Eat to Live

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

Some of the most renowned New York doctors rely on the nutritional guidance of Dr.Joel Fuhrman whenever they have a patient whose life depends on losing weight fast.

Fuhrman claims that dieters who have tried other diets and failed to lose weight will achieve success on his plan with promises of weight losses of up to 20 pounds within six weeks.

The basic concept is centered on the idea of nutrient density that is expressed by the formula Health=Nutrients/Calories. Fuhrman says that our health is directly related to this ratio.

Eat to Live Diet Basics

In his book Fuhrman provides two plans for weight loss.

  1. An aggressive six-week vegetarian plan for dieters who want to lose weight quickly.
  2. A more moderate plan that allows the intake of limited amounts of animal products.

If dieters feel they must have some animal products on the plan they are permitted to have one serve of lean fish such as flounder, sole, or tilapia once per week and one egg white omelet per week.

There is no requirement to count calories or portions, however, it would be very difficult for dieters to achieve a high calorie intake so long as they follow the recommended guidelines.

Recommended Foods

Foods to Include

  • Raw vegetables in unlimited amounts. Fuhrman advises dieters to regard salads as the main dish.
  • Cooked green vegetables, eggplants, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes.
  • Beans, bean sprouts and tofu – 1 cup daily at least and more if desired
  • Fruits – at least 4 serves daily
  • Starchy vegetables such as potatoes and corn as well as whole grains are limited to one cup daily.
  • Raw nuts – 1 oz maximum per day
  • Avocado – 2 oz maximum per day
  • Ground flax seed – 1 tablespoon per day
  • When oils are included in meal plans the maximum amount recommended is one teaspoon per day.
Dieters are advised to aim for an intake of at least 1 pound of raw vegetables and one pound of steamed vegetables daily.

Foods to Avoid

All refined carbohydrates are to be avoided including…

  • bread
  • pasta
  • white rice
  • fruit juice
  • sugar

Vegetarian Recipes to Try

Sample Diet Plan

Vegetarian Meal Plan (for aggressive weight loss)

Baked apple with raisins and cinnamon
Whole-wheat pita bread stuffed with hummus and salad
Fresh fruit
Mixed baby greens with peppercorn dressing
Broccoli and red pepper soup
1 slice seven-grain bread
Corn on the cob with veggie based seasoning

Non-vegetarian meal plan (for moderate weight loss)

2 cups cooked oatmeal with
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1 banana
1 oz raisins
1/2 cup soy milk or skim milk
Green salad with balsamic vinegar and 1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup chickpeas
Vegetable soup
Fresh fruit
Salad with orange and lemon juice
Stir fried vegetables with chicken and tofu
Steamed string beans with onions and mushrooms

Look for other vegetarian and non-vegetarian recipes here.

Exercise Recommendations

Fuhrman advocates the importance of exercise however if the ability to be active is limited due to health issues then his aggressive menu plans will still allow dieters to lose weight without exercise. Regardless he does also state that almost anyone can exercise and even if dieters are unable to walk it is still possible to do light arm weight exercises or use an arm cycle.

Try these exercises with the Eat to Live Diet.

Costs and Expenses

The book Eat to Live retails at $14.99. (paperback)

There may be an increase in the weekly grocery bill due to the extremely high intake of fresh produce that is a requirement for this diet.

Click here to purchase this diet for a discounted price.

iPhone and iPad Version


iPhone/iPad Version

There is also an iPhone, iPod, and iPad version of Eat to Live via Vook.

This allows you to take the book anywhere and can be very helpful when eating out or while shopping to have all the concepts of the book at your finger tips.

This is an abridged version of Fuhrman’s book, so only the essential information is included for easier reading. This app is handy even if you already have the book or borrowed it from the library or a friend since it highlights only the important essentials.



  • Educates dieters with information so that they are able to make informed choices regarding healthy dietary choices.
  • High nutrient and low calorie diets may increase longevity.
  • Promotes the intake of fresh fruit and vegetables (at least two pounds of vegetables and four serves of fruit daily).
  • Reduces risk of and may actually reverse diseases associated with aging such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.
  • Beneficial for individuals who need to lose weight quickly in order to prepare for surgery.
  • Includes menu plans and recipes with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.


  • Extremely restrictive which may make eating out very difficult.
  • Requires a fair amount of time spent on food preparation.
  • May not provide adequate protein for many dieters especially those who are very physically active.
  • Some dieters such as those with inflammatory bowel disease may not tolerate the large amounts of raw vegetables and fruit.
  • Many dieters would probably not enjoy eating this way.

A Bit Extreme

Dr. Fuhrman’s diet plan is very extreme, however, it is well supported by scientific research particularly in regard to its potential benefit for dieters with high cholesterol, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

It is however important to be aware that not everyone responds favorably to this approach and some dieters achieve more beneficial results when they include larger amounts of healthy fats and protein in the diet.

Dr. Fuhrman’s Other Books

Super Immunity Diet

Eat For Health

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
  • mspgy8183

    I have been on the E2L diet for 4 weeks and have lost 12.5 pounds. I am 5’8 and average size build. I have struggled with migraine headaches since I was 16 years of age. I have NOT had a headache since I have started this change of life. I feel better and have lots of energy. It s a must read book. It makes since eating fruits and veggies. Beans really help you stay full.

    • Vicky

      It’s funny you mention headaches. I, too, have struggled with headaches from a very early age. I began E2L about a year ago, and not only did the weight fall off effortlessly, but my headaches are also completely gone. Life changing…

      • mspgy8183

        I am now a role model for several co- workers…. It is not hard and it works.. Headache free for 10 weeks…..and from what you said Vicky for life it sounds like…..

