it. In fact, despite what that reviewer said, soy beans contain all of the amino acids in comparable proportions to meat. Not that anyone is lacking in protien. The world health organization set the RDA for protien at 5% of your calories, and they'd doubled it to allow for absorbtion discrepencies based on genetics and source. You know, "just in case". Even iceburg lettuce has over 20% of it's calories from protien. And per calorie broccoli has more protien than steak. Honestly unless you only eat potatoes, you should be getting well over what you need, and actually I think if you still ate adequate calories that there's enough protien in potatoes too..
Second, vitamin B12 is not "only found in animal products". Animal products are not a reliable source of B12. Nothing is. B12 is only produced by a certain bacteria. You have to have a supplement of some sort, but so many things are fortified with B12 it shouldn't be a problem. Shouldn't, but of course it still happens. But it's in every multivitamin, you don't need much, and your body stores it for later use. And iron is much easily absorbed from plants than from animal sources anyway. So claiming vegetarianism (or even veganism) causes anemia is an out and out lie. People are genetically predisposed to anemia, and need to be careful to eat more iron than those not predisposed to it. Spinach is good, kale too, think dark and green. And if you still have a problem (which is highly unlikely if you're eating a varied diet) iron supplements are a lot healthier than eating meat, and cholesterol free.
And I don't see why the american society thinks sawing open peoples ribs and moving a piece of a leg artery up to their heart is perfectly acceptable, but not eating meat is radical.
Any gas you get, from eating more vegetables, is quite temporary. When I first started eating more vegetables, I had that problem, but it was because my body wasn't used to eating them. Eating raw vegetables helps too, because they're easier to digest. There's no reason to throw away your health and go to a low carb diet (it'll get you to lose weight, but won't stop you from having a heart attack or a stroke, or getting cancer like a plant based diet will) just because of gas. And a side note, nothing "ferments" in the digestive process.
There are some unique ingredients, some you'll like, some you won't but you have to be willing to try, or you will end up just eating potatoes. Quinoa is a grain, it's quite good. Saffron and mace are spices, if you're grocery store doesn't sell them, I know you can get saffron at an Indian market (East Indian, not Native), though mace is harder to find.
The reviewer who claimed that by going vegan means it "rules out about half the foods there are" obviously hasn't experienced the true variety of plant foods out there. There are hundreds of edible mushrooms, 10 different types of apples (that I can think of off the top of my head), at least that many types of peppers, and they all have a different taste. And those are just foods people don't generally describe. It's a pepper, or an apple, or a mushroom. There are litterally millions of edible plants out there. And most people only eat 3 animals, 2 types of cheese, milk, and ice cream. You aren't losing half as much as you're gaining, that is if you have an open mind, and are willing to try them.
When your health is on the line, you should really try this "radical" diet to avoid having to take heart medications, and all those fun things, and probably eventually die of a heart attack anyway. Or cancer. Cancer I'm sure is more fun than a heart attack.
Now on to the actual review :)
I liked that there were so many recipies. Because the more options you're given the more likely you are to find something you like. The transition is going to be hard, you just can't give up because of a few recipies you don't like. But they are all pretty time consuming. So once you figure out which ones you like, you should make lots on your days off, and freeze the leftovers into "microwave dinners" for when you don't want to cook.
I personally lost 123 pounds (which halved my weight) following his "plan" which is more like the common sense guidelines, people like to ignore: Eat more vegetables, cut your fat intake, excercise, cut your fat intake more, eat more fruit, and more vegetables.
If you aren't sure if you can handle this "radical" change (it just doesn't seem that radical to me and lots of people called it that), take the book out from the library, and make the commitment to do it for two weeks, no cheating. Don't say you'll try either, because we all know when you say you're going to try you're just giving yourself an excuse to fail. You'll say "I tried" when really, you were just going through the motions.
I have this feeling this review sounds condescending, which isn't what I meant at all. It just seriously bothers me when people state falsehoods as the truth, or make assumptions that aren't really based on fact. So, I didn't mean to offend.
But I think everyone should make an honest effort at developping a plant based diet, even if you still eat turkey for thanksgiving. It's not an all or nothing game. The closer you get to veganism, the healthier you'll be. And this book is a good stepping stool in getting you there.
If you want to save money, just buy a Vegan cookbook, make sure it has some quick recipies in it, because you'll really like to have something easy to make after a long day at work. And you'll probably end up buying one eventually anyway. I recently bought "The Garden of Vegan" by Sarah Kramer and Tanya Bernard, and while it isn't as low fat as Dr Ornish recomends, it has some quite tasty recipies, and I'm quite glad I bought it. And besides, I'm half the woman I used to be, I can induldge a little.
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January 23, 1998

