The Schwarzbein Principle: The Truth about Losing Weight, Being Healthy and Feeling Younger Paperback – May 1 1999
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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 a fiction and nonfiction writer whose first novel Precious Cargo is being adapted into a screenplay.
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I must say something I find rather interesting about the reviews: those very few who panned it obviously (1) did not read the book closely enough (she SAYS be careful about sausages, bacon and prepared meats, for Pete's sake!); (2) did not really follow the diet (Cheerios??!! Come on!) or (3) made a blatantly false statement (Yes, Dr. Schwarzbein is a medical doctor. Another reader pointed this out, but I would like to add that making false statements in print about someone is libelous.)
The one thing about Atkins I think is a little bizarre, is the induction phase is so limiting regarding carbohydrates. He only wants you to eat about three cups of veggies, if it is salad, but if you substitute broccoli for salad, you can have only 1/2 cup (instead of a cup). This seems pretty limited for a food that is so nutritious, particularly since a cup of lettuce has, on average, only about 2 grams of carbs and not much nutritive value.
Dr. Schwarzbein, on the other hand, does caution about types of fats plus encourages more good vegetable consumption.
The overwhelming positive statements about the book have really provided additional motivation to try this lifestyle. I can't wait to see the results!
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Great print size terrific data and an ongoing read with the companion book .
This book is considered as a bible to good health.
Someone recommended this book to me. The book is an absolute eye-opener. I have pushed everyone around me to read this book. Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by Amit Sharma
This book has seriously changed my life. A friend recommended this book to me, I actually wasn't interested in reading it, but thought I'd give it a chance. Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by Amazon Customer
Don't get turned off by my title. I think this is one of the best health/nutritional books out there because it does not start with the typical " have you tried so many diets... Read morePublished on Dec 3 2003
Several reviews back, a reviewer claimed that Dr. Schwarzbein is a quack and not board certified in internal medicine or endocrinology. Read morePublished on July 24 2003
Many of the principles of this book sounded so good and right to me when I first read it. However, i can contribute my weight gain of 15 to 20 lbs the "facts" I learned... Read morePublished on May 23 2003 by Angela D. Douglas
After 4 month of limiting carbs to 100g per day, eggs every day, etc. I found I felt good, dropped a few pounds around my waist and lowered my blood pressure while eating all kinds... Read morePublished on May 2 2003
My husband and I, 54 and 53, have been using the meals from The Schwarzbein Principle book for just one week. We are delighted with the menu. We do not feeling deprived. Read morePublished on March 30 2003
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