Eat to Live

The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss
Narrated by: Joel Fuhrman
Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
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 Please Note: This is the 2011 revised edition of this title.

When Mehmet Oz has a patient whose life depends on losing weight, he calls on Joel Fuhrman, M.D. In Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Dr. Fuhrman offers his healthy, effective, and scientifically proven plan for shedding radical amounts of weight quickly, and keeping it off.

This is a book that will let you live longer, reduce your need for medications, and improve your health dramatically. It is a book that will change the way you want to eat. Most importantly, if you follow the Eat to Live diet, you will lose weight faster than you ever thought possible.

©2003 Joel Fuhrman M.D. (P)2007 Dr. Fuhrman Online, Inc.

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The facts of what's healthy, and what's killing us

I was wary about downloading this audiobook based on the two poor reviews. Fortunately, I checked amazon's reviews and found over 270 5-star, more thorough reviews. I downloaded and listened to this audiobook during each gym workout. I was blown away by the wealth of research and results given in this book.

Let me quickly address the two reviews given here. Marianne, you're right when you say the recipes are not included in the audiobook version. However, very early in the audiobook, Dr. Fuhrman announces a website - his own website if I recall correctly - which apparently has a wealth of recipes along with a forum to connect to other users. Because I was in the middle of a gym workout, I wasn't able to write it down and will have to go back to it to obtain the address.

Rob, either you reviewed the wrong audiobook, or there's another reason for your inaccurate review that you haven't shared with us. I paid close attention and don't recall hearing even one mention of "miraculous". In fact, the only fad-type talk I heard was when Dr. Fuhrman was revealing the deception behind fad diets! And you mention how his quoting of medical studies turns you off... it's called supporting evidence. And unlike fad diets and so much of the confusing, conflicting information we receive, Dr. Fuhrman referenced a vast amount of credible sources with conclusive results. Lastly, I question your sincerity of actually listening to/reading this book. The whole point of the book is there is no miracle or way to cheat to lose weight. In fact, Dr. Fuhrman repeatedly reminds us that while short-term, immediate results are often favored by people looking to lose weight, the real importance are the long-term effects on our health and lives. That's precisely why the book is called, "Eat To LIVE".

Lastly, Dr. Fuhrman recommends also reading/listening to T. Colin's book, The China Study. I just finished it; it's another EXCELLENT, worthwhile book.

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Extreme Transformative Information

If you are looking for a book about healthy eating and how to transform your health this is it. I won't say that this plant based eating program is easy to follow. It is foreign thinking in the world of the high fat, high protein, high sugar, refined foods of the American diet.

To me, it is simple to do at home where you can control what foods you stock in your kitchen--but the minute you leave the house for work or whatever it becomes more difficult. I'm just being very honest here--not negative. It is a definitely doable eating formula-- but it takes some planning and work to accomplish. That said--this eating style will transform how you feel. That transformation and renewed health then becomes the motivation to continue the program and work at all the changes required.

The book is clear, positive and informative. Dr Fuhrman is an MD with a proven track record at motivating change in his patients. The program is extreme--but the book explains the whys and hows and the reasons behind the theory. To my mind even if you take away only half of what is offered here you will be better off. But be aware this plan requires that you rethink everything you think you know about food and healthy eating.

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Sound Nutrition Advice - No PDF with menus, recipe

Sound program - difficult to follow but the improvements you experience happen so quickly and are so dramatic it does seem miraculous.

The reason I gave this only 4 stars is that I consider it to be incomplete. If you intend to really follow this program you will have to buy the book as well.

I think it is unfair to audible customers that some of the key charts and tables, the menus and recipes in the book that are necessary to fully implement this program are not provided to audible readers in a PDF.

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Have lost 33 pounds so far.

In 28 days, my blood pressure went from 139 over 85 to 113 over 65. I lost 23 pounds, sleep better and feel amazing. My blood sugar (on meds) would spike up to 13.3 and at the end of 28 days... 5.4 (I am now off meds but am still monitoring - If I cheat, my levels rise - we are what we eat)

Do NOT underestimate how potentially powerful this eating system can be, if you first understand it, and second, follow it. I recently had my blood pressure checked again, and with activity, it was 120 over 68.

