Is Eat to Live a Low Calorie Diet?

From Dr. Fuhrman's book Eat to Live:

Yes. Excess calories don’t just make you overweight—they shorten your life. This diet style enables people to feel satiated with 1,000-2,000 calories per day, whereas before it took 1,600-3,000. The simple trick is to receive lots of nutrient bang for each caloric buck.

Of course, those who are considerably active or involved with exercise or sports need more calories, but that’s okay—they will have a bigger appetite and need more food to satisfy their hunger. They will get more protein and other nutrients needed for exercise by consuming more food, not a different diet.

Some people can lose weight merely by switching their calories to a healthier plant-based cuisine while maintaining approximately the same caloric consumption. The Chinese consume more calories than do Americans, yet are about 25 times thinner than Americans. This is because the modern American diet receives about 37 percent of its calories from fat, with lots of sugar and refined carbohydrates. The combination of high fat and high sugar is a metabolic disaster that causes weight gain, independent of the number of calories.

Other people are not able to lose weight as easily. They need the entire package: the metabolic benefit of the natural plant foods, along with the satiety that results from both the greater bulk of my “unlimited” foods and the consequent nutrient fulfillment. These patients need even fewer calories. The good news is that they can be satisfied with fewer calories permanently. The Eat to Live diet has both these benefits, making it a powerful weight-normalization plan as well as the healthiest possible diet.

The menus, recipes, and strategies for eating explained in this book also make it possible to achieve the current dietary guidelines of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for those desiring to lose weight. According to these guidelines, women should choose a diet with fewer than 1,200 calories a day and men, one with fewer than 1,600.1

A computer analysis of many different diets has shown that the Eat to Live diet is the only way to meet the National Institutes of Health guidelines for calories while at the same time supplying adequate nutrients and fiber content. Even the dietary menus for 1,200-calorie and 1,600-calorie diets published in the National Institutes of Health’s recent guide for physicians do not meet the recommended daily allowances (RDA), because the traditional American food choices are too low in nutrients. The NIH diets are too low in important nutrients such as chromium, vitamin K, folate, and magnesium, whereas the Eat to Live diet plans and suggested menus more than meet all RDAs within the NIH’s caloric limits. 1. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 1998. Clinical guidelines on the identification, evaluation, and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults: the evidence report. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Press. Guidelines available online at
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cheryln - August 3, 2006 11:08 AM

Can you please give me an idea of one day of eating on the Eat To Live diet?
Thank you

elli - May 10, 2008 4:49 PM

I go for only vegetable and not eating all day but not losing wieght yet.

MA - December 12, 2012 10:53 AM

I didn't love weight initially, but I lost inches. I didn't notice until people kept coming up to me and asking what I was doing.

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