An interesting look at health & nutrition.
This book is what actually motivated me to become a vegetarian over three years ago. I have recently picked this book up to review it and am finding it just as interesting as I remember. Ornish quotes scores of studies including his own which back up his philosophy about eating and health. In a nutshell, if you don't eat meat, and limit yourself to 10% of your calories as fat, exercise moderately, and "pay attention" you will avoid heart disease and other ailments, lose weight, and generally feel great. To be more specific, you can eat as much grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables as you wants, but aslo warns that you should never stuff yourself. In fact, he concentrates somewhat on "paying attention" in the sense that if you concentrate more on what you eat as you eat it and not simply gulp a meal down while you watch TV, you are much more likely to hear the natural cue's your body puts out that tell you when you should stop eating. He also recommends getting rid of salt from your diet as this hides the flavor of food, and claims that after about two weeks your tastebuds will readjust to the lack of salt, sugar, and fat that is in the normal American diet, and everything will taste much better than before you removed these from your diet.
When it comes to exercise, Ornish has an interesting viewpoint that seems to contradict the common wisdom - that moderate exercise such as walking is the best kind. The benefits he lists are that it is less stressful to your body, so you are less prone to injury, walking is a lot easier to do than other more vigorous exercises which may require special equipment, and finally, it aids much more in losing weight. This is because, according to Ornish, when the body detects that it is exerting a lot of energy in strenuous exercise, it slows the metabolism down in order to counteract this - it's trying to maintain the store of energy so that you don't starve. When you walk, your body does not get the same message, and so your metabolism stays the same and you burn calories without having to work as hard. I suspect this may be true for those who haven't exercised in a long time or are very obese, but for most, though walking may be healthy, it is not a very efficient exercise for those trying to lose weight, and so those who are impatient may give up altogether because they are only a hundred calories or so an hour.
Half of the book is taken up by low-fat recipies of Ornish which I've never tried as I'm not a cook, but a friend who has this book and who has a bit more culinary skill told me they are way to complicated (to many ingrediants and take too long to prepare). Also, towards the end of the first half, Ornish gets a bit too touchy-feely for me, getting into the psychology of why we eat, and includes meditation exercises and so on. But I'm sure there are many for whom this approach would be attractive...
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March 4, 2016

Very healthy way to lose weight.
This is THE best book. Not just to lose weight, but as a way to eat and feel healthy. I lost over 60 pounds using this book and have kept it off for two years. I still eat this way most of the time. You are never hungry, you are always eating, but you WILL loose weight. I also improved my cholesterol readings as well.
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April 16, 2012

A good point of view
If you are trying to lose weight or simply want to make a lifestyle change, you might get some good ideas from this book. Dean Ornish has written other books, and you may find that his food choices are a bit more extreme than you want to go. On the other hand he has some great ideas for how to substitute low-calorie, low-fat foods in recipes and still get a flavorful dish. He also has a lot of great recipes of his own in the book. It's worth a read, I just don't recommend making this book the only source of material in choosing your diet.
5

September 22, 2013

Eat More, Weigh Less
President Clinton's new life style is good enough for me. This is a book of heart healthy ideas and are easy to follow.
5

March 9, 2012

informative diet book
This book is very informative and gives great advice on a low fat way to keep yourself heart healthy. If you are looking for a proven way to prevent or reverse heart disease this is the book for you.
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April 1, 2013

don't open if you don't want to live longer
Way ahead of it's time!! Before the China Study completed, the reversal of heart disease, high cholesterol, insulin resistance and obesity is within these pages. Recipes are good too.
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Jun 24, 2019

The concept of this book is amazing .. since reading " The Starch Solution by Dr. John Mcdougall " and " The Secret to ultimate weight loss by Chef AJ " I went fat-free whole plant based vegan and my health is thanking me for it, I saw a couple of Dr. Ornish speeches in YouTube and for some reason I don't get convinced by his arguments until I hear someone else say them !!
the book itself is nice and I would try some of the recipes, and I liked the chapters about meditation and the importance of The concept of this book is amazing .. since reading " The Starch Solution by Dr. John Mcdougall " and " The Secret to ultimate weight loss by Chef AJ " I went fat-free whole plant based vegan and my health is thanking me for it, I saw a couple of Dr. Ornish speeches in YouTube and for some reason I don't get convinced by his arguments until I hear someone else say them !!
the book itself is nice and I would try some of the recipes, and I liked the chapters about meditation and the importance of reaching out for love .. but maybe because the book is old ( it was published in the mid 80's ) the writing style didn't sit well with me
you can give it a try if you want but I would recommend other books above this one for a similar yet simpler approach ...more
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Oct 06, 2014

