Eat To Live Review

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The Eat to Live diet is a book that has been released by author Dr. Joel Fuhrman and with this book and the information inside it, it is reportedly possible to lose twenty pounds or more in six weeks or less. Claims like these are fairly common with diet books but can usually be achieved if you follow the program exactly how it’s described.

The official website claims that the Eat to Live diet will help you maximize your health, live longer, raise healthy children, and even reverse heart disease and diabetes.

Ingredients

None. This is a program.

Product Features

The Eat to Live diet really stresses that you should avoid eating “fake” foods that are highly processed and full of synthetics. Many other diets suggest similar foods and they can actually help you lose weight over time.

As well as being able to achieve weight loss, the Eat to Live diet apparently prevents and helps to treat various other common conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis and acne and these reports have been based, or so the book states, on over 1000 different scientific studies.

According to the author and the information in the book, it is apparently possible to eat more food than you do now but still lose weight at the same time. The theory behind the diet plan is that you eat foods that are known to be high in nutrients and low in calories and by doing this, the book states that you can lose a large amount of weight in a relatively short time span.

The official website has some recipes available but really not much useful information. It seems to hint around instead of being very direct. You can set up a personal phone conference with the program’s creator but a price for that isn’t given.

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Advantages

  • There is an online member’s only area on the official Eat to Live website that allows you to track progress, get support from the community, and even speak to the creator of the diet.
  • Relatively cheap. The book costs around $25 and a 1 year membership to the website is $99.00 per year.

Disadvantages

  • This diet focuses a lot on natural foods which are more expensive than regular foods.
  • The Eat to Live diet will require some self-motivation which is difficult in today’s busy world.
  • You may only lose a couple pounds each month on this diet.

Conclusion

The Eat to Live diet looks like a healthy way to lose a few pounds each month but doesn’t seem suitable for those who need to lose a lot of weight quickly. It can also be expensive to keep up with diets that rely on organic products or products that are preservative free. If you looking to lose a lot of weight and keep it off, we highly recommend finding a weight loss supplement with a powerful thermogenic ingredient.

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38 User Reviews about Eat To Live

  • 1
    Tinkerbell2b

    This diet is a plan for eating for life. I lost 13 pounds in 2 weeks. The first week was hard, but worth it in the end. The review stating that this plan isn’t good because you don’t eat “regular” food is laughable. Regular food is real food – fruits, vegetables, beans… Look at it this way – if you pay $5 for a bag of organic apples and get 10, you have 10 servings. Some processed snacks you pay $3
    A box and get 4-6. Now tell me what is cheaper? The apples. My grocery bill is much less expensive only purchasing whole foods versus boxed processed junk.

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    angela

    I just finished the book. I want to give it a try. I need to lose 50lb and lost weight already but can’t seem to focus to lose. The book makes sense but still nervous to start. I enjoyed reading others experience. I like the not counting calories and kinda devising a meal plan to hopefully make it easier.

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  • 3
    mel

    I’m halfway through reading the book “Eat to Live” Love it so far. I’am however a big meat eater! I’m willing to try to give it up for the most part! Also, I have always had a problem with eating beans…gas gets trapped in my belly and will not go anywhere…will this go away over time…?

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  • 4
    Artie

    All of this is so much B.S—! It’s all about calories. All of you just want to eat and eat and eat, anything you want. Stop with the calories and eat any of the crap you want. It might not be good for your heart or lungs or whatever, but it will lower your weight. Did anyone ever see a fat person in Auswitz or Beuchanval (sp?). J—- C——! Eat to live, stop your G—— living to eat!

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  • 5
    Rob

    I almost put down my peanut butter samich and glass of milk to read these comments. I think I might be outside the target audience here. I work out in the gym 3 times a week. I’m 65 and going strong–could drop dead but so can’t anyone. Remember this one rule and you’ll be healthy all your life, “Drink of the vine not of the grain.”

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  • 6
    Vik

    The editor has not clue what he/she is taking about. This is a fantastic way of eating. I am on week 4 and NOT following the strict regimen and still I am down 18lbs, am NOT hungry, and feeling fantastic. I now crave fruits and vegetables and have no desire to eat sweets or other processed foods. And I was 90% vegetarian before and still I am benefiting significantly in such a short period of time.

    Just try this way of eating! Just try!

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    vegass

    So are you just eating veggies & fruit ? Do you use salad dressing ? What about poultry & seafood since you are 90% veg.

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  • 7
    JB

    I agree with the comments above. Vegetables are much cheaper and the amount of money saved over time from medical bills and prescriptions cannot compare. I’ve actually spent less on groceries since I’ve adopted this plan. Don’t try it, get married to it. It will change your life.

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  • 8
    Elizabeth Darnell

    I totally disagree with the writer above. I lost 12 pounds the first week strictly adhering to this plan. It IS DESIGNED FOR RAPID WEIGHT LOSS. And it is safe.

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  • 9
    Pam

    Having some gas and weird bowel movements the first week. Any suggestions?

