I have the book and I was listening and reading this book at the sometime and the unabridged version is missing a chapter. Overall this book is really good. It's very informative. I would recommend this book to anyone who is trying to live healthier.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
I was bored with this in the first 30 minutes and could never get motivated to get through the second hour. This may work for some but I am not one of them.
I have been married to the same wonderful wife for over 27 years and have two adult children, out of the house, that are married, working, and doing well.
I love his formula for healthy eating, which is healthy eating equals nutrients divided by calories.
I really would have liked the essential visuals. As such, I am going out and buying the book right now! (Just finished listening an hour ago.)
There was obviously very inadequate editing. Many, many, many times he started, then corrected his words. He is a very East Coast accent, mispronounces MANY words. (the most irritating for me was the hundred times he sat "Sigh-a-Tee" instead of "Sat-I-a-Tee" The word is "Satiety" not "saiety").
He makes a good foundational case for the extreme diet modification discussed.
I have to wonder, as he does about other commercialized weight-loss programs, "If his diet DOES reverse angiographically documented coronary artery disease, like he repeatedly says, WHY hasn't HE done a Prospective, Controlled, Angiographically Documented research study?" Hey, he could call it the "P-CAD Study"! Show me the data! And I'm not talking Star Trek!
I am a physician. Like him, I see hundreds of diabetic-obese patients. I will be incorporating his general principles into my practice -- already have!
I listen while driving. When I review, I'm much more apt to discuss the performance than the content. Sometimes, a bit of both.
I won't spend so many words on reviewing the book since there are better reviewers worth checking but I found the book quite helpful. It represents one of the primary benefits of my listening to books rather than trying to read them. The book is simple enough to follow and listening to Dr. Fuhrman read his own words actually made the book sound more like an interview from time to time. That may "sound" like a bad way to go but I don't recall ever zoning out on this reading. He loses a couple stars on performance because some words were mispronounced or pronounced inconsistently but, hey, it kept me listening...and that's not a bad thing, is it?
Oh...I started taking his advice about a week ago and have already lost ten pounds, feel great and hope for even better results. Thank you, Dr. Fuhrman! Great book!
To make this a 5 star book it would need:
1) A PDF of the recipes
2) Make the book more focused on personal stories.
The author claims to of treated thousands, but I only recall two or three people in the book being actually described for their journey with the diet. I would have greatly appreciated the book starting from the viewpoint of a patient trying the diet of foreign foods (Kale, brocolli, and the like as staples) and walking us through the week and how the person went through withdrawl, finding food at restaurants, being weird around their friends.
I've been on a kick listening to food books trying to better understand nutrition and the different benefits / drawbacks of what to eat.
The title of this book is excellent, and drew me in along with a recommendation from a friend on the paperback. Numerous times in the book the author states base your primary meals on vegetables and fruits and cut out processed food and most meat (all if possible).
The irritations: B12 is not present in vegetables and thus he mentions the need for supplements in passing. He then states numerous times that fito-nutrients and mineral combination is not completely understood in diet and thus we only know some of the components to put into supplements that allow our bodies to fully use them. Thus he fails to make a strong argument against eating meat if it contains things the body requires, and additionally contradicts himself on his stance on supplements.
His results as described are enticing, but the book spends much of the time giving blanket references to studies without putting specifics or a personal touch on it, thus making it hard to listen to. I imagine this is much better in a book format because you can skip repetition and actually see the recipes (there were a couple times I thought I'd accidentally skipped back a chapter because the statements were identical).
If it had supplemental info.
As a note to the listener, he does eventually give an overview of the menu for a day/week vs. blanket references as to what is good and bad, but you will have to wait until chapter 6.
Glad I listened to it, but think I could have saved several hours if I'd had a picture of his food tree offered online.
This book was very interesting and informative. I loved all the information was backed by research. I thought I knew a lot about health, but this book taught me so much more.
I read a lot and on most any subject!
High-Nutrition, Low-Calorie, Low-Fat
The common sense diet backed up by medical facts
Yes - we are now following his life style 6-week plan
In 5 weeks I lost 18 pounds and was already in pretty good shape. Was never hungry and have felt so much better. Did it to live longer not because I needed to medically.
This IS my #1 audiobook so far !
The author is my favorite character, as he read his writings with great passion & clarity.
As above, very well read & with clear explanation of his information
I experienced excitement over the very helpful information !
This is a must read/hear book for every person. It should be required reading in schools & colleges !
I have read a good many nutrition books but this one stands out with its footnotes and explanation of what the latest science is telling us! Great research and articulate thoughts put together in an easy to understand way made this worth while listening!