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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 My defining moment April 20 2003
By A Customer
As a person who reads over 100 books a year, I can comfortably say that this one was one of the best books I have ever read regardless of the topics. It is such a comprehensive elaboration of "what healthy living" is that I only regret for my years passed on very wrong eating and living habits. No diet book ever made so much sense to me before. I have become a convert right after reading the first two chapters of the book. I read it cover to cover, trying not to skip even a word so that I get all there was to be learned. Even though my initial reason for getting the book was weight loss, I ended up learning that weight loss is only one aspect of being healthy. Even though I lost 11 kg.s in a matter of two months following the basic argument of the book, I no longer see weight loss as an end in itself, thanks to Dr. Schwarzbein. This book was indeed my defining moment: my approach to many things in life changed radically and I am happy for that. Many thanks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It works! It really, really works! March 22 2004
By A Customer
I have been joking with my friends for the last three years that I should write a "diet" book based on my great experiences with a diet I was forced to adopt due to numerous food allergies. Little did I know that that book already exists! I had been diagnosed with 33 allergies and once I removed those foods from my diet, my body changed dramatically! Not only did I lose 20 pounds, I cleared up my acne and gained so much energy that I became somewhat of an athlete. To top it all off I am constantly being asked for my ID when I go out and at the age of 32 am being mistaken for a woman in her early twenties by twenty-somethings themselves! I had attributed all of this to removing the allergenic foods and, though that is most certainly a part of it, after having read this book I can now see WHY I've found such success. I have had to remove all processed foods, stimulants and sugars due to my allergies and what's left is exactly what Dr. Schwarzbein recommends! I have unwittingly been following this whole foods diet (protein and fat included) for the last three years. So, buy this book, give the diet a month with NO CHEATING and you will be amazed! You will no longer have cravings PERIOD (I find it takes about 2-3 days to get rid of the actual physical cravings and then you have to deal with the mental part of it) and your body will thank you. I guarantee that in a year's time you will reap all of the benefits she touts in her book! Thank you Doctor!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "stars" have it! Oct. 11 2003
By Cat
I bought this book BEFORE checking out Amazon's customer reviews, which is not something I normally do. I thought the book was very well written and logical. Since I have tried Atkin's and it worked, I saw, while reading The Schwarzbein Principle, no reason why it should not work as well. I decided to check out the reviews just to see what others thought.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars super read
Great print size terrific data and an ongoing read with the companion book .
This book is considered as a bible to good health.
Published 22 months ago by H. Osborn
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible of Nutrition and Diet
Someone recommended this book to me. The book is an absolute eye-opener. I have pushed everyone around me to read this book. Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by Amit Sharma
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop talking about this book
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 more
Published on April 19 2004 by C. Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars Accelerated Metabolic aging,,,,blah blah blah
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 more
Published on Dec 3 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Setting the record straight
Several reviews back, a reviewer claimed that Dr. Schwarzbein is a quack and not board certified in internal medicine or endocrinology. Read more
Published on July 24 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars I was mislead and gained weight
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 more
Published on May 23 2003 by Angela D. Douglas
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting reading but be careful
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 more
Published on May 2 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Try it. It works!
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 more
Published on March 30 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Verging on Quackery
I was not impressed with this book, to say the least. First, I'm a type 1 diabetic, and the authors don't even deign to admit that folks like me exist. Read more
Published on March 11 2003 by Buzz Haughton
5.0 out of 5 stars It works
This eating plan works, not only to lose weight safely, but to lose unwanted medical or metabolic problems as well. With this plan, I don't just look better; I feel better. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2003
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