The 21-Day Weight Loss Kick Start Diet was created by Dr. Neal Barnard, physician, clinical researcher and associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine.
This program was designed to help dieters get fast results in their goals to lose weight and improve their health by eating a diet that “is as close to perfect as is humanly possible.”
Barnard says that by following his advice on how to start eating a plant-based diet, you will be able to lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, improve glucose balance and boost your energy.
He also promises that you will be able to lose weight without deprivation, calorie counting, or the need to exercise, all while you enjoy delicious meals.
At the beginning of the program your first task is not to actually start dieting, but to explore the possibilities of healthy foods that you enjoy. Barnard says that you are not changing your diet, you are just trying new things to see if you like them.
You then get started on the 21-day program into which you incorporate the healthy foods that you have selected. While the goal is to adjust your eating habits for life, Barnard believes that following a short-term plan, such as this, makes it easier to make lasting positive changes.
The basic principles of the meal plan involve avoiding animal products, limiting the use of oils as much as possible and emphasizing low glycemic carbohydrates. In basic terms, this is a low-fat vegan diet. Alcohol is allowed in moderation; two drinks a day for men and one for women.
The Kick Start Diet is divided into three parts:
To support heart health you will avoid animal fat, tropical oils and trans fats and keep other oils to a minimum. It is also helpful to emphasize cholesterol-lowering foods, stop smoking, stay physically active and avoid low-carb diets.
Whole grain bread, brown rice, oatmeal, black beans, chickpeas, lentils, tofu, tempeh, soy milk, seitan, vegetables, fruit, nonfat salad dressing, balsamic vinegar, tamari, nondairy mayonnaise, salsa, nutritional yeast.
Mango spice breakfast smoothie
Hummus with sun-dried tomato wrap
Quick black bean chili
The Weight loss Kick Start Diet mentions the benefits of exercise for cardiovascular health and says that it can increase our levels of “good” HDL cholesterol as well as assisting with the control of blood pressure.
For dieters with serious health conditions he suggests contacting a health care provider to check whether it is ok to exercise and how rapidly to begin.
However, on this plan exercise is optional because Barnard’s research shows that dramatic results can be improved with nutrition alone, so the book does not include exercise guidelines.
21-Day Weight Loss Kick Start: Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health retails at $25.99.
21-Day Weight Loss Kick Start Diet will appeal to dieters who want to see fast results in regards to weight loss and health improvements, especially for conditions such as coronary artery disease or hypertension.
The Kick Start Diet provides day-by-day instructions on how to transition to a low-fat vegan diet. This approach has been clinically proven to be effective for long-term weight management, as well as for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.