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Joel Fuhrman's Eat to Live Diet

Specializes in reducing and reversing disease through natural and nutritional methods.

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Dr. Joel Fuhrman is a well-known doctor who provides diet and nutrition advice to help patients lose weight and improve their health with a nutritional approach. Dr. Fuhrman has written several books on nutritional weight loss such as Eat to Live and Eat for Health, and has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC and many other media outlets promoting the importance of sound nutrition to achieve optimal health.

Dr. Fuhrman specializes in reducing and reversing disease through natural and nutritional methods. For weight loss measures, the recommended plan from Dr. Fuhrman is his Eat to Live book. By following the plan in this book, you can lose weight naturally and permanently. You can also reduce your blood pressure, cholesterol and prevent heart disease without the use of medications.

The premise of Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat for Health program is that the more nutrient dense foods you eat, the quicker your health will improve. He proposes a largely plant-based diet void of refined products, meat and dairy.

Through the web site Dr. Fuhrman offers not only his books, but also online medical and nutritional advice.

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  • Natural and nutritional approach to weight loss
  • Emphasis on long-term results
  • Created by a medical doctor
  • Successful results by others
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Programs may be somewhat restrictive and difficult for those used to easing into a diet program
  • Food preparation time can be lengthy
  • Little to no meat is allowed

Dr. Joel Fuhrman promotes a plant-based diet comprised of vegetables, fruits, legumes, raw nuts, seeds and some whole grains. Avoided are sugar, refined flours, salt, and severely limiting all animal products include meat and dairy.

A sample day of meals may include:

  • Breakfast: Two cups cooked oatmeal with one tablespoon ground flax seed, one banana, one oz. raisins, 1/2 cup soy milk or skim milk.
  • Lunch: Green salad with balsamic vinegar and one teaspoon olive oil, one cup of chickpeas or vegetable soup and fresh fruit.
  • Dinner: Stir-fried vegetables with tofu or steamed string beans with onions and mushrooms.

The basic premise of Fuhrman's diets are consuming foods that are nutrient-rich but low in calories. These foods, like vegetables, fruits and legumes, will satiate the appetite because of their water and fiber content.


Because many of Dr. Fuhrman’s plans are designed for those with health issues, moderate exercise is recommended. Typical exercise might include 30-45 minutes of moderate intensity walking, five to six days per week.


Using Dr. Fuhrman’s recommendations, you can easily lose weight, reduce your current diseases and prevent contracting future diseases. Although it seems that most of the plans are very restrictive, they do garner results.

If you are looking for a plan that will finally give you the health and weight loss benefits you are looking for, Dr. Fuhrman can provide that. Be prepared for dramatically reducing your meat intake, but on the flip side you don’t have to count calories. As long as you follow the plan, you can be on your way to your ideal weight and optimal health.

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What About The "No Nuts or Seeds" Medical Advice For Those With Diverticulosis? Nothing here about how overcoming junk food addictions went when switching to this diet. Also, if one has diverticulosis the common medical advice is that they should not eat nuts or anything with seeds. What then? Risk a diverticulitis attack?

posted Mar 12th, 2012 9:44 pm

barbara jones


I notice many of the commentators here haven't been on the diet long and I suspect that they are exhibiting the placebo effect. Other statements like "toxins leaving the body" are anecdotal and as such subjective and without verification so they can be discounted as well.. I'd prefer hearing from people after a significant amount of time has passed on this diet. And why does Dr. Fuhrman look so old and haggard?

posted Mar 12th, 2012 9:39 pm



I have been eating vegertarian now for 5 days... I love it, I feel great and have a lot of energy !!! There are times I crave chocolate or pasta but I am sure that will pass with time... Thanks Dr Fuhrman

posted Feb 28th, 2012 10:48 am



This is the only diet that I believe works for people with Hypothyroidism.
I have had it for years and gained weight because of it, I found this diet, when done right will cause significant los of weight. I lost 24 lbs, and I feel and look great.
I have also had to restrict my calories lower to adjust for the thyroid problems. Since I am not overweight due to overeating it is easy because I do not mind eating less.

posted Jan 5th, 2012 5:13 pm



Great lifestyle. The weight loss is effortless and, more importantly, the health benefits are astounding.

posted Dec 28th, 2011 9:48 pm



I have been only following Dr. Fuhrmans plan for 1 week and I can't believe how good I feel!
I feel energetic, clarity of mind and happier!
I can't wait to see what kind of weight I loose... But, I feel so good I don't care about the weight loss!

posted Dec 16th, 2011 7:13 pm

Robert Burns

Do you know of any studies which indicate a positive effect upon peripheral neuropathy as a result of using your whole food, plant based, high nutrition diet?

posted Dec 5th, 2011 6:31 pm



Great diet, lose 20lbs and counting. I feel great! The diet is the first that I have use that is sustainable over a long time period.

posted Nov 7th, 2011 6:53 pm

Susan Trickel

I am an epileptic and have lost 13 lbs. for the first month of dieting. I have not had any adverse effects from this diet.

You can really feel the toxins leaving your body in the first week. I found it best to wash my hair and scrub my skin down every day in the first week to rid myself of the toxins that had deposited on the skin.

Four weeks have passed on this diet and I haven't had so much energy since i was a teenager. Thank you Dr. Fuhrman for this natural diet.

posted May 1st, 2011 8:50 am



I've been doing Eat to Live since February (3 months) and have lost 35 lbs. I'm no longer diabetic and all my blood numbers are dramatically improved. Better nutrition = better health.

posted Apr 27th, 2011 7:52 pm



This is really working for me and for my husband. It is far more enjoyable and satisfying than we thought it would be. Desire for foods not included in his program is nearly non-existent. We feel energetic and clear in mind.

posted Mar 18th, 2011 7:30 pm



Botsal, I recall that Dr Furhman states that if you are going to eat meat, then eat it in one meal per day. That is not extreme vegetarianism. What carbs are you referring to? Carbs in fresh fruits, veggies, and beans? You are brainwashed into Atkins high protein low carb garbage which may work temporarily. Dr F endorses foods for their high micronutrient value and discourages looking at foods solely as carbs, protein, and fat.

posted Aug 19th, 2010 1:29 pm



I have never felt better than how I feel on this diet!

posted Aug 15th, 2010 10:27 pm



Dr. Furham doesn't preach meat as "absolutely harmful", just that the proportions of meat that Americans currently eat as absolutely harmful. You can eat meat, just limit the times you eat it. His argument is that for the calories packed into a meat serving you get hardly any nutrition from it. Spend your calories on more nutrient dense food.
You are also only supposed to have 2 ounces of nuts a day.
Please try the diet yourself or at least read up on it fully before you post something.

posted Jul 25th, 2010 11:12 am



Dr. Furhman believes that meat is absolutely harmful and pushes his extreme vegetarianism. Believe me, you can fail to lose weight on this diet given all the carbs and nuts. It's a waste of time.

posted Jul 21st, 2010 11:05 pm

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posted Mar 10th, 2010 1:34 pm



I found this to be really exciting and satifying,its a way to live not to diet.

posted Jan 26th, 2010 12:56 pm



Eat to Live probably saved my life. I lost 81 pounds in six months. It's been a year now since I started Eat to Live, and my weight seems to have stabilized at 70 pounds down from what I started at. No injections, eat as much food as you like as long as it's veggies or fruits, you can still eat meat and nuts, and occasionally break the rules; you really can't beat that.

posted Dec 6th, 2009 2:28 pm



Wonderful, life-changing, and so worth it.

posted Nov 14th, 2009 1:28 pm


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