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The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter's 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds Hardcover – Feb 25 2009


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style; 1 edition (Feb. 25 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446506699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446506694
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 23.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born in upstate New York, Rip Esselstyn grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and studied speech communciations at the University of Texas, Austin, where he was an All-American swimmer. After spending 10 years as a professional triathlete, Rip joined the Austin fire department in 1997. He now travels year-round lecturing and giving seminars on the Engine 2 lifestyle. He is the author of The New York Times bestseller The Engine 2 Diet. Visit his website at www.engine2diet.com.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on March 12 2009
Format: Hardcover
Okay, so I admit - I need to lose a (clears throat) few pounds! But what really caught my eye of Rip Esselstyn's new book was the subtitle - "The Texas Firefighter's 28 Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds."

Okay - cholesterol is a major concern for many North American adults and who couldn't stand to lose a (clears throat) few pounds?

The basis for The Engine 2 Diet is Esselstyn's belief that "...the most basic, profound and powerful way to take care of your health on a day-to-day basis is to eat a healthy, plant-based diet."

As a firefighter and dedicated athlete, Rip was concerned about the health of his fellow firefighters. He convinced them to join him in his plant based diet and all who participated saw profound results, both in weight and health improvement.

He has two plans - Fire Cadet - which slowly weans you off meat, eggs, dairy, oils and refined products. And the Firefighter - you're off all the above at once. There are numerous studies and facts presented to back up his belief that this is the way to live the rest of your life. Results can be seen in four weeks.

Of course, it needs to be combined with physical activity, muscular and cardiovascular. Rip uses a method called functional training - using your own body weight, no equipment needed. There is a full section on stretching and exercise, complete with descriptive pictures. He advocates having a number of medical tests (ie blood work, BP etc) done so that you have a baseline to measure your progress against. The book is peppered with testimonials and anecdotes, giving it a personal feel.

The second half of the book cover recipes and meal plans.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lucinda Kiessling on May 19 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a fabulous book. It condenses the information that I have read in both The China Study by Colin Campbell and The Food Revolution by John Robbins in a very readable and convincing manner. There are a lot of simple and great recipes in the last third of the book which will help you on your way to eliminate meat and dairy from your diet. Rip has done a remarkable job with this book. He has a website which will help keep you on track as well. Check it out at [...] If everyone followed what he so eloquently wrote about in this book we would be much healthier and less of a strain and drain on our healthcare system. More importantly you will feel the best you have felt in your life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Warren Green on March 10 2010
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This past February the 12th, Rip Esselstyn appeared on the Dr. Oz show in a segment promoting vegan nutrition. Three Chicago firemen carrying excess body fat, and elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels, will return to the show in sixty days so viewers can see the effects of Rip's "plant strong" dietary intervention on these markers for chronic disease. Dr. Oz seems pretty confident that these firemen will be able to lose the weight they need to lose, and eliminate any future need for these types of medication, by continuing to embrace Rip's nutritional approach long-term.

When the vast majority of North American seniors are on prescription drugs for the rest of their lives, usually related to some degree of cardiovascular disease, Dr. Oz quite bluntly states to one firemen, "Thirty-seven year old men should not be on medications for things like cholesterol! Unless they've done everything else possible. Just because you don't want to be on anything for your whole life." When mainstream television shows start promoting vegan nutrition to their viewers, and mainstream doctors start discouraging people away from prescription drugs, I guess the (health care) sky really must be falling.

For those not already on-board with the message, this book can be a valuable resource for implementing a dietary transition to plant-based eating, and will be particularly helpful for those North Americans who have difficulty dispelling some widely held cultural notions. Such as our perceived need for cow's milk to prevent bones from becoming fragile and frail, and animal protein for building and maintaining strong muscles.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By betts2 on Oct. 3 2009
Format: Hardcover
well written and i appreciated every page!!! am now reading it for the second time because i was so anxious to get thru it first time i skipped a lot of pages.....lol.
only negative is that i want more, more more receipes.....even though i have lots of vegetarian books it seems that the receipes r not the same, Rip's r more "substantial", simple and nutrious!!!
put me on the list for the next tome............!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Seidler on Sept. 16 2013
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Really great information in this book. Recipes are good too! Inspirational and has inspired my husband and I to change our lifestyle. Hasn't been difficult either!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 9 2013
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I have learned at lot from reading this book. I am definitely more aware of reading food labels as well as ingredients. I better understand how companies can manipulate food labels to make products appear healthy when in fact they are not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shelley Prendergast on Feb. 22 2013
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I have been asked by several "carnivore" friends for recipes from this book especially the one for meatless meatloaf! Use this cookbook in my kitchen several days of each week and have been very happy with it!
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