Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Book Review: 21-Day Kickstart

Title: 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart
Author: Neal D. Barnard, MD
ISBN: 978-0-446-58381-7
Publisher: Grand Central Life and Style
Published Date: February 2011
Pages: 348

I received a free copy of this book for my honest review.

For years, Dr. Neal D. Barnard has been at the forefront of cutting edge reseach on what it really takes to lose weight and restore the body to optimal health. Now, with his proven, successful program, in just three short weeks you'll get fast results-dro0p pounds, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, imporve blood sugar, and more.

About the Author:
Neal D. Barnard MD, is a clinical researcher, author, and health advocate. He is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. He has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on several clinical trials studying the effects of diet on health. He is also the author of several books and is a frequent lecturer.

My review:
Dr. Barnard's book is advocating a plant based, completely vegan diet to get yourself back in optimal health. His idea is that you need to cut out all animal products for 21 days and you will feel better than ever and once you have tried it for 21 days, you will not want to go back to eating the way you were before. The book tells the benefits of eating vegan and explains what that does for your body and health and then also explores what happens to your body and health when you do not eat this way.

Once the book has discussed how to follow this vegan life choice, each day for the 21 day diet has a few pages for you to read to give you motivation and encouragement. These daily readings also give great tips on things such as food that conquers pain, sleeping patterns, and choosing good carbs.

The book contains a menu plan and a large section of recipes to help you follow the vegan lifestyle with the 21 Day Kickstart. The recipes do sound good, although a few of them do use items that may be hard to find in some areas. I enjoyed the book as I always want to learn how to eat better and get healthier. I have added more veggies to my diet but it is hard giving up all meat, but I am working on that too. If anyone did this diet and gave up meat completely, I would love to hear how it worked for you.

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