- Paperback: 380 pages
- Publisher: HCI (May 1 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1558746803
- ISBN-13: 978-1558746800
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 703 g
- Average Customer Review: 89 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #296,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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.See all Product description
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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!
Third, it allows for a vegetarian lifestyle. Most low-carb approaches don't even consider such a possibility.
Fourth, it provides a very useful chart (p.260) showing how to determine one's metabolic need for carbohydrates and how to adjust one's diet accordingly.
Unfortunately, there are a few little flaws that separately may not be that big a deal but taken together do kind of undermine the book's credibility. For example: hominy is listed as a legume. Hominy is corn, with a correspondingly high carb count, and not a legume at all. Tomatoes are in the food lists twice: once as a non-starchy vegetable (therefore something to be eaten freely) and once as a fruit (and therefore something to be eaten with great restraint). Buttermilk is listed as a "bad fat." But buttermilk is a cultured milk product much like yogurt or kefir, not a "man-made" fat at all. Then there is the issue of hormone replacement therapy, which the doctor seems to recommend with alarming casualness while condemning all other drugs. I fail to see why ERT is okay but taking aspirin is not. The biggest problem, though, is that there is no real explanation of what constitutes the "healing program" and how that differs from the "maintenance program." I still don't quite understand what the maintenance program is and how to know when it is time to go on it. But even with these little problems, it is the kind of diet program that is worth it simply because it makes you feel so much better so quickly. Even if I weren't losing weight, I would still want to stay on it because I feel transformed--no more energy spikes and plummeting blood sugar, no more heartburn, no more insane craving for candy and mashed potatoes.
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