  • Sheila

    I am a 39 year old female. I set a date for E2L and went for it. I’m a teacher, so I started the day school was out. I am seeing success and I’ve lost 18.6 lbs in 34 days! These are the things that helped me do it:
    1- I read the book Eat To Live by Dr. Fuhrman. You can google him and there is tons of info. Basically, I strive to eat a pound of raw veggies and a pound of steamed veggies daily. I can have all the fruit I want and I have to eat a cup of beans daily as well. I found out from his book that beans curb the craving for sugar – my weakness. This plan cuts out meat, cheese (my weakness), sugar, and SALT! But, it allows for unlimited eating. He is right when he says that the pounds start melting off. I followed it to a T in the beginning, but I have added in some things (hummus and RAGU – both made with salt and oil and a bit of sugar) that helped me keep on it. I monitor their effects and it is one I can deal with.
    2- I now go to the nearest FarmFresh when I am out and hungry. I grab a salad from the salad bar and I time it and watch the price – it is the exact amount of time and money I previously spent at the drive thrus like McDonalds. I always skip salad dressings and instead just add in some fruit. After all, salad dressings are just to add flavor, and what has more flavor than fresh fruit?
    3- I was addicted to McDonalds. In fact as a teacher on the last day of school, we received a “mvp” card good for the whole year for a free drink anytime I purchase anything. I can’t stand passing up free items. I have changed my mindset about McDonalds now, and I go and satisfy that need of the drive thru, but I always pick up a large UNSWEETENED TEA and get a free drink for a friend and nothing else. After cutting out the sugar and salt, I no longer crave food like I did before. I leave the drive thru with a smile because an ice cold tea rocks and is zero calories! I never pick up food for others – if my kids want McDonald’s they have to get it themselves…but they don’t – hence my next item….
    4- I took both my kids to the doctor and got them a physical and requested that they get their blood tested for chlorestoral and for sugar levels. My 16 year old daughter’s numbers came back great – she’s a vegetarian. My 14 year old son’s numbers were off the chart for triglycerides. He was 4 times higher than he should be. All those late night meals, fast foods, pizzas, etc…….. that he grabs with friends caught up to him. I made another appointment with the doctor for her to explain those numbers to him. Eat veggies, exercise an hour a day, and no more junk food or they will have to put him on meds with terrible side effects. Left untreated, he could have his first heart attack at age 20. This hit him hard, which was enough to get him on board for a healthy lifestyle too. It helps to have people around me focused on health too, even if they aren’t doing the hardcore Eat to Live.
    5- I switched the YMCA I was going to from the downtown one to the new one in my neighborhood. I was fortunate to be able to walk there, but sometimes I drive. Where the downtown Y was so big and divided into cliques/groups/different floors/etc… this Y is not. In fact, I would have never gone in the free weight floor at the downtown Y because it looked like it was full of meat heads who wouldn’t be welcoming to me (probably all in my mind, but yeah). At the Granby Y, it is all one open room. You cross from the cardio to the free weights to the circuit and the class room is right there too for zumba. It is great. I like it so much more and strive to go every day. That doesn’t always happen, but I try my best. I go to zumba on M&W at 6:30 and the instructor is wonderful! I also started belly dancing on Thursdays at 4pm. The cool thing about these classes is that they are so new, because the Y on Granby is new, that they expect to teach everyone from the ground up! Awesome!
    6- I chart my weight each day. I do it in the morning when I wake up. My goal is to see the number go down (obviously) so I will relieve myself as much as humanly possible to get the baseline reading for the day. When it goes down, I feel great! When it pops up a bit, I think of what I did yesterday that influenced it. For example, I went to Tropical smoothie and choose the vegan hummus wrap. It seemed healthy, but after seeing the scale go up an 8/10th of a pound, I was motivated to research it and saw that it had an obnoxiously high salt content. I was educated. Now I pay more attention to salt when eating out. I also craved that wrap for days. Salt really affects me, almost like MSG affects others to crave food. My scale is digital, so I get a reading that can tell me down to the tenth of a pound. I’ve learned how much an avg. poop weighs and will wait to weigh or re-weigh after another bathroom trip if necessary. Some people say only chart weekly, but I find daily keeps me on track. I made my chart on word using the graph feature. I go slightly up and down daily, but my overall trend is down. I also use a table at the bottom to show me the exact numbers as well. I keep this document up on my computer at all times. Seeing the visual keeps me motivated. Also, studies show that when students track their grades, they go up, so I look at it like that . On the 30th day, I shared my graph with my friends and got a lot of great feedback. It felt good to see the visual results this way and inspire others. Also, people would tell me that my face was beginning to look skinnier. I was aiming for my waistline, but to have people see and point out the difference was awesome. I could feel my shorts being a bit looser too. My sil and I went to lowes and had to put a 50lb bag of sand in her cart. When we did that, she stopped and said that 50 pounds was what she needed to get off her body and we reflected how we struggled to get that bag from the crate into our cart and how we’re carrying around that excess on our bodies.
    7- Finally, for motivation on my end, I have set up my reddit account ( if you’re not already on it) to reflect some of the motivational threads like lose it, fitness, stories where people post their before and after pics, and the fatpeoplestories, which may not be politically correct, but in a sick way motivates me to keep at it.
    8- The best advice I read was from Dr. Fuhrman (I think he wrote it, or it was from reddit). He likened this journey to the heroin addict quitting, or the alcoholic or cigarette addict giving it up for good. He said that you have to “QUIT BEING FAT” and reading that, and saying it “I’m quitting being fat!” and treating it like you would someone giving up alcohol makes sense to me. It’s maybe a mindset, although people in the past have said that to me and it never clicked until recently. I’m quitting being fat.
    9- My reward for success in dropping weight is a massage for every 10 pounds I loose. This is working great for me, and I’m about to schedule my second massage!
    So, yeah. That’s it in a nut shell. I’m quitting being fat!

    • Donica

      I love the part about “Quit Being Fat”. Thinking of it as an addict would thing of quitting drugs or alcohol. That is so helpful. Because it really is that serious, we just don’t think about it until we go to the doctors office and they have to prescribe medication for illnesses that we could possibly have avoided by eating properly. Congratulations to you and your continued success!

    • shelley

      Would you provide a testimonial for a book promoting this diet as a top weight loss technique?

      • mspgy8183

        Amen…. I feel the same. simple and easy to follow no starving…

    • Alexa

      That is quite a journey, Sheila. I did the 6-week plan and lost 15 lbs, without any issues. It did indeed work and I was never hungry, slept better, and my digestive system seemed to settle down. The first week, was a little difficult as I was achy at night (legs, arms and a headache for three days), but that went away. I gave up coffee, so I think that was why I had the headache. Not sure about the achy legs and arms. Anyway, end result all positive. I ran a 5K race, did pretty good for not running in over 15 years, quite proud of myself.
      Then, I got stressed out at work, hit the Oreos, hit the ice cream (my weakness), went back to drinking coffee, started eating processed “fake” foods again… fell off the wagon, right? Well, when I went back to my old bad eating habits, could not sleep again at night, got more stressed, stopped working out (jogging), gain back the 9 lbs of the weight I had lost.
      Now, I am through with this way of eating. I am going back to Eat2Live again. It worked for me and I felt darn good on it. Felt healthier and happier. It was not difficult to follow, more work in prepping the food, so not to eat “fast food” out of convenience and back to working out to help me with my stress. I know what to do, just doing it is my issue. Addiction to the bad foods, sugar, salt and fat is my problem.

