Cheverly L. (cheverly) reviewed The Schwarzbein Principle: The Truth About Losing Weight, Being Healthy, and Feeling Younger on
Helpful Score: 3
This book is great, and really helped me understand why I was working out like a madwoman and eating "like I should" (ha!) and not only NOT losing weight, but GAINING it too! In the week that I've started eating per Dr. Schwarzbein's plan, I have lost 4 lbs... that's without even trying, and even better, I have been completely satiated at each meal, my cravings for Reeses Peanut Butter Cups have disappeared, and I even have noticed that I no longer wolf my food down... I savor it! This is some good food, folks!
I'd like to disagree with the reviewer that said they don't have time to grow their own food, investigate, or bake their bread. Dr. Schwarzbein advocates eating organic and free-range when you can, and that you should read labels, etc., but she doesn't say that you HAVE to do it "this" way or "that" way. The recipies do take longer to prepare, simply because not everything comes out of a box, but I'm not sitting around waiting for my vegetables to grow either. It all comes down to priorities. I highly recommend this series of books!
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.
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.
I believe it's important to understand how your body processes what's put into it, so this is a good book in the respect that it's highly informative. Trying to follow Dr. S's diet, however, has all the earmarkings of setting yourself up to fail. In my world anyway. I don't have the time to grow my own food, bake my own bread, or to investigate how everything I eat has been grown/treated before it gets to me. I now understand why Suzanne Somers raves about Dr. S, but has developed her own diet. Suzanne obviously lives in a world that more closely resembles mine. (Who'd have guessed that?)