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    Jannine

    Hi Pam,

    Your bowels need to get used to all the fiber and beans, it will get better.
    My husband and I were a bit scared to get a lot of gas from al those beans.
    We noticed that this actually only occured when eating canned beans.
    No we use dried beans our bowels are happy again.
    Just get used to the routine to put a large pot of dried beans to soak in water overnight.
    Next day rinse, bring to a boil new water, then simmer on low heat until tender.
    Divide in portions to use for the day and to freeze.
    Much cheaper and tastier.

    Mashed Lima beans with some ground nutmeg
    white pepper and a little stock powder added makes a very satisfying side dish to all kinds of cooked veggies or salad.

    Mash the beans in a food processor or with the hand blender for a very smooth result, much like mashed potatoes.
    Stir some chopped and in water/stock sauteed mushrooms,unions and steamed spinach through it for yet another yummie dish.

    As you can see I could go on and on…there is so much to experiment and explore with all those natural ingredients.

    Have fun getting healthier,more energetic and losing weight in the process!
    D

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  • 10
    Deanna

    Wow I can’t believe. The conclusion in this review is very surprising. I have been following eat to live for a month. Granted I went. On vacation and had some time during the month where I got off the plan a bit. But have lost 15 lounds which I lost with about 3 weeks. This isn’t a diet but a plan. It hasn’t been any more expensive than eating crap food out or processed foods. We have become so reliant on packaged processed foods over the past 30 yrs or so. The way I see it is this plan is getting you back to eating the way we used to. (if you’ve been around for 30 or more yrs). I tell everyone about this plan and fully intend on staying on it forever! I dieted my entire life. Shakes, diet pills, counting calories. It’s all fine until you are done. Then slowly or quickly the weight comes back. This is about changing a behavior for the better. Fruit, veggies, beans, lentils etc aren’t any more expensive than processed foods and now I know what I’m actually eating! Eat to live for life!

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  • 11
    Nicci

    First i read (okay… Scanned) the book then decided to make a grocery list. None needed. Just go to the best poduce dept or farmers market and get a variety of fruits ( remember 4 a day) and veggies of every color there is. Lettuce variety, tomatoes, chickpeas to make hummas and carrots,celery, jicama etc to dip. Beans, corn, eggplantl, lemons, icod go on… It cost $55 and my refrig and counter baskets runneth over. This is CHEAPER than normal bcause meat per pound is alot more than veggies per pound. You wont be hungry if you eat big salads and the hummas, nut butter and veggie dips. I make my own spaghetti sauce and serve over spaghetti squash. You can do this. Guess what i gained weight eating burgers, fries and junk and my body stored the fat. Now it is burning that fat for fuel as i am eating food as it is grown – not what a factory turns it into. It took me a few years to let the weight creep up and i am losing it a lot faster than that. No excuses , unless youd rather whine and stay fat like i did Thanks a million Dr. Fuhrman.

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  • 12
    biaggio

    love the book. my question is how dose one check to see what nutrients a person might lacking?

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  • 13
    Tracy

    I just finished with this book and although it will be difficult in the early stages it makes sense that moving away from all the highly processed foods would extend a persons lifetime. My question is this…I get super hungry after a workout even if I workout shortly after breakfast but I know that snacking between meals if frowned upon…has anyone encountered this? Do you just get used to it or is this the difference between real hunger and detox/withdrawal that is talked about in the book?

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  • 14
    Becky

    I’ve lost 50 lbs with this book , kept of off 3 yrs, and a friend lost 100 lbs using eat to live. My mother then did part of the plan and is a lot healthier. The average weight loss on Eat to Live is 40 lbs, Weight Watches is 14lbs.

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  • 15
    shugdes

    I just ordered the book from Amazon for less than $10 but it is not here yet…what about alcohol? I need to lose 85 – 100 lb. My cousin lost 32 lb. in 6 wks on Eat to Live so I have seen the results and can’t wait to get started.

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    Poison

    No alcohol for the first six weeks.

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  • 16
    adc1

    What is allowed to drink on this program?

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  • 17
    lola

    I read an article about Alanis MOrrisette and she said that “eat to live” changed her life. I really love this singer and could not stop thinking about the book. I want to change my lifestyle because even though I work out, I have horrible sweet tooth and it all goes back to the pounds.I loved the reviews on this website, so hopefully this will help me.

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  • 18
    mnt biker chick

    Eat to Live is one of the most well researched book out there… it is not a diet but a lifestyle and improves your health not just your waistline. The review didn’t do it justice. If you want to lose weight quickly, permantly, without hunger, follow it… i’ve never seen it fail.

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  • 19
    mikle

    I ordered this pai you guo tea from china a 2 months ago. 18 pack in one box I lost 13 pounds with on box. Mix in a cup of hot water and drink first thing in the morning. I do not feel hungry at all, I have a sweet tooth and do not experience any cravings at all but know I have to eat so I eat a small portion of whatever is available. I’m on my second box I take it everyother day now, I experience a lot of energy but can’t seem to fall asleep at night. I have not experienced any adversed side effects. It makes me thirsty, so I drink a lot of water. I will continue to take it untill I reach my goal weight, about 4 more boxes should do it for me.
    The woman who introduced me to it lost 60lbs and carried around a picture of the box in her cellular phone, it was everything she said it would be. i love it. I also walk 20 mins every other day because I hate to exercise.