      Thank you for reminding me of how good I felt when I did the Eat2Live plan.

  • genice carpenter

    sounds great, going to do it

  • Ro

    You have a few things wrong, first you have foo as a whole wheat Pita bread, make up your mid.ds to avoid one is Bread then you post breakfast.

    To restrictive? I don’t think so. If you mean you can eat all the fruits and vegetables you want. Nuts and nut butters, seeds beans and legumes. Wow that is restrictive. Well maybe for you but for people who want to feel healthy, look great have a lot of energy, want to stop and or reverse many illnesses it is not. I have Lupus, thyroid,
    COPD and diabetes, or should l say I had them.

    I no longer am Diabetic, no question it is gone and has been for a few years (no meds), My thyroid is almost gone, my hair grew back and I feel great (no meds). My lupus is a work in progress but I am confident. I can do things I couldn’t a few years ago. My COPD is just about gone, and they told me I would be on Oxygen for life one day, NOT!!! I work in the garden now without having to stop to breath.

    So you say restrictive? sure it is restrictive, it restricts my illnesses from bothering me.

    • Em

      YEAH!!! Go, Ro!! Keep on keeping on! :)

  • Jasmina

    I`m blood type A and meats are not recommended for me. I cut on meats for about a week no and I`m feeling great. Usually when i eat a lot of meat my stomach gets bloated, but did not know why until now. I`m slim and tall, but always have a little bit of belly fat. Oh well that fat started to disappear now, which makes me to believe that it is working. Also many of the foods that are not recommended for me I do not like much, which I do not think is just a coincidence. Will keep trying to follow the diet and see what is gonna happen. Cheers

  • Janet bailey

    I am really excited to start the 6 week plan. My daughter has been
    wanting to do this fir two yrs. I have prediabtes, and really scared, 69 yrs old and have Asthma, boodpressure,depression,etc. Thank you for
    your book, and easy to follow plan, but really need help.

    • Valerie Woodruff

      I stated this diet last year and lost 25 lbs. It is very easy to follow. One main reason I liked it so much was that I like to eat a lot of food, and you can do that on this plan.

      This is what a typical days menu looked like for me:

      1/2 cup of oatmeal made with 1 cup of water
      1 banana
      2 T of raisins
      2 T of sliced almonds
      unsweetened almond milk


      A big salad with 1 T of ground flaxseed, 2 T of sliced almonds, grapes, 1/2 cup of beans of any kind: white, red kidney, chickpeas, whatever you like.
      I used Ken’s Lite italian dressing sparingly. If you put the dressing on sparingly and let the salad warm to room temperature, about a 1/2 hour, the dressing goes much further…spreads around more evenly.

      In Between Meals I would drink black tea with almond milk.


      A serving of vegetables: cauliflower or brocolli, okra or, brussel sprouts, with 1/2 cup of beans. I use Mrs.Dash seasoning to spice things up, and I would use Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce or Hot Crushed Peppers to add some flavor also.

      I would interchange the salad/vegetable for lunch of dinner.

      I ate 3-4 fruits a day.
      On salads I would use any dressing I like, but sparingly?spelling..

      Sometimes I would eat just ruit for breakfast. And then for a grain I would have a baked sweet potato or a cup of steamed butternut squash.

      going out to eat? I would get a salad with chicken on it and dressing on the side. I try not to eat out much.

  • Gary Magnum

    Here’s my concern about “Dr. Fuhrman” – I have read several of his books and when he first started publishing them (please compare his first published book Eat to Live against his currently published “updated” Eat to Live) his message was, “…eat according to this book and you will not need to take any medications or supplements again”. He provides a 1-sided argument with selective statistics to further his point but at the end of the day I don’t think anyone could argue against eating a lot of fruit & vegetables. Or, maybe better written, his book made sense to me.

    Fast forward to 2012, however, and Dr. Fuhrman has an entire website, company, business, MLM, etc. built around his “Eat to Live” concept. His original message of no vitamins, supplements, medications, etc. has drastically changed… now he recommends specific vitamins from his site only at over US$100/mo per individual… even kids. Membership to his organization requires payment… US$3,000 for a lifetime membership or monthly fees. Dr. Fuhrman now encourages and sells vitamins, supplements, and medications (supplements that require a prescription) on his website – that are quite expensive and all continuous for the rest of your life.

    So my comment is, while I believe Dr. Fuhrman’s original book and concept, albeit nothing new, were a sincere attempt to educate the masses on a healthier lifestyle… I have grown to strongly question his current motive as being more concerned about health or making money?

    • M Seraphim

      I see your point. I think that his original plan evolved when he realized that with an all vegetarian diet (which requires much planning and work), it would be very hard to achieve the right amount of nutrients. The right supplements are ok. I will try to follow the vegetarian diet for 2 weeks, and then start adding fish.

      If you were in his place, wouldn’t you do exactly the same? His book was successful, therefore his company grew and now that he includes vitamins, he has control over their manufacture (how pure they are), and maybe his vitamins are just better than at the Supermarket…

      • Dave Platter

        M Seraphim, I love the way you write your comments. One line you wrote struck me, however. You said, “with an all vegetarian diet (which requires much planning and work), it would be very hard to achieve the right amount of nutrients.”

        Both points you make in that sentence are absolutely incorrect. I’ve researched this and studied nutrition and have switched to a vegan diet as a result. It’s super easy. What could be easier, really, than just eating plants?

        Also, there is no nutrient which you can obtain better from animals than from plants. We think what Americans eat today is normal, but over the last few decades we Americans have changed our diet dramatically – and all for the worse. Now (as a group) we eat more meat, more eggs, more dairy and more processed food than ever before. That’s why people are getting so fat and sick.

        The research actually shows that you are healthier, slimmer and feel better both physically and mentally when you eat only whole plant foods. You can have a little meat if you want, but you shouldn’t eat too much (no more than 10%) if you value your health or your waistline.

        That’s how most people traditionally ate: mostly plants, with a bit of meat for seasoning or on special days. Back then, the only people who got fat and sick from their diet were the rich who could afford (monetarily) to eat in an unhealthy way.

        Protein isn’t an issue. The research shows we only need about 5 to 10% of protein in our diet. We get too much from meat, dairy and eggs, and this has been shown to contribute to low bone density, hip fractures in the elderly and other problems. You only have those problems in countries like the US that eat lots of animal products.

