Dr. Dean Ornish answered:
Most diets don't work for long because people get tired of feeling hungry and deprived. So instead of limiting the amount of food you eat, the Reversal Diet asks you to watch the type of food that you eat, and to select only from vegetarian sources. And there are so many different types of food you can choose from!
In our research study (on reversal of coronary heart disease), people have the benefit of meeting two evenings a week to help support each other on the diet and lifestyle program. While this is helpful, many people in other parts of the country have been on the Reversal Diet for several years and plan to continue it indefinitely, even without group support.
Joseph Forgione, for example, had the misfortune of having a cholesterol level as high as 558. At the young age of thirty-nine, he began having chest pains. Shortly thereafter, he underwent coronary artery bypass surgery.
After recovering from surgery, he began to follow the Reversal Diet and the rest of the program with his wife in New Jersey, far from our research (on reversal of coronary heart disease) in San Francisco. Within six months, his cholesterol level had decreased to 107. "And I feel better than I have in years."
On the Reversal Diet, you eat until you are satisfied. And you can eat whenever you get hungry again. Because the fat content is so low, people on the Reversal Diet often get hungry before the next main meal. As a result, many of the people in our study snack in-between meals, what they affectionately call "grazing." But even though they are eating more often, they still lose excess weight and their cholesterol decreases substantially.Find out more about this book: Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease: The Only System Scie...Most diets don't work for long because people get tired of feeling hungry and deprived. So instead of limiting the amount of food you eat, the Reversal Diet asks you to watch the type of food that you eat, and to select only from vegetarian sources.... More