Not bad at all considering. Read it, understand it, use it and enjoy weight loss feeling full with more foor than are before I started this diet and now enjoy amazing health results. (When I first started this system of eating, I weighed in at 303 pounds)

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Really Good Information

Enjoyed listening to it (didn't think I would). The information really 'clicked' in my head and am walking away feeling more knowledgeable about nutrition. I don't know, maybe this time I was ready to 'hear' it. I am annoyed that the recipes are not included and maybe Audible should mention that in the description. I'm a foodie and I probably would have bought the book instead of the audio version because of it. I emailed Dr. Fuhrmans' website stating I bought the audio book from this site and if they had a link to the recipes. Nope. Bummer. You have to become a member and pay a monthly fee for access.... not. I guess if I search the WWW I'll find something (or I guess I'll buy the darn book) :o). Nonetheless... This audio book is great. Recommended.

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Miraculous is the word.

I have been following the Eat To Live regimen for two years. I have never before been able to lose weight so effortlessly... my migraines are gone... I cured my high cholesterol in 30 days... my mother cured her high blood pressure and angina in 6 months. I love eating the Eat To Live way and would never go back to old habits. For those who have an open mind and a sense of purpose, Eat To Live is miraculous indeed. Also read The China Study by T.Colin Campbell and Dr. Fuhrman's Nutritional Excellence.

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Comprehensive and Clear

As a whole-food, plant-based (WFPB) eater training to become an RD, I'm always looking for great resources to suggest to the people who come to me looking for dietary advice. Eat to Live was referenced in many of the books I'd read, so I decided to pick it up, and I'm glad I did. If you're looking for one book to highlight to benefits of a "nutritarian" diet, then I'd highly recommend it. I'd put this book right up there with Dr. Michael Greger's How Not to Die and the Idiot's Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, 2E by Julieanna Hever and Raymond J. Cronise. It's brilliantly simple, comprehensive, and loaded with excellent resources, all presented in plain English.

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Great material

Similar to Dr. Campbell's books even referencing The China Study. WFPB diets are the key to living a long and healthy life free of cancer and disease

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Compelling case for plant based diet

Best dieing advice ever- listen to this on the commute everyday during the diet. This doctor provides powerful reinforcement for healthy eating habits, including elimination of animal fats and sugars. I'm down 10 pounds already!

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Great health book on veggies and fruits

I very much enjoyed this books format and nutritional advice. I've been doing something similar with my veggie focused meals, and it's nice to see studies that back up this way of thinking about food.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-28-12

Eye opening

Joel Furhman's Eat to Live was my very first audiobook about nutrition and healthy living. It was an eye opening experience, finding out about all the toxic chemicals we consume day in, day out, through refined foods. While the title of this book focuses on the weight loss aspect, it is definitely worth mentioning that sticking to the plan proposed in this book will not only help you lose weight, it will fill you up with energy and make you much, much healthier. I'm very reluctant to believe in such 'promises' myself, yet listening to this audiobook and sticking to the plan has certainly done both of the above for me. (I don't even get migraines anymore now)

I have given the book 4 stars only because it is dry at some points, especially at the beginning where it focuses a lot on cancer research and studies.



All in all, I recommend this book to anyone who is ready to make some permanent, positive changes in their life, or is simply interested in the science behind nutrition.

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  • G. Kemp
  • 03-04-14

Facts and tips excellent, delivery not so

What did you like most about Eat to Live?

All the points made were back up by well established fact and studies. Not just one study to prove one point, but multiple studies reviewed to produce recommendations. These are not the single sided arguments found in today brainwashing biased media.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Eat to Live?

The facts about protein levels in vegetables compared to meet and dairy.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Joel Fuhrman?

I've seen Dr Fuhrman in interviews and I think he is a wonderful man doing real good in the world, but unfortunately the narration of this book is disjointed, stuttered and mistakes are made regularly. I think I would have cast someone like Joaquin Phoenix or another vegan/vegetarian actor used to giving monologues.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

An elephant is vegan, how do you think it got so big if you think veggies do not contain protein?

Any additional comments?

Great ideas and i'm looking forward to beginning the diet.

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  • Leo'sMa
  • 12-03-19

Changed my lifestyle

I came across this book on YouTube and bought a copy as well as on audible, it has completely changed my lifestyle! I was vegan but unwell, over weight and very unhappy!
The information in this book has changed my life and I’ll be forever grateful to Dr Fuhrman for his insight and knowledge. Do yourself a favour and invest some time in yourself by listening / reading this book, the best investment you can make to care for yourself and those you love! Good luck in your your new journey!

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  • Sum
  • 01-04-19

Brilliant Book

This is the most impressive book on diet that I have ever listened too. Highly recommended.