        Just look at this list of vegan superathletes:

        I’m sorry to go on about this. It’s just that I worry someone who is trying to be healthy and lose weight might read your comment and believe it. That would make it harder for them to succeed.

      • Will B

        A final note here:
        My bp was as high as 190/100, despite my serious exercise and training regimen for years. Within 6 weeks of getting on this healthy eating habit, my bp remained at 120/72! To my doctor’s shock, my lipids, cholesterol, and other markers of health plummeted to the very healthy end of their range. Finally, I was surprised myself when my weight fell by > 12%. As Dr. Fuhrman says, your body will go to its correct weight. Cool stuff!

      • Will B

        Both valid arguments, but I do believe there is a need for a commercial-free or non-profit organization or venue. People can support, inquire, share and simply enjoy the community of healthy living. It all sounds very “granola”, but our loved ones need help in pushing back against the horrible nutrition advice from the food, medical, pharmaceutical, and so called fitness experts. In any case, I a glad that we are finally having this conversation, as a country.
        Regarding supplements, I mostly avoid them until I feel the need. Especially, after visiting family or traveling.

  • Deborah

    Looking forward to starting the diet

  • charlotte

    anyone have recipes with tsp or tbsp so i know how much of this or that, thanks foe ETL

  • Vitame

    Have been a vegetarian for 40 years and have tried going back and forth onto Fuhrman’s dietary recommendations, but can’t stick with them continuously. Eventually get bored, eat some junk food, some dairy… When I’m on it, though, I feel great and lose fat. I’m athletic, no problem with loss of muscle on this diet. I do use nutritional yeast, which supplies 9 G of protein a day for me in addition to the nuts, seeds and higher protein veggies. He doesn’t want you to use too many seeds or nuts, but I find about a half cup a day helps satiate and I still lose weight. (9 G protein in that) Can eat up to a can of beans a day, another 21 G or so of protein–if more, I get constipated. I do wonder how usable the veg protein is. Feel best when I eat it raw, esp. cauliflower, but don’t know if getting any usable protein from that. He argues you just don’t need as much as most nutritionists think, and I think from experience he is right. Except…I do tend to get more problems with high yeast levels when I eat too little, so probably have to find optimal amt which may not be as low as this diet usually provides.

    • ted

      High yeast levels are caused by high sugar and dairy not lack of protein. Look at how much fruit you’re eating or simple carbs.

  • Rina

    I was just wondering how much salt you can eat.. without salt nothing taste good.. are you allowed to have salt?

    • Dennis Boxer

      Dr Fuhman would like U to be salt free. I find this impossible to do. Use as necessary. Do not worry about it unless U have CHF or High blood pressure. I use it whenever and have lost close to 55 pounds since May 21.

  • diane anderson

    OH I am so upset! I started this diet on Monday. I have followed it to a Tee. So 5 full days have passed. I wanted to wait until Monday to get on the scale, but I stepped on it anyway. I though maybe 2 or 3 pounds would be off. I WAS THE SAME EXACT WEIGHT!!! What is up with that. I also have a bloated stomach and two days of a belly ache. I imagine it is all the fiber. I thought it would work the other way. I am a nurse. I am pretty well versed in bio/chem/nutrition. I can’t however try to explain this one. Has this happened to anyone else? Any suggestions I would appreciate.

    • Lee

      I was a vegetarian for many years and when I went vegan I was also very bloated for about the first two weeks into it. How much dairy are you eating compared to before this diet? Also, if you use to eat meat before this diet, and now are not – your body is detoxing, as they call it. it is a good thing. like i said, i was very bloated for the first 2 weeks into it.. it has been sometime now and i feel incredible! i would never go back to eating meat or dairy.

    • Diane

      Yes,I can relate I have been on this for 3 weeks I have lost 9 pounds!!! I feel like I have beet rue to the plan and wonder where the 1 pound a day weight loss is…Im getting frustrated.

      • Rayca

        That’s 3 lbs. a week. R U kidding me? That’s way better than average. If U don’t know that, you probably are not a seasoned dieter and don’t have a lot to lose. Otherwise you’d know those are fantastic numbers. Having said that, I don’t own a scale. I go by how my clothes fit. I’ve been on this diet B4 and know for a fact the weight loss is rapid, especially if you give up salt AND make your own food. The fat melts off then. Scales are frustrating and usually incorrect. Who can gauge from hour to hour or day to day. Best way to weigh yourself (if you must) is to weigh yourself everyday, divide by 7 and get your average. I promise you will have lost weight. Far less frustration and you’ll learn not to care about the daily number. It’s just a number. Fat loss and weight loss are different. Fat is measured in clothes. Weight is measured on the scale. Beware of skinny-fat if you’re hooked on scales.

      • S

        Where did you get the idea that you would lose a pound a day? You’ve been losing a more than avg amount of weight/week for any diet. Have you read the entire book and following its plan and not just some extremely abbreviated version of it online? This goes to you and anyone else who thinks they are following the plan but haven’t read the book.

    • Dennis Boxer

      It works. Give it a chance. What I do….don’t jump on the scale unless U feel U have lost some weight. The program works. U name it, I have been on it. This is the only program that U lose weight and keep it off permanatly. Yes I go off sometimes…….but it so easy to go back on. i have lost 55 pounds since May 21…….7 inches off my waist…….from size 56 to size 48 almost. I am a big guy. When I started I was 330 pounds. Now 275. I have alot more to go and I know with this marvelous way of life program, I can take the rest off a keep it off permanetly. I love the foods….I eat tons of veggies and all kinds of fruit, tofu, gardein soy products etc
      I am also a diabetic. I was taking 3 diabetes meds. I am now down to 2. My latest A1C was 5.6 down from 6.1
      On this program, I can eat loads of fresh fruits and do not have to worry about my blood sugar. Its not fruit that affects diabetes….but the amount of simple useless carbs like bread, pasta, white potatoes etc

      So give it a chance and U will see…it will work for U too.

    • diane anderson

      Okay I could not help it. I dieted for three full days since I wrote the below statement. YEA!! ONE LOUSY POUND IS GONE! Is anyone out there going to give me a little pep rally? I need it!!