Eat More, Weigh Less will speak directly to all those folks who have been struggling to feel better, achieve a healthful weight and gain more energy while trying to sort through the conflicting, confusing onslaught of dietbook information. Dr. Dean Ornish suggests an eating lifestyle not a diet, based on whole, unprocessed grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes including soy, and nonfat dairy foods that is easy to follow, abundant in variety, and packed with nutrients. The book contains great Eat More, Weigh Less will speak directly to all those folks who have been struggling to feel better, achieve a healthful weight and gain more energy while trying to sort through the conflicting, confusing onslaught of dietbook information. Dr. Dean Ornish suggests an eating lifestyle not a diet, based on whole, unprocessed grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes including soy, and nonfat dairy foods that is easy to follow, abundant in variety, and packed with nutrients. The book contains great recipes and cooking tips from nationaly known chefs, that are easy to follow and include nutrient information so that you know exactly what you are eating. While fat is not used in the recipes, wonderful flavor is created from the garlic, herbs, spices and combinations of ingredients. One is able to eat well and feel satisfied without indulging in high fat, high calorie foods, and without feeling deprived or hungry. The only limiting factor to enjoying this type of eating would be one's imagination! This is a wonderful resource for anyone who is pursuing good health, an increased sense of energy and well being, and an expanded repetoire of delicious recipes!
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Apr 25, 2010

This is a very, very restricted diet, yet very much not a fad diet. It's actually backed by science, and Doctor Ornish actually is well known in the medical community for being able to reverse blockages to the heart using diet, instead of surgery or drugs. So this actually isn't snake oil, but rooted in science, and the focus of the diet isn't actually losing weight, but getting healthy. The down side? Well, this diet bans meat, poultry, fish and seafood--which may be fine for vegetarians, but This is a very, very restricted diet, yet very much not a fad diet. It's actually backed by science, and Doctor Ornish actually is well known in the medical community for being able to reverse blockages to the heart using diet, instead of surgery or drugs. So this actually isn't snake oil, but rooted in science, and the focus of the diet isn't actually losing weight, but getting healthy. The down side? Well, this diet bans meat, poultry, fish and seafood--which may be fine for vegetarians, but hard on the rest of us. He also bans avocados and nuts and seeds--which would also be hard on vegetarians. And is arguably unnecessary, because as noted in a review of the diet on WebMD:

Frank Hu, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at the Harvard School of Public Health, is critical of how severely fat is limited on the diet. "The data from numerous studies show that it is the type of fat, rather than the total amount, which is related to cardiovascular health," he says. "Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated oils actually protect against cardiovascular incidents." For example, Hu says, Ornish advocates limiting the consumption of fish and nuts, and Hu adds, "There is strong evidence that the fat in them is protective against coronary heart disease in both epidemiological studies and clinical trials."

Translation--salmon and walnuts and avocados are good for you! Still, this is much, much healthier than most diets out there, it doesn't require calorie counting, and even if you decide not to rigidly follow it, this book offers tasty and healthy recipes for Appetizers, Salads, Soups, Main Courses and Side Dishes, Pasta, Pizza, Bread, Rice and other grain dishes and Desserts. So recommended, even if with a grain of the proverbial salt. ...more
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Mar 08, 2011

Life Choice Program:
Food to eat: beans and legumes, fruits, grains, and vegetables.
Food to eat in moderation: nonfat dairy products and nonfat commercially produced products.
Food to eat rarely: meat, oils, avocados, olives, nuts/seeds, high/low-fat dairy, sugar, and alcohol. Alcohol is high in calories and your body turns it into simple sugars. Also, alcohol reduces your body's ability to burn fat by one third. Reduce salt intake (to help reduce water retention). Limit caffeine. Diet soda Life Choice Program:
Food to eat: beans and legumes, fruits, grains, and vegetables.
Food to eat in moderation: nonfat dairy products and nonfat commercially produced products.
Food to eat rarely: meat, oils, avocados, olives, nuts/seeds, high/low-fat dairy, sugar, and alcohol. Alcohol is high in calories and your body turns it into simple sugars. Also, alcohol reduces your body's ability to burn fat by one third. Reduce salt intake (to help reduce water retention). Limit caffeine. Diet soda reinforces your taste for fat, sweet, and greasy foods.