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  • Al
  • 08-28-16

Must read for everyone

Yes to more vegetables and fruits and berries all the time. Yes to lemon juice on salads instead of olive oil. I lost 9 kg in 5 weeks not even following the diet 100%, just giving up oils, bread, rice and pasta. I really hate that this book refers to Americans so much, it's a must read for everyone. I also read "Disease-proof your children" by the same author and it's just as good, but less aggressive.

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  • Mary Wehner
  • 04-14-16

Great content - horrible delivery

What did you like best about Eat to Live? What did you like least?

I have both the book and the audiobook. If I hadn't already read a lot of the book, I honestly would have had trouble following the narration. I have English as a first language, so that is not a factor here.

It is painfully obvious upon listening to the flow of the narration that Dr. Fuhrman never read it aloud a few times first - just to get familiar with speaking the text. I felt I was listening to a 10 year old trying to read a complicated medical journal in front of the class!

Misread words aren't edited out, he just tries it again.

There are breaks in the narration for seconds at a time, obviously waiting for a stop clock of some sort to cue the next sentence.

Dr. Fuhrman slurs his speech by dropping consonants at the start and end of words (how does a doctor get "disease" to come out as "issease"?), and then the next line is dictated with two seconds between many of the words.

The "whistle sound of SSS" is most irritating and the volume varies too much for an audiobook, which is delivered directly into the ear!

The last words of the chapter roll together with the title of the next chapter! Seriously?? The new chaper is never announced.

The message in the book is exciting - nutrition from natural plant foods is the way to great health and weight, however, all that is negated by the irritation caused by the appalling delivery.

I kept wondering if Dr. Fuhrman was "under the influence" when he was recording this, but decided that he couldn't be over such a long period of time.

Maybe the author insisted on earning an extra few bucks for narrating his own book, but his talent is medicine, not narration.
"Horses for courses" as they say!

What did you like best about this story?

The information on nutrition is excellent and he has very good arguments for the nutritarian lifestyle.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Joel Fuhrman?

Anybody...please...Audible has the best narrators in the business so I'm at a loss as to why this got through quality control!

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Um! It is already a film but if I mention where, Audible will reject my review because I name an outside source. His delivery wasn't any bit better there by the way, so no, I won't be rushing out to see anything.

Any additional comments?

I'm so frustrated at the deliver of this book that I can't even finish it. I'm seriously considering returning it. I had thought to buy his audiobook Super Immunity, but when I listened to the sample of it here, there was Dr. Fuhrman again, speaking more clearly, I'll grant you, but no sample of Ned Sparrow.
I'm not taking the chance!

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  • R A Miller
  • 05-24-20

Learnt more about what I should be eating

Excellent kistten
Working towards removing processed food from my diet. Made me realise how much non essential foods I was eating although I though I was eating extremely healthy not.

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  • Paul
  • 11-24-18

Lettuce lover

Useful info. Basically, be a raw vegan is the advice. Dr. F knows his stuff and seems to care.

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  • willowes
  • 09-04-18

eat to live

A great book very informitive. leaned a lot frim it. well read nice and clear.

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  • Joe Doyle
  • 08-16-18

Enjoyed this book very much

Loved it. The Narrator fluffed his lines a few times but that added to the book. Really enjoyed it and will now look for more books from this author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-17

The must read book if you want to regain health

This book outlines a real way to regain health. After years of following a 'Good Australian Diet', I was overweight, unfit and unwell. Forks Over Knives put me onto a better track, but this book is better. It explains many of the many fallacies and half truths (including the food pyramid that I had been taught as a youngster) and that I had accepted without question as the basis of good diet. The only disappointment with this audible purchase is that you do not get the recipes with audible's pdf supplement. That said I would not have bought the book, but having listened to it I most certainly will. The author's reading style is engaging and lively. I thoroughly recommend this book.

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  • Natalie Giddings
  • 10-01-17

Best Book on Health

I’ll be re-reading this one after hearing about it on a podcast. Best advice for this generation and simple to understand!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-22-19

excellent advice that works!

An explanation of whole food plant based eating that makes sense, is not difficult and works!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-30-19

health never came this easy before!

Having been vegan for many years my health started to deteriorate but just tweeking my diet and getting rid of processed food and increasing my nutrition I feel so much more alive and energised. Thank you Dr Fuhrman !

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  • sjb247
  • 11-20-18

I think I've found the solution.

After years of yoyoing weight, just one week following the recommendations have made me decide that this is it, this is the way I will live the rest is my life. With the occasional cheat of course but this way is now my only way. Thank you Dr Fuhrman for showing me the light.

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  • Robyn Clelland
  • 07-03-18

Some of the info/claims are outdated & untrue.

The info on whole plant based foods was great. But other info out of date.