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

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

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

You really can eat more and weigh less — if you know what to eat. As this groundbreaking book clearly shows, it’s not just how much you eat, it’s primarily what you eat.

Most diets rely on small portion sizes to reduce calories sufficiently. You feel hungry and deprived. Dr. Ornish’s program takes a new approach: abundance rather than deprivation. If you change the type of food, you don’t have to be as concerned about the amount of food. You can eat whenever you’re hungry , eat more food — and still lose weight and keep it off. Simply. Safely. Easily. In this book, you’ll find 250 gourmet recipes from the country’s most celebrated chefs.

Unlike high-protein diets that may mortage your well-being, Dr. Ornish’s diet and lifestyle program is scientifically proven to help you lose weight and gain health. People not only keep off the weight, they lower their cholestoral and reduce their chances for getting heart disease and such other illnesses as breast, prostate, and colon cancer; diabetes; osteoporosis; and hypertension. Dr. Ornish’s program has given millions of people new hope and new choices.

Ingeniously disguised as a weight-loss manual, this bestselling guide to preventing–and in some cases, reversing–heart disease through diet, exercise, and soul nourishing comes from renowned cardiologist Dr. Dean Ornish, the first doctor to prove that there are alternatives to surgery for clearing clogged arteries–namely, diet, exercise, and stress management. Citing his own published research findings, Ornish concludes that eating a vegetarian diet with only 10 percent of the total daily calories from fat is the first step to healthier, happier living. The other key elements–moderate exercise, fostering social support, and reconnecting with the self–take more time and care. For these, Ornish offers about 75 pages of encouraging words, again backed by numerous research findings and his personal experiences.

About 250 gourmet recipes from two dozen famous chefs help ease the blow to those who view becoming vegetarian as a dramatic lifestyle change. The good news is, entrées like Polenta Alla Veneziana and Tofu Gumbo will surely tickle the taste buds; the bad news is, the sheer number of ingredients and lengthy prep time required for most recipes could send readers running back to their favorite fast-food joints. Plenty of cooking methods, tips, and food descriptions help demystify the recipes; Ornish also provides a comprehensive nutritional analysis of common foods as well as for each dish. But the great strength of Eat More, Weigh Less is in Ornish’s opening sections, where he builds a solid case for curbing fat, tossing out the meat and dairy, and fostering mental and emotional happiness. –Liane Thomas

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  • Anonymous says:
    23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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    A Medically Substantiated Guide to a Healthy Body, October 9, 2001
    By A Customer
    This review is from: Eat More, Weigh Less: Dr. Dean Ornish’s Life Choice Program for Losing Weight Safely While Eating Abundantly (Paperback)
    I find it interesting that a previous reader gives this book 2 stars because he or she claims that Dr. Ornish’s plan is not medically substantiated. This is not, in fact, the case at all. Dr. Ornish’s plan has been proven to actually REVERSE heart disease, let alone prevent it. He refers to numerous studies in this book.
    As for protein, well, part of the program is that you get your protein from OTHER sources than meat. Yes, it is true that you can get adequate amounts of protein and nutrients from non-meat sources. Stand back Dr. Atkins! This may seem gross, but I would rather have a clean and clear digestive system from eating high-fiber foods than one that is completely backed up by eating too much protein. Most Americans get too much protein in their diets anyway.
    Dr. Ornish’s plan is pretty simple. You can eat more high-fiber, low-fat foods because they are designed to clean you out and give you the nutrients you need without clogging your arteries and increasing your cholesterol. While I don’t find the recipes in his book to be all that interesting or all that tasty, I will say that I apply the general principles in my daily eating habits. This is NOT a diet- Diets don’t work for the long haul. This is a book for the long hall.

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  • Anonymous says:
    48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
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    It works!, January 20, 2001
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    This review is from: Eat More, Weigh Less: Dr. Dean Ornish’s Life Choice Program for Losing Weight Safely While Eating Abundantly (Paperback)
    This is a wonderful book. Clear, informative, extremely helpful. It makes it clear that there are really only two ways to lose weight: eat fewer calories and burn more calories. You can eat fewer calories by eating less food, which works for any diet in the short run but not in the long run becaus (surprise!) you feel hungry and deprived. But by eating foods that are less dense in calories– i.e., less fat– you can eat the same amount of food and still eat a lot fewer calories, so you can maintain this way of eating.
    A lot of people think that the only diet Dr. Ornish recommends is the same one he proved could reverse heart disease, but in this book he offers a spectrum of choices. In other words, to the degree you move in the low fat (and low sugar) direction, then you lose weight without being hungry. And your health gets better in other ways, too.
    And most of the recipes are great, too.

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  • Athene Five says:
    65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
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    The Best Healthy-Eating, Healthy-Living Guide Ever, September 26, 2003
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    This review is from: Eat More, Weigh Less: Dr. Dean Ornish’s Life Choice Program for Losing Weight Safely While Eating Abundantly (Paperback)
    I have been using this book for about 3 years, and have just ordered a copy for my brother. If I could, I would give a copy to everyone I know who has a weight and health issue, if only because of his concept of “meditative eating”.
    When I reflect on this book, the element that impresses me the most is the compassion with which the book is written. Ornish clearly wants to help people be healthy, and be happy in their lives. He does not promote extreme goals or unattainable body images- he talks about real people who want to feel better, have more energy and be able to do the things in life that they want to do. He encourages the reader to be mindful of what they are eating and doing, to eat with joy and pleasure, to savor and meditate upon the experience of nourishing themselves in a healthy manner.
    Many people looking for a make-over book look for not just a diet plan, but an exercise plan, an journaling plan, a food log, and a lot of rules. Ornish is not presenting a weight-loss, get fit fast plan, to remodel your outer body by Christmas. This book is about remodelling your inner self so you want to make better choices about what you eat and do. He recommends a healthy diet, and a moderate amount of exercise, things that you will do ALL your life. This is not a short-term project, it’s a life-style retraining guide that treats you gently.
    I love to cook, and I’m partial to the vegetarian life choice, so I found the recipes not only delicious, but inspiring. Over time, I have been able to convert almost my old fat-laden favorites to his guidelines. Also found that my tastes changed over time, and I desired less fat and salt and sugar in foods. This has been a slow process, as Ornish no doubt intended, a gentle metamorphosis into a more mindful life.
    In addition to the excellent recipes, which are fun to make, there are simple and helpful hints that you can use in your everyday cooking, hints that don’t add any more prep time to your cooking but add flavor and cut down on fats. And what I really love are his simply stated general guidelines about what you can eat, and how much. With those guidelines in mind, you don’t need to diet or follow a food plan, just remember what you’re eating.
    For those who regret the absence of meat in this eating style, well, I don’t think Ornish intends for you to give up every single thing you love. I dearly love avocados- and have them now and then. You learn to have those things less often, but to enjoy them so much more. Far from giving up the things you love, following Ornish’s advice allows you to make room for them in a way that does you no harm. It’s all about balance and paying attention to yourself.

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