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The Schwarzbein Principle: The Truth about Losing Weight, Being Healthy and Feeling Younger [Paperback]

Diana Schwarzbein , Nancy Deville
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May 1 1999
This groundbreaking book dispels the myths perpetuated by some bestselling diet books that may help people lose weight, but will put them on the fast track to disease. Based on sound research and the success of thousands of people, The Schwarzbein Principle proves that excess weight, degenerative disease and accelerated aging can be controlled - and reversed - in a healthful way.

The Schwarzbein Principle is a holistic guide to achieving lasting weight loss, normalizing metabolism and maintaining ideal body composition through lifestyle and nutrition. By bringing the internal systems into balance, the Schwarzbein program has been proven to: reverse type II diabetes; free people from food cravings for chocolate, caffeine and sugar; cure depression and mood swings; and reduce body fat while building lean tissue. The nutritional program consists of two phases -Healing and Maintenance - which are easy to adopt into any lifestyle. Instead of shunning fat, the program advocates eating all of the good fats and proteins your body needs as well as an unlimited portion of non-starchy carbohydrates. By incorporating the lifestyle components of stress management, exercise and eliminating harmful stimulants, program participants experience renewed energy and vitality.

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From her work with insulin-resistant patients with Type II diabetes, Dr. Schwarzbein concludes that low-fat diets cause heart attacks, eating fat makes you lose body fat, and it's important to eat high-cholesterol foods every day. Picture cardiologists and dieticians tearing their hair out and overweight people cheering as they dive into Eggs Benedict with sausage.

According to Schwarzbein, the high-carbohydrate, low-fat, moderate-protein diet that most dieticians and disease-prevention organizations recommend is the culprit that turns people into diabetics, makes them age faster and get degenerative diseases, and keeps them fat and unhealthy. She supports her theory with case studies of people who were sick and miserable on high-carbo, low-fat diets and who sprang to life when they "balanced" their diets with more fat and protein. Schwarzbein recommends avoiding "man-made carbohydrates"--processed carbs--in favor of those you could "pick, gather or milk." She instructs patients to eat "as much good fat as their body needs": eggs, avocados, flaxseed oil, butter, mayonnaise, and olive oil. Sorry, but fried foods and hydrogenated fats are "bad fats," or "damaged fats," as Schwarzbein calls them. You can eat as many eggs a day as you want on this plan, plus meat (even sausage--as long as it's nitrate-free--and pâté), saturated fat, cream, and nonstarchy vegetables. The book includes a four-week meal plan and about 15 recipes.

About the Author

Dr. Diana Schwarzbein has achieved the reputation as the cutting-edge expert on hormone replacement therapy and reversing type II diabetes through her groundbreaking nutritional and lifestyle program. Her practice specializes in endocrinology, metabolism, diabetes, osteoporosis, menopause and thyroid. She lives in Santa Barbara, California with her husband where she conducts workshops and private sessions.

