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Jivamukti’s 2012 Blueprint For Joy: Dr. Neal Barnard’s weight-loss prescription

Dr. Neal Barnard
Dr. Neal Barnard at Jivamukti's 2012 Blueprint For Joy.

We’re bringing you highlights from this week’s annual gathering of the Jivamukti Tribe.

Wednesday’s speaker was Neal Barnard, M.D.,  one of the most renowned nutrition researchers in country, the founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and the author of a shelf of books, including the brand-new 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart.

Dr. Barnard started off his talk with a seriously depressing overview of the current state of American health—skyrocketing rates of diabetes, heart disease, childhood obesity. It just ain’t pretty.

So why are Americans so unhealthy? Dr. Barnard presented stats on what the majority of the country has been eating as these disease trends have emerged: More meat (mostly chicken), more cheese, and more sweeteners (mainly high fructose corn syrup).

“The reason we’re so unhealthy is that we’re just shoveling it in like never before, and it’s mostly unhealthy foods,” he said, joking that he may have to write prescriptions for anti-depressants after showing all of the statistics. But the real prescription he offered was clear-cut: a vegan diet.

He discussed a weight-control study he conducted recently with 64 women who were overweight and had tried lots of diets with no success. After adopting his low-fat vegan diet, the group lost an average of 13 pounds, trimmed two inches off of their waistlines, and sustained the weight loss for two years.

And while he says it may seem difficult to convert, he promises your taste buds will change and your body will adjust after just three or 4 weeks. You can even try his 21-Day Vegan Kickstart to find out for yourself.

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