      • Hendl

        I have been on the ‘diet’ for 6 weeks, have lost 10 lbs., and am overjoyed. The amount you have lost is great! This is NOT a sprint – it is a marathon. Why are we so crazy in this country that we must lose weight FAST?? Did you pack on the pounds fast? It is FAR better to lose it slowly, that means it is more of a healthy, ‘permanent’ loss. Your body is simply NOT some machine you can program; honor and respect it.
        Plus, how old are you? I am 61, and realize that I cannot lose weight as easily than when I was younger. And that is fine. In addition, I don’t know about anyone else here, but where did I lose the weight? In my belly – the BEST place possible. A ‘too fat’ belly is the sign that you are very predisposed to diabetes, heart disease, etc. This means that I am getting healthy, and I am thrilled. I have 30 lbs. to go, and I know I’ll make it.

      • Tom

        Curious, I just bought the book and stated today! Diane, your post from Oct 30th said lost one lousy pound…how about now? Did you stay with it?

      • Jerry Cornell

        I have been on the diet for 2 weeks. I was 80lbs overweight (240, should be 160). I lost 9lbs first week and 3lbs second week.

  • Ashleigh2k

    I am about to start the ETL Aggressive Crash Diet next week, because Dr Oz says you can lose 10-24 pounds in a WEEK on this, & is the only crash diet he supports! I have 75-90 pounds to lose, so this sounds like an appealing jump-start, but I’ve been discouraged reading about people being on this diet so long (weeks, months, years), and only losing a very few pounds…

    As to people asking what to eat, they tell you: a half cup of oatmeal daily, w/flax, and at least a cup (or more) of berries – every morning! Lunch is a giant mixed green salad, full of veggies, a half cup to a cup (or more) of beans (black, white, kidney, garbanzo, etc…), 2 teaspoons of chopped nuts, lemon juice. “free foods” includes vinegars, which are great on salads. Dinner is 1 cup mushrooms, 1.5 cups chopped asparagus, half cup onions, any other veggies you want, all in any amounts, cooked in 1 teaspoon of olive oil (or olive oil spray), along with garlic, along with a cup (or more) of white beans, and a half cup of high fiber whole grain pasta (I like corkscrew pasta)…

    Unlimited fruits. Unlimited veggies. Unlimited beans. Plenty of “G-Bombs”: Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries, Seeds (& nuts)… Plus lots of water and herbal tea… And measured limited portions of whole grains (pasta, tortilla, pita, etc…). No starvation. No hunger.

    I was excited to think about 10-24 pounds lost in a week, per the Woman’s World article featuring Dr Oz saying Dr Fuhrman’s Eat To Live “crash diet” is the only one he approves, and says you’ll lose AT LEAST 10 pounds a week, but as I prepare to start this plan next week, I already feel very discouraged to read all the comments that say it’s more like 2 pounds a week… Not 10…

    We’ll see how it goes for me…

  • Maureen

    I’ve been doing ETL for about a month with my husband. We haven’t followed the diet quite to the T, but I have lost almost 10 lbs without doing daily exercise (I still try to get some in, but not as rigorous as I was doing). As someone who works in an office environment with a schedule that makes it difficult to devote hours to working out everyday, this diet is a God send. It’s more hard to devote alot of time to working out to loose the same amount weight in a month than to do this diet (even with food preparation). Seriously, give it a try. I was skeptical at first, my husband really had to push me to do it with him. I’m so glad he did. The first week was probably the hardest, but we’ve gotten used to not eating processed food for the most part. I would recommend if any of you have a Costco or a Sam’s Club in your area to get a membership and buy your fruits and veggies in bulk. It makes it a heck of alot cheaper than going to the normal grocery store, and you will actually eat through most of what you buy in a week’s time without it going bad.

    • charlotte

      when you say your not following to a t. what else are you eating?

  • Stacy

    For those of you looking for an alternative healthy salad dressing, there is a great recipe for ranch you may like to try. I have not made it yet but will be doing so very soon…when my husband comes home from having triple bypass surgery. I cannot remember the web site, but here’s the recipe:

    1 Cup plain greek yogurt
    1 Packet Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing (not dip)
    1/2 Cup 1% milk

    Whisk all ingredients together and chill 1 hour before use. Yield about 20-24 servings (tablespoons).

    The entire recipe is 255 calories and 1.75 grams of fat!! :D

    If you would prefer to use skim milk, you may need to add a little less to keep the ranch dressing consistency.

    • Rayca

      1 Packet Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing. OMG…Do they even list the sodium in that junk? U R missing the point. This diet is supposed to be setting U up to get away from that crap. Make your own dressing. He has at least 1 ranch recipe in his book. U should be using cashews, maybe, maybe yogurt. Stop thinking about g. of fat and start thinking about g. of sodium.

    • Carla

      Furhman does not recommend dairy, but I miss things like dressings and mayo. We make our own sweet potatoe fries (just slice, use nutritional yeast ans bake). The I would HIGHLY recommend getting the recipe books from the restaurant FRESH. Their house mayo in incredible and made from Tofu – which I normally hate. This set of books is amazing and really fits with Fuhrman’s diet. I follow the most rigorous plan with no problems. Just takes some time to be creative when meal planning and a Costco membership. Finding non-processed foods is very difficult, but these recipes make it easier to eat versions of what you like with ease. Also get a good variety of frozen fruit for winter so you don’t go broke. Also, the frit if flash frozen so higher in nutrients than those that ripen on a truck. Mix with almond milk and you’ll just love. And lots of fun experimenting, too!

    • Dennis Boxer

      Dr Fuhmans plan does not allow dairy. I use almond milk, but what can I substitute for yogurt?

      • bobbie

        look up Raw Neuvou website for young thai coconut yogurt, awesome tasting and texture is just like yogurt.

      • Lee

        Dennis Boxer – there is such thing as vegan yogurt! look into it. check out this page –

        there are a few selections to chose from! they also have non dairy ice cream and sour cream!

      • Joe

        I was told to use “Silken Tofu” to make dressings with as well as almond or soy milk. This is the very soft creamy type of tofu.

      • Deanne

        You can substitute Coconut milk or almond milk yogurt. They are very tasty.

  • Bee

    I am underweight and dealing with severe digestive issues (UC/IBD, malabsorption, dysbiosis, food allergies, etc)…will this diet help?

    I am intolerant to grains and beans are difficult for me too. I am currently on a fruit-based diet, but want it to be more well-rounded and this way of eating sounds very balanced. Any advice?

    • Miriam Rogers

      If you are dealing with digestive issues, I recommend you read “Restoring your Digestive Health’ by Dr. Jordan Rubin. This book saved my daughter’s life, literally. She suffered from Severe Ulcerative Colitis. The food protocol in this book was essential to her recovery when nothing medically could be done for her outside of a colostomy. Also read Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall. Life saving information for people with digestive issues.
      This vegetarian diet sounds like it would be very hard for you to digest if you have the digestive issues you refer to.