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    qtip

    eat to live is about changing your lifestyle, and not about something that will backfire the minute you go off it

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  • 20
    rachel

    i had the gastric bypass five years ago and still need to lose last 25lbs. i want to try the eat to live diet but am a little worried i wont be able to take in enough calories since i cant eat big meals and the book says to not eat in between meals.has anyone tried eating this way with the gastric bypass?

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    Kim

    read his book, it talks about this.

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  • 21
    Precious

    I also agree with Amanda, You guys should really read it before you review it. I was set to get the “LAP BAND” placed in me. But my doctor wanted me to refer me to try following the guidelines in the book “EAT TO LIVE” first. I did it… & I no longer need the “lap band” I lost 26 pounds in the first 3 weeks…. I know … It’s AMAZING… & it really works without any supplements… It’s a lifestyle change that I will stick to for life…& refer all my friends & family too also… @ this rate I know Im gonna reach my goal weight in no time & I feel great.

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  • 22
    jackie

    I am really excited about this life style change. I started reading the book a couple days ago, and although I am not finished I have started incorporating the diet into my life. It all makes sense to me. My husband is very skeptical, so I have said give it six weeks!

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  • 23
    emma

    I agree with amanda, eat to live is way more than a diet and I don’t even think it should compare to meal bars and the like, this is a lifestyle change, this book is written by an MD, not some quack just trying to make a buck. You really need to read the book before writing a review, you cannot just go to a website and think you know what Eat to Live is all about…And you can lose weight quickly if you follow the diet, I’ve already lost 5 pounds in 6 days.

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    Anna

    Please, help me. Somebody I know had this book and started her diet now she lost 40lb in 2 month period. I dont have the book but trying to do the diet as she told me too. I dont get a lot of chance to speak to her, so could u write me ,for example, your day schedule, like what u eat all day. Im eating whole wheat bread and veggie burgers like for a week no results, I dont know what else i can eat?

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    Kevin

    What you’ve described is not the Eat to Live plan. Veggie burgers and whole wheat bread fit nowhere in the plan to retrain our eating habits and lose substantial weight while eating the best youll ever eat. You must have been going by a different plan than the one suggested by Dr. Fuhrman.

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    Lily

    UNLIMITED VEGGIES (aim: at least 1 lb. raw (try to limit starchy veggies consumption) and at least 1 lb. cooked); UNLIMITED fruit; at least 1 cup legumes; 1 oz. or less nuts (for healthy fat); limit whole grain consumption to ONLY ONE serving per day; fish and fat-free dairy twice a week (or less). No salt or oil. Think unprocessed, unrefined foods. Take advantage of what nature has to offer! There’s more but I’m giving you just a summary.

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    jon m.

    The diet part works fine. I lost 20 lbs in about month and a half. I was a border line diabetic when I started the diet. I just had blood work done on my physical. It now showed ketones and protein in my urine and am now on medication for high blood pressure and diabetes. Good figure. I ate alot of fruit and made my own fruit salads with fresh fruits. My mother in law was diabetic and told to limit her intake of fruit due to the sugar content. Was this my problem, too much fruit?

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    ifitistobedoit

    You can not eat unlimited fruit on the plan. 3-4 servings a day and you you want to focus on getting lots of cruciferous veggies and no meat or dairy of any kind and no added oil. Diabetics should follow the more detailed book The End of Diabetes. My husband lost 58 lbsand got off all his bp and cholesterol meds after 9 yrs. I have dropped 38 and my allergies, acne, arthritis and moreare all gone! I am so thankful for this new lifestyle after a lifetime of battling my weight. Eat foods high on the ANDI index in the book and you will be amazed at the results.

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  • 24
    Amanda

    Eat to Live is amazing. It’s so interesting you seem to poopoo healthy food as being more expensive than “regular” food. What the heck does that mean. The problem with “regular” food is well explained in Dr. Fuhrman’s book. It’s not a diet it’s about a life style change. I lost 6 pounds in the first 11 days. I’m eating more than I ever had but I’m eating naturally…fruits, vegetables not processed “regular” food. More expensive? yes because its more expensive to eat food that is grown by hard working farmers than to pop in a lean cusine with God knows what in it. It’s all about getting folks to stop dieting and eat the way nature ended us to eat. Better read the book before you give information on it.

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    becca

    yes i thought that comment above about “natural” vs. “regular” food to be very ignorant. what is regular food? it’s mostly not REAL FOOD at all!

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    Ram

    Before you waste your money on any wight loss plan, just do two things: (1) Get this book (Eat to Live) FREE from a public library near by, and (2) Read it. You don’t need these stupid ratings or reviews. Just decide it for yourself without event spending a dime. Its an amazing book. Don’t look for short cuts for loosing weight; take the right path, go natural way and you will see that weight loss is just one thing, you will also be happy with the improvement with your health and also your state of mind.

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    Steve

    Natural food is not more expensive when compared to eating out regularly as I was prone to doing.

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    Amy

    @Steve… not to mention the cost of medical bills for future health problems from a genetically altered food and hormone induced chickens etc.

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