Exercising:
Short and intense workouts use carbohydrates for fuel, and some studies show that these workouts may actually decrease your metabolism because when you exercise intensely, you burn up calories so quickly that your body tries to conserve energy by slowing down your metabolism. Long and slow exercise burns body fat for fuel, and it also increases metabolism. Don't yo-yo exercise; make sure you do things that are easy for you to maintain. You should aim to walk for 30-60 minutes each day and do moderate resistance training. By losing fat and gaining muscle, you will increase your metabolism. Make sure it's fun, otherwise you won't continue to do it. ...more
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Jul 25, 2009

If the ingredients list for each recipe in this book didn't have 15-20 ingredients or they weren't expensive foods, or if it didn't look like you'd spend literally all your spare time in the kitchen making these healthy meals, it might have been easier for me to be interested in this program; after all, the author has a lot of great points, and really most of it seems like common sense. But I don't have lots of money or lots of time. So I will have to look for something a little more practical If the ingredients list for each recipe in this book didn't have 15-20 ingredients or they weren't expensive foods, or if it didn't look like you'd spend literally all your spare time in the kitchen making these healthy meals, it might have been easier for me to be interested in this program; after all, the author has a lot of great points, and really most of it seems like common sense. But I don't have lots of money or lots of time. So I will have to look for something a little more practical for the few pounds it would be nice if I could shed. ...more
3

Mar 05, 2008

This was my introduction to the idea of lowfat/high bulk eating, and for that I will always be grateful. The text portion of the book is easy to read and understand.

Unfortunately, you'd have to have a full-time cook and lots of money to get much use out of the recipes!
4

Jan 19, 2010

Well, it is a serious life style change to adopt this program, but so far it has more or less been quite advantageous! I have lost 3 lbs in 2 weeks, and inches as well, which I have recorded each week, and will continue to do so. I have pledged 30 lbs to Biggest Loser's Feed America food bank program. I truly feel Dr. Ornish has nothing but wonderful and helpful information in this book. It is a matter of choosing a new lifestyle and adapting to it. Some take to it right away and love it. A bit Well, it is a serious life style change to adopt this program, but so far it has more or less been quite advantageous! I have lost 3 lbs in 2 weeks, and inches as well, which I have recorded each week, and will continue to do so. I have pledged 30 lbs to Biggest Loser's Feed America food bank program. I truly feel Dr. Ornish has nothing but wonderful and helpful information in this book. It is a matter of choosing a new lifestyle and adapting to it. Some take to it right away and love it. A bit more difficult for me, but we are learning and adding new dishes as we go along. It is hard with a very thin teen and a husband who can maintain his weight without much difficulty, because we all need different fat and calorie amounts, and my son and husband aren't into it taking control over their health. So, the burden falls to me, and it also takes away from what I'm doing. But I'm doing the best I can. This way of eating has addresses many moral, medical and modern society issues, it opens your mind to where we are as a culture, and how we can help ourselves and the environment at the same time. ...more
4

Jun 02, 2013

I read this book 2 years ago. I hadn't had a chance to write back to Dr. Ornish to give him a feedback, but the steps I took really did take a long time as he said he would. Watching what I eat, how much I've eaten and knowing full well what I'm eating has certainly made a significant difference. I've not gained a lot of weight but I've certainly kept the weight I needed it to be.
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Sep 09, 2012

A very readable book with a lot of good information, but almost every recipe is a gourmet creation requiring lots of ingredients, some very obscure, and lots of prep time. Still, the few recipes I tried were healthy and delicious, and many are easily adapted for vegans, though some recipes do include non-fat dairy products and egg whites.
4

Jan 24, 2008

This is a fun read, surprisingly enough! I learned a lot about eating habits, how they are formed and how they can be improved to live more healthfully. He also has some really good recipes, although they can be a little involved.
3

Jan 03, 2013

This was the book that showed me how to cook without fat. It saved me after I spent a week in the hospital with a gallbladder attack.
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Dec 31, 2013

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. used paperback library book
5

Jul 30, 2013

In addition to his other books this book was exactly what I needed.
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Jul 14, 2014

This eating program will not only help you lose weight but it will bring down your cholesterol numbers!
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Apr 25, 2010

will try some of the recipes. liked the recipes and menu ideas.
3

May 16, 2019

Good condition just yellow with age.
No torn or ripped pages. Did not like the yellow pages. Wanted to use it for healthy eating ideas.
4

November 19, 2015

Four Stars
Interesting and promising theory if only I could and would stick to the plan.

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