    • Helen

      Read the book. He outlines very well how alot of the conditions you described are from dairy and meat. Just throw in all the vegetables you can, make them the main source of your food. He says he’s even had underweight people put on a little weight to a healthy size because they are getting more micronutrients (the vitamins and minerals most people don’t give enough attention) while still getting enough macronutrients (the carbs, fat, and protein most people are concerned with)

  • maria

    A little about myself:
    I have been doing ETL for 4 months.
    I don’t follow Eat to Live to the T, but what I eat is rooted in what Dr Fuhrman’s ETL plan talks about.
    I was 212 lbs (about 90 lbs overweight; goal weight 120-130 lbs.)
    I went down 50 lbs in 3 months
    Stair master Intervals 10 min: 30 sec superman fast, 30 sec turtle slow. Repeat 10 times with minimal rests in between.
    Stretching: just stretch where you’re sore: hips, thighs, calves, arms, back. I incorporate a few yoga moves for agility and flexibility.
    Zuzkalight (body weight exercises found on
    I don’t eat beans -because they make me sick :( so I substitute tilapia or a 4 oz. chicken breast. Plus, I love chicken!!!
    Here’s how I eat:
    B: YUMMY Banana Oat Bars (recipe found on his website; I sub the shredded coconut for dark chocolate b/c it’s better for you)
    Green Smoothie: 2 handfuls of spinach, mango (frozen is cheaper), some water. Blend in a regular blend if you don’t have a VitaMix. Trust me, the mango is sweet enough to remove the spinach taste. You can also use apple instead of mango, but then you have to chop the apple or buy a juicer.
    L: butter lettuce wrap: chicken, 1 avocado slice, sliced cucumber, diced tomato, a few almonds
    Dr Fuhrman Shake: 4 oz pomegranate juice, strawberries, lemon juice, seltzer (for fizz): I don’t drink daily, but I do drink this pretty regularly when I’m craving Luigi’s italian ice!
    D: Another green smoothie (spinach, mango, water) paper thin sliced squash, radishes, zucchini cooked in skillet w PAM(cooking spray), roasted vegetable (tomato based) soup (healthy choice soup or homemade vegetable soup). I add in a few ounces shredded chicken for some extra protein and calories because of my exercise regimen.

    I drink a lot of water occasionally w add-ins: water with sliced cucumber or water w frozen berries.
    Note: I don’t eat salad very often but when I do, I use Balsamic Vinegar because it’s healthier than dressings/vinegrettes and also cheaper. It has about 45 calories and you don’t need a lot. If you’re going to buy balsamic get either Aged Balsamic or Balsamic Vinegar.

    I realize that eating fresh ingredients can cost alot of money, but my health is very important to me simply b/c of all the endorphins released after exercising, the accomplished feeling of sticking to healthy eating habits, I feel sexy (no more spanx), and the realization that I won’t become diabetic. Halleluyer!!!

    • charlotte

      thanks for the info the more the better, it will make it easier for me

    • carol monteiro

      OMG….you are soo funny halleluyer!!(madia) well ive started the vegan diet 2 days ago and lost 2lbs wow..but i need good recipes to keep it going helppppp..

      • Lee

        @Carol Monterio
        you can make many vegan things!
        here is one recipe that i cook at least once a week.

        what I use – and you can make it any way you like..
        this is vegan lasagna

        lentils or any type of bean

        first i make a homemade sauce with tomatoes, adding black pepper, oregano, bay leaves, and rosemary

        then with lentils that i have cooked – you can also use canned,a nd use any type of bean..
        i mix the lentils with oats

        to prepare the lasagna i use the eggplant as the lasagna pasta! yes, i replace the pasta of the lasaga and use thin slices of eggplant instead. then sauce, then veggies, then sauce, then lentil with oat mixture, then sauce .. and then if i use cheese i use vegan cheese – which you can totally find in some stores.
        i make it just like a normal lasaga – thing is you just do not need to cook it as long. the cooking time depends on your oven.

        pizza is easy too. you can use soy flour or whole wheat – make your own sauce, add lots of veggies and if you want vegan cheese. there is vegan flour out there, cheese, yogurt, even vegan ice cream! it is the most importan eating lots of vegetables, eating many raw ones, nuts, seeds, fruits, whole grains and to drink lots of water .. but sometimes it is nice to eat some vegan ice cream!

  • Laurie

    I began this dietary change (not a diet) about 5 months ago. I did a lot of research before I started because I’ve been down many wrong paths in the past, and I wanted to see what others had to say. I couldn’t find a single negative health consequence listed, so I started. The first week was lousy, but after that I began to feel much better. When “that time of the month came,” I was shocked to find that all my PMS symptoms (BAD PMS) had disappeared, AND my period was two days shorter. I’ve lost 20 pounds and have switched to the “moderate” plan to incorporate the salmon that is plentiful in my freezer here in Alaska. I feel so much more energetic! Extra energy is always welcome in the teaching profession!
    If you are willing to stick with this for the long haul (LIFE), you won’t be sorry. I actually like going to the gym now…sort of.

  • Tiana

    I began this diet about 6 months ago and the results could not have been better! I immediately began loosing weight and feeling more empowered to continue. There was only one object blocking my path. Protein. But I kept going, without the protein, on the fully vegan diet. In fact, I felt more energized during workouts and I even lengthened them, I even felt lighter, and more active during the day. I have lost a large amount of weight but will remain vegan for my future health.

    • David

      Eating vegan short term is a great detox, in in the long run your health will suffer. Eating vegan for health is a myth, just another vegan propaganda. There has never been a vegan civilization, mother nature isn’t stupid, we’ve been eating meats and fats since the beginning of mankind, only recently has fats been demonized and starches and grains praised and now we have become an obese nation. Avoid the sugar, starches and grains if you want to be healthy!

