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.
In his book Fuhrman provides two plans for weight loss.
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.
All refined carbohydrates are to be avoided including…
Vegetarian Meal Plan (for aggressive weight loss)
Baked apple with raisins and cinnamon
Whole-wheat pita bread stuffed with hummus and salad
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 oz raisins
1/2 cup soy milk or skim milk
Green salad with balsamic vinegar and 1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup chickpeas
Salad with orange and lemon juice
Stir fried vegetables with chicken and tofu
Steamed string beans with onions and mushrooms
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.
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.
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.
Dwyer, J. T. (1988). Health aspects of vegetarian diets. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 48(3), 712-738. link