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Publisher's Summary

Lose weight, lower cholesterol, significantly reduce the risk of disease, and become physically fit - in just 4 weeks.

Professional athlete-turned-firefighter Rip Esselstyn is used to responding to emergencies. So, when he learned that some of his fellow Engine 2 firefighters in Austin, TX, were in dire physical condition - several had dangerously high cholesterol levels (the highest was 344!) - he sprang into action and created a life-saving plan for the firehouse. By following Rip's program, everyone lost weight (some more than 20 lbs.), lowered their cholesterol (Mr. 344's dropped to 196), and improved their overall health. Now, Rip outlines his proven plan in this audiobook. With Rip as your expert coach and motivator, you'll transform your body and lifestyle in a month. His plant-powered eating plan is based on a diet of whole foods, including whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds.

This invaluable audioguide features:

  • Dozens of easy, mouthwatering recipes - from pancakes to pizza, Tex-Mex favorites to knockout chocolate desserts - that will keep you looking forward to every bite.
  • Pantry-stocking tips will take the panic out of inevitable cravings and on-the-fly meals.
  • Guidelines on menu choices that will allow you to eat out, wherever and whenever you want.
  • Rip's simple, firefighter-inspired exercise program that will boost your metabolism and melt your fat away.

Medically approved, easy-to-follow, and amazingly effective, this diet is designed for anyone who wants to make heroic strides in his or her health, weight, and well-being - all without heroic effort.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2013 Rip Esselstyn (P)2013 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Want to be as strong as a Texas firefighter? Or as healthy as a professional triathlete? Then follow the wonderful advice of Rip Esselstyn, who is both. His book can save your life - whether you're a man or a woman. Highly recommended!" (Dean Ornish MD, Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Clinical Professor of Medicine, U of California SF, author, Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease)

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  • Will
  • United States
  • 01-13-15

Very well composed

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Accessible intro to plant-based eating

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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Rip's Work Has Made My "Going Vegan" Easier

I learned about Rip from the documentary "Forks Over Knives" on Netflix, which discussed his dad's work and the work of T Colin Campbell. I read The China Study and also read dr. Dean Ornish's book the Spectrum. Following my dad's quadruple bypass surgery at age 55, and knowing that the apple does not fall far from the tree, I knew I had to do something different with my eating lifestyle. I am now 63 years of age and in great health, but it was not until Rip's book The Engine 2 Diet that I decided to go vegan. I also bought Rip's new book, "Plant Strong," and I look forward to reading that for updates and new recipes.

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Informative

I loved the hand holding he gives to start this lifestyle change for every one

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Somewhat sound concepts

In general, the diet proposed is going to be healthier than most American diets, but despite basically frowning on processed foods, it still suggests things that are certainly not healthy.

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  • Maria
  • WATSONVILLE, CA, United States
  • 09-04-14

book is ok but NOT audible customer service

What would have made The Engine 2 Diet better?

Giving customers the accompanying reference material without having to spend over an hour with customer service

Would you be willing to try another book from Rip Esselstyn? Why or why not?

Maybe. Other books had the reference material in the publisher information section. This book doesn't and that was a bad decision by the publisher because Audible customer service is really bad.

What didn’t you like about Daniel May and Leslie Bellair ’s performance?

They were fine.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Engine 2 Diet?

Too many testimonials.

Any additional comments?

NO

1 of 4 people found this review helpful