Nancy Deville is the coauthor of best-selling health books including Tired of Being Tired. Her most recent book, Ancient Herbs, Modern Medicine will be published January 2003. Nancy Deville lives with her husband in Santa Barbara,California.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Attention PMS Sufferers Aug. 25 2001
By A Customer
I ordered this book after hearing of Dr. Schwarzbein's named mentioned by a few celebrities. While I am not a diabetic or severly overweight, at age forty with two children and a husband, I felt horrible. I had PMS so bad for two weeks out of every month I felt like it was taking over my life. I was always in a terrible mood, stressed out, like a stick of dynamite ready to go off. What I read in this book astounded me! It was as if I was reading an exact description of me. I lived on a high carb, low fat diet for ten years. I craved pasta, and coffee all the time. I craved pasta so much that I ate for lunch and dinner daily usually with a vegetable and no meat. I realized after reading the book that I was eating almost no protein at all. I began eating balanced meals immediately that included natural fats and proteins, and cut out pasta, bread, and sugar from any source other than fruit. In two weeks, I felt like a million bucks. NO PMS!! None, for the first time in years. I could not believe it. I kept up the eating plan and lost ten pounds in 5 weeks. I have 20 extra baby pounds that I was struggling to get rid of for 4 years! Even better, I hardly drink coffee any more. This book was an easy read only taking about 3 nights. I would suggest this book to anyone who generally doesn't feel well and wants to feel 100 times better whether it's PMS, fatigue, stress, etc. Dr. Schwarzbein makes so much sense. She points out that we as Americans are getting sicker and sicker eating what the "expert" researchers say we should. We, as Americans are living on medications for all sorts of ailments. Dr. Schwarzbein has the answers to why that is happening. Read the book. You will be throughly enlightened.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Setting the record straight July 24 2003
By A Customer
Several reviews back, a reviewer claimed that Dr. Schwarzbein is a quack and not board certified in internal medicine or endocrinology. I did a search, and web site for the American Board of Medical Specialties (the umbrella organization for the 24 approved medical specialty boards in the United States) states that she is indeed board certified. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, with a general certificate in internal medicine and a subspecialty certificate in endocrinology as well as diabetes and metabolism. Check your facts before making false accusations!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book changed my life Jan. 19 2003
By A Customer
By making just a few minor shifts in my eating practices for the first time in my life, I have no constant cravings for food. I've spent most of my life either being highly disciplined, while craving food or worrying about craving food. It has been like finally casting out a life-long demon. I've been a Weight Watcher for many years and what I realized is that the basics that Dr. Schwarzbein suggests are the basics I was taught in my first Weight Watcher class about eating a balanced meal 30 years ago. Dr. Schwarbein's book came at a great time for me and it has updated, refreshed and renewed my knowledge while drastically improving my well-being ... it has raised my consciousness to a new level. I am MOST grateful! An easy read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Aug. 9 2002
If you really want to understand how the body processes carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, as well as Endocrinology 101, this book is a very good investment. Even for people who do not need to lose weight, I would highly recommend it, because it explains the basics about how the foods we eat affect all of our hormone levels, thus, all of the processes of our body. The book has further convinced me that processed food and refined carbohydrates are POISON. A very, very good read-- I was able to follow and not bored at all!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Zone without the hype:) July 23 2002
A clear explanation of why low fat makes you fat. It IS the trend right now--but this author seemed to be one of the ones with the science to start the trend.
I have adhered to these principles before the book just explained why i feel better at 40 than i did at 20. And my kids don't have the sugar cravings of their friends!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Schwarzbein Principle May 29 2002
After following Dr. Schwarzbein's diet religiously for 3 months, my blood test results showed the following: Cholesterol remained just below 200, about the same as before. My triglycerides dropped from 248 to 80. My good cholesterol doubled from 25 to 50, and my LDL (bad cholesterol) remained the same, below 100. In addition, I met my goal by losing 16 pounds, and my waist size dropped from 34 to 32. I imagine that the results would have been better if I had exercised regularly.
I enjoyed eating a balanced diet that included eggs, butter, heavy whipped cream, red meat, and cheese. My wife's physician was familiar with Dr. Schwarzbein's book, so I had no fear.
A recent article in JAMA, Vol. 287, No. 18, May 8, 2002 by Dr. David S. Ludwig, M.D., PhD, THE GLYCEMIC INDEX, Physiological Mechanisms Relating to Obesity, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease, appears to support Dr. Schwarzbein's program.
Dr. Ludwig's study was supported by grants from the National Institutue of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most important book I have ever read Feb. 3 2002
By A Customer
If you read this book you may never be the same again. I bought this because my friend lost 31lbs in the first year, and another 21 pounds by June the following year. When I saw her this Christmas she was gorgeous, svelte, glowing with health, full of energy. It seemed incongruous to see her tucking into hearty meals while I was starving on a lettuce leaf and losing nothing!
It is early days for me, but after only five weeks I have lost nine pounds. That is nothing! In those weeks I have been feeling well for the first time in many years. I don't fall asleep the whole time. I can run after my small toddler, even though I don't weigh that much less. I seem to have become fitter. I can breathe. I have almost stopped using my asthma inhaler, no longer need my stomach coating tablets, have had no twinge from my gallbladder (which I was expecting to explode), and have been free of headaches (the bane of my life!) What IS going on? To be able to give up so many prescription medicines so quickly? Even if I never lose another pound, this will be worth it.
I have bought five copies of this book for other people - people I love who might be in the same damaging low fat trap I was. I am astonished that doctors do not mention this diet - even when it is patently clear that a patient is faring badly on all the usual regimes.
Did I mention the food is wonderful? It's everything you fantasised about when you were on a low fat diet, and more. I am NEVER hungry. I am NEVER bored with the food. I can ALWAYS find something to eat in restaurants. Only YOU can tell you are eating diet food - it looks like a regular meal to other people, in fact a rich meal!
Whether you adopt this way of life or not, the book is invaluable for its clear description of how the body works, and what happens when it goes wrong. I feel much more confident now in discussing things with my doctor, and challenging her preconceptions.
Thank you Ms Schwarzbein!
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