      • Lee

        i know this is an older post, you may not even see this.
        what you are saying is not true. the obese nation is from heavily processed foods, to much meat and too much dairy.
        being a vegan – if you are being a healthy vegan, is in my opion the best life style ever.
        meat and dairy are filled with feces and hormones, yes they are. they are not fully cleaned and in most cases severly processed. why is too much meat a bad thing and too many vegetables not?
        meat causes different types of cancer, i had a family member die 10 years ago of cancer – the main cause was meat. they torture and pump animals with so many things in order to get the orders out of all the milk, dairy and meat.. when you eat those things, those things go into your body.
        vegetables absorb the minerals and nutrients in the soil where they grow, if organic.. if not, there is a long list of frutis and veggies that can be found on the internet that are anti cancer, and anti many thing. this can not be said for meat.
        being vegan is a detox diet for some, but for many it is a lifestyle – an incredibly healthy, energetic, happy life style.
        also – check these reasons why humans were actually never made to eat meat –

        Meat-eaters: have claws
        Herbivores: no claws
        Humans: no claws

        Meat-eaters: have no skin pores and perspire through the tongue
        Herbivores: perspire through skin pores
        Humans: perspire through skin pores

        Meat-eaters: have sharp front teeth for tearing, with no flat molar teeth for grinding
        Herbivores: no sharp front teeth, but flat rear molars for grinding
        Humans: no sharp front teeth, but flat rear molars for grinding

        Meat-eaters: have intestinal tract that is only 3 times their body length so that rapidly decaying meat can pass through quickly
        Herbivores: have intestinal tract 10-12 times their body length.
        Humans: have intestinal tract 10-12 times their body length.

        Meat-eaters: have strong hydrochloric acid in stomach to digest meat
        Herbivores: have stomach acid that is 20 times weaker than that of a meat-eater
        Humans: have stomach acid that is 20 times weaker than that of a meat-eater

        Meat-eaters: salivary glands in mouth not needed to pre-digest grains and fruits.
        Herbivores: well-developed salivary glands which are necessary to pre-digest grains and fruits
        Humans: well-developed salivary glands, which are necessary to pre-digest, grains and fruits

        Meat-eaters: have acid saliva with no enzyme ptyalin to pre-digest grains
        Herbivores: have alkaline saliva with ptyalin to pre-digest grains
        Humans: have alkaline saliva with ptyalin to pre-digest grains.

        also, grains are wonderful for people! how can you think that those are not important?
        and do you not think it is a bit weird that we drink cows milk, but animals only drink the milk of their mothers and no one else?
        i agree on avoiding sugar – but the other things your body needs, just not in large amounts.

      • Rayca

        In my view (and it is a VIEW!), it’s junk food. I think David has a valid point, as well as fruit/veg. lovers. I don’t think vegan is a sustainable lifestyle. Children raised vegan usually, (not always), suffer a host of maladies. You just don’t hear about that from families feeding their kids protein and dairy. Nothing wrong with fat but there is overwhelming evidence to suggest it is best to limit saturated fat. Besides it is 9 k-calories per gram. Much easier to take that away when trying to lose weight. All food is good. OVEREATING FOOD IS BAD. Period. Calories provide energy. In the long run, lots of folks who are vegan for many years don’t fare well. There is no sustainable energy from eating mostly plants. You’d better be eating a hell of a lot of nuts/seeds/fat.

      • Michelle

        I totally disagree. This opinion is based on the fear that corporate farming/livestock production has put into our society, not actual medical data.

      • Bootie

        This book is all about injecting pure health and nutrients into your body. If you honestly believe dead animals are the best source of nutrition, you are brainwashed! Talk about propaganda. You sound like a government pamphlet.

      • L. Blendon

        It’s clear you didn’t read the book.

      • Hawley

        I agree with Ted. There are books about different vegetarian and vegan cultures if you wanted to know about them… A great start is “New Vegetarian Baby” which has basically an overview of these cultures, what they did well and where they were mistaken. Like ANY diet, one can be an unhealthy vegan but fats certainly aren’t to be avoided. As a vegan mom of 2 who nurses my newborn and toddler who is also vegan, I enjoy plenty of healthy fats like raw nuts, seeds, avocados, soy, etc.

      • ted

        Not true, there has been and still are people groups that eat very little animal products..They are also extremely healthy. The problem is that the west eats entirely too much. A little is fine, but the meat consumption in America alone is crazily out of control and so is heart desease as well as their waste lines. Forks over Knives is a great Doco if you get a chance to watch it.

  • Angelica

    I purchased most of the items for this plan but am a bit confused about what to have for Dinner. The only item I have thus far is Greens/Spinach, can u have fish on this plan, if so, how should it be prepared? I will begin on Sunday & I am very excited. Breakfast is oatmeal with fruit, Lunch is the 3 Bean Vegtable Soup from Dr. Os’s website. Pls help with suggestions.

  • Janice

    Can you eat veggie burgers on this diet?

    • Ken RN

      In the book he specifically says stay away from processed foods. Too many of the enzymes and vitamins are lost in the processing. I can’t think of too many foods as processed as a veggie patty.

      • ted

        It depends on the veggie patty. I make my own and they aren’t processed at all. You just have to pick the right ones or make your own.

    • Dennis Boxer

      yes. if U broil w/o oil. I use a george forman grill.

    • Angela

      He has recipes for ehalthy veggie burgers that you can prepare yourself, and guidelines around how to select premade burgers.

      • Louise

        What are the portion sizes?

      • Dee

        Hi Angela, I cant find the place in the book about store-bought veggie burgers.. can you tell me where you found that info? Also, any ideas on store bought salad dressings and hummus that are ok to use?
        Thanks for any ideas!

  • Carol

    I did this for a week and lost 6 pounds, but — as I was a college student at the time — found it difficult to maintain and slipped back to my old diet. Perhaps now I can start it up again…with less restrictions, I think.

  • Patricia Brown

    I am 4 days into the ETL Diet Aggressive. I am feeling really lousy. I know he said it take 1 week for your body to adjust. I am not ever hungry just like he said. Can anybody tell me how long it took them to adjust to this way of eating. I am not previously a vegetarian. I am going to continue, just want it know if anyone else felt tired and kind of sick till they adjusted.

    • Megan

      I am now 2 weeks into the moderate diet, and have lost 8 pounds. I’m not obese, just not at my ideal weight, and have started to have health problems. I feel so great, and have noticed a positive change in my health. it just makes sense. Eat the things that are naturally provided. It feels great. Also, with the research he provided on preventing cancer, diabetes, and heart disease– i will never go back. :)

    • Sandy

      First two weeks I felt tired and I thought it was just detox. Feeling much better now and my cravings have really dropped.

    • MAG

      Hang in there. It took about a week before my headaches stopped and I began to feel better.

    • Breanna

      when i changed my diet to mostly raw, it took about 5 days for me to start to feel better. Your body is cleaning out all the toxins and it make you very tired with aches and pains. stick with it you will love the benifits.

