The Schwarzbein Principle: The Truth about Losing Weight, Being Healthy and Feeling Younger Paperback – Illustrated, May 1 1999
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- Item Weight : 425 g
- Paperback : 380 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1558746803
- ISBN-13 : 978-1558746800
- Product Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.39 x 22.86 cm
- Publisher : Health Communications Inc (May 1 1999)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #417,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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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!
The Schwarzbein Principle reminds me of a story about a man who runs into Death. Frightened by the encounter, he goes to his master and begs for the fastest horse so he can get away to Tehran that night. The master agreed and soon the only evidence of the man was a cloud of dust. That evening, the master himself met Death. "Why did you frighten my servant so? asked the master. "I wasn't trying to frighten him," said Death, "I only expressed surprise to see him still here when our appointment was in Tehran tonight.
Now, substitute "Death" with "Fat." It seems we've run right to being fat by trying to avoid it, as well as protein, on the horse of "Low-Fat, Complex Carb" diets.
I've not been perfect, but after 2 1/2 months I can now add my voice to the Amazon choir and report an inch lost everywhere except my hips/waist - and they've gone down 1 1/2 inches. I know the tape measure doesn't lie, but sometimes it can have an imagination. But, it can't fake 1 1/2 inches no matter how much I inhale and try to "puff up." The first month was scary and I actually thought I was gaining. Glad I stuck it out.
I'll be ordering your next book as soon as it hits the virtual shelves!
The good Dr. approaches the issue of body chemistry from a physiological standpoint, and not from the "double-blind" study standpoint. She wisely points out that no study is ever perfect and that different studies yield different results, interpretations, and conclusions. Physiology, however, is more cut and dried. Her clear explanations of how hormonal imbalance leads to a cascade of harmful consequences helps the reader see very quickly the shortcomings of following the "Food Pyramid."
One complaint: Dr. Schwarzbein constantly recommends only "real foods," as opposed to "man-made" ones. Curiously, she gives the thumbs up to such "man-made" concoctions as commercial mayonnaise (made from canola oil), canola oil, and soy "sausages." Ersatz soy foods are some of the most heavily processed foods out there. Why she has them in menu suggestions is beyond me.
All in all, however, a very good book.
This is a great gift for those in your life who are looking for the answer like the rest of us WERE!