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I love the way the information comes across. I immediately get it and I'm in. For quite some time I have been trying the heavy protein and low carb and have gotten nowhere but within almost 2 weeks on The Engine 2 Diet and I have lost 8 pounds. The energy is coming back and now I am wanting to exercise which I haven't had to do for the 8 pounds so I foresee a large weight loss coming up. This is something I can stick to and enjoy.
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I think this is a good basic introduction to the plant-based whole foods approach to eating. Rip tackles a lot the fundamentals, including the reported health benefits, and his own "studies" of people going on this kind of eating plan for a month. He is not a scientist and so the science is fairly light, but he does cover some of the important studies, including his father's, the China Study, and some others that support this way of eating.
As someone who knows a lot about nutrition, dieting, and some of the science behind the various approaches to eating (low-carb, low-fat, paleo, etc.), it wasn't really geared toward me, but rather at those who generally don't have a lot of nutritional knowledge other than what they read in an occasional magazine article or see on TV. People who may not be following any real eating plan other than eating what they like or even just eating the "Standard American Diet" with some minimal nods to not going overboard too often.
The book delves into exercise, into how to maintain the lifestyle when on the go, food management at home, stocking the pantry, etc. In other words in covers a lot of the bases here.
I will say, that for people with health issues like me, who are looking at the health benefits in particular, Rip's newer book, The Engine 2 7-Day Rescue Diet, is a little more useful. It's a little more a full-throated manifesto, it is more humorous, and also pushes a much less compromising approach to starting. That book is for the harder-core folks, like myself, those who have no issue jumping onto something new in a 100% way and maintaining it for weeks or more, just to see how it will work. I bought both of these books, and listened to the 7-Day Rescue Diet first, so in comparison this one seemed a bit more laid back. If I had listened in a different order, that might not have been the case!
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