      • Mimi

        Thanks for sharing. We just finished Day 3, and I’m feeling very tired and getting sporadic sweats. I shall hang in there, but needed to hear about others’ experience.

  • Kim

    Got over eating disorder of 2 years. Feels like my digestive system isnt back to regular. Impossible to loose weight now ( not focussing on extreme loss, wanting healthy weight). So far Im about 15-20 lbs overweight. Just finding it frusterating that nothing is allowing me to get back to pre-eating disorder weight. Will this work for me? any suggestions? Im octo-lavo vegetarian by choice.

    • MAG

      I’m not a Dr. but I think the plan has real benefits. Veges, fruit, beans…..all good for you. I am enjoying it. Never hungry. Good luck.

  • GlassLily

    I am really interested in this diet however i am VERY sensitive to salad greens. They go right through me, if you know what i mean. Any ideas on what to eat to replaced the salad?

    • Dennis Boxer

      Trying cooking the greens. The fiber is broken down when a fruit or veggie is cooked.

    • Francine

      Hi GlassLady, salads used to do the same with me….since I am on this diet it doesn’t do that….that was a surprize….

  • Butterbuns

    I easing into the aggressive plan. One of the benefits is that it takes a long time to eat a meal because there’s so much chewing and crunching (raw veggies/salads). I start eating a salad at lunchtime, then spend the afternoon grazing on it at my desk. This keeps me full and then I start all over again at dinner.

    • Lauren

      I am trying the 6 week challenge but Have no idea what is ok to use for salad dressing since it’s so strict….any tips? I’m reading the book right now but all of the recipes included contain ingredients that we aren’t supposed to introduce yet on the six-week challenge….

      • Lisa

        Easy dressing: white basalmac vinegar (trader joes) Dijon mustard and a little stevia. My non-dieting husband prefers it.

      • pauline

        omg here is a dressing you wion’t live without…2 tb apricot preserve,4 tsp white cider vinigar,2 tsp oil,pinch of sugar,chopped scallion,pepper to taste, whisk together and it is a good chkn and fish marinade too.for a zing dressing,spicy mustard, balsamic vinigar, garlic
        whisk, great marinade on everything

      • Laureen

        I’ve been eating these huge salads for three years. I use squeezed lemon, or hummus or guacamole, or sour kraut. I use balsamic vinegar and sometimes goat cheese(occasionally for fun) and figs. I mix lemon with tahini sesame butter. I add minced fresh herbs. I add minced garlic or jalapeno. I like rice vinegar to make a dressing with something else like fresh mint or cucumber. apple cider vinegar too.

      • Lori

        I have found a recipe for an EXCELLENT no-oil Italian dressing:

        I tried this last week and it tasted like regular Italian dressing – I was amazed! It has a oil substitute that is used as a base for the dressing, which I’m sure could be used in any dressing recipe. Since I found that this recipe was yummy, I will be trying more recipes with the oil sub.

        Hope this helps!

      • Faith

        The salad dressing for me is a problem. I also decided to use a bottled dressing, Annie’s Roasted Red Pepper. And I too figure that if it keeps me on this plan, it will be worth it. Can’t be that many more calories than the recipe dressings and it has some good ingredients too. It no doubt has more fat and sodium than the recipe ones though.

      • Lauren

        I tried making 4 different vegan dressings…2 from the book and 2 from the web and didn’t like any of them so I am thinking of just using a low-cal regular one like you are and being strict every where else….I’m curious if you’ve lost any weight doing so

      • Lori

        If you cut up a very ripe pear and mix that in with your greens it tastes just great.

      • MAG

        I have to say, I tried one of the dressings on the plan and did not really care for it. So, I use Bolthouse Ranch Dressing. I know it’s not on the plan. 45 calories for a serving. It is the only way I can eat the huge salads with all the fresh veges and beans. So I figure, if it gets me to stick to the plan in every other aspect, it is worth it.

      • claudia stewart

        i use the things that are allowed and improvise. take some of the avacodo ,put in blender add, balsalmic vinegar and granulated garlic

        and a little water, salt and pepper and blend till it pours like dressing. i use the juice from the allowed tomatoe and add lemon juice and a little mustard and blend. you can use beans and what ever you like from the list, just add a little water to make it blend well. there are a couple recipes in the book but i like mine just well. you can use the flavored vinegars to change anything.. what about garlic infused vinegar with italion spices and a small amount of onions blended. dressings really are what ever you want to make.

  • Kelli

    I am tired of feeling sick so I hope this diet will help me with not gettting so sick easily, having more energy, not hurting because of the extra weight and yes losing weight to feel good again in my clothes I wear. My main thing I want now more than the weight loss is to feel healthy again!

  • Wendy

    I’ve been doing ETL for 3 weeks now. For me it’s a very easy plan to follow. I actually enjoy eating this way; however, I’ve only lost 3 lbs so far. It’s discouraging, but I will continue with the plan because I feel better and know it’s a better choice of eating for my health.

    • MAG

      I am into my 5th week. 10 pounds gone. It is slower than I hoped for but it’s still 10 pounds. Hang in there ladies. The weight will come off and consider how much better you are feeling.

      • shelley

        Would you provide a testimonial for a book promoting this diet as a top weight loss technique?

    • kim

      This is my 6th day on the diet. I have followed the instructions to the tee. Haven’t cheated once. Only lost 1lb so far. I am very discouraged because i thought the weight should be flying off by now. I do have loads more energy than I used to, so that’s something, but it’s too restrictive to stay on if I’m not going to drop any weight.

  • Laurie

    I feel I have dieted my whole life. Lost over 80 pounds and really thought I was hot stuff until I landed in a wheelchair paralyzed from the chest down. I am finding it difficult to maintain that slimmer version of me and have gained some weight that I am forever trying to get rid of and am failing miserably at. I swear I have tried everything. When I saw
    Dr.Oz giving Dr. Furhman his okay regarding his seven day “crash diet”I got very excited and can’t wait to start it. Not sure what to eat. I don’t like feeling this way, I swore I would never be fat again so I truly hope this diet works!!! Cross your fingers and pray.

    • Francine

      Laurie, it works, I started Saturday and I have lost 8 lbs….You are in my prayers…

  • Josie

    I just started the diet today and wondering how much whole grains can we have? I thought on the vegan plan that it said only one serving instead of corn etc -but in the meal plan noticed they are having more than one serving.
    I had oatmeal with banana and cinnamon for breakfast,strawberries for a snack and I still feel very full and its almost lunch time. Usually by this time of day I am starving for my lunch.

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